Welcome to the Governors’ section of the website, and thank you for visiting the Hillside Avenue website. We have a very active Local Governing Body at Hillside which works closely with the Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team. As founding members of the Yare Education Trust, we also co-operate closely with the officers and trustees of the Trust to ensure that Hillside plays its part in promoting the whole Trust and children’s opportunities from ages 3 to 19.
The Role of the Governing Body
The role of the Governing Body is to help shape the strategic direction of the school and to safeguard the public interest in it. As our role is strategic, we do not get involved in the day to day running of the school, as this is the responsibility of the Head teacher and the Senior Management Team. We ensure that they are accountable for their decisions and actions. We oversee the maintenance and improvement of standards of achievement within the school. We are also responsible for ensuring that the school policies and administration meet statutory and Trust requirements and that all our children are able to maximise the opportunities, academic and otherwise, provided for them. We are responsible to the community for ensuring that the money provided to the school is used to give good value.
The Governors are appointed to provide:
- An independent view
- A wide experience of the outside world
- A visible form of accountability for the Head teacher and Senior Management Team
- A focus on long term development and improvement
- Support for the Head teacher and staff
In addition to the regular meetings of the full Governing Body, we run two sub committees, covering Resources (Staffing, Buildings, Safety and Finance), and Standards (Academic, School Improvement, Evaluation and Quality Assurance). Each committee meets at least once a term.
All Governors share the responsibilities and work as a team.
Revd James Stewart
Chair of Governors
Meet the Governors
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, and served on the Standards Committee and I am now the 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.
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!
After working in various areas of the public sector, I retired in 2016. 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 that “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 nursery 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.
I am a Co-opted Governor and was appointed in December 2018. I currently work for The Yare Education Trust as their Estates and Facilities Manager and joined their central team in March 2018. Prior to that I worked for fourteen years as a School Business Manager at a Norfolk high school. My aim in being a governor is to utilise my qualifications and experience to support and constructively challenge the Headteacher and Leadership Team. As a governing body our aim is to ensure that Hillside Avenue Primary and Nursery School provides an environment where all pupils can thrive and flourish.
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.
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 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!
John joined as a Co-Opted Governor in July 2019 and has lived in Thorpe St Andrew for the last 10 years. His daughter, Francesca attends Hillside School. After 20 years’ service in the Royal Air Force and following 9 years within the construction and engineering industries, John now works in Norwich for Aviva within the Portfolio Management Office. Educated to degree level in Aerospace Engineering – so he can teach the children how aircraft fly (!) - and with numerous business and project management qualifications, including a MBA, John is dedicated to making sure all children have the best possible start in life. In his spare time, John enjoys music, spending time with family & friends and following his favourite football team.
|Name||Governor Type||Term From||Term To||Roles and Committees||Business Interests||Other Governance Roles|
|Elizabeth Brighton||Co-opted governor||01 Sep 2020||31 Aug 2024||Chair, Resources Committee
|Susan Buttifant||Co-opted governor||01 Sep 2020||31 Aug 2024||Resources Committee||None declared||None|
|Nicki Everitt||Co-opted governor||20 Nov 2018||19 Nov 2022||Resources Committee||Employee of Yare Education Trust||None|
|While in post||Attends all committees||None declared||None|
|Pam Harwood||Co-opted governor||01 Sep 2016||31 Dec 2020||Resources Committee
Governor for Looked after Children and Pupil Premium
|Peripatetic Clerk for Educator Solutions||(by association) Husband is a Trustee of the Yare Education Trust.|
|Sarah Howarth||Parent governor||17 Sep 2018||16 Sep 2022||Standards Committee||Employee at Aviva||
|Jo Love||Co-opted governor||13 July 2017||12 July 2021||Chair, Standards Committee||None declared||None|
|Nick Murrell||Parent governor||13 Jul
|12 Jul 2021||Resources Committee||None declared||None|
|Lizzy Pendleton||Staff governor||01 Sep 2016||31 Aug 2023||Standards Committee||None declared||None|
|Mr A Phoenix||Headteacher||While in post||Attends all committees||None declared||None|
|John Podmore||Co-opted governor||15 Jul 2019||14 Jul 2023||
|The Revd James Stewart||Co-opted governor||11 Dec 2017||10 Dec 2021||
Chair, Local Governing Board
Governor with responsibility for Health and Safety.
Sports Premium Governor