Our Governing Body


Governing Body

Our Governing Body

Local Governing Body:

The Local Governing Body has a range of duties and powers in school with an overall aim of helping Hillside Primary School to become a good centre of learning.

Its responsibilities include:

  • Strategic direction ensuring clarity of the schools vision and ethos.

  • Ensuring leadership is accountable for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, alongside the performance management of staff.

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring money is spent effectively.

The Local Governing Body is formed by, and works alongside, the Active Learning Trust. The full governing body meet every half term. Two governing body committees; Curriculum, Standards & Outcomes Committee, and Resources Committee, meet once a term. Individual governors have separate areas of responsibility, which they monitor and report on during Governors' Week.


The Scheme of Delegation can be viewed here

Meet the Local Governing Body

Chair of Governors, Revd Robert Hinsley:

I am the Team Rector for the South West Ipswich Team Ministry (appointed November 2014) which compises the local churches of St. Mary at Stoke, St Francis on Hawthorn Drive and St Peter Stoke Park Drive.  I come with a background in the civil service having served for three years as a manager in the DWP before training to be a Vicar.  As well as being a trust appointed governor here at Hillside I am a trust governor and vice-chair at Chantry Academy.  I am also a director of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich MAT which gives me a different perspective on the life and work of academies. I have also served as a member of the Bishop’s Safeguarding Panel, advising with colleagues on policy as well as risk assessment, this was certified to group 3 by Suffolk County Council. I am passionate about communities working together, not least to provide the best education for our young people and believe that I can bring a different strand to the life of the academy. I am impressed with his passion and the ethos of the ALT board and would be honoured to work with the Senior Leadership Team, whole staff and student body to achieve outstanding levels of education for what are an outstanding group of students. To continue to build the reputation of the academy within the community which I also live and work


Mrs Liz Talbot, Clerk:

I joined the Governing Body as their Clerk in October 2016 and have a background of working in a wide variety of Administration roles for more than 30 years.  Having worked mainly in the public sector, my experience includes a number of years as a Senior Manager in the Education sector of a County Council, hence my knowledge and interest in the Governing Body Clerking role.  I currently also work as a Receptionist/Administrator at Ipswich Hospital.

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Mr Matthew Powell, Trust Governor:

I am a recent Computer Science graduate from the University of Huddersfield and moved to Ipswich on joining BT as a Technology Graduate. Back in my home town of Blackburn I was a Scout Leader for a number of years where I had the chance to volunteer both at home and internationally. When coming to the area I wanted to apply myself and have a positive impact in the community. Being a governor at Hillside is a great opportunity to do this. I am always pushing for new experiences and to develop the skills of myself and others around me. I am really looking forward to the future at hillside and excited for what I can bring to the table.

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Mr Duncan Carragher, Trust Governor:

I am senior manager with an MBA in Strategic Management, and 21 years’ experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams in the fields of social care, local government and housing.

My experience includes the operational Management of a portfolio of services with over 300 staff and an annual turnover in excess of £15 million; the successful completion of complex projects to transfer Local Authority assets, services, and over 1400 staff through TUPE to the independent sector, gaining substantial capital receipts; The planning, implementation and the completion of major change programmes including the transfer of Local Authority properties and award of an £8.5 million per annum contract. “Cradle to Grave” project and contract management of a complex £250 million Public Private Partnership to transfer and close local authority residential homes and provide new build specialist homes with a building contract of £44 million. project, operational and contract management of one of the largest housing PFI’s in the country with a building contract in excess of £100 million.

More importantly throughout my academic studies, professional and personal life I have been keen to develop myself and others around me to meet our full potential. This ethos and passion is transferable into the education sector and the role of governor and I look forward to assisting the school to meet its goals.

Mr Richard Hanson, Trust Governor:

I have been involved in Education for over 14 years and, after 4 years as an Assistant Vice Principal at Clacton Coastal Academy, am now the Vice Principal at Chantry Academy in Ipswich.  I have worked with schools across all ages and really value the impact Primary Schools can have on raising aspirations. Although born and raised in Scunthorpe, my Grandfather was from Ipswich and, before becoming Headteacher at Sproughton, taught at Roebeck Road (Orwell Junior School) and Sidegate Primary School.  My Grandfather spoke fondly of Ipswich and the children he worked with.

I have been enthused by the hard work local schools invest in young children and relish the opportunity to be part of Hillside Primary School.

I feel Hillside Primary has a real focus on student progress and helping all youngsters to achieve their potential.  I enjoy being part of such a forward thinking school and the impact it will have on the children and families in the community.

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Jack Abbott

Jack Abbott is the local county councillor for Bridge division, which Hillside is situated in. He has been the Opposition spokesperson for children's services and education at Suffolk County Council since 2017. He is also a member of Adult Learning Service Board, SEND Oversight Board and the School Travel Oversight Group


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