Local Governing Body

Hill Farm is looking for additional parent governors – if you are interested in finding out more, please contact the school on 02476 595455.

Hill Farm Governors letter to parents:

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you to introduce the members of the Local Governing Body. We are a committee which operates to support the Headteacher and staff of Hill Farm to provide the best possible learning experience and environment for your children.

We meet a minimum of every half term and, as you can see, our committee consists of parents, staff and people from the wider community. We share a common aim; to support Hill Farm, to the best of our ability, in its exciting journey to becoming an outstanding school.

If you wish to contact the Local Governing Body, this can be done via the school office or by emailing hfp-enquiries@castlephoenixtrust.org.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Ruth Winters

Chair of the Local Governing Body


Ruth Winters – Chair

I spent my career teaching in a number of Coventry primary schools, the last sixteen years of it as Headteacher of Hearsall Primary School.When I finished work I was keen to continue my links with primary education and was thrilled to be asked to be a member of Hill Farm Governing Body. The school has seen considerable changes over the last few years and has faced some difficult challenges; I am fully committed to supporting Mrs Wilson and her staff team in the excellent work they are doing on a daily basis and in their drive to ensuring that Hill Farm and its pupils, achieve their maximum potential. 


Michelle Browne – Staff Governor

I joined Hill Farm as a teacher in September 2013. Previous to this, I had been teaching in Birmingham for 12 years, teaching children throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. I decided to take on the role as school governor to represent the views of the staff. My aim as a governor is to ensure that I can play a part in the continued improvement of Hill Farm so that the children have the best education to set them up for life.


Ian Houghton – Staff Governor

I am the Castle Phoenix Trust Estates and Facilities Manager. I joined the Trust in August 2017. I am responsible for the strategic planning of each schools facilities. I am extremely passionate about ensuring that the students at each of our schools have clean, safe and modern buildings. I expressed an interest in joining the local governing body at Hill Farm Primary School as I wish to give something back to our wonderful staff and students. Hill Farm has a very special family atmosphere and I wish to work with the governing body to ensure that this atmosphere continues.


Sara Bennett – Community Governor

I have lived all my life in Coventry, and after training as a teacher taught in a number of Coventry schools, both primary and secondary. I spent 16 years as a headteacher in two different primary schools. Although retired, I still take a keen interest in education and was delighted to be invited to join the Governing Body of Hill Farm. My personal philosophy of education is that we should enable all children to achieve their best academically, whilst at the same time offering opportunities to promote their personal development and well being. From my visits to Hill Farm and discussions with staff I can see this is part of the school’s ethos and as a governor I will be pleased to support the work of the school to develop this further.


Atinuke Proctor – Community Governor

I am a local resident who moved to the North of the city three years ago and was keen to build strong links with the local community. Professionally I am a Senior Programme Management Consultant in the IT industry, however specifically I have >10 years’ experience supporting public sector organisations with transformation projects. On a personal level, I aim to support the teachers, parents and pupils of this school as they continually strive for improvement. I had an immediate affinity with Hill Farm when I was appointed, as it reminded of the diverse primary school that I attended. Over time, nothing would make me prouder than to be a potential role model to the children.


The full list of Members, Trustees and Local Governors across Castle Phoenix Trust can be found on the Trust’s Governance Page