The Governors at Stockbridge Primary & Pre-School help Mrs Jefferies to manage the strategic side of school development whilst ensuring that the School is meeting its statutory responsibilities. They act as the School’s ‘critical friend’ to ensure that the needs of every child are catered for.
Chair: Catherine Williamson
Vice Chair: Miriam White
Governing body membership comprises a core group of governors which in our governing body number a total of 5 posts; headteacher, Local Authority governor, two parent governors and a staff governor. In addition to this, there are up to 7 co-opted posts giving a total of 12 governors. We also have associate governor posts which are introduced for a time limited period to address a need of the school at any current point in time. Despite the organisational split in posts, no Governor has power over another and the Full Governing Body (FGB) work collaboratively for the good of the children at the school.
Core governing group
Our clerk is Mrs Ami Hartfield and is the main point of contact for any Governing body business. She can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minutes of meetings are public documents and are available in paper copy on request from the Clerk once they have been approved by Governors.
In January 2020, the Governing body moved to a ‘flat structure’ whereby all Governors meet to discuss all business rather than operating several committees. The driving force behind this was that the skillsets of the Governing body were broad and varied and allowed each Governor to have specialist areas of knowledge but it would be good practice to have others develop skills in the different areas so as to provide challenge and broaden knowledge.
Governors meet monthly and have a carefully mapped out plan of meetings for each academic year to ensure coverage and depth on key issues and ensure they meet the deadlines for things like budget setting, school development plan evaluation and health and safety checks.
We run 2 committees plus the Full Governing Body each half term. This means that we meet very regularly throughout the year to discuss business. Attendance at the meetings is key to keeping in touch with what’s going on in school.
Governors are divided into committee groups depending on their skill sets so that we maximise the benefits and expertise they bring to the school. This spread of experience is important to a healthy, functioning and most importantly challenging Governing Body.
It is vitally important for the school community that the school makes transparent judgements and decisions as they represent not just the parent and child body but take an oversight of the budget which is ultimately, public money. This is the register of pecuniary interest.
I moved to the Governing Body when the school merged with the pre-school and am the nominated governor for pre-school and early years links. Having been the Chair of the Pre-School committee, I feel that this equips me well in monitoring the progress of children across the whole of the early years setting in our school.
I was brought up in Stockbridge and after moving away to study and then work I moved to Longstock about 4 years ago with my wife Jo. Our son Eddie has just started at the pre-school with his younger sister Bee to hopefully follow. Most of our family live locally and I love this area. I became a governor because I wanted to help, if I could, ensure the success of our local school. I strongly believe that having a good, well run and happy school is vital to our community.
In my professional life I work as a criminal and regulatory law barrister. This involves working with a wide range of different individuals and entities including vulnerable clients, victims, and organisations including the Police, HMRC, the Health and Safety Executive and professional regulators.
I have been a governor at Stockbridge for ten years with four of them as Chair. I have a special interest in physical education and educational visits which very much sits with the school’s rounded vision of education for children. I am a physical education and outdoor education specialist having taught in all phases of education. I have been Hampshire County Inspector for Physical Education and still inspect centres regularly to ensure our children are receiving the highest quality support, safety and tuition when taking part in a range of outdoor learning situations. I bring to the school a passion for the care of other people’s children when operating in all environments and am particularly proud of the provision we offer here.
I’ve been living in Stockbridge for nine years. My husband and I were very happy to settle here at the end of his Army career. After many moves with two sons to six countries, I appreciate the particular challenges faced by Forces families.
For the last six years I have been helping with French in Stockbridge Primary School. As a qualified French teacher, I understand the value of learning foreign languages at a young age, as does this school. I have really enjoyed working with the children and getting to know so many of them. I welcome the closer involvement I now have as a governor in support of this excellent school.
I recently retired from my job as an Environmental Health Officer with Winchester City Council, a post I held for over 30 years. I realised I wanted to undertake a volunteers role and was drawn to being a governor. With my imminent move to Stockbridge I felt that being a governor at this school would be ideal. I look forward to working with my fellow governors, school and wider community to continue the excellent work that has been achieved at this school.
Resident in Hampshire for 5 years I work as a Programme manager on business and IT change. I bring over 25 years of business and teamwork experience to the governing body as well as prior experience from my time as a parent governor in rural Norfolk where my children, now both studying at University, enjoyed a very happy and productive school life. When I’m not working I can usually be found in a swimming pool, on a bike or in the great outdoors.
I am delighted be a near neighbour and now new community/co-opted governor of Stockbridge Primary School.
Since moving to Old London Road, in November 2010 I have had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Jefferies and some parent members of FOSS whilst being involved in local community activities. I now look forward to getting to know even more of the staff, parents and particularly children of this excellent school.
I retired in May 2010 after working for nearly 40 years in teaching and management roles in education and special education in London and, having had a short rest, I am now looking forward to working once again in the school environment.
Miriam joined our Governing body as a parent Governor and has been putting her accounting and financial skills to good use ever since joining by interrogating the school budget to ensure we are providing the best value for our pupils.
Miriam has 3 boys in our school across 3 different year groups and 3 classes so has her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in school all of the time. In addition, she owns and runs ‘Clubhouse’, our after school club for wrap around provision.
Joining the FGB in October 2020, Lucy is a parent of a Year 3 child and hopefully a new Year R child in September 2021. Working in the corporate world, Lucy’s skills lie in risk management and assessment which is a skillset missing from the full governing body so we are delighted to welcome her to the team. Negotiation and communication within her role at work as well as being a full time working mum with 3 young children mean she’s constantly busy and has great transferable skills!
With a strong financial background managing budgets for the Police and Fire services within Hampshire County Council, Vicky strengthens the finance skillset on the FGB and brings a shared perspective of working with Hampshire systems and procedures to the table. She has two young children – 1 in Year 1 and another waiting to join us in Year R in September 2021 who also attends our pre-school so she sees the school from lots of different perspectives.