The Governing Body of Hackleton CEVA Primary School consists of Foundation Governors, a Local Authority Governor, Associate Governors and Staff Governors. We meet termly both as a whole Body and as Committees.  Our aim is to ensure that all children achieve their best in all areas of the curriculum.

Our Governors

Full name of Governor

Groups & Responsibilites

Date of appointment

Expiry Date

Date stepped down (if applicable)

How appointed

Meetings attended

(Out of) total number of meetings

Business / pecuniary interests

Other Interests

Mrs Andrea Revens
Staff
Head

Learning and Teaching Performance Group
Resources Group
Pay and Personnel Group
Admissions Group

 01/01/15 02/01/19  

Headteacher

 1  7

None

 

Mrs Jo Roberts
Staff - Teacher

Admissions Group

18/09/17

17/09/21

 

Appointed by Staff

 1  7

None

 
Mr Robert Windsor
Chair & Foundation Governor

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Resources Group
Headteacher Performance Management Group
Admissions Group

 31/07/15 01/09/19   Appointed by the Diocese  1  7  None Grandchildren
attend the school.
Mrs Jane Ward
 Foundation Governor

Safeguarding/CLAC/Child Protection 

Pay and Personnel Group
Headteacher Performance Management Group
Discipline/Exclusions/Complaints

13/11/13  14/11/17   Appointed by the Diocese  1  7 None  
Mr Matt Adams
Parent Governor

Health and Safety

Resources Group
Pay and Personnel Group

 10/05/15 11/05/19   Appointed by parent ballot  1  7  None Children attend
the school

Mr Toks Ikumelo

Parent Governor

  25/05/17  26/05/22   Appointed by parent ballot 1 7  None Children attend School
Mr Andrew Knowles
Foundation Governor

Science

Pay and Personnel Group
Appeals Committee

 05/03/13 06/03/17   Appointed by the Diocese  1  7  None Children attend
the school
Rev Jennie Lee
Foundation Governor

RE/Collective Worship

Learning and Teaching Performance Group
Appeals Committee

 03/10/14 04/10/18   Appointed by the Diocese  1  7  None  
Mrs Liz Bennett–Sulsh
Foundation Governor

English

Learning and Teaching Performance Group

 10/05/15 110/5/19   Appointed by the Diocese  1  7  None Children attend
the school

Mrs Kerri ConnollyVice Chair &
Foundation Governor

RE/Collective Worship

Learning and Teaching Performance Group

10/05/15  11/05/19   Appointed by the Diocese  1  7 None  Children attend
the school
Mrs Maureen Williams
Local Authority Member

Community Link
Maths

Learning and Teaching Performance Group
Discipline/Exclusions/Complaints

05/02/15  06/02/19   Appointed by the Local Authority  0  7 None   

Mr Richard Booty
Foundation Governor

Resources group

04/10/16 03/10/20   Appointed by the Diocese  1  7 None Children attend the school
Rev Beverley Hollins
Associate Member
Teaching & Learning
Performance Group (Associate Member - No Voting Rights)
      Appointed by the Diocese  0  0 None  

 

Governor Profiles


Bob Windsor – Foundation Governor

I have lived in Thornby, Northamptonshire for 14 years. My two grandchildren attend Hackleton School, and I came with my wife to a number of school events before becoming a governor. Now retired, I trained as a teacher after leaving school, taught primary as well as secondary, and spent five years in a residential special school. I worked on a number of national educational IT development projects before joining a global IT company and worked in process re-engineering.

I kept bees until a couple of years ago and had several hives. Each year during spring I responded to calls for help from people with swarms in their homes, gardens or businesses. My biggest mistake was one day rushing out without all the correct clothing and collecting bees and 20 stings!

I became interested in how education has changed and the immense challenges faced at all levels in school education, which is why I agreed to become a governor. The governors are playing an increasing and important role in working with the school, parents and community to provide the best quality education possible in a safe, happy and caring environment, enabling each child to reach their full potential, and to ensure that every child becomes a valuable and fully rounded member of society.

Jane Ward – Foundation Governor

I have lived in Hackleton for over thirty years. I am married with two daughters who attended Hackleton School from 1995 to 2004; during that time I served on the Governing Body for eight years holding the office of Chair and Special Educational Needs and Child Protection Governor.

I once again volunteered to become a Foundation Governor in 2013 and now hold the roles of Safeguarding Governor and Vice Chair. I work in Local Government as a Principal Education Welfare Officer which enables me to keep very much in touch with the support a governor has to give to their school.

My interests include watching the Northampton Saints (a sometimes very draining and emotional experience!); I am a member of Piddington Parochial Church Council where I serve as the Vice Chair and sit on the social and fabric committees. I also enjoy the monthly meetings of the Hackleton WI and help out at the annual plant sale and other fundraising activities.

Matthew Adams – Parent Governor

Having lived in Hackleton for the past fourteen years and with two children attending Hackleton Primary School, I was voted into the role of Parent Governor in March 2015, having previously been an active committee member of the Hackleton School Association (HSA) for two consecutive years. The HSA does a fantastic job in raising funds to go towards purchasing equipment and learning aids for the benefit of children now and in the future; I would urge anyone even slightly considering helping out to contact the HSA - it’s often great fun!

As a governor, I very much see my role as being a representative for other parents and carers, whilst offering my support and skill set to aid the progression of the school as and where I can.

I have run my own company within the sports field and maintenance industry for many years now. The work includes the marking of sports grounds - summer months are extremely busy!

Hobby wise, as a family we enjoy the great outdoors including the sometimes obligatory bike ride or two around the forest. Having three dogs I am often seen walking the village and in the pocket park, donning my wellies in all weathers!

Toks Ikumelo - Parent Governor

My family moved to Northampton, Wootton in 2011. I am married to Toks (namesake) and we have 3 children. Prior to living in Wootton, we lived in London and feel fortunate to have moved to a beautiful and welcoming part of the country.

I initially became involved with Hackleton Primary School when my eldest child began in September 2014. I later became an active Committee Member of the school’s association (HSA), as my wife stepped down when expecting our third child. I primarily got involved in helping with the HSA activities. 

The HSA supports the school, dedicating their time and energy to fund raising through events, and working to support the school with vital equipment and projects.

I am passionate about educating the whole child, both academically and personally. Also, I believe that the first years of a child’s education are crucial to enable them to reach their full potential. As a Digital Transformation Consultant working within Public and Healthcare organisations, this experience enables me to cast an independent eye, supporting the school in maintaining its high standard and the delivery of its mission into the future.

My Interests:

My wife and I have run a clothing charity -Dignity for the Needy (DTN) in West Africa for many years, to provide clothing for the homeless, underprivileged groups and children in care. I have always been very keen on sport, especially 5k, 10k, and obstacle races.  I have completed several of these races in aid of charities. My goal is to compete at Ultra Beast Spartan and Ironman triathlon UK. I enjoy local community activities and spending time with my children.

Andrew Knowles – Foundation Governor

I have lived in the village for 15 years and have two children at Hackleton School. As an active member of Piddington Church and of the Parochial Church Council, I joined the Governing Body in 2014 to strengthen links between the local church and the school.

The role of a school governor is varied, challenging, but immensely rewarding. For me it’s about providing support, guidance and being a critical friend to Mrs Revens, the school leadership team and staff, and ensuring the school continues to play a positive role in the wider village community. 

Collectively we work to develop and implement a successful strategy that provides an environment within which every child is able to fulfil their full potential, both academically and as members of our community and wider society. It is about responsibility and accountability, listening and representing the views of parents and the village community within Governing Body meetings, as well as spending time in the school during teaching periods.

Professionally, I am a Marketing Director for an animal feed company based in the Netherlands. Outside of work, school and church life, two young children and horses keep my wife and I pretty busy…but it is all lots of fun.

Jennie Lee – Foundation Governor

Whilst I don’t live in the local villages, I have been worshipping with Carey Baptist Church, Hackleton since 1998.  Following a move into Wootton Fields in 1999, my younger son was admitted to Hackleton School, Yr 6, on appeal (there were 36 in his class that year). The school kindly started brass lessons to accommodate his trumpet learning.

My working life splits into three phases. Before I had children, I was Head of Marketing for a toy company. Whilst raising my sons I taught at a local secondary school.  Since then I have trained for Baptist Ministry. I am passionate about enabling all people to grow and develop their gifts and personality so being a Church Minister gives me plenty of scope to do this. 

I believe the experience of primary school education has a profound impact on a person’s life and value the opportunity to serve as a school governor in Hackleton.

I find great fulfilment leading Hackleton Church where I facilitate a supportive Baby and Toddler Group and a Youth Club for the local community. I enjoy spending time with my extensive extended family, eating out, going to the seaside and confess to the occasional Box Set Binge!

Liz Bennett-Sulsh – Foundation Governor

I have lived in Horton since 2003 and my two children currently attend Hackleton School. I am a full-time secondary English teacher, leading a large English Department in a school in Milton Keynes. I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2015 and sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee. I wanted to contribute to the local community in a positive way and in the constantly changing world of education, the role of governor is a challenging and very interesting one. I am enjoying the opportunity to work with a highly committed body of teachers and enthusiastic pupils.

In my spare time I like to read, spend time with my family and enjoy holidays to a range of different and interesting places both abroad and at home.

Kerri Connolly – Foundation Governor

I have lived in Hackleton for 13 years and my children currently attend Hackleton Primary School. Since my eldest child started the school I have been a full-time mum but prior to this I worked as an assistant head teacher in a large primary school in Milton Keynes. Whilst in my teaching role I lead the early years unit within the school and trained as a specialist primary mathematics teacher.

I became a governor in 2015 and really enjoy the opportunity it has given me to continue to develop my knowledge in education whilst hopefully using my previous skills to develop and challenge the school.
In my spare time I enjoy playing and going on adventures with my two young sons. My family and I also enjoy swimming, reading and attending the theatre together.

Maureen Williams – Local Authority

I have lived in Hackleton for over forty years and my two sons went to Hackleton School back in the 1980s! I was a full-time mum until the youngest went to Roade School, and then embarked on a new career in marketing. My last job before I retired in 2009 was Marketing Manager of the MBA programme at Cranfield School of Management in Bedfordshire.

Having taken an active part in village life while the boys were small (mums and tots, playgroup, the summer playscheme, and WI), I wanted to contribute something to the local community again when I retired. The school’s governing body was looking for more members at that time and as I had been a parent governor and Chair in the 1980s, I was invited to be an associate governor, becoming a full governor in 2015. It is all very different from thirty years ago! I am finding it challenging but very exciting too.

My hobbies include singing with the Wellingborough Orpheus Choir and I enjoy walking – you may have seen me walking around the villages in my pink ‘London Moonwalk’ hat. I am also working on a pictorial history of our four villages.

Revd Beverley Hollins – Associate Governor

The children at school know me through assemblies and RE lessons, and they’ve got to know the catch phrase ‘this day is the most important day ever’!

I am vicar of the Living Brook benefice (covering the villages of Hackleton/New Hackleton, Hardingstone, Horton, Piddington, Preston Deanery, Quinton and Quinton Green) of which the school is an important part, and assistant area dean of the Greater Northampton deanery. I am also involved in training curates for the diocese of Peterborough. 

I have served as a governor at a number of schools, and was a foundation governor at Hackleton for a while, including serving for a year as Chair of governors. Being an associate governor allows me the freedom to offer the spiritual and pastoral care expected from the vicar and to focus on a specific role as a member of the Learning and Teaching Committee, particularly supporting issues around values, wellbeing, RE and collective worship.

When off duty, I enjoy relaxing with my family, attempting to learn Italian, and handicrafts. I enjoy reading crime fiction and history, exploring historic sights, and anyone who listens to my sermons will know I especially enjoy Doctor Who!

Richard Booty – Foundation Governor

I have lived in Northampton for 20 years and have a daughter attending Hackleton Primary School. In November 2016 I was appointed a Foundation Governor and am Chair of the Resources Group.

I have a varied career in finance, originally qualifying as an accountant in 1996 and currently working as a Director for Royal Bank of Scotland plc. I wanted to use my skills which I have developed over the years to support the local community and provide a financial focus to the school where required.

In my spare time I enjoy mountaineering and photography together with spending time with my family.


 

Respect

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Forgiveness

Show forgiveness to all, including yourself

Trust

Trusting in God and in each other

Faith

Faith and hope in God, yourself and each other

Friendship

Being generous, caring and loyal friends