The Governing Body

Mrs Nicola Benger

Mrs Benger has been the Headteacher at Hockliffe Lower School since 2011 though she began her time at the school in 1992 as a class teacher.  Mrs Benger has a total of 35 yearsí experience teaching in both middle and lower schools in Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Somerset. During this time she has had the experience of co-ordinating various subjects including English, IT, International Education, Music, History, Geography and PE.
When she is not working at school Mrs Benger likes to spend time with her family and enjoys travelling, particularly to France.  She also relaxes by playing the clarinet in a local wind band.

As all the pupils will tell you Mrs Bengerís favourite colour is purple and she loves cats!
Mrs Christine Carter

Mrs Carter has been teaching at Hockliffe Lower School since 2002 and for most of that time she has lead the Early Years Foundation Stage.
She has previously been the Maths Co-ordinator but relinquished that role when she became the schoolís Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) in 2013.
Mrs Carter has been a Curriculum Governor since 2011.
When not at school Mrs Carter enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new places, anything to do with art and design and long walks with her dog.
Roles:
Sub-committees:
Staff Governor
Curriculum
Mrs Marilyn Young

Marilyn moved to Hockliffe in 1987 and her family bought their house on the reputation of the school in Hockliffe.  At that time the school was only a third of its present size !

Marilyn has been a governor at the school since 1992. Her current role is as special needs, safeguarding and pupil premium governor.  Over the years she has also had experience as a member of the curriculum and the finance subcommittees.
Since 1993 Marilyn has been a teaching assistant and admin assistant at the school. She also oversees the running of the school library. Marilynís favourite colour is green and she loves owls.
Roles:
Sub-committees:
Local Authority Governor
Safeguarding Governor
SEN
Health and Safety
Mrs Kate Banville

Kate is the most recent addition to the governance team. She moved to Hockliffe with her family in early 2013. Her eldest of three sons is currently in Class 1, but at some point she may have a son in each of the three classes!

Kate began her role as a parent governor at the end of 2015 and she has been assigned to the role of English Link Governor. 

Kate originally hails from Brisbane, Australia, but moved to sunny Bedfordshire in 2003 to work as a primary school teacher locally and to travel and explore the United Kingdom and Europe at every opportunity. Thirteen years on, Kate is still teaching, but she is much more likely to be exploring the fields around Hockliffe with her young boys than the streets of foreign lands.

One of Kateís favourite past times is singing - both performing herself and leading childrenís choirs. She also enjoys volunteering with a church agency, which involves her visiting schools and teaching students about social justice issues around the world.
Roles:
Sub-committees:
Parent Governor
Curriculum
English Link Governor
 
Data and Pupil Premium 
Governor
 
Our current school governors are:
At present there are 2 governor vacancies for a Community and Local Authority Governor.

Governors have a dual role to play in the running of the school. Firstly, we have legal duties to set a budget each year and adhere to it; to set staffing levels and make appointments; to ensure that all the children are taught within the provisions of the National Curriculum; and to see that any child with special needs of any sort is given the help that he or she requires.

Secondly, we seek to support the Headteacher and other staff within the school, in formulating policies and applying them. In Hockliffe, we use the specialist knowledge of our governors to provide advice on financial matters and any other day to day Questions that we can.

Note: There are no spouse, partner or business relationships between any governors and school staff members.  No governor has a declared business interest in the school.
Getting to know our governors

Here are some short profiles that the governors have written about themselves and the positions they hold on the governing body.
Mr David Bolton

Awaiting Profile.
Roles:
Sub-committees:
Parent Governor
 
Vice Chair
 
Finance Governor
 
Mr D Bolton
Parent (Chairperson)
Mrs C Carter
Staff Representative
Mrs N Benger
Headteacher
Mrs K Banville
Parent
Mrs M Young
Community
Miss L Stanbridge
Clerk to the Governors (volunteer)