Meet Our Governors
In accordance with the Kite Academy Trust's governance structure as defined in its Articles of Association, Hale Nursery & Primary Academy has a local advisory body, known as an Academy Council. The Academy Council is formed of Governors who volunteer their time to ensure the very best outcomes for all children at the academy and bring a breadth of experience and skills.
An Academy Council is constituted as follows:
1 Academy Head
1 Staff Governor
2 Parent Governors
4 Local Community Governors
The Academy Head is automatically a Governor by virtue of their position. Two Parent Governors are elected by parents of the academy and the Staff Governor is elected by employees of the academy. Local Community Governors are co-opted as necessary to provide the skills and experience needed by the Academy Council. In addition, the Academy Council may appoint other persons as Associate Academy Council Members to address any specifically identified skill gaps or to support any particular challenges that they may be facing. With the exception of the Academy Head, Governors serve a four year term and are eligible for re-appointment (subject to an election where necessary for Staff and Parent Governors). The positions of Chair and Vice-Chair are elected, and Portfolio Holders nominated, by the Governors on an annual basis.
The Academy Council meets a minimum of four times during the academic year. The primary purpose of the meetings is to review and discuss the Portfolio Monitoring Reports, identify any areas of risk to be reported to the Trust Board, and consider the medium and long-term strategic development of the academy.
The role of the Academy Council is:
• To ensure that the academy provides the highest possible level of education for all children;
• To ensure the safety and welfare of children and staff;
• To both support and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Academy Head;
• To ensure that the leadership of the academy have high expectations for all children, including those with special needs;
• To ensure the curriculum is ambitious with appropriate breadth for all children in the academy;
• To ensure the Academy Improvement Plan delivers improvement;
• To ensure risk is both managed and reported to the Trust Board;
• To monitor the operation of the academy and to challenge constructively as needed
• To ensure that the academy has effective and appropriate systems and procedures in place;
• To monitor the designated Portfolios and review, discuss and report the findings
• To be accountable to stakeholders (Board of Trustees, parents, pupils, staff and local community)
Governors work in collaboration with the Academy Head and staff to monitor five specific areas (Portfolios) of the academy - Safeguarding, Achievement, Curriculum, Community and Finance. The responsibility for monitoring each Portfolio is allocated to one Governor and, through agreed monitoring activities, the Portfolio Holder gains evidence at first hand of what happens in that area of the academy. Monitoring mainly involves talking to children and staff, visiting classrooms to see learning in action, and examining children’s work books and other documentary material. Governors also take the opportunity to talk with families at Parents’ Evenings. The current COVID-19 restrictions mean that Governors are not able to visit the academy during the school day, however they continue to monitor by remote means (email, phone, virtual meetings).
Across the Trust, Academy Council Governors are invited to represent Portfolio Holders at Trust Board Committee meetings and work in collaboration with other Academy Councils to support the improvement, development and success of each academy in the Kite Academy Trust. Training opportunities for Governors are provided by the Kite Academy Trust.
For statutory Governor information and meeting attendance for the 2019-2020 academic year, please click here.
For information regarding the governance structure of the Kite Academy Trust, please click here.
Minutes of Academy Council meetings are available on request. Please contact the Academy Head in the first instance.
For any other information, or if you would be interested in becoming a Governor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Academy Council Governors:
Ian Ayre (Chair)
It is a privilege to be Chair of the Academy Council at Hale. It is very rewarding to be involved with such a happy, vibrant and inclusive school that strives to meet the needs of every child. This strong sense of purpose is shared by all and epitomised by the PRIDE values, ensuring that the children are safe and their potential nurtured.
As Governors, we monitor provision and support but also challenge leaders as we strive to improve the academy. We are lucky to have the opportunity to see, at first hand, the excitement and engagement of the children as they are challenged by the creative curriculum that is delivered by the committed and caring staff team
I have been a Governor at Hale for over 20 years and my family has been heavily involved with the school throughout that time. Our two daughters were pupils at Hale and thrived in this environment. My wife taught at Hale, to be followed a few years later by our younger daughter who returned to teach at Hale, until last year.
Prior to my retirement, I was a teacher working initially in secondary education, then moving into advisory work mid-career, leading training and working alongside schools in Surrey and Berkshire across the 2-19 age range. Latterly, I was Deputy Head Teacher of a large 'outstanding' special school, a rating which it retains to this day. Alongside my responsibility for Pupil Achievement, Quality Assurance and being the school’s SENCO, I was also the school’s Child Protection Lead and sat on Wokingham’s Safeguarding Children’s Board.
This experience has informed my work as a Governor and I look forward to contributing further to the benefit of pupils and the school as we move forward as a member of the Kite Academy Trust.
Rachel Swan (Vice Chair)
SAFEGUARDING PORTFOLIO HOLDER
I am very proud to be a Governor at Hale Academy and play a part in the success and future of our children. I have been involved in the Governorship of schools in Farnham and Aldershot for over 20 years and am very enthusiastic about school improvement in our area. It is an exciting time at Hale and we all have your children at the heart of what we do!
As the Governor responsible for the Safeguarding Portfolio, I take a particular interest in ensuring that our school is doing all it should to keep our children safe; in school, online and when learning off site.
Outside of Governorship, I am on the Board of Home-Start Hampshire (supporting families with children up to 11 years old across the county), and I chair Appeal Hearings for school admissions and exclusions in Hampshire and Southampton.
COMMUNITY PORTFOLIO HOLDER
I have been a member of Hale Academy’s governing body since 2017 and am currently co-lead for our Community Portfolio. As a local resident and father of two children currently attending the school, I am keen for Hale Academy to succeed in its mission to deliver the best possible education experience, in a safe and happy environment that brings out the best in our pupils and staff.
I began my career in journalism, working for such titles as The Guardian, Radio Times and Heat magazine. I now work in third-sector fundraising and communications and am currently Fundraising & Marketing Director at a global animal charity, where I lead on the organisation’s PR, brand, communications and income-generating activity.
CURRICULUM PORTFOLIO HOLDER
I’ve been a governor at Hale since 2018, serving as Chair of our Academy Council during the 2019/20 school year as we transitioned to be part of the Kite Academy Trust family. I am now the Governor responsible for the Curriculum Portfolio, working with both the Hale Team and the Kite Central Team to ensure that the curriculum designed and delivered to the children is challenging, inclusive and fun.
Working with Hale’s fantastic staff and Governors is a pleasure – we’re all committed to celebrating the great school it is and continuing to strive to make it the best it can be. Of course, the acid test is the children – they are a delight; their creative ideas, caring support for each other and jokes are amazing and they always seem to be having a wonderful time, so something must be going right!
By day, I’m Director of Projects at an Insurance Consultancy but was previously a secondary school maths and economics teacher. Education remains a subject I’m very passionate about. It’s great to be able to play a part in the terrific environment that Hale provides to set your children up for a path as happy, successful, considerate members of our society.
ACHIEVEMENT PORTFOLIO HOLDER
I have been a Governor at Hale since 2017. I live locally and was invited to join the governing body because of my links with the Children’s Centre when it was part of the school; I had previously worked for Surrey County Council as Head of the Early Years and Childcare Service.
I am the Portfolio Holder for Achievement. Consequently, I am keen to support the school in ensuring all children can meet their full potential.
I have now retired after a long career in local government. Alongside being a school governor, I am a Trustee at Surrey Care Trust. I have two children and three grandchildren, and in my remaining spare time I play the saxophone in two local concert bands and try to find time to ride my beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle.
COMMUNITY/FINANCE PORTFOLIO HOLDER
As a local resident and the father of a little girl at Hale, I am really keen to do all that I can to support the children and staff of the Academy. I was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2019 and enjoy the aspects of both supporting the school and seeking opportunities to maximise the terrific potential that Hale holds.
I am jointly responsible for the Community and Finance Portfolios of the Academy Council and intend to do all that I can to make people aware of the brilliant children and staff of Hale. I believe that every child has talent and abilities just waiting to be discovered.
Professionally, I am a Captain on the Airbus A320 for British Airways, predominantly flying routes across Europe. I previously trained other pilots, hence have an interest for education and personal development. Away from work and governorship, I enjoy mountain biking, drumming in a local band - and anything aviation related!