Here at Hillcrest, we are extremely privileged to have a team of very dedicated governors, who volunteer their time to ensure high standards of leadership, teaching and learning for our pupils. Our governors come from a wide range of backgrounds, providing the school with a wealth of professional resources and experiences on which to draw.
If you wish to contact the Governors, please send any correspondence to the Hillcrest office, marking it 'For the Attention of Mrs Bernadette MacQueen'.
Meet the Governors
Bernadette is a co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Body. She was first appointed in 2005 by the Governing Body and her term of office ends in November 2021. She intends to continue in her role in the future. She is chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Premises Committee and Headteacher Performance Review Panel. Bernadette has special responsibility for Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and Child Protection. She is a solicitor and married with three children, one being a pupil at Hillcrest.
James is a co-opted governor who was appointed by the Governing Body on 7th November 2016. His term of office continues until 6th November 2020. James is an accountant and has three children.
Sarah is a Parent Governor and also Chair of the Friends of Hillcrest. Sarah was appointed by the Governing Body (following a parental vote) on 28th June 2016 and her term of office ends on 27th June 2020. She has two children at the school. Sarah is an Equalities, Premises and Health & Safety Governor.
Matt is a staff Governor and Headteacher of Hillcrest. He was first appointed by the Governing Body on 4th January 2016. He is a member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committees. Matt has significant experience in both teaching and management. He is married with two sons and is a keen athlete and an active member of Thetford Athletics club.
Nancy is co-opted Governor and was first appointed by the Governing Body on 8th October 2018 after stepping into the role of Acting Deputy Headteacher. Her term of office ends on 7th October 2022. Alongside Nancy's responsibilities as Deputy Headteacher, she is also Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator. Nancy has been at Hillcrest since 2002, continually striving to enable its pupils to achieve their best and become independent and resilient young people.
Tracey Wakely is the Freedom of Information and IT-Link Governor. She was appointed by the Governing Body to the role in September 2016. Tracey is Key Stage 2 Phase Leader and a Year 3 class teacher here at Hillcrest. She has over 25 years of experience teaching within primary schools. Tracey is currently co-ordinating Science and Modern Foreign Languages. Her term of office ends on 11th October 2020.
David is Local Authority Governor who was appointed to the post on 6th June 2018. His term of office ends on 5th June 2022.
Leanne became a Parent Governor on 8th October 2018., appointed by the Governing Body. Her term of office ends on 7th October 2022.
Appointed on 30th November 2018, Sarah is now a Co-opted Governor at Hillcrest., appointed by the Governing Body. Her term of office ends on 29th November 2022.
Roles and Duties
The Governors work together o provide stategic leadership and accountability within the school. To enable them to work effectively, the team are part of committees and care out specific duties to feed back to the governing body as a whole.
These roles and duties are updated annually.
Attendance at Meetings
Governing other schools
Nancy White is the only member of the Governing Body who is also a Governor at another school. Nancy is currently a Co-opted Governor at Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School.
Business and Pecuniary Interests
Leanne Mitchell's husband has his own landscape business, J Mitchell Landscapes.
James Charnley is a self-employed accountant with the AMR Group.
Governors who have served over the last 12 months:
|NAME||DATE OF APPOINTMENT||DATE OF RESIGNATION||APPOINTED BY|
|Mr Ken Hobday||2003||20th July 2018||Local Authority|
|Mr Rob Fysh||5th October 2015||September 2018||Co-opted Governor|
Anyone aged 18 or over (and living in the UK) can be a governor. Governors do not manage a school day-to-day, but are required to overseee its long-term development by setting the strategic direction of the school, managing the budget and, amongst other things, monitoring the performance of the school.
It is a rewarding role as the work of a governor impacts upon educating children. The average time commitment is 10-15 hours per term. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits. However, school governors are entitiled to reasonable time off work for their public duties (this may be unpaid).
Term of Office
School governors have a term of office of four years. However, as a volunteer, you can resign at any point if your circumstances change.
Governing bodies rely on a variety of experiences and perspectives. Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is provided by Norfolk County Council.
Different types of governor
Governing bodies have representatives of school staff, the Local Authority, parents and members of the community. Despite representing different groups, all governors have exactly the same role and voting rights.
If you are interested in being a school governor at Hillcrest, please contact the school office. If we have a vacancy we will ask you to complete an application form and an interview process will be held. Hillcrest's governing body takes the safeguarding of our pupils very seriously and will perform rigorous checks of anyone applying for this role.