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Scroll down to enjoy the excellent pictures of the governors, all drawn by children at our school ... 

Mr Dee is automatically a governor by virtue of his position (also known as 'ex officio') as he is the Head Teacher.  Mr Price is our staff governor.

Miriam ‘Mims’ Edwards (Chair)

I’m now in my 6th academic year as a governor at HBT.  I was elected Chair in March 2021 and am enjoying the leadership role.  Every day is a school day for me … always something new to learn, hear or see.  My vision is to ensure our governing body is proactive, effective, supportive and wholly embedded in the school community.  I’ve accompanied Winter Class on the last two annual PGL residential trips which are the most amazing fun and it’s so wonderful to see the children learn new skills and challenge themselves, and I’m very much looking forward to PGL 2022 in shorts rather than thermals!

(Thank you to Kerry, aged 5, for her magnificent drawing)

 

Trevor Lewis (Vice Chair)

I am the local Parish Priest and I have been the ex-officio Foundation Governor since I arrived in March 2017. I have been a school Governor since 1994. My previous career before ministry was as a senior projects manager and engineer. I have two children and three grandchildren and I am passionate about giving our young people the best start in life that they can achieve.

(Thank you to Peter, aged 5, for his wonderful picture).

 

Penny Lewis

 

As a parent of a Year 1 child, I was excited to join the school governors last year at the start of my daughter’s school journey. I was attracted to the role out of genuine curiosity for the behind-the-scenes workings of a school and an interest in learning more about the school politics. But more importantly than this, I am very keen to be actively involved in maintaining and improving the educational outcomes for both HBT Primary and its pupils and to support the development of both the school and the children’s learning. As children are in the education system for the majority of their childhood, a great primary school is essential in providing them with a strong education grounding and paving the way for their onward learning journey. I am looking forward to being part of the team that can help shape this journey for the benefit of every child passing through the school on their journey to achieving their learning and development goals. I am a Registered Nurse and throughout my nursing career I have become an accomplished team worker, a critical thinker and have developed my communication skills within a range of clinical settings. I

hope that this personal toolbox will be useful within the governor role. On a personal level, taking on the challenge of school governor will enable me to further both my personal and professional development whilst hopefully having a positive impact on the strategic direction of both the school and the children’s future education.

(Thank you to Harper, aged almost 6, for the brilliant portrait of her mum)

Roddy Wakeford

 

I have been living in Hurstbourne Tarrant for the last 3 years having been in South Africa for 28 years, and work for the Murdoch family who have a long history with helping the local community. I wanted to contribute in my own way and what could be better than involvement in a leadership role with Hurstbourne Tarrant Church of England Primary School.  I have sat on the Boards of two very different schools in South Africa – one a junior school in Mpumalanga Province specialising in children with learning difficulties and the other a traditional and highly respected senior boys’ school in Cape Town. Both roles involved the usual corporate governance but also some serious application to fees, fundraising, staff and pupil management and communication. I therefore have experience in all aspects of governorship of schools and to be appointed as the Local Authority Governor is an honour indeed. I hope to use my influence with the guidance and approval of my fellow board members, liaising with the local authority to ensure that HBT Primary receives all the help to which it is entitled.  On the family front, my wife, Nicky is a caterer and I have 4 children ranging from 32 to 18. William lives with us in Dene Green, one is at university in Cape Town and the others have flown the nest. And by the way, I have grey hair and a sense of humour!

(Thank you to Harper for an incredible picture of Mr Wakeford, drawn while she was at home self-isolating)

Rob Perry

 

As a parent of a child in Year 3 and with another child due to start in 2023, the school will be a huge part of our family’s life for the next few years. I have only ever been impressed with every aspect of the school and I want to do my best to ensure that parents of current and future pupils feel the same. I am a serving police officer and interested and involved in contemporary issues around safeguarding. I will aim to ensure our school is ahead of the curve with any developing issues in this area. I’m also passionate about the importance of sport and movement in early years and I will hope to bring my experience and enthusiasm to the role of governor.

(Thank you to Jack, aged 8, for the picture - an excellent likeness of his dad!)

Freddy Colquhoun

 

I am delighted to have become a Parent Governor of the school. All 3 of my children will pass through it and the experience of the school we have all had so far has been extremely positive. I hope that I can help to ensure that the high standards the school achieves are maintained for the foreseeable future.  I have a financial background and will look to use my experience to help with the budget planning and eek out any savings or additional resources that can be put straight to the benefit of the children.

 

Ian Morris

 

Living a stone’s throw from the school, with children in Autumn and Winter classes, the school continues to be very much a huge part of our life.  In my capacity as co-opted governor I hope I can give something back to a wonderful school, with amazing staff and a unique connection between children, staff and parents. Attending the Resources Committee, I will draw on my professional experience in financial services to help the school leadership team navigate the challenges of increasingly constrained budgets. I will also work proactively to identify alternative models to resource management that will target funds towards empowering the staff and enhancing the enjoyment and learning journey of every child at school.

 

Eva Healey

 

I am retired hairdresser and had a mobile business for 5 years. I have also worked for Welsh Wildlife Trust managing the restaurant. Since moving to Andover 7 years ago I became a Foster Carer. I also help look after my 2 grandchildren who attend HBT School. I have always had an interest in

education and child welfare, with volunteering in my own children’s schools and serving on PTA.  I am also a volunteer in the school and have

been very impressed with the staff’s dedication to the children’s educational and care needs. My main reason for becoming a governor is to help support the teaching staff with the challenges and pressures that come with the constant changes with curriculum and assessment guidelines. HBT is a wonderful school and a huge benefit to the local community. I hope that during my time as a governor, I can be a useful member of the team and help support the teachers and pupils to produce the best education and care possible.

 

Adel Du Toit

 

I moved to the village over 10 years ago and during this period there have been a couple of occasions where I was asked if I would consider becoming a community governor, however the timing just wasn’t right.  This time around the timing was perfect for me to step into a governor role as my son had just started in Spring class. Being a governor gives me the chance to give back to our lovely village and community and use my

professional skills in business and management in a different way than I would normally do. I am really looking forward to working alongside the rest of the governors to continue helping our school and community.

 

Kate Walbyoff

 

I moved to the village over 10 years ago and, while never having been involved in the school previously, the rhythm of the school year has been very much evident in my experience of the village. After learning that I had decided to step down from a weekly volunteering role at a young people’s charity in Andover where I’d been for 6 years Mims Edwards (Chair) suggested I consider a role on the governing body. With 4 infant and junior teachers in my family, including a father-in-law who was a head teacher of a junior school in his time, it is somewhat daunting to take on a role in the education environment, although I hope that my professional experience in transformation projects and programme management may be of some benefit to the governing and teaching teams.

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