The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions;
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Over the year we share progress relating to our strategic objectives, as well as making transparent the work of the governing body, through termly updates. The minutes from our meetings, policies and procedures can be accessed through the following links:
- Terms of Reference
- Pecuniary Interests and Attendance
Meet the Governors
Fiona Aubrey-Smith (Community Governor)
Chair of Governors
Lead Governor for: Strategic Development and Monitoring.
Fiona brings 15 years of experience from teaching, school leadership and national & international education consultancy work. She sits on a number of education boards as a non-executive director, has a regular column for Headteacher Update magazine and is currently completing her PhD in Education.
Chris Westwood (Co-opted Governor)
Vice Chair of Governors
Lead Governor for: Personnel.
Chris brings 20 years of experience from IBM gained through managerial roles, personnel management, business development, strategy and project management. Chris brings vital leadership, communication, negotiation, coaching, decision making and recruitment skills to the governing board.
Dan Mar-Moilinero (Co-opted Governor)
Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
Lead Governor for: Inclusion and Equality.
Dan brings 20 years of education experience in teaching and educational leadership, gained from working as Head of Department for a large Hampshire College through to workshops with children, students and teaching professionals. Dan is in demand as a musician and composer alongside his teaching work, which includes lecturing in Music at the University of Southampton.
Allison Jordan (Parent Governor)
Chair of Finance Committee
Lead Governor for: Data and SFVS.
Allison brings vital research and data analysis skills to the team, gained from … including her PhD in…
Lead Governor for: Marketing and Communications and Health & Safety.
Tim is a Director of local Digital Agency and brings critical business, strategy, digital and marketing skills and experience to the team gained from over 17 years experience leading digital and marketing projects across a variety of diverse sectors.
Lead Governor for: Personnel.
Penny has lived in the village since 1989, became a School Governor in 1996 and brings vital local knowledge and expertise to the governing board alongside valuable insights about the ways in which the community is developing. Penny and her husband run their own business and play key roles in the heart of the village through their work with St Andrews; the village church, the Parish Council and the village Hall amongst others.
Lead Governor for: Training.
Deb brings a wealth of experience gathered through professional project management covering a range of public sector areas. Alongside her organizational, expertise Deb brings vital critical thinking and problem solving skills. As the previous Chair of Governors Deb also provides important continuity, advisory and mentoring support to the governing board.
Lead Governor for: Staff.
Alongside her expertise in teaching and school leadership, Natalie brings valuable insights to the operational work of the school. Natalie represents staff views and acts as staff liaison to the governing board.
Wendy sits alongside the governing board in her role as Headteacher of Owslebury Primary School and brings her wealth of expertise, and passion for children’s learning which she has developed through teaching and school leadership across multiple schools.
Clerk to the Governing Board
Clerk to the Governing Board.
There is currently 1 vacancy for a co-opted governor, and we welcome applications from those with skills in any of the following areas; Teaching & Learning, School Leadership, Educational Development and School Improvement, Safeguarding, and Health & Safety.
Supporting the Full Governing Board are a number of committees – details about what these do and how they meet can be found in our Terms of Reference which is updated annually.
If you would like to raise a matter with the Governing Board you can do so through the following routes;
- Contact the Chair of Governors
- Contact the Lead Governor for the area that your matter relates to – see ‘Our Governors’ for the current list of names and lead areas;
- Approach one of the parent governors.
Please bear in mind that governors are responsible for strategic, not operational matters. Any concerns regarding your child, teaching or other day-to-day matters should be raised with the relevant teacher or headteacher. In the unlikely event that this process does not resolve your matter then you should raise this with the Chair of Governors.