Our Governors work together with school leaders to do two main things:
1. To help set the vision and strategic direction of the school
2. To ensure school improvement is having an impact
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'.
If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors please write to Chair of Governors c/o Hamstel Junior School, Hamstel Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 4PQ.
Karen Willis - I am an experienced Governor and Clerk to Governors at a range of schools and Multi Academy Trusts across the educational phases within Southend, Essex and London, previously a Chair of Governors at a successful local school. Having worked as a Business Manager and Project Manager for a London Borough for 25 years I also have expert knowledge of financial management, project management, data analysis, organisational change management and people management. I will strategically support and challenge the Academy to enable our children to have access to the best education and opportunities possible and will use my knowledge and experience to do so, with my colleagues, in the position of Chair of Governors.
Julie Lapslie - I worked in the City for 15 years as a PA, primarily for a newspaper and then an investment bank. Since starting my own family I have trained to become a Clerk to Governors. I have been doing this role for 13 years and work for several schools, which include infant, primary, secondary and special schools.
I also clerk for Trust Boards across Southend and Essex. I have a keen interest in education and Law, and enjoy my work with the schools and Governing Boards.
Peter Hall - I became a school governor because I am passionate about helping all our children to feel valued, respected and have a positive experience at school. As a Director of Diversity and Inclusion, working in London I am keen to ensure that I share thought leadership on diversity and inclusion helping our children to grow and thrive in a supportive inclusion culture for all.
Hamstel Junior School has a great collaboration between children, staff, governors and parents. I believe together we can be outstanding.
I am a co-opted governor and Vice Chair of the Pay Committee.
David Hobbs - I am recently retired and bring to the school my experiences of managing complex situation, an analytical approach to problem solving and an awareness of the preeminence of the student and the competing priorities in modern education and training. My recent career was spent in plastic payment cards in performance enhancement consulting working across the globe on all 5 land continents. Prior to this I had industry experience in card processing in UK and Germany. I obtained my BA Honours in Modern History, Economics and Politics from the University of Manchester, UK.
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.