Kieran Baker (Chair of Governing Body)
I was appointed Chair of the Governing Body in July 2020 and officially started the role in September 2020. Prior to this, I served as Deputy Chair for one year and co-opted Governor from 2018. I joined the school to help improve the learning environment for our children. I understand the importance of a good education, having been lucky enough myself to have experienced excellent teaching and learning throughout school and university. A good education provided me with the platform to develop my skills and knowledge and work towards my chosen career. I now work in Information Technology in the NHS, contributing to the NHS’s response to the COVID19 pandemic. Due to my interests and career, I’m a passionate supporter of the digital classroom, which includes everything from ensuring pupils have access to technology that improves learning outcomes, to the utilisation of data to better understand school development, performance, and pupil outcomes.
I am a parent of two daughters, now at high school but both former pupils of Hill Top. I have been involved with the school for over 10 years; firstly as part of FOHT and for the past few years as a school governor. It has been and continues to be a privilege to be part of the school; to see the children flourish and grow and the dedication of the teachers to ensure that every one of the children reaches their full potential.
As a Governor at Hill Top Primary Academy School, I use the skills I acquired as a Nursery Nurse, allowing me to deliver the best foundations for children’s education. I am up to date with all safeguarding policies and undertake regular training as a Governor, which is enhanced by my role on Leeds City Council’s Children’s Services Scrutiny Board. The children’s progress and education are paramount when decisions are made, and this school is inclusive, giving opportunities to all.
I have been a Governor at Hill Top Primary Academy for 4 years now. I am the Vicar of the local church St Mary’s and it is lovely to be involved with the Staff and Children at this school. I am the Governor responsible for Safeguarding.
I am a Parent Governor, as well as before being a Science teacher at a local Secondary School since 2006, and I have a strong belief that all children should receive a 1st class education, no matter their background. I will try my utmost to ensure that every child at Hill Top has access to achieving their potential.
Dear friends, my responsibilities this year are SEN governor, maths governor and Performance Management. After too many years doing so many different roles as a governor here and in several other schools, I am retiring in September (42 years after first becoming a governor). Things have changed, as they should, but Hill Top will always have a special place in my heart.