Governors of the Federation of Mill Hill and Woodcroft Schools

Welcome to this section of the website.  A smaller more focused Governing Body, based on skills, started on 10 July 2014.  There are now 11 willing volunteers* who give time, energy and expertise to ensure that the Federation provides the very best learning opportunities and environment for all the pupils.  The Governor’s task is to ensure the Federation of the two schools continues to improve so that the highest possible standards are achieved all the time.  Governors are part of the leadership teams and focus on ensuring that there is a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction, hold the leaders to account for pupil achievements and overseeing the finances of the Federation to make sure that money is well spent.

The Leaders are responsible for the day to day running of the school and they work hard to implement the Federations Strategic Plans.  It is the responsibility of the Governors to challenge and support the school in its ways of providing the best all round education for all the children.

The Governors meet twice a term for Full Governing Body meetings and once a term for a Resources Committee meeting at 4pm. Meetings last no longer than 2 hours.

What is the point of a Governing Body?

All Governing Bodies have to make sure that –

  • there is a clear vision for the future and that the school provides a good, happy environment for its children
  • the leaders of the school focus on progress so that all pupils get the best results possible and that staff are managed effectively
  • the school manages its finances and that money is well spent

 How do others see us?

  • We were rated as “Good” by Ofsted at the last Woodcroft inspection.
  • A staff questionnaire at Mill Hill showed that most of those who responded feel that governors “actively promote the mission and values of the school” and of the “vision of the federation”.
  • We were rated as “Good” by Ofsted at the recent Mill Hill inspection.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor for the Federation or wish to contact me, please ring the school office and leave your contact details and I’ll reply to you as soon as I can.

Mrs. Marie Hattersley
Chair of Governors

 The Federation of Mill Hill and Woodcroft Schools – a Review of the Governing Body for this Academic Year.

How did the Governing Body contribute to school improvement?

  • Worked with the Local Authority to support the induction of new Headteachers in both schools. This included ensuring that each Headteacher had access to a School Improvement Partner. It also meant attending regular meetings with representatives of the Local Authority.
  • Supported the Ofsted inspection at Mill Hill. The school was again graded as “good”. Governors are part of the Senior Leadership and management of schools so this judgement reflects well on the input from Governors.
  • Rigorous monitoring of:
    • the school improvement plans and education priorities
    • termly progress and attainment data
    • SEN provision
    • Early Years provision
    • spending on Pupil Premium and the Sports Premium funding
    • the budgets and this also involved financial audits
    • Safeguarding via the Single Central Register
    • Health and Safety on both sites
  • Reviewed policies to ensure that schools meet statutory obligations
  • Conducted the performance management of each Headteacher and audited the performance management and pay recommendations of staff to ensure that processes are fair, appropriate and in line with Hampshire recommendations
  • Attended when representatives from Hampshire County Council Estates performed their annual visit to ensure the grounds and buildings are well maintained
  • Met with Pre-School leaders at WPS to improve long term relationships
  • Termly meetings were held with the Resources committee, Personal committee and the Full Governing Body. We request a range of information that includes information on teaching and learning; curriculum provision; pupil progress and attainment; staffing; budgets; progress with the school improvement priorities. The minutes from the Full Governing Body are available for anyone who would like to know more about our challenge, support and feedback.
  • The Chair of Governors met regularly with the Headteachers to ensure that governor support is on-going, appropriate and forward-looking.
  • We have made good progress towards developing a Federation strategic plan. This is to find cost effective ways of working across both schools.

What steps did we take to develop the governing body?

  • Increased and improved communication with the families of both schools – through regular newsletters and surveys. Having a Staff Governor and a Parent Governor has helped with surveys. There is still much more we could do
  • New governors have joined – but we still need more
  • We attend training. The whole Governing Body received training on Strategic Finance in Schools. Governors attend the local summer conference, the SEN conference, Chairs’ network meetings, governor forum meetings and a workshop on governing in a Federation. Governors have attended training on Safeguarding and the Chair has met with the Head of Governor Services to develop good practice.
  • We conducted a thorough self evaluation which has helped develop action points for next year.
  • Recruited a new Clerk

On the fun side…

Much of the work is serious but we also gain much pleasure from our involvement. Not just because we have a great team and work with great Headteachers and their staff, but also because of great pupils!

Governors have accompanied trips including one that involved camping overnight. Others have gone to sporting events; school assemblies; plays and end of year events; and supported the recruitment of a Head Boy and Head Girl at Mill Hill.

The activities of the Governing Body over the year suggests that we met the objectives proposed at the full Governing Body meeting on 11 October 2018 (see minutes if further detail required)

 1) To improve the effectiveness of the Governing Body so that all core statutory functions are fulfilled to a high standard, through an accurate and in-depth knowledge of the schools and their ability to challenge school leaders.

2) Develop effective governance of the schools and Federation through alignment with the school leaders’ plans, monitoring and evaluation.

3) Ensure that all governors are informed about the expectations of the curriculum and are informed on attainment and progress through the year.

We also proposed that we support both schools in the work that they are doing to provide a broad, balanced and rich curriculum. Every full Governing Body meeting addressed what this means in practice by asking for input on key areas of curriculum planning and how they address the needs of all pupils.

Mrs. Marie Hattersley

(Chair of Governors)


Meet the Governors

Marie Hattersley                             Chair of Governors &

                                                           Local Authority Governor

Adam Lea                                          Vice Chair

Margaret Gray                                  Co-Opted Governor

Vacancy                                              Co-Opted Governor

Rachel Oakshott-Evans                   Co-Opted Governor

Yvonne Dixon                                   Co-Opted Governor

Vacancy                                              Parent Governor

Emily Owen                                       Staff Governor

Tracy Morgan                                  Headteacher Mill Hill

                                                            Primary School

Barry Fanning                                  Headteacher Woodcroft

                                                            Primary School


For the full list of Governor responsibilities and Working parties, please see the link below:

Governors Role and Responsibilities


For the current Governor Pecuniary Interests and attendance for the last academic year, please see the link below:

Pecuniary Interest and Attendance Register


For this current academic year, please contact Mrs Stewart at the school office for an up to date attendance register.

If you would like to see a copy of the minutes and documentation from any Governors meeting, please contact Mrs Stewart at the school office who can arrange this for you.