School Governors

Hiltingbury Junior School Governing Body

What we do

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The governing body in our school has a legal responsibility which can be summarised by three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

Our Approach

The Hiltingbury Governors, in partnership with the headteacher, provide effective strategic leadership and strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.  We are committed to an outstanding experience for all our pupils enabling them to learn effectively and achieve high standards across a relevant and rich curriculum. The day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher and staff who create a rewarding, enjoyable and safe learning experience.

Our approach is one of commitment, honesty and openness in the performance of our duties. We pride ourselves in the integrity of our members and our balance of rigorous holding to account with positive support.

Governor Meetings

We meet every half term as a full Governing Body, and have two main sub committees. These are the Resources committee, responsible for financial aspects of the school, and the Curriculum and Standards committee whose purpose is to focus on the curriculum itself as well as children’s attainment and progress. There is also a Pay Committee and a Headteacher Performance Committee.

Individually, governors may also have specific responsibility for a subject or priority within the school, and will attend meetings for that area as needed. These visits are a valuable opportunity for governors to work closely with staff members to gain a deeper understanding of some of the initiatives used in school to improve and sustain progress.

All Governors receive a full induction and further training relevant to their committee membership and specific link area.  Training is provided by Hampshire Governor Services.

Who we are

Hiltingbury Junior School Governing body is made up of representatives from staff, the local authority, parents and members of the community.  Our diverse backgrounds give us a wide range of experience and views, enabling us to make informed decisions about the school collectively. 

We welcome and value feedback from parents so please do come and speak to us at school events or we can be contacted via the school office. 

Governors’ Details

Name Category Appointed by Term of Office(no. of years & end date) Committee membership Responsibilities Voting Rights(if Associate Member)
Miss Roisin Philip Headteacher Resources / Standards & Curriculum Yes
Mr Jon Clark Staff Governing Body 4 years 26-Mar-23 Resources / Standards & Curriculum Yes
Mrs Judith Rutherford Co-opted Governing Body 4 years 01-Dec-19 Standards & Curriculum, Resources Chair of Governors, Western Forum Representative Yes
Mrs Catherine Grimer Co-opted Governing Body 4 years 01-Dec-19 Resources Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources, Head Teacher Performance Management, Health and Safety Yes
Mrs Beccy Hoddinott Isaac Co-opted Governing Body 4 years 01-Dec-19 Resources Safeguarding, Pay Committee, Link to Tree House Yes
Mr Samuel Garforth Co-opted Governing Body 4 years 07-Apr-21 Standards & Curriculum Chair of Standards & Curriculum, Year 6 Link Governor, Website/Statutory Information Yes
Mr Mark Weal Parent Parent election 4 years 14-May-21 Standards & Curriculum Head Teacher Performance Management, Policy Governor, SEND Yes
Mr Julian Spencer Local Authority Governing Body 4 years 17-Jan-22 Resources Development & Learning Yes
Mr Richard Veal Parent Parent election 4 years 31-Oct-22 Resources & Curriculum Yes
Vacancy Co-opted
Vacancy Co-opted
Vacancy Co-opted
Vacancy Co-opted
Vacancy Co-opted Please apply via school email address at the bottom of this page
Leavers *              
Ms Emma Phillips Co-opted Governing Body 4 years Left 16-06-19 Yes
Mrs Nicola Wood Co-opted Governing Body 4 years Left 02-Jun-19 Standards & Curriculum Chair of Standards & Curriculum, Year 4 Link Governor Yes
Miss Zara Chambers Co-opted Governing Body 4 years Left 26-Mar-19 Standards & Curriculum Yes
Mr Andrew Buckley Co-opted Governing Body 4 years Left 18-Mar-19 Resources Chair of Resources, Head teacher Performance Management, Chair of Pay Committee, Health & Safety Yes
Mrs Deborah Smith Staff Staff election 4 years Left 31-Aug-18 Standards & Curriculum Yes
Mrs Samantha Hunter Headteacher Left July 2018 Yes
Mrs Jas Sohal Parent Parent election 4 years Left 19-May-18 Resources  Yes

NB: * served as governor in the past 12 months, but no longer a governor

Personal Profiles of Governors

Mrs Judith Rutherford As a chartered accountant I have a professional background in audit and operational risk management. I am also a parent with children who have attended, or are currently attending, this school. With over 10 years’ experience as a school governor and a track record of improving governance in a variety of settings I have been recognised by the Department of Education as a National Leader of Governance. I am passionate about ensuring children in our local community have access to the very best education possible and am proud to be part of the Governing Body here at Hiltingbury Junior School.
Mrs Catherine Grimer I joined the governing body in 2015 & my eldest son is now at Thornden and my youngest in his last year at HJS. Having spent most of my working life in the NHS, specifically in Cardiology – I was really keen to become part of the GB so I could learn about the school, its challenges and also be involved in my children’s education, to provide support and have a voice. My commercial/financial/HR experience helps greatly with the roles and although it can sometimes be time consuming, it is extremely important for the school to have a dedicated GB team to support and challenge – to ensure our children receive the very best educational experience, and that our staff are fully supported to continue to deliver at their outstanding level.
Mr Samuel Garforth As a parent with a child in the junior school and another at Thornden, I am passionate about assuring the best education for our children. I have eight years of experience as a governor, firstly at the infant school and now at HJS. Professionally, I have spent many years at IBM and am now responsible for the European business of a small American software company.
Mr Richard Veal I joined the governing body in November 2018. Whilst very happy with the standards currently set at the school. I understand the challenges in both maintaining these standards and pushing on to attain even higher achievements. I believe that this will only happen by dedicating time and energy to support the school leadership in driving towards the future. I am an experienced professional manager and change agent, with experience in many versatile roles requiring a varied range of skills. I have managed large projects and international programmes, including placements overseas. Lead teams with different cultures and mindsets across Europe. I am currently working in the field of Forensics and Compliance ensuring adherence to process and policy. I feel my greatest assists are in identifying and mitigating of risk and creative problem solving. I relish the chance to work in our local community to develop our children to their full potential.
Mr Mark Weal I was elected as a parent governor in 2017 and have one child in this school and one in the Infant school. I’m an Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and hope that my background in Higher Education can be of benefit to the school and the role of parent governor gives me a direct way to engage with the school and make use of my expertise.
Mrs Beccy Hoddinott Isaac I’m Beccy Hoddinott Isaac. I have been a co-opted governor since December 2015. I am the safeguarding governor, I sit on the resources committee & link governor to the breakfast & after school clubs. I’m married to Mark, we have two children and I work part time as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in gynaecology. I thoroughly enjoy school governance & giving something back to the school community
Mr Julian Spencer I have been a governor since January 2018. I worked as a banker for 25 years, then took a PGCE to qualify as a Classics teacher. I currently teach at Winchester College where I was Head of Classics for 8 years. I take a group of students to do voluntary work at Trinity Winchester, a day centre for the homeless, once a week. As its treasurer I manage the finances of the JACT Greek Summer School, an annual residential tutorial course with 300 students for which I am also one of the tutors. I have served as a council member and trustee of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies.

Register of Governors’ Interests

Name of Governor Relevant Business Interests Any other educational establishments governed Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives Date of Entry
Mrs Beccy Hoddinott Isaac Raymond Brown Skips – married to director 07.12.15
Mrs Judith Rutherford National Leader of Governance. 22.11.17
Mrs Nicola Wood Science Teacher & Science Technician at Thornden School 01.05.17

 Governor Attendance for academic year 2017 – 2018

13.09.17 22.11.17 18.01.18 22.03.18 17.05.18 26.06.18
Andrew Buckley Y Y Ap Y Ap Y
Beccy Hoddinott-Isaac Y Y Y Y Y Y
Catherine Grimer Y Y Ap Y Ap Y
Deborah Smith Y Y Y Y Y Y
Jon Clark Y Y Y Y Y Y
Judith Rutherford Y Y Y Y Y Y
Nicola Wood Y Ap Y Ap Ap Y
Rod Constable Y Ap Y
Sam Hunter Y Ap Ap Y Y Y
Samuel Garforth N Y Y Y Y Y
Zara Chambers Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mark Weal Y Y Y Y Y Y
Jazvinder Sohal Y Y Ap Y
Julian Spencer y Y Y Y


21.11.17 06.03.18 02.05.18 09.11.17 08.03.18 21.06.18
Andrew Buckley Y Y Ap Ap Ap Ap
Beccy Hoddinott-Isaac Ap Y Ap IA
Catherine Grimer Y Y Y Y
Deborah Smith Ap Y Y
Jon Clark Y Y Y Y Y Y
Judith Rutherford IA Y Y Y Y Y
Nicola Wood Y Y Y
Rod Constable Ab
Sam Hunter Ap Y Y Y Ab Ap
Samuel Garforth Y Ap Ap
Zara Chambers Ap Y Y
Mark Weal Y Y Y
Jazvinder Sohal Ap
Julian Spencer Y Y

Y = in attendance   Ap=Apologies Ab=Absent   IA = in attendance (not a Committee member)

Annual Statement of Governance

Here is our latest Annual Statement of Governance 2018/19

Here is our Annual Statement of Governance 2017/18.

Here is our Annual Statement of Governance for 2016/17



Should you wish to speak to any of the governors, please contact us via the school office.