Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors - and most head teachers choose to be governors themselves.
Governing boards are accountable to parents, the local community and the Local Authority. Appointments are for three or usually for four years. The governing board's main role is to help raise pupils' standards of achievement.
Chair / LAC / Co-opted
Vice Chair / Safeguarding / HT Appraisal
Office Held:Governor by virtue of position
Term of Office:Ongoing
Date Appointed:September 2015
Committee Membership: Staffing, Finance, Curriculum & Standards
As Headteacher of Highfield Middle School I am engaged with all aspects of leadership and governance as we strive to provide the highest standard of education for our pupils. Prior to becoming Headteacher, I have worked in a variety of middle and senior leadership roles in middle, secondary and high schools. I have developed a wealth of experience, with previous responsibilities including SEND, behaviour, disadvantaged pupils, assessment, curriculum, teaching & learning and safeguarding .
I also have 3 children of my own in First and Middle schools in the North East. I try to use my experience as a Father to influence and enhance the quality of provision at Highfield Middle School. I am passionate about providing an inclusive and supportive learning environment which enables children to grow into well-rounded, confident and capable young citizens. I welcome the support and challenge provided to me by a committed and highly skilled team of governors.
Office Held: Parent Governor
Term of Office: 4 years
Date Appointed: 2015
Committee Membership: Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee
Governor Responsibilities: Science
Dr Toby Quibell is a teacher and director of an educational charity. The work of the charity is with vulnerable children in school, finding ways to help young people overcome adversity to achieve. Being a Governor at Highfield means a lot to Toby because the school is already doing many of the things he believes in.
English / Target Setting / Co-opted
Maths / Co-opted
SEND / Co-opted
Staff Induction / Co-opted
Office Held: Co-opted Governor
Term of Office:
Committee Membership: Finance Committee
Governor Responsibilities: Safeguarding
I have been a teacher at HMS for a number of years, first as a class teacher based in year 5 and then in year 6. Since 2016 I have held the position of head of year 7 and am a member of the senior leadership team. Prior to working at HMS I spent some time working at one of our feeder first schools and also spent some time in a primary school in Bedlington. My significant experience allows me to bring considerable educational expertise to the governing body.
I have been involved with Highfield Middle School since September 2012 when my eldest son started in Year 5. I have been a Governor since 2015.I am Director and Co-Owner of Heritage Accountancy Ltd and my expertise lies in finance. I help businesses develop their financial systems and management information to a level where they are better placed to make decisions based on the financials. I can therefore apply my skills to understanding and interpreting the school budgets and financial information.I am part of the School Governor Finance Committee.
Staff / Co-opted
Office Held: Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 6 months
Date Appointed: November 2018
Committee Membership: Curriculum and Standards
Governor Responsibilities: Equality and Diversity / Transition
I have been teaching at HMS for 5 years as Head of Art & Design, and as Head of Year 5 since 2015. I have previously worked in one of our feeder First Schools- Prudhoe Castle First School- as Year 4 Class Teacher. Owing to this, I hold a considerable knowledge of First to Middle School transition, and in particular an understanding of progression within the three-tier education system. My passion is for allowing pupils to express themselves creatively and implementing creative learning within the curriculum and in the extra-curricular life of the school. I am looking forward to assisting the governing body in continuing to raise standards at HMS.