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The governing body is the school’s accountable body.  It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards.  The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

Our Governors:
Mr Scott Orchard (Chair of Governors, Co-opted)
I am a retired School Teacher. I taught at Banbury School for 37 years, starting as a PE Teacher and finishing as Operational Headteacher. I am married with 2 daughters. My wife was a Teacher, my daughters are a Teacher and a Surgeon. I am a tour guide at Hook Norton Brewery – well someone has to do it. My interests include having an allotment, sport, walking and making my keep fit class suffer.
Revd John Acreman (Foundation Governor)
John Acreman has been Reverend of Hook Norton Parish for many years and is married with a grown up family.
Ms Stella Belgrove (Staff Governor - Head)
I have been Head of Hook Norton School for 14 years. Previously I was Deputy Head of a school in Stratford-upon-Avon and before that I taught in Worcestershire and in London. I began my working life as a copywriter in advertising working at various agencies, ending with Saatchi & Saatchi. I decided to retrain as a teacher as I no longer found copywriting a fulfilling career. I have two grown up children, a writer/actor/director husband and a boisterous cocker spaniel!
Mr Derek Brotherston (LA Governor)
I have lived in Hook Norton for 18 years and have spent my working life in and around Computer and IT support. I now own and run a local computer and IT consultancy business and have a keen interest in the use of technology within education.
Mr Roger Cooke (Foundation Governor)
My day job is as Senior Auditor with BNP Paribas Commercial Finance for which I get to go to a lot of different companies both in the UK and abroad. I have lived in Hook Norton for just under 20 years, have a wife, seven year old daughter and fourteen year old dog. I worship at St Peter's in the village and have the pleasure of being Treasurer for our church. I love most sports but especially horse racing and football (Aston Villa) and after a recent trip to the States am getting into baseball. As a Foundation Governor I am really looking forward to contributing towards the health and success of our wonderful school in the challenging times that lay before us as our village evolves and the school expands.
Mrs Nellie Crouch (Associate Member)
I have twenty years of teaching experience having taught in London and Kent before moving to the Cotswolds. I have taught across all three key stages of the primary phase: Foundation Stage and Key Stages One and Two. I am Deputy Headteacher at Hook Norton, enjoying the combination of leadership and class teacher responsibilities for our successful and thriving school. I have been actively involved in voluntary work including leading children and family activities at large conventions and charitable trips abroad. I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, entertaining friends and being actively involved in a church. I particularly enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law.
Mrs Hazel Hope (Associate Member)
I moved to Hook Norton with my family in April 1995 and became a member of staff at the School that September as School Secretary. During my 20 years’ service I have progressed to become School Business Manager, have been involved with the Governing Body first as Clerk and latterly Associate Governor, and an active member of the Friends of the School. Both my children attended Hook Norton CE Primary School as pupils and thoroughly enjoyed their time here – in fact, my daughter has returned to become a member of staff as she was appointed as a Teacher a few years ago! Out of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing netball, entertaining, and especially cooking and baking (handy for any cake sales!).
Mrs Rachael Simmonds (Co-opted) Rachael Simmonds has 2 children at Hook Norton Primary School and sits on the board of Governors.  With a background in marketing, promotions and insight, she led the project to design and launch a new school vision in 2015.  She is an active member of the Curriculum Committee spending time observing classes in progress as well as reading with children and attending School and Eco Council Meetings.
Mrs Tanya MacDonald (Staff Governor - Teaching)
Having trained at The Froebel Institute I then taught in London for over ten years both in a Primary School and a Nursery School where I became Acting Deputy Head. I took up the post of Foundation Stage Coordinator at Hook Norton in January 1998. I have two children who both attended the school.
Mr Hugh Protherough (Co-opted)
Hugh has lived in Hook Norton for 40 years and his children attended this school. After a career as teacher and headteacher he built a successful business managing school inspection contracts on behalf of Ofsted. As Deputy Director of Inspections for Prospects he sat on Ofsted’s Regional and National Quality Assurance Boards and was involved in benchmarking the quality of inspections and delivering training to audiences as diverse as local authorities, schools and Her Majesty’s Inspectors. A grandfather to three children, he continues to work part time as an adviser in primary schools across the midlands.
Mr Matthew Fowler (Parent Governor) 
Matthew is married with two children who both attend Hook Norton; his wife runs a media agency and he lives in Milcombe. He works as a Client Relations Executive for Sodexo, and previously as Operations Director in their horticultural business. He has worked in a number of horticultural contracting roles and as buyer for Sainsbury's Homebase. Matthew is head coach at BRUFC for the under 6's, enjoys spending time with his family and loves all things outdoors!
Derek Lyseight-Jones
Retired teacher of forty years experience, originally in secondary education teaching A level art, music and drama but have been mainly engaged in special needs education. Was principal of Penhurst school in Chipping Norton until its closure in 2013. Currently engaged in getting back to music, walking and being a newly qualified community first responder for the ambulance service as well as maintaining links with education. SEN and Safeguarding Governor.
Mrs Deborah Webb (Clerk to Governing body)
Deborah Webb is the Clerk to the Governors at Hook Norton and some other local schools. Deb’s key roles include taking the minutes at the meeting and circulating these to governors once the Chair and Headteacher have checked them. Deb also provides guidance on school regulations, instrument of government, duties, powers, procedures, governors’ terms of office and timely elections and appointments. Deb lives in Chipping Norton and has two sons at school in the town. She also works as a freelance editor and proofreader.
Contact the Governors
Letters addressed to the Chair of Governors C/O the School will be forwarded. Matthew Fowler is the Parent Governor with whom initial contact should be made. Alternatively email office.3044@hook-norton.oxon.sch.uk making the email for the attention of the Chair and the school will forward the email on.
Governor Register of Interests 
HNS Governor Register of Interests 2016_17
Governor Attendance Records.
Register of governor attendance
Governor Training Records.
Training undertaken by the Governors for website
The structure of the Governing body.
The Structure of The Governing Body of Hook Norton Church of England Primary School
Dates of Governor Meetings
Dates of Meetings 2016 17 plus committee membership
The Governing Body:
  • Sets the strategic direction of the school by:
    • Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
    • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
    • Setting statutory targets
    • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure.
  • Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:
    • The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
    • Progress towards targets
    • The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
    • The budget and the staffing structure.
  • Ensures accountability by:
    • signing off the school’s own self-evaluation report
    • responding to Ofsted reports when necessary
    • holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school
    • ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
    • making available information to the community.
  • Appoints and performance manages the headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the governing body.
For governing bodies to carry out their role effectively, governors must be:
  • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously;
  • Acknowledged as the accountable body by the lead professionals;
  • Supported by the appropriate authorities in that task; and
  • Willing and able to monitor and review their own performance.
The role of a governor In law the governing body is a corporate body, which means:
  • no governor can act on her/his own without proper authority from the full governing body;
  • all governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made, and
  • although appointed through different routes (i.e. parents, staff, Local Authority community, foundation), the overriding concern of all governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole.