Governors

Huttoft Primary School is a stand alone Academy. This means that it is a company, owned and run by the School's Governing Body, a group of people who are particularly committed to the future developments of the school. In addition to the four members required by the School's Articles of Association, the Governing body may co-opt up to three additional trustees. These trustees will be selected according to need(s) identified by the biennial skills audit carried out by the Governing Body. Several of our governors have served the school for many years. Put alongside newer governors, the wealth of experience available to the school averages out at seven years each.

Through their strategic plan, the Governing Body works tirelessly with the Headteacher to maintain and enhance:

The other significant work of the Governing Body is that of financial responsibility. Part of being an Academy is that the school must manage and be accountable for its own financial affairs.

Our Governing Body Members

Special Interests:

Mr. Doug Porter-Robinson (Chairperson)
Mr. Mark White (Vice chairperson)Health and Safety
Mrs. Alison Hurrell (Headteacher)
Miss Jodie Mullen
Mrs. Debra Osborne
Mrs. Wendy Smalley
Mrs. Julia Porter-RobinsonAnti-Bullying/SEND/Child Protection
Mrs. Sam FieldmanP.E.
Ms. Fiona Anderson
Mrs. Katie Levitt

Membership of Committees

Finance (Audit Committee)

Mrs. Alison Hurrell
Mrs. Sam Fieldman
Mrs. Debra Osborne
Mr. Doug Porter-Robinson (Chairperson)

Attendance 2017/18: Full attendance at all meetings.

Pupil Wellbeing (including Attendance, Child Protection, SEN and Health and Safety)

Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson (Chairperson)
Miss. Jodie Mullen
Mrs. Alison Hurrell
Mrs. Wendy Smalley

Appeals (additional members elected as necessary)

Mrs. Sam Fieldman
Mr. Mark White
Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson

Policy (including standards, curriculum, procedures and school effectiveness)

Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson
Mr. Mark White
Mrs. Wendy Smalley
Mrs. Debra Osborne (Chairperson)
Mrs. Alison Hurrell

Attendance 2017/18: Full attendance - Mrs Osborne, Mrs Smalley, Mrs Hurrell. Mr White and Mrs Porter-Robinson each attended 1/3 of the meetings.

Staffing

Mrs. Julia Porter-Robinson (Chairperson)
Mrs. Alison Hurrell

Standards (including School effectiveness and self evaluation)

Mrs. Sam Fieldman
Mrs. Alison Hurrell
Mrs. Debra Osborne
Mrs. K Levitt

Member Governors who left the Academy's Governing Body in 2018/19

NameDate appointedDate leftBusiness interest
Mrs J Clark2014February 2019Caravan Proprietor, Butcher

Trustee Governors who left the Academy's Governing Body in 2018/19

NameDate appointedDate leftBusiness interestTerm of officeAppointed by
Mr R FollettSeptember 2016October 2018Teacher at partnership secondary school4 yearsThe Members

Anyone interested in finding out about how to become a Governor or wanting to discuss a school issue with a Governor, should contact the Clerk to the Governors in the first instance on 01507 490284 or e-mail office@huttoft.lincs.sch.uk

Record of Attendance

Attendance of the following meetings can be view by click on the relevant date.

September 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, D. Osborne, S. Fieldman, M. White, W. Smalley, J. Mullen, A. Hurrell, J. Clark, J. Porter-Robinson

November 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, M. White, A. Hurrell, D. Osborne, J. Mullen, W. Smalley, S. Fieldman, J. Clark, J. Porter-Robinson, F. Anderson, K. Levitt

January 2019 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, M. White, W. Smalley, K. Levitt, F. Anderson, A. Hurrell, J. Mullen, J. Porter-Robinson

February 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, M. White, J. Clark, W. Smalley, D. Osborne, J. Mullen, A. Hurrell, J. Porter-Robinson (via audio link)

April 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, M. White, W. Smalley, S. Fieldman, D. Osborne, A. Hurrell, J. Mullen, J. Porter-Robinson

May 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, S. Fieldman, J Clark, M. White, W. Smalley, A. Hurrell, J. Porter-Robinson, D. Osborne

July 2018 Full Meeting

D. Porter-Robinson, S. Fieldman, M. White, W. Smalley, A. Hurrell, J. Porter-Robinson, J Mullen, D. Osborne



Autumn Term 2018 Report

This termly Report is designed to inform you, our parents/carers, about the work the Governing Body has been involved in during the Autumn term - it shows the visibility of the work governors carry out and provides reassurance to you that the school is in good hands.

In addition to our own internal self-reviews, this year we have been participating in an external review to support the development of our governing body. As a result we have become increasingly focused on pupil data and ensuring that the budget allows for the appropriate support to be put in place. Analysis of outcomes has become a regular feature of our work as we seek to enable all our children to attain the highest possible test outcomes. We have introduced a new committee – Standards – to facilitate this focus and appointed two new governors, both with skills in this area. I have been a frequent visitor in school enabling me to find evidence of our decision making, ask questions of the staff, children and you and feed back to the governing body. I have really enjoyed doing this and feel I know the school so much better as a result. Other governors have attended some of the Geography field trips, a PE session funded by Sport Premium, weekly Choir Practice and some reading groups.

As a governing body, we spent some time early in the term collating statements to make the exact wording we wanted to be recorded as our school’s Ethos. So many of you speak so very positively about the ethos of our school and how you can ‘feel’ it. Those comments were a valuable contribution to our discussion and we believe we now have a wording to be proud of. The Ethos will be displayed in school early next term. It is the over-arching message for our four core Values, our Aims, and our Vision which serve to establish and maintain the very strong family atmosphere that is such a well-loved feature of our school. Following on from that we worked with the teaching staff to establish our Curriculum Intent for each subject area – here too, the discussion opportunity was a most worthwhile part of the exercise ensuring that we all uphold a common understanding and purpose.

Part of being a governor involves regular training and arising from our external review was the need for training to be more frequent, so from the start of this Autumn term we all made an individual commitment to participating in at least one module of training every term. We have established a Training Log and now have an opportunity at each full governing body meeting to update the Log and share new learning. Training takes the forms of on-line modules, face to face, presentations, meetings and reading materials. Each term the staff provide a specific staff and governor training meeting, known as ‘Week 12’ which enables us to work or study together. This term we jointly reviewed the impact of the steps taken towards addressing the areas of the School Development Plan. Next term we will be looking at what ‘Greater Depth’ means in the children’s learning and considering what we as governors can do to ensure that those children who can, attain it.

The activities organised for our children during the Autumn term were as varied and frequent as ever and we sincerely appreciate how hard the staff work to facilitate them. The School Choir, accompanied on the keyboard by one of our governors, gave a delightful contribution to the Rotary Club Christmas Concert in Mablethorpe. The Query Crew and Y6 raised over £300 for charities, the Indoor Athletics team won the area competition and go forward to the County Finals event in Grantham in July, the FHS had their best ever Christmas Fayre fund raiser, two classes presented their Class Assembly and of course there were the Christmas Plays - so many of you told me how proud you felt after the performances! I joined a number of parents at School Lunch where we witnessed the very well-organised lunch time arrangements whilst enjoying a delicious meal, served by Y6! We signed up to our own Twitter feed which I hope you are now following to witness all these and the many more exciting activities that go on in our very busy school.

The long-awaited Car Park came into being in November. Funded by a government Condition Improvement Fund bid it has taken two years to reach completion – though there remain a few snags to sort out, it is without doubt an unqualified success. Running alongside that Bid, we had a completely new emergency evacuation and state of the art combined automatic fire and evacuation system put in during the summer holidays. At the end of this term we submitted our next CIF Bid - to replace the windows on the South and West of the main building. The outcome of that Bid will be announced in March.

The final task of the Autumn term was a governor-led staff survey about work load and roles. We are very aware how hard working and committed our staff team is and need to be confident that they have an appropriate work-life balance. As a governing body, we shall be looking at this area further next term in line with some documents from the DfE. At Huttoft we know that our children – and parents/carers – are very fortunate to have such a dedicated team looking after their children. Our school is unique – it stands as an independent Academy with a long history behind it and a strong future ahead. I’ve often heard it said that among the successes of Huttoft are the old traditions and new additions that are so skilfully woven into life here.

Finally I would like to thank my governor colleagues for their time and commitment to the school. I am proud to be Chair of Governors of Huttoft Primary School as both a former parent and member of the local community.

Mr D. Porter-Robinson
Chair of the Governing Body

Summer Term 2018 Report

It always gives the governors pleasure to review how our school’s aims have been met during the year and how our work to raise standards has shown in the annual test results – in particular for 2018, this has been noted in the rise in proportion of children achieving the ‘At Greater Depth’ standard and the consistency in attainment at the Phonics Screening Check. Both areas were identified for improvement in the school’s 2017 Ofsted Report. We have continued to hold maths as a priority this year, discussing it through each Agenda, checking and reviewing data, talking to staff and supporting new initiatives and developments. The school’s membership of the Lincolnshire Maths Project has provided staff training, targeted support for individuals and groups of children and refreshed our scheme of work. We will be monitoring this further as we maintain our focus on maths and higher achievement throughout next year.

We are very proud of the positive, caring ethos of our school. We frequently hear complimentary remarks from external sources that confirm our view of it along with outcomes from our surveys and discussions with parents/carers. This term we enabled a slight increase in the hours of 1:1 time to further develop the school’s work around emotional wellbeing. Wider staff training for this will be a focus next year so that our children and their families can have the best possible support.

We sincerely appreciate how hard the staff work to facilitate the range of activities that are on offer to the children. In the words of a recently appointed staff member ‘I am amazed by the variety of opportunities available to the children here, I’ve never witnessed a school like it – this is a truly child-centred education.’ As governors we too are very impressed and proud to be involved with many of them – including inter and intra sports events, concerts, two residentials, day trips, the LELE partnership with Sheffield Hallam, secondary taster days, Transition Days, poetry recitations, DT Week, Music Day, careers education, the Summer Fayre and the Class Assemblies. Each of these offers different opportunities for the development of our children’s personal skills and qualities. However, perhaps the most notable activity this year has been the charity fundraising – all of it initiated by the Query Crews and loyally supported by Y6, all our families and the staff. Well over £1000 has been raised! . This is such a positive reflection of our ethos.

As always, members of the governing body have attended a number of external and on-line training events this term as well as many of the school’s non-curriculum events - a Meet and Greet opportunity, carrying out checks on the school’s arrangements for Safeguarding, accompanying the weekly Staff Choir, applying for another Sportsmark, attending the Week 12 joint staff/governor module on schemes of work, overseeing the works being carried out to create our car-park and enhance the emergency evacuation system, developing compliance with GDPR and taking further steps in our Review of Governance. We continue to seek new governors in line with our skills audit to fill the two vacancies we still have. Members with these skills are necessary to make sure we have expertise in as many relevant areas as possible. If you are interested in this voluntary role, please check out this webpage for details of what to do next.

We have begun planning for the forthcoming statutory Relationships and Sex Education (September 2019) and will be inviting parents/carers to contribute their views to our content as it develops. We are also in the process of formalising information about the intent for each subject in our curriculum, the methods of delivery of them, the impact each subject has on our children and how staff are trained for teaching them.

The final task of the Summer term was approval of the Budget Expenditure Plan for 18/19 and preparation of our three year budget forecast. These both prioritise staffing as the key expenditure needed to meet our Aims and Vision next year and into the future.

Thank you governors for the dedicated time and commitment you give to the school – it is the drive for the school’s continued success.

Mr D. Porter-Robinson
Chair of the Governing Body

Spring Term 2018 Report

We ended the term with the exciting announcement from the ESFA that we had another successful CIF Bid. The application process for a Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) Bid is both complex and comprehensive but all the effort was fully rewarded and the school will benefit hugely from a new fire evacuation system to be put in during 2018/2019.

The Spring Term activities were many and varied – almost every day hosted something special to enrich our children’s education. DT Week is clearly a very popular event and both the Assemblies were so well supported by our parents and carers. DT encompasses so many of our school’s aims and promotes so many facets of personal development and character education. Resilience, neighbourliness, community spirit and tolerance spring to mind immediately. I was particularly impressed with the children’s confidence in contributing to their DT Assembly in front of such large audiences.

Out and about our school receives so many positive messages about the children’s behaviour and manners – these come in from all corners of our community. It is difficult to recall them all but the ‘What our Parents Say’ section of the website records a small sample.

The Year 4 Museum was a resounding success and witnessing the children together in their shelter singing White Cliffs of Dover at the close was very moving. Year 6 held their annual Business Enterprise Project and in true Huttoft spirit, shared their takings with their chosen charity. By the end of the term the Query Crew and Year 6 had raised over £500 through their charity fundraising events – fantastic.

The annual Big Breakfast and Tractor Day serve to remind our children of the importance of a good meal to start each day and the significance of Lincolnshire farmers in the nation’s food industry. Both these themes are endorsed through each class’s cycle of cookery lessons. I witnessed school lunches this term – not only was it a delicious meal, but sitting with the children I was able to hear their views on school food. They had plenty to tell me and all so positive! School dinners have certainly changed since my day!

Sports and Music always feature highly on the curriculum because of the value they add to life-long learning. Several governors have been able to attend inter-school events as well as the concert at Lincolnshire String and Wind Day which featured our WOPs orchestra and no less than five of our older children in the main orchestra. At two separate sports events this term our teams were awarded the ‘Sporting Values’ trophy in recognition of their attitude. We all know that taking part gives great enjoyment so it comes as no surprise that PE is the school’s favourite subject for 2017/2018!

We have continued to develop the Governing Body with attendance at training events through the Lincolnshire Governor Partnership, internal Week 12 Staff/Governor training, on line training and making visits to school whenever we can. We have begun participation in an external review of governance as directed by Ofsted, November 2017. Maths continues to be a discussion item at each full governing body meeting as we seek to raise attainment across the school. We have introduced a Social Media Policy and been involved in the Induction Programme of two members of staff.

Once again I would like to thank my governor colleagues for their interest, enthusiasm and commitment to the school. Our work in monitoring and evaluating the performance of the school is progressing in line with the school’s post-Ofsted Action Plan and School Development Plan.

Mr. D. Porter-Robinson
Chair of the Governing Body

Governing Body Business Interests

To view a list of Governor's Business Interests please click here.