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Governors

Hyde Park Infant School became part of the Horizon Multi Academy Trust on 1 January 2019. Hyde Park Infant School and Hyde Park Junior School are a federated governing board.

Horizon Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and is an exempt charity.

Horizon Multi Academy Trust is registered at Companies House [Registration no. 08084557]

The Horizon Multi Academy Trust Board is accountable in law for all decisions about its academies.

However, the Trust Board have agreed within their Scheme of Delegation that many decisions can and should be delegated to the local governing bodies. The Governing Body of the school is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds. The school governors are a group of individuals, who are elected, nominated or co-opted and are representatives of parents and staff, and the local community. School Governors work with the Headteacher and are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school.

Our purpose as a governing body is to support & improve the school through our involvement, providing supportive, active & critical voice to ensure that the school achieves its maximum potential and every pupil achieves.

The three key functions for the Governing Body are:

To ensure that the vision, ethos & strategic direction of the school are clearly defined;
To ensure that the Headteacher performs her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school;
To ensure the sound, proper & effective use of the school’s financial resources.

The Governing Body adopts an executive responsibility approach to its functionality & reports through Governor meetings held six times a year. Where committees are required, the chair of those committees is listed below:

Review Committee - Anthony Greenfield
Head Teacher Performance Review Committee - Glyn Price

You can contact the Chair by emailing trustboard@horizonmat.com

You can see information about our governing board below.

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Name:Anthony Greenfield
Category:Parent
Appointing Body:Parent
Term:02/2017 - 02/2021
Responsibilities:Chair, Safeguarding, Pupil Premium
Register of interests:Child attending the school, business owner of Datafixer
Other Governorship:Nil
Profile:Having two children at both schools, it has been my pleasure to help as much as I can with the smooth running of the schools and helping to direct the future of the schools. I have past experience in the running of an OFSTED registered special needs school, and have in depth knowledge of IT and Financial Advice; which I hope would be of use to the schools governance.
Attendance for Previous academic Year:6/6

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Name:Hannah McNamee
Category:Staff Governor
Appointing Body:Staff Ballot
Term:02/2017 - 02/2021
Responsibilities:Health and Safety
Register of interests:Nil
Other Governorship:Nil
Profile:I am a staff member of the Junior School and I am a fairly newly appointed staff governor. I am really excited about this opportunity and I am looking forward to supporting the federated governing board, particularly in the areas I feel passionate about in school, which include SEND, educational visits and assessing pupil progress.
Attendance for Previous academic Year:5/6

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Name:Glyn Price
Category:Parent Governor
Appointing Body:Parent community
Term:02/2017 - 02/2021
Responsibilities:Vice Chair, Supporting new governors, Head Teacher Performance Management, English
Register of interests:Child attending the school
Other Governorship:Nil
Profile:Newly appointed to the Board of Governors in March 17, I have a long term vested interest in the success of both schools; being the parent of a child about to transition between Infant and Juniors (Sept 17), with another not due to join Early Years until Sept 2018. I am passionate about supporting both schools to ensure that every one of our children enjoy a positive, challenging experience and above all maximise their potential. I have held a senior leadership role within a large utility company for the last 20 years, which has hopefully afforded me skills that can be exploited to the benefit of the Hyde Park Federation.
Attendance for Previous academic Year:5/6

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Name:Denise Razey
Category:Co-opted
Appointing Body:Governing Board
Term:10/2016 - 10/2020
Responsibilities:Health and Safety
Register of interests:Nil
Other Governorship:Nil
Profile:I am a staff member of the infant school and I have been a governor for 10 years before becoming a member of the federated governing board in April 2015. I am looking forward to supporting the federated governing board, particularly in the areas I have responsibility in school, which include SEND, maths and assessing pupil progress.
Attendance for Previous academic Year:6/6

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Name:Phil Hart
Category:Co-opted
Appointing Body:Governing Board
Term:07/2018 - 07/2022
Responsibilities:Head Teacher Performance Management and Maths
Register of interests:Nil
Other Governorship:Nil
Profile:I have been professionally engaged with primary, secondary, further and higher education for 44 years and have taken the lead in the following areas: quality assurance; curriculum and staff development; management, leadership and innovation; reflective practice.
I presently work with four higher education institutions as a visiting specialist, visiting lecturer and associate lecturer; my current remits include quality assuring Initial Teacher Education provision and facilitating management and leadership workshops for Junior Doctors and Consultants.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). I was invited to submit a fast-track application to become a Fellow owing to the publication of an article, for which I was lead, first-named author, in the journal of Critical Reflective Practice in Education (Volume 4: 2015); the article is entitled: Reflective Practice undertaken by Healthcare and Medical Trainees and Practitioners: so what’s all the fuss about? I am passionate about critical reflective practice because of its capacity to facilitate for all learners, within all professions and disciplines, the development of intellectual behaviours which promote continuous improvement and refinement of their practice in academic, professional, social and personal contexts. I am excited at the prospect of sharing my passion for this topic with trainee teachers, teachers and colleagues and to learn further from their practice, perspectives and experiences.
Most recently I have become Chairperson of the Patient Participation Group (PPG) for the Pathfields Practice. My role will include liaising directly with staff and patients of the Practice in order to continue to develop systems and practices that are user-friendly, patient-centred and effective, and which promote patient ownership of their health and well-being which embraces the opportunities and benefits presented by social prescribing. Such a role will also involve working collaboratively with other chairpersons throughout Devon and beyond to share and learn from practice and experiences.
In my work with my fellow Governors and other professional colleagues I intend to draw upon my experience and expertise in order to contribute appropriately and effectively to the continuing support and development of the pupils, parents and staff of both schools.
Attendance for Previous academic Year:5/6

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Name:Rachel Mathis
Category:Co-opted
Appointing Body:Trust Board
Term:07/2019 - 07/2023
Responsibilities:English
Register of interests:Nil
Other Governorship:Nil
Profile:I have recently been appointed as a co-opted governor (September 2019) and am excited about joining the Federated Governing Body. I look forward to using my skills in supporting the leadership teams to ensure that each and every child has equal opportunity to reach their full potential.
I retired in December 2018 following a 35 year career in the energy sector, working in IT and latterly in Supply Chain. During my career I have amassed skills that are transferrable to the role of governor. I feel that these skills, and the time commitment I can make, will enable me to provide a significant contribution to the Governing Body.
Attendance for Previous academic Year:N/A

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Name:Kate Harvey
Category:Co-opted
Appointing Body:GTrust Board
Term:09/2019 - 09/2023
Responsibilities:Maths
Register of interests:Nil
Other Governorship:Nil
Profile:I am newly appointed to the board of governors as a co-opted governor, I have recently moved to the area and enrolled my children in the schools. I now have a personal and long-term vested interest in Hyde Park Federation and would love to offer any experiences I can to support the school. I believe that a big part of teaching is the ability to collaboratively work together; children, parents, teachers, leadership, schools and academies. Sharing views and maximising a range of skills and experiences which will ultimately ensure the children have the best opportunities in a safe, warm and happy environment. I am a primary school teacher and for the last five years I have been in years 5/6. My subject lead is DT and I have a great passion for STEM and raising children’s aspirations, there are some amazing community STEM links and I place a lot of importance on utilising these links and encouraging the children to experience real-world lessons regarding science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Attendance for Previous academic Year:N/A

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Name:Lucy Richards
Category:Parent Governor
Appointing Body:Parent community
Profile:I was fortunate enough to be elected as Parent Governor and I am determined to drive the school towards continued success. I therefore approach the position with a commitment to the parental body of the school while taking a strategic approach to governance. Having always been passionate about education, I began teaching while studying to become a professional dancer. Following my training at The London College of Dance, I enjoyed a life of performing before delivering my subject into Secondary Education in both London and Devon, becoming Head of Dance and Head of Year. I also had the privilege of being appointed Artistic Director of Devon Youth Dance. While delivering Dance in Secondary schools and the further education sector, I started my own school and led staff and pupils for ten years, focusing on attainment in technical genres while making vision and ethos the priority of our dancers' development. Consequently, and drawing from my current profession as an Artist, I believe the Arts to be a vital subject in state education and I look forward to encouraging it’s safe future in all schools. Additionally, from my work in education, and especially as a Principal, I was able to support disadvantaged families and I now intend to use my experience in this critical area to ensure that we are optimizing every possible opportunity to ultimately benefit the learning of each and every pupil. I am so honoured to be part of the Governing Board of the Hyde Park Schools and am truly committed to supporting the educational performance of the school and, thus, our children’s future.

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Name:Warren Stonebridge
Category:Parent Governor
Appointing Body:Parent community
Profile: Newly appointed to the board as a parent Governor in July 2021, I feel I have joined the school at a very exciting time. My son Ted left last year and my daughter Emily is about to start Year 4. A bit about me. I worked in the voluntary and charity sector for 10 years as a professional mediator and trained counsellor and spent several years in international IT recruitment. In 2001, I was fortunate enough to travel through South East Asia and drive around the whole of Australia. For the last 13 years, I have been a primary school teacher at an outstanding school in Plymouth. I have been the subject lead in both computing and maths for the last 5 years and consistently aim to raise standards in all areas of my school. I also take an active lead in PSHE. I am also a PLE (Plymouth Leader of Education) and assist other schools with professional development in many areas. I feel my particular set of skills and experience will be of benefit to the Hyde Park community and I look forward to working collaboratively with the team.

Previous Governors:
Dominic Ring - Oct 2020
Mark Briffa - Oct 2020


Chair of Governors Welcome Letter

Horizon MAT Article Of Association

Code of Conduct for Governors

Horizon MAT Governance