A welcome from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the full Governing Body of Airy Hill Primary School, may I wish you a very warm welcome to our school.

Firstly, a little bit about me. I have been a school Governor for almost eight years and was elected as Chair in September 2018. I find being a Governor a very rewarding. With all my 3 children attending the school over the past nine years, I can certainly say that Airy Hill School has meant a lot to our family. I am passionate about doing my best for all the children at our school.

The Governing Body is responsible for setting the strategic development of the school and to support and challenge the Headteacher in achieving its priorities and goals. We currently stand as an OfSTED rated Good school and we are positive and committed in moving forwards towards Outstanding.

Each Governor has an area of school that they take a special interest in. This means that, as well as attending full Governing Body meetings, each Governor comes into the school to monitor their specific area. We have Governors from all different backgrounds to bring a wide range of skills and expertise.

Governors are often present in school so that we can see the children at work and to talk to them, to support the dedicated staff and to ensure the clarity of vision and ethos of the school is at

We aim to give our pupils what they need to succeed in life in order to become caring members of the community with strong moral values, and to encourage their creativity and drive through thoughtful academic study so that they achieve their true potential.

Airy Hill School operates an open-door policy and we encourage parents to be involved in school life. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mrs Matthewman, our Headteacher.

Andrew Hatchwell

Chair of Governors

What is the role of a governing body?

 Establishing the strategic direction, by:

–           Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school

–           Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets

–           Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

–           Monitoring progress towards targets

–           Carrying out the Performance Management of the headteacher

–           Engaging with stakeholders e.g. parents, staff and the wider school community

–           Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

–           Setting the budget

–           Monitoring spending against the budget

–           Ensuring value for money is obtained

–           Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

The governors, together as a body, have a range of legal responsibilities, being a governor is an important commitment and the trust and school will provide induction training.

 What is expected of governors?

  • To acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
  • To strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
  • To observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside school
  • To accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.                      



Date of


Term of


Appointed by:

Category of




Links or


Meetings Attended

Catherine Matthewman




Head Teacher


Lead Professional of the School


Andrew Hatchwell



Parent Election

Chair of Governors


Vice Chair, Chair of S.I. Com. Data, Discipline and Pay Panel. Data and Assessment Link. Pupil Premium and Sports Funding Governor.


Jo Witney



Parent Election



SEN/AGT and Nursery, Year 1 and EYFS Link Governor. Discipline and Pay Panel. Head Teacher Appraisal Panel.


Deborah Hall




LA Governor


HT Appraisal Panel, Safeguarding and Child Protection


Hilary Mason 27/09/2018 4 yrs Parent Election Parent Governor      

Mary Shone



Parent Election

Parent Governor




Emily Burns


4 yrs

Governing Body



School Council, KS1 Link Governor


Stephanie King


4 yrs

Parent Election

Parent Governor




Jo Downie


4 yrs

Governing Body






Terms of Office for previous Governors

Name Date of Appointment Date Stepped Down
Joe Plant 01/09/2013 22/09/2016
Janette Crossan 01/09/2015 22/09/2017
Chris Watson 28/02/2014 28/09/2017
Stephanie Young 26/11/2015 20/11/2017

Jonathon Brown



 Tom Cooper



Eve Locker



Sarah Tonnar



Donna Jackson



Paul Armstrong



Governors’ Register of Interests 

Governor Business Interests Personal Interests Interests in other educational establishments
Paul Armstrong None None None
Emily Burns None None None
Deborah Hall None None None
Andrew Hatchwell None None None
Mary Shone None None None
Catherine Matthewman None None None
Hilary Mason None None None
Jo Witney Self Employed Artist/ Signmaker, ongoing appointment, 18th October 2018 Part time employee at the National Trust, Visitor Engagement/ Education, ongoing appointment, 18th October 2018 None None
Stephanie King None MSA at Airy Hill Primary School  
Jo Downie None None None