Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s is an Ofsted determined ‘good’ school and is well regarded in the local community - our Governing Body continues to build on and enhance this.
Our aim is to provide truly outstanding education that develops all our pupils into confident, well-rounded, caring young people who learn effectively and contribute to their communities and wider society. We strive to do this through the provision of outstanding teaching in a caring and supportive environment that gives every child the opportunity to achieve their academic, personal and social potential.
We will strive to ensure that:
- every child’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is promoted with an emphasis on our Christian ethos and provide positive experiences through a wide range of academic, sports, arts and other cultural opportunities.
- the distinctive Christian ethos of our school and its focus on Christian values is sustained, enabling our pupils to grow and develop in a loving caring community where the very best standards of conduct, moral purpose, integrity and concern for others are the norm.
- the Governing body continues to develop, in order to provide more challenge, rigour and strategic support to the school.
- we build on our sustainable and supportive links between Governors, School Staff, Parents and the wider community.
- there is improvement in the pupils' year on year achievement levels and consistent progress.
- the school is financially sound, making the best use of its income in ways which have a positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning, achievement, assessment and pupils’ experience.
The Structure and Role of the Governing Body
Our Governing Body is made up of members of the local community, clergy, parents and school staff who work as a team on a voluntary basis to promote the well-being and effectiveness of the school, thereby enhancing teaching and learning and supporting the strategic leadership of the school. Raising educational standards in school is always a key priority. Governors typically serve for four years and meet together at least 6 times per year.
Governors provide challenge and support to the Senior Leadership Team and hold the Headteacher to account for the achievement of the children. We make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and the school development plan.We are responsible for admissions and recruitment. We ensure the school has effective policies in a wide range of areas such as safeguarding, health and safety, financial controls etc. We also monitor the impact of policies and oversee the school budget and staffing structure.
We try to be visible within school and play an active part in celebrating in the success of the children by supporting school activities and events.The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, day to day management and control of the school. We are not expected to be routinely involved in the day to day activity of the school. Our role is strategic to help every child reach their highest spiritual, personal and educational potential.
The Governors meet as a whole group twice a term. Committees for Learning and Achievement, Finance, Personnel and Admissions meet regularly each term and their minutes are shared at the whole Governing Body meetings.
Becoming a School Governor?
The most important qualities for becoming a Governor at Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. You will need to attend a Governors' meeting each half term. You will also be expected to join some sub-committees – these cover different areas like the curriculum, admissions, finance or buildings. You will need to be able to work well in a team, as you will be making joint decisions on policy.
Demands on your time depend partly on what’s going on in the school. As a Governor, you may need to contribute approximately eight to ten hours a month.
When there’s a vacancy for a Parent Governor, the school will inform all parents and the wider community, so that everyone has a chance to stand for election. Even if there’s no vacancy at present, you can talk to our current Chair of Governors by first contacting the School Office.
Before you put yourself forward, talk to your employer. Many employers recognise the role of school Governor as useful work experience and may offer paid leave for Governor duties.
|Mrs Helen Picton||Ex Officio - Head|
|Mrs Caroline Hopkins||Elected Staff Governor|
|Mrs Louise Kindred||Elected Parent Governor|
|Mr Will Swan||Elected Parent Governor|
|Revd Mark Sanders||Ex Officio - Foundation Governor - Vice Chair of Governors|
|Mrs Julie Clarke||Diocesan Foundation Governor - Chair of Governors|
|Mrs Paula Kerr||Diocesan Foundation Governor|
|Mrs Glenys Morgan||Diocesan Foundation Governor|
|Mrs Emma Lawley||
Diocesan Foundation Governor
|Mr William Glasse||
Diocesan Foundation Governor
|Mr Nick Clare||Local Authority Governor|
|Mr Alan Rabjohn||Diocesan Foundation Governor|
|Mrs Jane Colchester||Associate Governor|
Julie Clarke - Chair of Governors
I have been a School Governor and worked in schools, for many years, until my retirement in 2012. Having been appointed Chair of Governors in September 2016 I am enjoying the challenges that this role brings. Finance is one of my passions and as a member of the finance committee I aim to ensure that our school funding is used to benefit the teaching and learning of all children who attend Sir Robert Hitcham’s.
Revd Mark Sanders - Vice Chair
I have been Rector of Framlingham and Saxtead since the end of 2014 and feel hugely privileged that part of my responsibility is to share in the life of Sir Robert Hitcham’s both as a school for many local communities but also as a Church School. This means sharing in assemblies in school and Church but more importantly having a care for children and staff. I help run the Hitchams Holy Horrors after school club and try and ensure there are services which really welcome children and families. Before coming here I was responsible for some Selection and Training for the Church of England in Suffolk and before that was Rector of Melton near Woodbridge where I was involved with the school as well as a governor. I am married to Clare who is also a Rector and she now has to commute as we live in Framlingham.
I moved to Framlingham from Hertfordshire in 2015 and was proposed as a Foundation Governor by the PCC at St Michael's Church, where I am Safeguarding Officer. I have a first degree in Microbiology from Bristol University and a Master's degree in Health Management from City University, London. My early career was spent in UK and international marketing roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Subsequently, as a board member, I have helped to lead public and voluntary sector organisations in the fields of health, social care and education. I hope to use this experience to make a positive contribution to the education of the children at Sir Robert Hitcham's. My husband runs a biomedical science company in Cambridge and I have two grown up sons.
I have been a part of life in Framlingham and St Michael's Church for over 40 years and have been involved in the education of its children for the majority of that time until my retirement. I feel passionately that our children deserve the very best education and opportunities to develop and flourish so I was delighted to be proposed as a Foundation Governor by the Parochial Church Council. It is a privilege to be a member of the Governing Body and be able to contribute to the continuing development of the school and its children.
My family and I moved to Suffolk in 2013 and all three of my children now attend Robert Hitcham’s. I feel passionately about the role primary education plays in shaping the future of our own children and the wider community. I have a BA from Bristol in English Literature and co-own a film & television distribution company with my husband David. I have been in television for the last 20 years. I am a Foundation Governor at the school, as well as being active in the Friends and responsible for organizing the school’s annual Summer Fete.
My wife and I moved to Suffolk in 2012 and our son and daughter are currently in the early years at Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s. I have an degree in economics and run a small, family business designing and renovating golf courses. I became a parent governor in December 2017 and am enjoying supporting the staff in their efforts to nurture and educate the children attending SRH.
I have lived in Framlingham for 25 years and having moved with the rest of my family to Suffolk in 1981, although I was at school here too. I am fortunate to travel quite widely in my work, which has taught me to love and respect the unique community and standard of living that this town offers; I cannot imagine home being anywhere else. I am actively involved in non-conformist church life in East Suffolk and I hope by supporting this school with my skills and experience I can be part of fostering that sense of a safe and caring community that will be as important to future generations as it is now. I believe firmly that what our early education lays the foundations for what we become later and so it is critically important that our children’s first experiences of school are about more than just learning things for tests’ sake.
I moved to Framlingham in 2001, when my wife took a job in Suffolk. I worked for Royal Mail for 23 years, latterly at Saxmundham, until retirement in 2015. I am a committee member of Framlingham Residents’ Association and a member of Framlingham Local History Society. I volunteered to listen to readers at Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP school some time ago and have continued to do so since my retirement. I was lucky enough to have had a very good education and believe that it is very important for children to have the best chance they can to do well. I find it very rewarding to help them develop their reading skills.
Having spent a few years as a regular soldier in the British Army, when I saw Active Service in the jungles of Sarawak with a gurkha infantry brigade, I eventually settled down and became what I had always really wanted, which was to be a primary school teacher! I absolutely loved teaching - and learning from - young people, and ended up as the headteacher of a well thought-of primary school in Cheshire. I retired from teaching back in the summer of 2004, after which my wife and I moved to North Yorkshire. We became very much involved in the local church, where I was a churchwarden for eight years. In 2017 we moved to live in Framlingham, to be closer to our two daughters’ families in Woodbridge and Framlingham, and of course to spend more time with our five young grandchildren. I love sailing, having undertaken many long ocean passages on sailing ships, noteably a 6,000 mile passage around Cape Horn on a three-masted barque. I very much look forward to supporting the school and its excellent headteacher in our common goal of improving the life chances of the children of Framlingham.