A message from the Chair of Governors
School Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and staff to ensure that our children receive the very best education and whole school experience at Hartford Manor. We are responsible for the strategic leadership of the school, but not its day to day management. Governors are drawn from different walks of life, and each one brings their own experience and expertise. We are all volunteers.
We are united by one thing: our commitment to see our school continue to make sustained improvements for the benefit of all our children. In the most recent Ofsted report in 2017, the inspector concluded, “Governance is strong. Governors know the school well and have a good grasp of its strengths and priorities for development. They are very proud of the school and equally keen to raise achievement further for all pupils. They have a good understanding … a watchful eye … [and act] as a critical friend to the school, offering good levels of support and challenge in equal measure.” If that sounds like a group you could contribute to, please speak to me.
I have been a governor at Hartford Manor since Easter 2010 and chair since Easter 2012. It has been an exciting time in our school’s life. You will have seen the outcome of our initiative, in collaboration with the Local Authority, to completely redevelop our buildings into an outstanding resource for learning in the 21st Century. It was a real joy to see the new KS2 building formally opened in January 2018. Our fantastic staff and even more wonderful children have enabled our school to grow and significantly improve during these last few years. All four of my own children are or have been educated at our school so I can say that with some confidence!
Your children may well recognise me from assemblies which I conduct in my role as the Vicar of Hartford. As both vicar and chair, it is my hope that we will see our school at the heart of our local community. If you ever wish to speak to me, please do so. I can be contacted through my church office on 01606 872255 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With all good wishes,
Rev. Mike Smith
Chair of Governors