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Who's Who On The Hawthorn Board Of Governors?



I’m Ian Horton-Worby, I enjoy time spent with my family and friends, mountain biking, gardening and travelling. I work for Lloyds Banking Group as an Operational Control Manager within Trade Finance, which supports businesses in purchasing and selling goods internationally. It’s my role to ensure that the activity is conducted appropriately and is suitably controlled to keep customers, colleagues and the bank safe.

I joined the Governing Board in September 2016 as part of a volunteering programme partnered by the Bank and the Department for Education to provide opportunities to support local communities. The ability to give something back to my community and make a real difference to help children to get best possible schooling experience is something that greatly appeals to me. The role seems incredibly interesting and I am now working with the Board to support the school and enable the pupils to fulfil their potential.


Ian Horton-Worby - Chair of The Governing Board




I was appointed by the Governing Board as a community governor back in 1998! I was elected as Vice-Chair of Governors in 2018 having chaired the Governing Board since 2002. The occupants of both Chair and Vice Chair positions are decided by the other governors annually. Any governor, with the exception of the Headteacher and Staff Governor, may seek nomination for election. I first became a governor in order to put something back into the community having benefitted from a good education at Great Barr Junior and Secondary schools in the 1960s and 70s. I was born in Great Barr and still live in this area. As the governor with responsibility for overseeing the School’s Safeguarding arrangements I meet termly with staff concerning the Safeguarding and Attendance of pupils and report on this to the Governing Board. I have had the pleasure of going on educational visits with pupils to the Botanical Gardens, Chasewater Steam Railway and Sutton Park. I have also been with pupils to Weston Super Mare and witnessed how the children really benefit from a visit to a traditional sea side resort and receive excellent support from the staff.


Andrew Poulton – Vice Chair of Governing Board



I am Jan Gospel, a wife, mother of three daughters and grandmother to six grandchildren. I enjoy time spent with my family and friends, reading, gardening, sewing and visiting parts of our country and the wider world.

During my working life I worked in schools in the north of our city. Following my retirement in 2006, after a period of relaxation, I became a governor representing the Local Authority in a local school.

 During this time I had experience of all aspects of governor responsibility. As Chair for three years, I was a member of all committees including involvement in performance management, grievance procedure and in the appointment of senior staff. I particularly enjoyed my involvement with pupils and their parents regularly attending special events and residentials. When my term of office ended I was asked to serve as a Local Authority representative at Hawthorn Primary School.

I am looking forward to working for the next four years to support the Governing Board and the school in the interests of the whole school community.


Jan Gospel




I began my teaching career here at Hawthorn Primary School in September 1973 and continued to teach here until my retirement in August 2010. During my 37 years’ service I had experience of being class teacher of each of the Key Stage 2 classes (Years 3 to 6). Since retiring I enjoy a much quieter life reading, listening to music and always look forward to my extended holidays abroad during the colder months. I have continued to have a keen interest in Hawthorn School and offer my support by helping with Maths intervention in Y6 prior to SATs and to give any assistance where I can with Y6 end of year Leavers’ Play. I have always wanted the children at Hawthorn to be the very best that they can be and will continue to strive towards this in my role as a member of the Governing Board.


Roger Carter




I am a working mum of 10 year old twins, one attends Hawthorn Primary School, the other has autism and attends Langley Primary School. I currently work as a Lunchtime Supervisor with another Primary school.

I was appointed to the Governing Board in Autumn 2015 as a co-opted governor and I am part of the Pupil Progress and Welfare Committee. I have previous experience as a Parent Governor (for two years) at another school where I was on the Finance Committee and was responsible for Safeguarding matters.

I want all children to succeed and shine. I will guide and help, with all my abilities for them to reach their goals.


Dawn Styche



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The Role Of A Governing Body Member

Gifts and Hospitality Policy

Hawthorn Primary School


Statement of Behavioural Principles

  Text Box: Approved by Pupil Progress and Welfare Committee 28th April 2016
To be reviewed April 2019



Hawthorn Primary – Statement of Behaviour Principles

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 and DfE Guidance “Behaviour and Discipline in Schools, January 2016” requires the governors to make a statement of general behaviour principles to guide the Headteacher in setting out measures in the School’s Pastoral and Behaviour Policy which aim to:

• promote good behaviour, self-discipline and respect;

• prevent bullying;

• ensure that pupils actively engage in their learning;


• regulate the conduct of pupils.

Practical application of these principles is the responsibility of the Headteacher

This statement has been adopted following consultation with the Headteacher, staff and pupils and will together with the Policy be reviewed on a three yearly basis, unless national changes indicate a review is required beforehand.

This statement is meant to promote the following part of our vision:

“ For our school to be a safe and harmonious community……“

Behaviour Principles to be included in measures within the Pastoral and Behaviour Policy:

Fair and consistent application of the Policy.

Children’s, staff and visitors’ rights and responsibilities to ensure they feel safe at all times at school.

The availability of pastoral support to pupils and parents.

 Codes of Conduct for pupils and for parents which are known and understood.

The availability of a wide range of rewards which are consistently applied to encourage appropriate behaviour choices.

Sanctions for unacceptable behaviour which take into account an individual’s circumstances, are understood by staff, parents and pupils and consistently applied.

The Headteacher's right to permanently exclude a pupil where it is considered that their presence in school seriously harms their education or welfare or that of others in the school.

No toleration of violence, threatening behaviour or abuse by adults towards the school’s staff or pupils and the application of appropriate sanctions, including bans from the school premises and prosecution.

Staff receive training on the use of Care and Control Techniques.

The elimination of all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Promotion of the active engagement of all pupils in all learning opportunities.