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Governors

What does a governor do?

The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • Setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Our governors meet on a monthly basis as a full governing body.  Some governors have individual responsibilities and task groups are set up as needed.  

Minutes of the full Governing body meetings are available from the school office once they have been agreed by the governing body at the following meeting. 

 

Southbourne Junior School Governors:

Helen Poley - Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor

I have been a parent at Southbourne Junior School for the last 7 years, and currently have 2 children at this school and an older child at Secondary School. I became a governor in 2012 as I cared about the future of my children's school.

I am currently working at a local nursery school which fits around my family, but my original career was in banking, as an Operations Manager for Citibank International Plc. I became the Chair of Governors in 2015 and I am the Safeguarding Governor. I am also on the finance committee. I enjoy contributing to the achievements of the School, supporting the Headteacher and Staff, and understanding more about the education sector.

Melanie Starr - Vice Chair of Governors and Health & Safety Governor

I became a Governor of the school in October 2013 when my eldest child joined the Junior School, because I wanted to be involved with the school providing my son’s education. I am currently Vice Chair of Governors, Health & Safety Governor and I sit on the Finance Committee. My second child is in the Infant School but will hopefully be joining the school in due course.

I have a background in Human Resources and Training and currently work as a freelance Apprenticeship Assessor and Management Trainer.

Having been a Governor now for 3 years I really enjoy being able to contribute to the school through supporting and challenging and playing a small but supportive role to the wider team who are educating our children and enriching their learning.

Nigel Bloodworth - Local Authority Governor

I joined the governors at Southbourne Junior School in January 2016 as the Local Authority governor.  After a career in teaching I joined West Sussex as a school improvement adviser initially advising on religious education but more recently as a Senior Adviser leading on Academies and governance and supporting improvement in schools. I have experience as an Ofsted inspector, a school improvement partner and a trainer.

I live locally and felt that with my experience I could contribute to the work of the governing body at Southbourne. I have enjoyed getting to know the school and contribute to supporting and challenging the work going on to help the governors play our part in providing an excellent education for all the children at the school.

Clare Stent - Governor with responsibilty for SEN and Pupil Premium

I have been a governor at Southbourne Junior School since November 2012. In addition, I enjoy my role as the link governor to the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator and the Pupil Premium Lead. I live in Southbourne and have two children – one attends a local secondary school and the other one is in upper base at the junior school. I have a background of working as an Occupational Therapist in both health and social care settings, but for the last few years I have worked as a learning support assistant at a local secondary school. In my role as a governor, I enjoy helping to ensure that the school continues to provide a safe, effective and stimulating learning environment for its pupils.

Cheryl Day - Parent Governor

I have only recently become a Parent Governor at southbourne Junior School and am very excited to be involved.  As a local resident and parent of two children at the school I look forward to contributing to the governing body and I hope I will be able to bring a fresh perspective and insight.

Currently I spend most of my time juggling medical appointments and looking after my family although I have a career background in residential peoperty and finance.

In the near future I will be attending various training courses aimed at supporting me in my new role in addition to the support goups and information days I attend as a parent of children with special needs.

Andrea Cooper - Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since February 2017.

Both my children attend Southbourne Junior School.

Before having children I worked as a teacher specialising in children with special needs.

I feel it is very important to enable children to reach their full potential so I have been involved with the PTA for the last seven years and I have got to know many of the parents; I also help voluntarily in some of the classes and believe in providing children with the best opportunity for their education.

I am pleased to be one of the governors and by working together we can support the school and our children’s future.

David Rock-Staff Governor

I have been a staff governor at Southbourne Junior School for over four years and recently began my second term on the governing body . Being a member of the governing body enables me to represent the staff and give valuable insights into how the curriculum is working and how any decisions made  might affect the life of the school. My role allows me the opportunity to help the governing body  communicate effectively with staff. In addition, being a Year 6 teacher means I am able to talk with confidence and report to governors about end of Key Stage 2 attainment. I enjoy the discussions and insight into how we can move the school forward as well as an opportunity to support the Headteacher.

Terry Pearce Co-opted Governor

Terry recently joined the governing body in the Summer term 2016. He lives locally and is now retired after many years of running his own business. His skills will support our premises, health and safety and finance areas. Terry is known in the community through local groups such as 'The Men's Shed'.

Louise Gasser - Headteacher

Clerk to the Governors - Carol Vigor

Carol works for West Sussex County Council and has a strong relationship with the school.