Governors

Hillside Primary School’s Governing Body is similar to a board of Directors you would find in business.   It has the responsibility for decisions relating to the conduct of the School, its strategic aims and objectives, future planning and the performance of the School.   Members are elected or appointed to serve for a period of four years.

Governors are involved in the following decision-making areas and specific Governor
sub-committees are responsible for the following:

Curriculum Committee                         – deciding what is taught/how it is taught
Personnel & Finance Committee        – staffing, financial management and the School budget
Premises Committee                             – condition of school / Health & Safety

Governors also interview and select the staff at the School.

Governors are appointed from a number of sources:

  • Parents – Parent Governors are elected by parents every four years.   Parent Governors must have a child in school when appointed.
  • Staff – Representatives are elected by the staff.
  • Co-opted Governors – These are Governors elected by the Governing Body from the local community e.g. businessmen or professional persons.
  • Local Council – representatives of the Local Council are appointed to the Governing Body (these are non-elected appointments).
  • Headteacher – Non-elected appointment.

Constitution of the Governing Body:

Chair of Governors:
Jack Brereton M.P.
c/o Hillside Primary School
Field Avenue,
Baddeley Green,
Stoke-on-Trent
ST2 7AS

Clerk to the Governors:                      Appointed by Chief Education Officer (non voting)

Karen Schonau (Head teacher)

I have been in teaching for over 10 years, having completed a BA Honours in Primary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. I spent 10 years in an outstanding Staffordshire school before moving to Hillside as Deputy Headteacher. As, now, Headteacher of Hillside Primary School, my aspiration is to create an inspirational, friendly, caring community where everyone enjoys and excels within their learning, and works hard to achieve their best. My staff at Hillside seek to promote a compassionate and fair environment within which all pupils feel valued and enabled to flourish.

I believe that by providing an exciting, stimulating curriculum, delivered by teachers who are dedicated and passionate about learning, will ensure that children are engaged in their learning, and that they develop curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. This sets the foundations for a love of learning which carries on throughout their lives. We want every child at Hillside to be ambitious, to believe in themselves and to strive to make a difference in their own and other’s futures.
The support and challenge of our strong Governing body will help Hillside to achieve it aims, goals and ambitions.

Jack Brereton MP: Chair of Governors (LA Governor)

I first became a governor at Hillside in 2013 and I am now Chair.

I studied for my undergraduate degree at Keele University and I am also a Masters graduate of the University College London.

I have lived in the local area all my life and I am a local Councillor for the Baddeley Green, Milton and Norton Ward. I was first elected as a Councillor in 2011. I am the recently elected Member of Parliament for Stoke South. Prior to this, from 2015, I was Cabinet Member at the City Council for Regeneration, Transport and Heritage

Derek Gray: Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor)

I was educated in Stoke. In 1954 I went to Bristol University and in 1957 I was awarded a 2:1 BSc Special Degree in Chemistry with Maths & Physics.

I have taught in St Joseph’s College, Bishop Bright High School and from 1979 -1996 I was Head teacher at Holden Lane High School. I retired in 1996 and since then I have been working with Stoke Education Authority as a Union Officer representing NAHT and convenor of the LCG, involving all five teacher unions.

I am currently a Governor of Hillside and Our Lady’s Primary Academy, Fenton.
I am a member, since its beginning, of School Forum and a member of Formulas Funding Working Group.

Lisa Wainwright (Staff Governor)

I believe passionately that every young person deserves the best education and opportunities to fulfil their potential so I am delighted to be part of the hardworking and caring team at Hillside Primary School. I am currently the year 6 teacher and have been part of the governing body for the past two years. I have taught in both KS1 and KS2 and am the English and Mathematics lead, two subjects I am passionate about. Ensuring children have skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life, their communities and the wider world is important to me. I believe that by providing effective teaching and learning in these subjects I am helping to develop each individual child and equip them with the necessary skills to enter an ever changing world of education and work. My decision to join the governing body was an easy one as I am keen to further develop the school through strategic leadership; ensuring children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and continuing to follow the wonderful ethos and values that are evident in school. The governing body is made up of a mix of talented individuals and I feel very privileged to be part of such a well-developed, supportive governing body that has a deep rooted interest in the education of all the children at Hillside and to making a difference to the lives of young people.

Jenny Rushton (Co-opted governor)

I have been teaching in Stoke-On-Trent for over 10 years and have worked across the Early Years and Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. My role currently is Assistant Head and SENCo at Hillside Primary School and I am a committee member at the local pre-school, forging links within the local area. I enjoy being on the governing body, partaking in key decision making whilst striving to move the school forward from good to outstanding. The Governing Body holds the school to account and ensures that the school runs to the best of its ability, serving the community and most importantly, the children, ensuring that they get the very best education – the education that they deserve.

Simon Ellis (Parent Governor)

For the last 15 years I have worked for Broxap Ltd.  A large company within Stoke-on-Trent and have been responsible for the Marketing and Branding of the company and its divisions.  My background is in Art & Design and upon graduating from the Leek School of Art & Design in 1987 I have worked continuously in the Print and Advertising industry before moving in-house to facilitate Broxap’s current Marketing Dept.

I am an avid Stoke City fan and like to keep fit playing five a side football as well as cycling.
My wife (Lisa) and I have a son (William) who attends Hillside Primary so it is important to me not only as a parent but also as a Governor that the Governing Body and the Teaching Staff work simultaneously to improve the school and the achievements of its pupils.

Sarah Else (Parent Governor)

As a parent of 2 children in the school, I see my role as Parent governor as a huge opportunity to help ensure that all of our children at Hillside Primary School get off to the best start in life. I have 6 years teaching experience in schools across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire from Early Years to Y6 and feel my experience helps me support and offer an appropriate level of challenge to our SLT at Hillside.  On a more personal note as a parent of 3 young girls much of our spare time is occupied with swimming, choirs, dancing, scouts and fun days out with the family.

Jennifer Craig (Parent Governor)

I’m married with two young children aged 5 and 19 months. I’ve been in the role of parent governor since my son started in Nursery in 2014. As a teacher myself I am passionate about education and am keen to give our children the best experiences possible within their school life. I have a particular love of English and am link governor for English at Hillside.

Philip Such (Co-opted Governor)

To follow

Jill Bennett (Co-opted Governor)

To follow.

 

 

The term of office for each category of governor is 4 years.

Hillside Link Governors

Maths
Jack Brereton
PE
Simon Ellis
English
Jenny Craig
CP/LAC
Derek Gray
Science
Jack Brereton
SEN
Derek Gray
History/Geography
Jenny Rushton
Health & Safety
Karen Schonau
Computing
Simon Ellis
SCR
TBC
Pupil Premium
TBC
HT Performance Management
TBC
Jack Brereton
Derek Gray
Art/DT
Simon Ellis
EYFS
Sarah Else
RE/PSHCE
Jenny Craig

Hillside Governor Committee members

Personnel & Finance
Curriculum
Premises/Health & Safety
Karen Schonau
Derek Gray
Sarah Else
Simon Ellis
Cllr Jack Brereton
Jenny Rushton
Derek Gray
Lisa Wainwright
Jenny Craig
Sarah Else
Simon Ellis
Cllr Jack Brereton
Philip Such
Jill Bennett
Karen Schonau
Lisa Wainwright
Derek Gray
Jenny Craig
Jill Bennett
Philip Such