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”
I moved to Thorpe St Andrew from North Norfolk just over 30 years ago. I worked in retail when I left school until I moved to Thorpe. I become a parent helper in school then after several years I was offered a job here at Hillside which I still enjoyed to this day. I got involved with Hillside when my eldest started his reception class. He didn’t go to the nursey as it was not open then, my two youngest children were lucky to both attend the Nursery. I first joined the Friends of Hillside 25 years ago and still are heavily involved with them. In the time on the Friends I have been vice Chair for two years and also Chair. I still enjoy raising money for the school to buy extras for the children.
I joined the governors around 20 years ago after having a chat with one of the teachers about the school. It is so important that every child is given the chance to develop and flourish.
In my spare time I like to take photographs and relax and read a good book.
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.
I have always lived in Thorpe St Andrew or the surrounding area and attended St Williams Way Primary school, Thorpe St Andrew High school, Norwich City College and the University of East Anglia. I have 2 girls attending Hillside school. I work in the telecommunications industry as a Programme Manager for BT PLC specialising in IT and business transformation. I‘m keen to promote tech literacy for children and wanting to give something back to the community I volunteered to be a governor at the start of Autumn term 2017. Outside of work I enjoy watching and taking part in various sports and I’m a big football fan!
I moved to Thorpe St Andrew in 2011 from Manchester to be closer to my roots in East Anglia. I am an Architect who has spent several years working in the Education sector.
I have two children at Hillside Avenue Primary and Nursery School, and volunteer as a grassroots football coach. I have been for four years. Currently, I am Vice-Chairman of the club. It is great to see children's interpersonal skills and a growth mindset developing through collaborative activities.
In 2015 I became a governor at Hillside Avenue Primary and Nursery School, my desire to become a governor was my interest in children’s education, and to support and enable the School to be the best it can. I believed that the experience which I have gained during my working life would be a great asset to the school.
I serve on various committees and at present am Chair of the Site, Buildings and Safety Committee, and Vice Chair of the full Governing Body.
I became Headteacher of Hillside Avenue in September 2019. I have worked in primary education for over 20 years, teaching all ages from Reception through to upper juniors, and having various leadership roles including my previous headship at Hampsthwaite CE Primary School in North Yorkshire. I am proud to be part of Hillside Avenue School, and to be able to lead and support such a committed team of staff and governors.
In my spare time, I enjoy being out in the countryside, cycling and constructing (not playing!) with Lego!
I am the local Rector here in Thorpe St Andrew (known as 'Fr James') and am delighted to be involved with Hillside Avenue Primary School and Nursery in a number of ways. I originally qualified and practised as a Family Lawyer in the west of county but trained for the ordained ministry 10 years ago and, after other posts, came to Thorpe in 2016. I joined as a Governor in 2017, serve on the Standards Committee and am currently Vice Chair of the Local Governing Board. I grew up in Thorpe in a house about 100 metres from the school so it is a privilege to give something back to this lovely community. My hope, as a Governor, is to ensure high standards of teaching and learning and that the children and staff experience joy each and every day.