I retired in 2016, after working in various areas of the public sector. In this new phase of my life, I decided I would like to give some of my time to the local community, by volunteering and was very happy to become a governor at the start of 2016 academy year.
My responsibilities include Key stage 1, safeguarding, data and I am chair of the resources committee. I enjoy helping with the children, and regularly attend school.
I am an accountant and worked for Norfolk Constabulary for nearly twenty years, responsible for budgets, accounting systems and staff management. I am also trained in project management. I feel that my experiences will be helpful at Hillside Primary school.
I am proud to be a part of the school, and to work with the staff to achieve our vision
“At Hillside everyone will grow to be the best they can be”
Pam has been a school governor at Hillside for many years. She has been able to contribute to the school in a number of different roles on the governing body and is currently Chair of the Staffing Committee.
She has worked with a number of different governors and chairs of governors and has served previously as vice chair herself. As a parent and grandparent, she has considerable experience of working for and with children. As part of her role with Hillside, she particularly enjoys her visits to the school. She enjoys the opportunity to visit different classes and get to know the staff and children as well as attending fund-raising events, school plays and concerts.
Her professional background also involved close work with schools and Norfolk’s children as for many years she work with the School Library Service. As part of this she would visit schools throughout Norfolk encouraging young people in their reading and book selections. Since then she has worked for N.P.S., an arm’s length company set up by Norfolk County Council, which now provides property services on a national basis including building and maintaining school premises. She now holds a new part time role which helps her keep abreast of the current educational issues, as an accredited professional Clerk. She currently services two schools in Norfolk as school clerk to governors. Within all of this she describes her spare time as profitably spent gardening, walking, swimming and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
I have been involved with Hillside for more than 20 years, since our own 3 children came here in the 1990s. I have been a Governor almost since that time, and this is my second stint as Chair, having taken on the role again 2 years ago.
My Dutch wife Angelique is an experienced Early Years teacher, and was heavily involved in the Friends of Hillside when our children were at the School. In our time, we have been drawn into Pantomimes and Lord Mayor’s Processions, as well as Fetes and Craft Fayres.
I am an accountant by background, so perhaps obviously I have tended to be closely committed to making sure the finances of the School are well run (which they are!) For my day job, I run Start-rite Shoes, which is a well-known and very local business.
We now have 4 grandchildren at or below primary school age, and I am very much enjoying watching them develop – although they live out of the Thorpe catchment area.
My personal focus as a Governor is making sure that every child is being given the chance to develop as much as they can, whether that is a child who starts with a disadvantage of some sort, or a youngster with a particular talent being given the opportunity to express it fully.
Jo Love joined as Parent Governor in 2017, her daughter attends Hillside School. Jo has run her own marketing and PR business for the past 15 years and previous to that worked for national business advisors Grant Thornton in their communications department. Born and raised in Norwich, Jo moved to Oxford following her degree at Liverpool University, but returned to Thorpe in 2012. In her spare time, Jo enjoys making the most of our wonderful county and also plays tennis for Norfolk…veterans!
I retrained as a Primary Teacher in 1999 following a number of years working in Local Government. I have been involved with Hillside as an occasional Supply Teacher since 2006, and am very familiar with staff and students alike. My last professional contract was as a SENCO (part-time) at a Norfolk Primary School. This experience led me to being invited to become a member of the Local Governing Board at the school, an invitation which I was pleased to accept.