Our Governing Body is made up of nine Governors : 6 NET Appointed, 1 Ex-Offico (the Principal), 1 Parent, 1 Staff
Meetings will also normally be attended by: The Vice-Principal and the School Business Manager.
Hilton Primary Academy Governing Board has one sub-committee which is the Finance /Procedures Sub-Committee - which reports to theBoard.The Governing Board and Finance / Procedures Sub-Committee meetings are eachheld on a termly basis.
Hilton Primary Academy follows the portfolio model of Governance.
Note that the Chair of Governors may be contacted via the address of the academy: Hilton Primary Academy, Hilton Ave, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 3RN.
When Governor vacancies arise parents will be notified through the school newsletters and are encouraged to apply for these positions. A ballot will be held if applications exceed vacancies.
The Governing Body has signed the NGA code of practice for governors which includes the seven principles of Public Office which guide work. Pecuniary interest statements are also signed. The declarations are:
1. Nicholas Brown - pecuniary interest declared - Chair of Newcastle Community Asset Trust
2. Mr M Dunn, Chair of Governors - pecuniary interest declared - Owner of Dunn Education Associates, Governor at Cramlington Learning Village, Board Member of Newcastle Community Asset Trust.
The current Governing Body Members list is here: Sept-July 2018
The login to Governors documents area is here
Please take a look at the DfE Governors Handbook: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/395789/Governors_Handbook.pdf
The purpose of the handbook is that it:
- outlines the core role and functions of academy governing bodies
- summarises all of the specific legal duties on governing bodies
- signposts more detailed information on legal duties and supporting guidance and resources
The handbook also sets out the purpose of the Governing Body and the role of Governors as follows:
There are three core strategic functions of governing bodies:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.
As governors we understand that evidence suggests that governors that carry out their role well do so by:
- understanding their strategic role ? building a productive and supportive relationship with the principal while holding them to account for school performance and taking hard decisions in the light of objective data;
- ensuring governors have the necessary skills and commitment, including to challenge the school to bring about improvement and hold leaders to account for performance;
- appointing an effective chair to lead and manage the governing board
- appointing a high quality clerk to advise them on the nature of their functions and duties and who ensures that that governing board operates efficiently and effectively;
- evaluating their performance regularly in the light of expectations and other good practice and making changes as necessary to improve their effectiveness; and
- governing more than one school to develop a more strategic perspective and create a more robust accountability through the ability to compare and contrast across schools.
As governors we acknowledge we have responsibility for ensuring that Hilton Primary Academy within Northern Education Trust has an effective and appropriate system of control, financial and otherwise.
Please contact the Academy should you wish to make an appointment to speak with any of the Governing Body members.