Ashbourne Hilltop
Primary and Nursery School

with ERS Provision

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Sally Smith Acting Headteacher

Sally Smith-Acting Headteacher

I have many years of experience as Governor both at Hilltop and two other Primary Schools. I joined the Governing Body at Hilltop as a Staff Governor in 2007 and, with the re-constitution, I was co-opted onto the Governing Body and now, in my role as Acting Headteacher, I am automatically eligible to be a member of the Governing Body. 

Over the years as a governor I have seen many exciting changes but the commitment to ensuring that all the children get the best education they can, and to support the school in improving even further, has remained unchanged. My vision and approach has always been driven by ensuring our young learners develop a sense of self belief, a love of learning and creating the optimum environment for them to reach their potential.


Our current Governing Body is a fantastic group of people to work with; they have enthusiasm for the role and a real commitment to helping to make our school the best it can be.


One of my roles is to produce a Headteacher’s Report for the Governing Body’s half termly meetings, which gives them up-to-date information on our school: numbers of pupils on roll, SEN information, attendance, health and safety, the curriculum, parent and community activities, and staff training. My reports also cover standards in school, and an update on progress towards the objectives we have been working on in the School Development Plan.