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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 Miss Sarah Hawkes'.

Meet the Governors

Sarah Hawkes

Sarah is Chair of the governing body.  Sarah was appointed by the Governing Body (following a parental vote) on 28th June 2016 and her term of office ends on 26th February 2024.  





Sarah Molyneux-Hetherington

Appointed on 30th November 2018, Sarah is the Vice Chair of the governing body.  Sarah is a Co-opted Governor at Hillcrest., appointed by the Governing Body on 30th November 2018. Her term of office ends on 29th November 2022.

Paul Critchley


Paul is a local Methodist Minister and our newest co-opted governor.  He was appointed in September 2021.  His term of office ends in September 2025.


Matt Try

Matt is a staff Governor and Headteacher of Hillcrest.  He was first appointed  by the Governing Body on 4th January 2016.   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.  

John Reeve-Hayes

 John is a co-opted Governor and was appointed by the Governing Body on 17th September 2019.  His term of office ends on 16th September 2023.  He joined the school in 2003 and is Deputy Headteacher of Hillcrest.  John is married and has two children, both attending the school.




David Wild

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 Mitchell

Leanne became a Parent Governor on 8th October 2018, appointed by the Governing Body. Her term of office ends on 7th October 2022.

Katherine Boardman

Katherine is a Parent Governor and was appointed by the Governing Body (following a parental vote) on 21st October 2020.  Her term of office ends on 20th October 2024.  She is Chair of the Friends of Hillcrest and actively raises valuable needed funds for the school.  Katherine has two children who attend the school.


Roles and Duties

The Governors work together o provide strategic 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

None of our governors are presently members of another governing board. 

Business and Pecuniary Interests

Leanne Mitchell's husband has his own landscape business, J Mitchell Landscapes.

Governors who have served over the last 12 months:

Mr James Charnley December 2016 April 2021 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.