Welcome to Milton Hall Governors. We work very closely with our Head, Deputy Head & teaching & non teaching staff to ensure the safety, happiness & best all round education for all our pupils.
Our Governing Body is made up from parents, staff & local community members & our role is strategic planning & monitoring, working closely with our Head, Mrs Debbie Priest, who, along with her leadership team, is responsible for the day to day running of the school.
Each Governor brings different skills, knowledge & experience to our Governing Body & each of us has our own area of responsibility and interest within the school.
All of us are completely committed to ensuring our school offers the very best possible outcome for every child, giving them all a firm foundation on which to build once they reach Secondary School and in later life.
We currently meet all together three times a term and also attend a variety of training and briefings throughout the school year.
Our current Chair, Niki Lamont, meets at least twice a month with our Head to ensure all is running smoothly.
If you would like to know more, or to make contact with any of our governors, please ask at the school office and this can be arranged.
Our current Governors are;
Niki Lamont - Chair
Mary Cosgrove - Vice Chair
Cherie Knight- Co Opted
Margaret Borton - LA Gov
Michael Stammers - Partnership
Debbie Priest - Head
Karen Willis Clerk
Levi Sinden - Parent Governor
John German - Parent Governor
Vacancy - Co Opted
Tom Spence Deputy Head
Anne Jones LA
Niki Lamont: I have been a governor at Milton Hall for seven years, and chair since 2012. I started as a parent governor at Southend High School for Girls in 1999 and stepped down in 2014 when invited to join Cecil Jones Governing Board. I retired as a hospital doctor in 2011 and also chair the Essex NHS Research Ethics Committee. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Milton Hall and am committed to ensuring all our pupils develop their full potential. I was appointed a National Leader of Governance in 2016 and am a Trustee of the National Governance Association. Locally, I am a member of Southend Borough Council's Education Board, Success for All Group, and LSCB Executive (Local Safeguarding Children's Board). In my spare time I enjoy catching up with my three grown up children and playing with my three young grandsons.
Mary Cosgrove: I have been a school governor at Milton Hall now for over 12 years. I have 4 children, 3 of whom attended MH school from Nursery through to year 7. I am currently safeguarding governor and vice-chair. I am particularly interested in literacy and transition to secondary education. I work full time as a civil servant. I helped to introduce the Children’s University into MH school and I have attended many graduations. I am very proud to be able to help support our hard working Head teacher and her dedicated team in such a lovely school.
Michael Stammers: I am a Partnership Governor at Milton Hall and my son is in KS2 at the school. I am a Manager at a local Insurance Broker and have worked in the industry for over 15 years and am committed to developing staff and assisting my customers, and my reason for volunteering for the Governor role is that I see many of the same qualities in the school and its progressive leadership.
I have attended a number of courses and have enjoyed Learning Walks around the School which have enlightened and further enthused me to actively participate in the School and its values of progression and inclusion for all. I look forward to many more training sessions and activities within the School.
My son very much enjoys his schooling and I have seen first hand the confidence that exists in the school, be it among parents, teachers and the children in a positive and engrossing learning environment.
Away from my work, I spend time with my family and enjoy activities with them and occasionally watching my football Team Dagenham & Redbridge (I am originally from Dagenham) when time (and my partner & son!) allow.
Margaret Borton: I have been a Governor and a Local Authority Governor at Milton Hall for over five years. As part of my role I am the Vice Chair on the Premises Committee, which involves touring the school and attending meetings. I thoroughly enjoy my role and being part of the school community.
I am married with two grown up children who both went to school in the local area. I have worked for the Department of Work and Pensions for over forty years. My roles as a Councillor and School Governor keep me busy, although in any spare time I have I enjoy going to art exhibitions, reading crime novels and going to London.
Levi Sinden: I am a new Parent Governor at Milton Hall School, I have three children one of whom is in year one at Milton Hall. I currently work as a Safeguarding Adults Board Manager, and have worked in health and adult social care for my whole career. I believe that the experience that I have gained in business management and the skills I use at work will help me to support the school's development and champion children's rights.
I am passionate about the value of education and the difference it can make to an individual's life, and would like to use this opportunity to help the children of Milton Hall to thrive and realise their full potential, regardless of their background or circumstance.
Outside of work and school a lot of my time is taken up with my family, friends, children's activities and going to gym.
I have enjoyed my short time as a governor and look forward to finding out more about the school.
Cherie Knight: I have been a governor since 2015 and enjoy the different perspective this role brings. I joined Milton Hall 10 years ago as a newly qualified reception class teacher. I then became EYFS Phase Leader and have worked with others to ensure our youngest children are provided with the best possible start to their school lives. I have also been a subject leader responsible for science and outdoor learning. I thoroughly enjoy my current role as Assistant Headteacher, responsible for the EYFS and Year 1 Phase and Pupil Premium across the school. I am proud of the commitment and hard work the whole staff team put in to ensure the school goes from strength to strength. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my four grown children and love to read.