Governors

Governors’ Remit

When High Down Schools federated in 2015, we formed a single Board of Governors to work on behalf of both schools.  Now, as part of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP), the Governing Body’s remit is to:

  • Oversee the running of the schools within the powers delegated to it by the LSP Board of Trustees
  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the schools in alignment with the Trust vision and strategic objectives
  • Hold the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the schools; making sure their funding is well spent
  • Draw any significant recommendations and matters of concern to the attention of the LSP Board of Trustees

Monitoring and evaluating the school’s performance and success play a major role for our Governing Body.  We have a detailed monitoring schedule linked to the schools’ Raising Attainment and Progress Plan.  These visits ensure governors have a detailed understanding of the life and workings of the schools and are to both support and challenge the senior leadership team.

Please follow the link to LSP Scheme of Delegation.

Please follow the link to read the latest Governors’ Newsletter.

Please follow the link to find out more about the Trustees of LSP

Our Schools’ Governors

Chair of Governors Nolan Hibberd
Vice-Chair of Governors vacant
Parent Governors (2) Hannah Jones and Laura McMahon
Headteacher Governor (1) Andreya Cowan
Staff Governor (1) Ben Culverhouse
Co-opted Governors (14) Beckie Collard, Julia Filer, Nolan Hibberd, Rhodri Hopkins, Heather Kirkpatrick, Joe Lee, Sue Mason, Gail Meacock, Andrew Parsons and Jane Williams [and four vacancies]
Clerk to Governors Cathryn Butler

You can email the Chair of Governors at chair.governors@highdownschools.org or write to him at: Chair of Governors, c/o High Down Schools, Down Road, Portishead, BS20 6DY

Appointment of Governors

Our governors are drawn from parents, the community and school staff, and are appointed for a four-year term of office.  Co-opted governors are appointed, based on their skill set, by the Governing Body (subject to ratification by the LSP Board of Trustees); parent governors are elected by parents and carers, and staff governors by school staff.

Governor Vacancies

If you are interested in being a governor at our schools, please contact the Clerk to Governors in the first instance: cathryn.butler@highdownschools.org  The links below provide information about the governor’s role, and also the circumstances in which someone cannot be a governor.  We currently have four co-opted governor vacancies, and would be pleased to hear from anyone who’d like to find out more about how they might contribute to our schools’ continued success as a governor.

Information About Governors

The DfE requires schools to publish specific information about its governors, including those who served during the previous school year.  The listing below, therefore, includes our current governors, and those who have resigned, or whose appointment ended, since September 2019.  Governors undertake many activities in support of our school’s success; the meeting attendance rates below represent only a small part of this.

Mrs Penny Atherton

  • Co-opted Governor: 15 January 2015 – 14 January 2019 and 15 January 2019 – 27 September 2020  (resigned)
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests:  Deputy Headteacher at High Down Infants School
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 40%

Mr Rob Audain

  • Co-opted Governor: 15 January 2015 – 14 January 2019 and 15 January 2019 – 16 July 2020  (resigned)
  • Parent Governor: 4 November 2011 – 14 January 2015
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: parent at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 60%

Mrs Charlotte Birkett

  • Co-opted Governor:  21 September 2017 – 30 May 2020  (resigned)
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: parent at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 50%

Mrs Beckie Collard

  • Co-opted Governor: 27 June 2017 – 26 June 2021
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: none
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mrs Andreya Cowan

  • Headteacher Governor: from 1 January 2003
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Executive Headteacher at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mr Ben Culverhouse

  • Staff Governor: 9 February 2018 – 8 February 2022
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: classteacher at High Down Junior School
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 80%

Mrs Julia Filer

  • Co-opted Governor: 31 March 2020 – 30 March 2024
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: none
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 50%

Mrs Sonia Goddard

  • Co-opted Governor: 15 January 2015 – 14 January 2019 and 15 January 2019 – 15 May 2020  (resigned)
  • Community Governor: 1 July 2007 – 30 June 2011 and 13 September 2011 – 14 January 2015
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: none
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 33%

Mr Nolan Hibberd

  • Co-opted Governor: 27 June 2017 – 26 June 2021
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: parent at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mr Rhodri Hopkins

  • Co-opted Governor:  21 September 2017 – 20 September 2021
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Executive Deputy Headteacher at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mrs Hannah Jones

  • Parent Governor: 20 September 2018 – 19 September 2022
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: parent at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mrs Heather Kirkpatrick

  • Co-opted Governor: 15 January 2015 – 14 January 2019 and 15 January 2019 – 14 January 2023
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Business Manager at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mr Joe Lee

  • Co-opted Governor: 15 January 2019 – 14 January 2023
  • Parent Governor: 15 January 2015 – 14 January 2019
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: parent at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 20%

Mrs Sue Mason

  • Co-opted Governor: 1 September 2016 – 14 January 2019 and 15 January 2019 – 14 January 2023
  • Local Authority Governor:  4 September 1996 – 3 September 2008, 27 October 2008 – 26 October 2012, 8 February 2013 – 14 January 2015, and 15 January 2015 – 31 August 2016
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Portishead Town Councillor
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 80%

Ms Laura McMahon

  • Parent Governor: 25 January 2019 – 24 January 2023
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: parent at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mrs Gail Meacock

  • Co-opted Governor: 1 September 2015 – 31 August 2019 and 1 September 2019 – 31 August 2023
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: parent and classteacher at High Down Schools
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mr Andrew Parsons

  • Co-opted Governor: 31 March 2020 – 30 March 2024
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: none
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mrs Jane Williams

  • Co-opted Governor: 28 June 2018 – 27 June 2022
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: none
  • 2019/20 Meeting Attendance: 100%

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