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Norton-in-Hales C of E Primary School


Governing Body Activities


Having stood down as the Chair of the Governing Body of the school earlier this year, Hilary has now decided to resign as a Governor with immediate effect. On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to offer our thanks and appreciation for many years of dedicated service to Norton in Hales School and for the considerable hours she has committed to supporting an institute that remains close to her heart. As her successor as Chair, I would like to offer my personal thanks for the help and advice she has given me during my time as a Foundation Governor and now as Chair.
Thank you Hilary and we wish you well. 
Richard Ancliffe - Chair

The Governing Body have had a busy year supporting the Ofsted inspection, the recruitment of a new Head teacher and some staff re-structuring to enable a move to 4 full time classes.

We were pleased to be recognised by Ofsted as follows:

"Governors demonstrate an exceptional knowledge of the school. They are proud of their work and offer an appropriate level of support and challenge to leaders. They are able to articulate the school’s overall effectiveness well and have been instrumental in devising development plans and responding to any identified weaknesses." Ofsted Report 2017

We are always interested to hear from any parents, carers or community members who would like to get involved with the Governing Body - just let school reception know and we will get in touch about next steps.  Registering your interest does not mean you have to commit fully as we also welcome Associate Members who have a passion to support on specific focus areas and activities.

For information on what it means to be a Governor, please follow the link below.

Governor Insights from the Chair

Spring 2018

This term the school has been busy embedding all the new developments that have been introduced in school, including a new approach to phonics which is already having a positive impact and Maths No Problem which should secure children's knowledge and skills as they develop through the school. 

I made the difficult decision to step down from the role of Chair of Governors after 8 years in the role and am delighted that Richard Ancliffe was ready and able to take on the role.  It has been a really rewarding, interesting, challenging and sometimes exhausting 8 years and a real privilege to be able to work with the school staff and other governors to support every child to aim, believe and achieve.  I am looking forward to observing how the school continues to develop from more of a distance while I focus on other priorities.

Thank you to all the children, staff and the team of Governors for your support and desire to make the school the best it can be - and good luck to Richard in his new role.

November 2017

This term we decided to trial doing all of our governor monitoring visits within one week and pretty much all managed it.  We took the opportunity to spend time in classes looking at our link governor focus area, in my case EYFS and Phonics and had discussions with the class teacher about progress and developments.  Governors also spent some time observing the new system of split breaks and lunchtimes which have been implemented to allow children more space when playing.  Governors have written up their reports for further discussion with the Head and we will discuss any themes, opportunities to recognise good work and areas for further review at our Standards and Curriculum meeting in January



The Governing Body:

  • Is accountable for the performance of the school
  • Plans the school's future direction
  • Selects the Head Teacher
  • Makes decisions on the school's budgets and staffing
  • Ensures that the National Curriculum is taught
  • Decides how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • Makes sure that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special educational needs

Our Governing Body - Chair of Governors - Peter Buckley,  Vice-Chair  -  Donna Hand 

Every Governor takes on responsibility for specific focus areas that are either a statutory requirement or are critical priorities on our school development plan.  The dates when governors term of office end are noted under their name and their Link Governor responsibilities are detailed underneath their photograph.  Further information about the Governing Body including how roles are appointed, Associate Governors, Committee Membership and Register of Interests are detailed in the following link  

Information about Norton in Hales CE Primary School Governing Body

Associate Governor

Philip Brammer



Parent Governor

Jenny Lamb





Parent Governor

Peter Buckley



Pupil Ownership/

Accountability for Learning

Co-opted Governor

Tara Hanley-Jones


Safeguarding & Child
Protection, SEN

Co-opted Governor

Donna Hand



Foundation Governor

Rev Don Alcock

No end date

RE & Collective Worship

Foundation Governor

Richard Ancliffe


RE & Collective Worship

 Parent Governor

Katy Eardley



Staff Governor

Jessica Derham



Angela Alkureishi


Training & Development