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 returned to live here in 2011. I love the area and became a governor because I wanted to help, if I could, play a part in the continued success of our local school. I strongly believe that our school is vital part of our Stockbridge community.
I am Dad to Eddie (currently in Year 2) and Bee (Reception)
I am a co-opted governor and am one of the Governors responsible for Health and Safety. I am also the link Governor for both History and Art.
In my professional life I am a barrister specialising in Crime and Regulatory Crime. This involves working with a wide range of individuals and agencies, from vulnerable adults and children to large government agencies. I try to bring my experience of helping to resolve conflicts, working with others and putting across simple and persuasive arguments to my work as a governor.
I have been a governor at Stockbridge for 13 years with four of them as Chair. My specialist qualifications are in Physical Education and Outdoor Education. I have taught in all levels including teacher training. The outdoors and quality educational visits sit well with the school’s rounded vision of a child’s education.
I have been Hampshire Educational Authority inspector for PE and Outdoor Education. I was national safety officer for Outdoor Learning. I have recently retired from inspecting all outdoor and adventure providers on behalf of HCC when we did our best to ensure that that our children received the highest quality of support, safety and tuition in a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities.
I bring to the school a passion for the care of children operating in all environments. I am particularly proud of the provision and staff that we have at Stockbridge.
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.
I’ve been living in Hampshire for 9 years now after moving from rural Norfolk where I lived and worked for many years. I’ve two grown up children and served as a parent governor for 6 years at the local primary school.
I have over 30 years experience working as a Programme manager in Insurance, Telecomms and Financial services. I’m currently working for an IT company based in London and hope I bring good business, teamwork knowledge and humour to my governors role.
When I’m not working I can usually be found on a bike, in a swimming pool, or in the great outdoors.
I am delighted to be a near neighbour and co-opted community governor of Stockbridge Primary School.
My husband and I have lived in Old London Road since November 2010 and have a number of interests in the community. I co-edit the local community magazine for the three local parishes and help my husband to run the Community Cinema, while he is also a very active trustee of the Stockbridge Town Hall management committee. It has been interesting to discover how many of these roles and activities overlap offering mutual benefit to all.
I retired in 2010 having worked for nearly 40 years in education as a class teacher and later as a teacher and then manager of special educational needs services in London. I have 2 grandsons, both in primary school in Surrey.
I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2017 as a way of giving a little back to a school and community that has given my family such a lot. I was secretary for the Pre School Committee previously and part of the team that moved to combine the pre school with the school.
As a Parent Governor I aim to represent the views of parents across the school and I’m always happy to be approached to discuss views that parents would like represented. With three children spread across three different year groups and contact with many parents through ‘Clubhouse’, I try to keep my finger on the pulse at all times.
My role as Vice Chair on the committee is to support the Chair and I also oversee the Governors’ training programme, making sure we are developing and recruiting the right balance of skills to suit our needs as a governing body. I use my previous commercial and business experience to help scrutinise the school budget and finances to ensure we deliver the best possible value for our pupils.
I became a governor in October 2020, so am still very new to the role. I am soon to be a parent of two daughters at Stockbridge School, my middle one is already in Year 4 and my youngest is about to join in Year R. We live close by and have lived here since 2016, and love this part of the world.
I became a governor as I wanted to help and become more involved with the school, as I work full time and sometimes not very visible. I have worked in the corporate world for a long time and specialise in risk management and assessment, and hope that these skills, as well as negotiation and communication skills, can help with my role as a governor.
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.