I am a Duston resident, who works as an academic in Computing for The Open University in Milton Keynes. Our family moved to the area in 2014, and we were very pleased when our son was offered a place at Hopping Hill because we found the school to have an excellent atmosphere for learning and a commitment to helping children achieve their maximum potential. I volunteered to become a Governor to make a contribution to ensuring the school continues to develop as an excellent learning environment for children in Duston. I have a particular interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education, visiting schools in the area to support this aspect of the curriculum as a volunteer STEM ambassador. In my spare time, I enjoy playing badminton and am also learning to play the ukulele. This second hobby was inspired by my son’s passion for music, which has flourished due to the excellent music education provision support at the school.
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
I am 40 years old, married with 3 daughters who have all attended Hopping Hill and who all currently attend The Duston School. I have lived in Duston for twelve years.
I am Managing Director for a local construction company and have over 20 years of experience working in the construction industry. I also have experience in the financial services industry.
I have been Chair of Governors at Hopping Hill for 11 years and a Governor at The Duston School for 6 years. Along with two other Governors I founded and continue to serve on The Duston Education Trust which operates The Duston School.
I pride myself on being fair, approachable and practical in all my dealings whether in a business or educational setting and firmly believe that my range of experience gives me a firm basis to offer the right balance of challenge and support, along with a strong team of senior leaders and governors, to enable Hopping Hill Primary School to continue to move from strength to strength.
Tajinder Kaur Bassan
I am a working mother of two boys, the eldest joined Hopping Hill Primary School this September and my other son is currently at nursery. Having seen my own child develop and enjoy school within months of starting, I was keen to be involved and support how the school provide the best environment for children. I strongly believe that Primary Schools have such an important role in developing children’s skills and creativity, nurturing confidence and providing a solid platform that will in turn prepare them for secondary school and further in life.
Becoming a Parent Governor I personally feel very honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of my child’s education as well as other children and playing a part in making their experience of school a wonderful, safe and enjoyable place where their learning is fun and of a high quality. Being from a Sikh background and growing up in Leeds I hope to bring diversity and cultural experiences as a Parent Governor.
Having several years of banking experience I hope to contribute towards making efficient decisions on budgeting for the welfare of the children and continue to keep Hopping Hill Primary at the highest level. Outside of work I love to travel and all things outdoors with my family.
I have been connected to the school since 2005 with my step-son going through the school and now my daughter, just starting her education. In previous years I have attend school residential trips to Grendon and PGL as a parent helper and now I am supporting the school as a governor.
My job is a senior manager at Barclaycard, managing a global team delivery projects to meet the regulatory requirements of our internal and external regulators, while managing multi-million pound budgets. I am looking forward to putting my financial and people management skills towards supporting the school.
In my spare time I enjoy competing in physical challenges ranging from 5-a-side football to triathlons as well spending time with my family. Type your paragraph here.
Instrument of Governance:
Headteacher: Ex Officio
5 Co-Opted Governors
1 Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
4 Parent Governors
Sam Phillips: Headteacher Business Management Committee
Glenn Daly: Chair of Governors, Business Management Committee
Term of office: 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2019 co-opted by governors
Janet Stephenson: Vice Chair of Governors, Standards & Wellbeing Committee (Chair)
Term of Office: 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2018 co-opted by governors
Arosha Bandara, Business Management Committee (Chair)
Term of Office: 01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019
Lisa Richards, Member of both committees as and when required
Term of Office: September 2014 –31/08/2018 re-elected by teaching staff
Lee McRae, Business Management Committee
Term of Office: September 2017 - 31/08/2021
Local Authority Governor:
Valerie Brambley, Business Management Committee
Reappointed by LA: 22/07/2014—21/08/2018
Leah Brothers, Standards & Wellbeing Committee
Term of Office: 01/12/2016 - 30/11/2020
Paul Hodgson, Business Management Committee
Term of Office: 01/12/2016 - 30/11/2020
Tajinder Kaur Bassan
Term of Office: 01/12/2017 - 30/11/2021
Term of Office: 01/12/2017 - 30/11/2021
Julie Bridges, Standards & Wellbeing Committee
Term of Office: 11/03/2017 - 10/03/2021 elected by staff
Michelle White: Deputy Headteacher
Glenn Daly is married to Charlotte Daly, School Business Manager
Paul Hodgson is married to Sarah-Jayne Hodgson, Teaching Assistant
I have been a governor here since 2006. Northamptonshire County Council gave my two sons an excellent education so in return I volunteered to become a governor and was recommended to Hopping Hill. Since retiring from the Police Welfare Department, I am able to visit during the school day and also come to hear reading. When I first came I knew no one here but now feel part of the community and support the school wholeheartedly.
VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
The first contact I had with Hopping Hill was over 20 years ago when I worked at The Express Lift Company and our apprentices came into school to work on design technology projects with the children as part of a Business/Education links project. Later I was asked by the Head, Val Newton to become a community governor, a role I still hold today. Currently I am Vice-Chair, SEN Governor and also have a responsibility in the Performance Management of the Head Teacher. When not visiting school, I enjoy travelling both in this country and abroad; keeping fit with walking, swimming and Pilates and I am a keen supporter of the Saints rugby team.
We moved to Duston in 2013 and have been very impressed with the education that both our Children have received at Hopping Hill. Not just
academically but also socially, whether it be with trips out, residential’s or learning to play an instrument.
Having worked within the sign industry for over 13 years, I am currently the Managing Director of a Northamptonshire based sign manufacturer.
The school has a strong team of governors and I am looking forward to helping the school maintain the high standards it has in place. It is a privilege to be appointed as a governor and I am excited about the challenges ahead.
In my spare time i enjoy playing golf at Northampton Golf club and also taking the children for golf lessons there on a Sunday morning.
With two daughters having attended Hopping Hill since ‘Early Birds’ and as a resident of Duston for over ten years, my family and I have felt part of the fabric of the school for some time. It is therefore a privilege to support the school with my business and commercial acumen and importantly from the viewpoint of a parent. Having worked in the Logistics Industry for over a decade, my organisational and large scale project management experience will enable me to support the school with an alternative and innovative viewpoint.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, running, playing and watching football; and I am particularly passionate about the rise in women’s sports and ensuring that girls enjoy the same sporting opportunities as I did growing up.
As a Duston resident and mother of three young children, I felt that becoming a parent governor at their school gives me the opportunity to have an active and significant role as a voice of the parents on the governing body.
With over 18 years of teaching experience myself, from Year 8 to Year 3, I know that I can assist and support the various challenges the governors and staff face, in order to further help the school continue on its important journey.
As part of the Standards and well-being committee I will work alongside staff and governors to challenge new ideas and help focus on raising standards and promoting the personal development and well-being, of all learners.
In my spare time I enjoy exercising: from boot camp to running and even the occasional ‘Tough Mudder’. In the ‘quiet’ times, I try to catch up on a good book and will read almost anything. Family time is also important so alongside welly boot walks and trips to the cinema, I enjoy baking and decorating cakes even though they don’t often last long in our house!
It is a privilege to use my skills to support Hopping Hill Primary School, staff and children whilst on the Governing Body.
Attwood Lisa Yr 3 TA
Beasant Natalie KS1 TA
Bevan Sarah Yr 4 Teacher
Blacker Sarah Anne Clerical Assistant
Bovell Cheraine Early Years Support Staff
Bovell Julie Yr 1 TA
Brady Lana Attendance Officer
Bridges Julie Yr 6 Teacher
Brown Donna Lunchtime Supervisor
Butcher Ann Yr 1 TA
Butcher Karen Lunchtime Supervisor
Carter Rebecca Nursery Lead
Chaney Andrea Lunchtime Supervisor
Clayton Michelle Clerical Assistant
Clifford Tracy Lunchtime Supervisor
Coates Lee Yr 5 Teacher
Collett Helen Yr 2 1:1
Coulton Karen Support Staff Speech & Language
Cronin Rebecca Family Support Worker
Cuming Simon Yr 3 Teacher
Daly Charlotte School Business Manager
Doughty Liz SENCO
Doughty Jeanette Early Years Support Staff
Essame Steffanie Rec 1:1
Everitt Louise Reception Teacher
Fox Susan Lunchtime Supervisor
Fuller Gemma Reception Teacher
Gibson Niamh Yr 5 Teacher
Glaze Louise Yr 6 Teacher
Harvey Claire Early Years Support Staff
Hodgson Sarah-Jayne Yr 4 Teaching Assistant
Jones Wendy PPA Cover
Joyce Annette Lunchtime Supervisor
Killick Mary Family Support Worker
Knight Bettina Yr 6 Teaching Assistant
Landeman Susan Support Staff
Lloyd Laura Yr 2 Teacher
Lyon Penny Lunchtime Supervisor
Maddison Rebecca Behaviour Support
Emma Mallard Lunchtime Supervisor
Mallen Tracy Lunchtime Supervisor
Martin Becky Yr 1 Teacher (Cover)
Massey Trudy Yr 6 Teaching Assistant
Massey Ashleigh Yr 1 1:1
McGee Emma Reception Teacher
Mills Ellie Year 3 Teacher
Mills Joanne Yr 5 Teaching Assistant
Morris Maxine Lunchtime Supervisor
Munson Katrina Yr 1 1:1
Newman Gillian School Administrator
Nossa Danielle Yr 3 Teacher
Pedley Lorraine Early Years Support Staff
Peters Sophie Early Years Support Staff
Phillips Samantha Headteacher
Plowman Vicki Early Years Support Staff
Richards Lisa Yr 2 Teacher
Risk Karen Sports Coach
Robinson Saskia Yr 2 Teacher
Rolls Hayley Behaviour Support
Russell Cheryl Behaviour Support
Sayer Sarah Support Staff
Scott Linda Yr 6 Teaching Assistant
Singh Jamie Yr 2 Teacher
Tee Maureen Early Years Support Staff
Wager Hayley Yr 2 Teaching Assistant
Wardell Catherine Yr 1 Teacher
White Michelle Deputy Headteacher
Williamson Lucy Early Years Support Staff
Wilson Elaine Yr 2 1:1
York Juleen Yr 1 Teacher