Structure and Responsibilities
Nursling Church of England Primary School is a voluntary controlled school operating within an Instrument of Government authorised by Hampshire County Council in conjunction with a the foundation body of Winchester Diocesan Board of Education.
The Governing Body of the school conforms to Standing Orders and each governor is required to comply with a Code of Conduct which includes declaring relevant business and pecuniary interests.
All governors (excepting the Head-teacher and the Vicar of the Parish) are appointed for a 4 year term of office which may be renewed. The four parent governors are elected by parents of children currently attending the school; the local authority governor is appointed by Hampshire County Council; the three foundation governors are appointed by the foundation body; the staff governor is elected by employed members of staff; and four co-opted governors that are appointed by the Governing Body to ensure a balance of skills, knowledge and experience is maintained.
The Governing Body for the academic year (2023/24) is:
|Current term of office
|Mrs Jacqueline Barker (Chair and Safeguarding)
|22/05/2021 to 21/05/2025
|Ms Christine Slater (Vice Chair)
|18/09/2021 to 17/09/2025
|Mrs Joanne Jearrad (Headteacher)
|Rev Graeme Dixon
|Mr Ewan Brown
|19/10/2023 to 18/10/2027
|Mr Steve Duncan
|20/07/2021 to 19/07/2025
|Miss Katy Boyd-Smith
|19/10/2023 to 18/10/2027
|Mrs Vicky Dixon (Training Liaison)
|01/07/2021 to 30/06/2025
|Mrs Claire Davies
|24/11/2022 to 23/11/2026
|Mr Jonathan Howells (SEND and Pupil Premium)
|15/10/2018 to 14/10/2022
|Mr Simon Arthur
|18/07/2023 to 17/07/2027
|Mrs Lindsay Manning
Historic Governors (within last 12 months):
|Mrs Alison Edmundson
|20/10/2022 to 31/08/2023
|Mrs Jayne Holmes
|20/10/2022 to 09/06/2023
|Mrs Amber Cole
|01/07/2021 to 10/12/2022
Nursling C of E Primary School – Register of Governor Interests – 2023/24
The substantive Committees and membership for 2023/24 are:
Environmental & Resource Committee: Steve Duncan (Chair), Jackie Barker (Vice-chair), Vicky Dixon, Katy Boyd-Smith & Joanne Jearrad
Standards & Progress Committee: Chris Slater (Chair), Jonathan Howells (Vice-Chair), Katy Boyd-Smith, Claire Davies, Simon Arthur & Joanne Jearrad
Foundation Committee: Graeme Dixon (Chair), Ewan Brown, Jonathan Howells, Chris Slater & Joanne Jearrad
In addition to the above committees the following committees and panels convene as and when business requires:
Pay and HR Committee: Steve Duncan (Chair),Claire Davies & Simon Arthur
Pay Appeals: Pool of non-staff governors
Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel: Jonathan Howells, Chris Slater, Vicky Dixon
Discipline and Dismissals Committee: Pool of non-staff governors
Pupil Disciplinary: Pool of non-staff governors
Register of Attendance Full Governing Body 2022/23
Register of Attendance Environment and Resources Committee 2022/23
Register of Attendance Standards and Progress Committee 2022/23
Register of Attendance Foundation Committee 2022/23
Meet the Governors
In partnership with the school staff and yourselves, school governors have a shared responsibility for providing your children with the best education we can in terms of skills, knowledge, values and relationships. This school year, we have a number of newly appointed governors and we are delighted to introduce ourselves to you. So what do the governors do? But, first, what exactly do the governors do, and what is the make-up of the Governing Body? The most important thing to understand is that governors are not involved in the day to day management of the school. This is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and senior school leaders. Rather, our function is to concentrate on matters relating to strategy, finance and school improvement. Specifically, our job as governors is to:
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Hold the Head Teacher and senior school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
- Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that its money is well spent.
The membership of the Governing Body is based on a ‘stakeholder’ model of governance with five categories of governors, each with a particular stake in the school. As presently constituted, the governing body consists of:
- Four parent governors, elected by the wider parent body
- One local authority (Hampshire County Council)-nominated governor
- One staff governor, elected by school staff.
- The Head Teacher
- Four co-opted governors drawn from the local community and appointed on the basis of relevant skills and experience
- Three foundation governors appointed by the Winchester Diocesan Board of Education. Nursling is a Church of England School and the Church is represented on the Governing Body by this category of governors. They have the same responsibilities as all the other governors but, in addition, are responsible for making sure that Christian values underpin the life and work of the school and that RE is taught according to the agreed syllabus.
The Clerk to Governors is Lindsay Manning
Vicky Dixon joined the Governing Board in July 2017 as a parent governor. Vicky is also the Development and Training Governor. Her eldest daughter has now left Nursling School, and her youngest daughter is a current pupil. Vicky is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant in a Hampshire secondary school. Previously Vicky worked as a registered nurse, and specialised in supporting children, families and young people.
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Steve Duncan joined as a parent governor in 2021. He works for a national company as a Lead Software Engineer, as such has experience in Information Technology as well as managing people and risks. As a governor, he is particularly interested in digital literacy, including being knowledgeable, safeguarding, and critically assessing content in an increasingly digital world.
Claire Davies joined the Governing Body in November 2022 as a parent governor. Claire previously worked in Financial Services and brings her experience in leadership, strategic change management, people management and governance. Claire has a daughter at the school and is currently enjoying a career break.
Local authority governor
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Jackie Barker was appointed to the Governing Body in May 2017. She is Director of Finance at a secondary school academy on the edge of the New Forest, and has expertise in all aspects of school administration and management. Jackie is chair of the Pay and Human Resources sub-committee and the school’s safeguarding governor.
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Chris Slater joined the Governing Body in August 2017. She is a retired head teacher from Cheshire, who is now living in the local area. She is experienced in school improvement and is as committed as ever to aiming high for every child. Chris has been a Hampshire governor for three years, as well as working as an associate tutor delivering training for Hampshire Governor Services. She is also Chair of Governors at Calmore Junior School until 30th April 2022
Jonathan Howells joined the Governing Body in February 2019 as a Co-Opted Governor.Recently retired as a Headteacher of a Special School, Jonathan hopes he can support the Governing Body in relation to leadership and management, school vision and strategic planning. With a passion for children and their overall holistic success and with a particular interest in pupils with Special Educational Needs, Jonathan is delighted to lead on SEND, Pupil Premium, Health and Safety and to be Vice Chair of the Standards and Performance Committee.
Rev Graeme Dixon became a Foundation Governor when he became Vicar of Nursling and Rownhams churches in 2019. He has worked in pharmaceuticals and the health care sector before training for the ministry.
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