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Our Governors


Governors work together with school leaders to do two main things:


1. To help set the vision and strategic direction of the school and ensure school improvement is having an impact

2. To challenge and support school leaders in improving outcomes for all pupils


Another common way of describing the role of governors is to say that the job is to provide a healthy mix of support and challenge.


Recent Government guidance on appointing and electing governors states:


'All governors need a strong commitment to their role and to improving outcomes for children; the inquisitiveness to question and analyse; and the willingness to learn. They need good inter-personal skills, appropriate levels of literacy in English and sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data'.




The Governing Body of Hamstel Junior School has powers and duties in regards to the various aspects of the policies, staffing, finances and curriculum of the school.

The Governing Body is composed of the representatives of Southend Borough Council, elected parent governors, elected teacher and staff governors plus co-opted members. Should you wish to contact the Chair of Governors you may do so in writing and send it care of the school.

Parent Governor Election Results



After the ballot to select two parent governors we are now pleased to welcome Mr Dawson and Mr Turner on to Hamstel Junior School’s governing board.

Thank you to everyone who voted in this very important ballot.

We look forward to working with our two new governors as part of the governing board to continue to improve outcomes for all pupils.




If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors please write to Heather Hucker, Chair of Governors c/o Hamstel Junior School, Hamstel Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 4PQ.

Members of our Governing Body

Members of our Governing Body 1 Mrs H Hucker - Chair
Members of our Governing Body 2 Mr A Westoby - Vice Chair
Members of our Governing Body 3 Mrs K Willis - Clerk to Governors
Members of our Governing Body 4 Mrs C Farrell - Headteacher
Members of our Governing Body 5 Mr J Aitken - Co-opted Governor
Members of our Governing Body 6 Mrs J Farrell - Staff Governor
Members of our Governing Body 7 Mr P Hall - Co-opted Governor
Members of our Governing Body 8 Mr D Hobbs - Co-opted Governor
Members of our Governing Body 9 Mr E Keeble - Co-opted Governor
Members of our Governing Body 10 Mrs B Weight - Parent Governor
Members of our Governing Body 11 Mr R Wright - Co-opted Governor


Heather Hucker - Previously serving as a parent governor, I was voted Chair of the Local Governing Body in September 2017 tasked with taking forward the new portfolio monitoring system to ensure that we are an effective governing body in challenging and supporting all key areas of the school.

I work closely with the Headteacher, keeping abreast of progress of pupils, performance of the teaching staff as well as other issues.

My role, with support of our Clerk, is to ensure that we are meeting our statutory responsibilities and that we are ensuring that at Hamstel Junior School, all pupils achieve their best, are happy, are interested and engaged in the curriculum and feel safe.  If you wish to contact me, please do via the school office.


Andrew Westoby - Previously serving as a parent governor, I was elected vice chair in 2016.  I was part of the committee responsible for recruiting Christine Farrell as our headteacher.  I use my background in education management to support the school by being a critical friend.  In my work as a governor, I support our headteacher and staff to deliver a high quality and engaging education.

Peter Hall - I became a governor to help make a positive difference to the children's school life through the use of the skills I have developed as a diversity and inclusion expert in my professional life.  I am keen to have the opportunity to support the school to ensure we continue to develop and maintain an inclusive learning culture for all.

I have just been appointed to the Finance Committee and I am the link governor for the School's Website and British Values.

David Hobbs - A graduate of the University of Manchester in Modern History, Economics and Politics, I spent my career in the shipping and payment card industries.  Over the last 20 years I have worked in over 15 different countries including the UK, as a payment card consultant. 

I am recently retired and have a grandson at the school.  I feel that my experiences in managing against objectives, working with colleagues and clients to help them achieve their goals, and a strong focus on data driven insights will help make a contribution to the successful development of Hamstel Junior School.


Becky Weight - I have been a parent governor since 2015 and I have two children at Hamstel Junior School.  Being a Governor enables me to play a role in supporting the school and staff.  It involves making decisions that will impact on the education of all children at the school.  I hope that my contribution will help them to succeed.