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Red Hill’s Governing Body: what we do?

The Governing Body of Red Hill Primary School works together as a team, the equivalent of a board of directors, under the leadership of the chair of governors. It makes strategic decisions about how the school is run which are in the long-term best interests of the pupils. It aims to provide sound and efficient leadership and governance, in partnership with, and in support of, the head teacher and her staff.

Red Hill’s governing body has 16 members: the head teacher; staff; parents; and people nominated by the local authority. Our body can also have a number of ‘associate governors’ who are elected by the board to contribute to specific issues.

The majority of the work carried out by our governors is done via four sub-committees covering:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Personnel
  • Resources

The full governing body meets once every term.  The sub-committees meet at least once per term or more often if required. The focus for our governing body, as with any maintained school or academy, is threefold:

  • ensuring that our school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding our head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school; and
  • ensuring the school’s resources are used in a sound, proper and efficient manner.

The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, in addition to the educational performance of the school.

The governing body of Red Hill welcomes and encourages engagement with parents and is always available in person for drop-in sessions at parent open evenings.  Governors can also be contacted by email at governors@redhill.bromley.sch.uk.  The governors are happy to hear your concerns, issues, questions and suggestions and will ensure that you receive a timely response from the most appropriate person.

Who we are?

Mrs Wendy Andrews

  • Chair of the Governing Body. Wendy was a LEA governor, elected by the governing body and in May 2017, became a Trustee of The Pioneer Academy.
  • Term of office:  22.05.05 - 22.05.21
  • Wendy is a member of the Personnel sub-committee and the  Teaching and Learning sub-committee. Full Voting rights.
  • Wendy is responsible for Safeguarding and NAHT ASPIRE. She is attached to year 5 and aligned to EAL, Maths and MFL for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • She has attended 5/5 Full Governing Body meetings, 4/5 Personnel and 6/6 Teaching and Learning meetings
  • Register of Interests: none declared.

" I have been a Governor at Red Hill Primary since 2005 and I was elected Chair of Governors in 2007. My own daughter attended Red Hill from 2005-2012 and had an outstanding experience.

Having been a corporate banker for over 20 years I have been able to bring my project and business management skills to the strategic planning and vision of the school. I am now an HR Director in a Multi Academy Trust in Dulwich so I am now able to support from a wider HR perspective. I am hugely proud of Red Hill, its staff and its pupils and the commitment of its Governors."

Mrs Nicola Crockatt

  • Head teacher since September 2017. A member of the governing body by virtue of position in school
  • A member of all sub-committees. Full Voting rights.
  • Register of Interests: none declared. 

Parent Governors – Elected By Parents At The School

Mr Andy Baker

  • Vice-Chair of the Governing Body
  • Term of office: 17/11/15-16/11/19
  • Andy is a member of the Resources, Teaching and Learning and Marketing & Communications sub-committees. Full voting rights.
  • Andy is attached to Reception and aligned to Humanities, Music, PSHE, British Values, SMSC and the school council for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • He has attended 5/5 Full Governing Body meetings, 6/9 Resources, 0/6 Teaching and learning and 2/3 Marketing and Communications committee meetings
  • Register of Interests: none declared

"I have been a parent governor for four years; the past two have been spent as Vice-Chair. This has involved supporting the Chair and my fellow governors in helping to set the strategic direction of the school, challenging where necessary, and working with the Senior Leadership team to provide the best possible educational environment for every pupil.  I currently serve on the Marketing & Communications, Resource & Finance and Teaching and Learning committees. Outside of school I am employed in the financial sector as a Business Analyst with experience in Project Management and delivery, bringing to the governing body key attributes including analysis, communication skills, and change management."

Mr Steve Mullin-McKay

  • Term of office: 18/09/13 – 17/09/17
  • Member of the Resources Sub-Committee, Personnel Sub-Committee and Teaching and Learning sub-committee
  • Steve is attached to year 3 and is aligned to Humanities and Science for school improvement plan 15/16
  • He has attended 5/5 Full Governing Body meetings, 7/9 Resources,  4/5 Personnel and 4/6 teaching and learning Sub-Committee meetings. Full voting rights.
  • Register of Interests: none declared

"I am a Parent Governor with one child who is currently in year 5.  My background is in project management within the construction industry.  I currently sit on several sub-committees - including Personnel, Resources, and Teaching and Learning.  I enjoy the demanding but rewarding role of being a Parent Governor and the unique opportunity that this brings to help develop both the school and the children of Red Hill."

Mrs Liz Johnson

  • Term of office: 16/11/14 – 15/11/18
  • Member of the Personnel sub-committee and Curriculum sub-committee. Full voting rights.
  • Liz is attached to year 5 and is aligned to Science for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • She has attended 4/4 Full Governing Body meetings, 1/1 Personnel and ½ Curriculum sub-committee meetings
  • Register of Interests: none declared

"I became a school governor primarily because my own children have been very happy at Red Hill and I wanted to ensure that all children at the school have an equally positive learning experience"

Ms Samira Bowman

  • Term of office 17/11/15-16/11/19
  • Member of the teaching and Learning Sub-Committee. Full voting rights.
  • Register of interests; none declared

"I have 2 children currently at the school and 2 more who will join over the next few years and so I have a long term interest in the school. Before becoming a parent I worked in the financial sector at a number of investment banks.  I hope to draw on not only my technical experience but also the broad skills set I acquired working in prominent positions in these businesses to enable me to best serve the school. As well as being a parent and governor I do some voluntary work for the Scouts and Girl Guide groups."

Staff Governors – Elected by Staff Election

Mrs Julie Fuller

  • Term of office: 16/11/14 – 15/11/18
  • A member of the Curriculum sub-committee and Marketing & Communication sub-committees. Full voting rights.
  • She is attached to year 4 and is aligned to PE and Pupil Premium for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • She has attended 4/5 Full Governing Body meetings, 4/6 Curriculum and 3/3 Marketing & Communications sub-committee meetings. .
  • Register of interests; none declared

"I am currently in my second year of my first term as staff governor and have worked as a teaching assistant for over five years at Red Hill.   I work primarily in upper KS2 and had previously worked at another Bromley school for over ten years, where I also had undertaken the role of parent and staff governor for 12 years."

Co-opted Governors – Elected By The Governing Body

Mrs Rosie James

  • Term of office: 17/09/14 – 16/09/18
  • Member of the Curriculum sub-committee. Full voting rights.
  • Rosie is responsible for NAHT ASPIRE and is attached to year 1
  • She has attended 5/5 Full Governing Body meetings and 6/6 Curriculum sub- committee meetings
  • Register of Interests: none declared

" I was excited to be elected by other membesr of staff in 2014 and I sit on the Curriculum sub-committee. Being a governor gives me the opportunity to share experiences and opinions from a staff point-of-view, allowing the wider governing body to have a better understanding of what day-to-day life at Red Hill is like. I am also then able to share decisions and important changes with staff ensuring lines of communication are open. In the 10 years I have been teaching, I have worked in EYFS, KS1 and now KS2 so have a broad experience to share."

Mr John Thorogood

  • Term of office: 17/06/15 – 16/06/19
  • Member of the Personnel sub-committee and Teaching and Learning sub-committee. Full voting rights.
  • John is responsible for Discipline and SEN. He is attached to year 6 and aligned to Religious Education for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • He has attended 3/5 Full Governing Body meetings, 5/5 Personnel and 5/6 Teaching and learning sub-committee meetings. 
  • Register of Interests; none declared

"I have been a governor at Red Hill for about 25 years, initially as a LEA governor and  now as a co-opted governor. I was 7 years as chair of Governors. I have been a Governor in the London Borough of Bromley for over 40 years and during those years I have taken a close interest in education in the Borough. I ran my own business in Beckenham and Penge for many years and before I retired worked in the Charity sector. I am secretary of Chislehurst Rotary Club and involved in the local community."

Mr Richard Atkinson

  • Term of office: 17/06/15 – 16/06/19
  • Chair of the Resources sub-committee and a member of the Marketing & Communications sub-committee. Full voting rights.
  • Richard is the link governor (ie he liaises with other governors in the Bromley Borough). He is attached to year 6 and aligned to Design & Technology, PE, Pupil Premium and Science for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • He has attended 3/5 Full Governing Body meetings, 9/9 Resources and 3/3 Marketing & Communications sub-committee meetings.
  • Register of Interests: none declared

"I have been a Governor at Red Hill since 2007, initially as a LA Governor and now as a co-opted Governor. I became a Governor to put something back into the community in which I have lived for 25 years, and have concentrated on the Resources aspects which match my background in contracts and finance. I am keen to ensure that the budget is spent to the best advantage of the children and that the physical environment is well maintained and up to date."

Mr Martin Udy

  • Term of office: 17/06/15 – 16/06/19
  • Co-Chair of the Resources sub-committee and a member of the Personnel sub-committee meeting. Full voting rights.
  • Martin is responsible for Discipline and Safe-Guarding. He is attached to year 4 and aligned to Maths, PE and Pupil Premium for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • He has attended 3/5 Full Governing Body meetings, 8/9 Resources and 0/5 Personnel sub-committee meetings.
  • Register of Interests: none declared

"I have been a governor now for ten years and have been joint chair of the Resources Committee in recent years and a member of the Personnel Committee. I also have a particular focus on the use of pupil premium funding in the school. As a parent governor when I first became a governor I wanted to take an active role in determining and understanding my daughters education. I also realised that this was a good role for giving something back to the community and for understanding the effects of government and school policy on the future outcomes of children. This is why I have continued as a governor after my daughter left the school. It has been great to see how the school has developed both in teaching and learning and the fabric of the school over time and to be a small part of that."

Mr Keith Little

  • Term of office: 17/06/15 – 16/06/19
  • Member of the Resources sub-committee and the Personnel sub-committee. Full voting rights.
  • Keith is attached to Year 3 and aligned to Outdoor Learning for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • He has attended 5/5 Full Governing Body Meetings, 9/9 resources and 5/5 personnel sub-committee meetings.
  • Register of Interests: none declared

"I live locally and my daughter went to Red hill Primary school so I have a strong affinity with this school. Since I was asked to become a Governor ( more than 10 years ago), I have considered it a privilege to have hopefully had some useful input into the running of the school. As I'm not a career professional, I do find some of the technical aspects of our remit ( such as Raise On line) quite challenging to follow, but our specialists in this field know how to convey the basis of any scheme. being a property Consultant, my main responsibility has been the upkeep and improvement of the site and buildings, which continue to develop as far as finances will allow, the most recent examples being an extension to the main office and a refurbishment of the main hall, which is currently under construction."

Mrs Karen Baldwin

  • Co-opted governor for over 10 years
  • Term of office: 17/06/15 – 16/06/19
  • Chair of the Curriculum sub-committee. Full voting rights.
  • Karen is responsible for NAHT ASPIRE, is attached to reception and aligned to the Foundation Stage, English and Library for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • She has attended 5/5 Full Governing Body Meetings and 5/6 Curriculum sub-committee meetings.
  • Register of Interests: none declared

"As a class teacher and assessment leader at a primary school in the London Borough of Greenwich with over 20 years experience, I offer the school support in evaluating achievement and the curriculum. As part of my job, I visit many other schools and am able to share examples of good practice. I have supported the school during OFSTED inspections and enjoy being part of an active governing body."  

Governors No Longer Serving

Mr Neil Dale

  • Staff governor elected by staff election
  • Resigned September 2015
  • Term of office: 20/09/14 – 15/09/15
  • Register of Interests: none declared

Mr Simon Parr

  • Parent governor elected by parent election
  • Resigned September 2015
  • Term of office: 16/11/14 - 15/09/15
  • Register of interests: none declared

Mr Brian Simber

  • Associate Governor
  • Resigned September 2015
  • Term of office:  01/09/14 – 15/09/15
  • Register of Interests: He runs an educational consultancy business

Mr Chhag Mistry

  • Term of office 17/11/15- 16/11/19
  • Member of the Resources sub-committee and the Marketing & Communications sub committee. Full voting rights.
  • Chhag is attached to year 2 and is aligned to Computing for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • He has attended 4/5 Full Governing Body Meetings, 6/9 Resources and 3/3 Marketing & Communications meetings.
  • Register of interests; none declared

Mrs Jill Hamlin

  • Term of office: 17/06/15 -16/06/19
  • Chair of the Personnel sub-committee
  • Jill is responsible for LAC and is attached to year 1. She is aligned to English and the Library for the school improvement plan 15/16
  • She has attended 2/5 Full Governing Body meetings and 1/5 Personnel sub-committee meetings. Full voting rights.
  • Register of Interests - Jill has a daughter who works as a teacher at Red Hill Primary School

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