The Role of Our School Governors
Our governors are a team of people, drawn from the local community, staff representatives and parents who are responsible for ensuring that the school provides the best quality education that we can for the children.
The Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body.
Following due consideration and full discussion by the Governing Body it was decided that it would be reconstituted from January 2022 with 11 members as follows:
- 1 Head Teacher Governor - The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.
- 1 Local Authority Governor - The Local Authority Governor is appointed by Nottinghamshire County Council
- 1 Staff Governor - The Staff Governor is elected by other staff at the school to serve for between 1-4 years. Anybody who is employed at the school under a full or part-time contract of employment or services can stand for election.
- 2 Parent Governors - Parent governors are representatives of parents. Parent governors are elected by other parents and it is important to establish a rapport with the parental body that elected you, while continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance
- 6 Co-opted Governors - Co-Opted Governors are persons appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school
The purpose of governing bodies is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school. Our governing body has a strong focus on core functions and we have two committees:
- Finance and Personnel
- Strategic Development and Pupils
Members of these committees meet at least once per term. Full Governing Body Meetings are held once per term.
If you would like to see any of our Committee or Full Governor meeting minutes, please contact the school office by email: email@example.com
Governor attendance can be audited by reviewing the minutes of the full Governing Body Meetings and Committee Meetings - copies can be requested from the school office.
REGISTER OF BUSINESS INTERESTS
We believe it is important that governors and staff not only act impartially but are also seen to act impartially. The governing body and school staff have responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school.
There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.
Therefore, we have a register of business interests for all governors and the head teacher which will enable governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions that they make.
Please click the link HERE to view the list of business interests of the members of the Governing Body of Prospect Hill Infant and Nursery School
GOVERNORS YEAR END FINANCIAL STATEMENT - 2022/23
Total School Balances carried forward into 2022/23 are £61,164
Revenue Balances: £55,507
Capital Balances: £5,657
SCHOOLS FINANCIAL BENCHMARKING SERVICE
Please click HERE for details of the government's financial benchmarking service for our school
Meet our Governors
Mrs Louise Rose - Head Teacher
Term of Office: 1/9/2014 - ongoing
My name is Louise Rose and I am the Head Teacher at Prospect Hill Infant and Nursery School. I have spent most of my working life teaching Worksop and became the Head Teacher at this school in September 2014.
I can honestly say that the children, parents and staff all demonstrated to me what a wonderful and welcoming place our school is from the moment I arrived.
On a personal level, I treasure my family and our time together. We love holidays and family days out, trips to the cinema and a favourite past time of mine is a trip to the theatre to see a musical. I’ve probably seen too many, to be honest, but I plan to see many more in the coming years!
If you have any questions about our school, please contact me on 01909 486374 or arrange an appointment to pop into school for a chat.
Mrs Kath Thorpe
Chair of Governors
Chair of Finance & Personnel Committee
Strategic Development and Pupils Committee Member
Link Governor for: Appraisal / Attendance / Health and Safety
Date of appointment: 1/9/2015
Term of Office: 31/8/2019 to 30/8/2023
Hello, I’m Kath Thorpe , I have lived in the area all my life and I am married to Stuart. I am very lucky to have all my sons living nearby along with our grandchildren.
I returned to education as a mature student when my children were all very young and I completed my degree followed by a Masters Degree in Education. I have worked in all phases of education but mainly at North Notts College where I was a Curriculum Manager. My actual subject is psychology and yes I do still teach! Many of the students I taught have gone on to become nurses or other health professionals in local hospitals, it’s a great privilege to see students I have taught making a difference in the local community.
I am passionate about raising aspirations for all children, my own sons attended local schools. I am really enjoying being a Governor at the school and hope that I can serve the governing body effectively to benefit all pupils.
Mrs Vanessa Hamon
Chair of Strategic & Pupils Committee
Link Governor for: Safeguarding and LAC / Appraisal /Attendance /Health and Safety / SEN
Date of appointment: 1/9/2015
Term of Office:31/8/2019 to 30/8/2023
Hello I'm Vanessa Hamon, and I've been a community governor for many years now.
I am a member of Christ Church where I am a Churchwarden and Licensed Lay Minister. I feel that the link between school and the community is mutually beneficial, and it is a joy to have the children in church, especially at Christmas time!
It is always a joy and a privilege to visit school, to see staff and pupils at work, and watch special events throughout the year and give my support.
As a retired infant teacher myself, I appreciate the hard work and commitment that is required, by all staff, to provide the best quality education for all the children and as a recent first-time grandma, I know the importance of these special years in growing relationships and making learning fun.
Mrs Helen Norman
Finance and Personnel Committee Member
Link Governor for: Appraisal / SEN
Date of appointment: 24/2/2014
Term of Office: 30/10/2021 to 29/10/2025
My working background is in Customer Services for a large manufacturing company. I have been a governor for Prospect Hill Infant & Nursery School since February 2014, when my eldest son started at the school, I also have another son who attends the school.
At the time I wanted to be able to do some voluntary work in the community, and the opportunity arose to join the governing body. I feel grateful to be able to support the school in this way.
I believe that all children deserve the best start in life, and want to be part of a school that produces a supportive learning environment and an excellent education for our children.
In November 2017, the governing body elected me as a co-opted governor. My skills and knowledge will enhance the governing body and contribute to the success of the school.
Mrs Jenna Cartwright
Vice-Chair of Strategic Development and Pupils Committee
Link Governor for: GDPR
Date of appointment: 7/10/2019
Term of Office: 7/10/2019 to 6/10/2023
My name is Jenna Cartwright and I am married with 3 children. I became a parent governor in early 2012 because my two eldest children have attended and thrived in this lovely school and I felt it was time to give a bit back.
I recently became a co-opted member of the governing body.
I have been a primary school teacher for a number of years and have a particular
interest in personal, social and health education and its importance within school settings. It is a privilege to be part of the school's development and I thoroughly enjoy my role.
Mrs Diane Fox
Strategic Development and Pupils Committee / Finance Committee
Date of appointment: 18/11/2020
Term of Office: 18/11/2020 to 17/11/2024
Mrs Hayley Wilson
Date of appointment: 12/11/2021
Term of Office: 12/11/2021 to 11/11/2025
I come from Cumbria, but spent most of my adult life in Sheffield having moved there to go to university. I moved to Worksop in 2016 and now have 2 children at the school, one in Reception and one in year 2. Whilst in Sheffield I was a Governor for several years at a large primary school. I later became Chair of Governors for that school when my first child was only a baby. My daughter went to so many meetings with me she was classed as an honorary Governor! I got to experience a lot in my time there including Ofsted inspections, a major building overhaul and recruitment of a new Headteacher. I really enjoyed being able to contribute to my local community there and hope that I can do the same as a Governor for this school. My children are very happy at the school and becoming a Governor felt like the right way to give something back.
Miss Jolene Fletcher
Strategic Development and Pupils Committee
Date of appointment: 10/05/2022
Term of Office: 10/05/2022 to 09/05/2026
We currently have vacancies on our Governing Body If you would be interested in undertaking this role or would like to find out a bit more about what this role involves, please contact the school office or one of our existing Governors for more information.
How to contact our Governing Body
If you would like to contact our Chair of Governors or a member of our Governing Body, please contact them by letter via the School Office - Maple Drive, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. S81 0LR or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Clerk to Governors - Mrs Louise Baxendale - Notts County Council, Governor Services,
Meadow House, Littleworth, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. NG18 2TA. Tel: 0300 500 8080