Governors

The Governors

We are very grateful for the support of our Governors.  Please read below to find out who they are.



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Roger Osborne – Chair of Governor

My association with Padnell Infant School began in the 1980’s when my two children attended the School and I have maintained that association in a variety of forms for many years. Consequently I was pleased to become a Governor and then Chair of Governors a little more than two years ago. I am also a Governor of Padnell Junior as we all believe that the two schools working together is beneficial to the children. 

I began teaching, from which I am now retired, in 1970 as a teacher of Physical Education. In January 1975 I became Head of PE at Cowplain Community School where I worked for the next 38 years. Surprised they put up with me for so long! Throughout this time I had connections with the Padnell Schools which has continued since I moved to Oaklands Catholic School three years ago.   I am a sports fanatic with football being my main passion.  Despite my avid interest, I’m now only able to spectate and advise the players what they are doing wrong - they never seem to listen!  Being Portsmouth born and bred I still continue to be a Portsmouth Football Club season ticket holder. I have not yet had any therapy for this ailment so I manage to balance watching Portsmouth play with frequent visits to the Emirates football stadium.

On behalf of the Governors I should like to thank all pupils, parents and friends for their immeasurable support given to Padnell Infant School as it continues its development.

 

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Mandy Grayson - Headteacher

I joined the school in January 2015 and as part of my role as Headteacher I became a member of the Governing Body.  Previously I have served on three other Governing bodies in my capacity as a senior leader in other schools across the county.

I have been in the teaching profession for over 15 years having completed both my degree and post graduate qualification later in life.  My degree is in Creative Studies and English Literature both of which are still passions of mine.

Before teaching I ran my own business offering music and movement sessions to young children and their parents or carers.  Setting this up reignited my passion to become a teacher and so I returned to night school to gain my qualifications.

I have two grown up children who have both now flown the nest.  My daughter is in education working with vulnerable young children and my son in a performer on the stage in the West End.  In addition I have been a foster carer, caring for several boys in my time.

On deciding to become a Headteacher I looked for a school which had a diverse community working together for the good of the children and their families.  I think that I have found this at Padnell. For me education is not only about academic success but also about 'GROWing' individuals and their families, building on an ethos which embraces citizenship, social skills, personal confidence and resilience. I hope that through my leadership and in partnership with the Governors we can achieve the very best of outcomes all round for the community of our school.   

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Steve Jones – Vice Chair of Governors

I have lived in Waterlooville for 20 years and been a governor at the school for over 10 years, firstly as a parent governor while my 2 children were at the school and more recently as a Local Authority governor.  My children were both very happy at the school, and both are now at Cowplain School.
 
I have worked in a variety of roles such as project management in the pensions industry for virtually my entire career, and this experience has proved invaluable in my role as a governor, and being chair of the Resources Committee.
 

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Rachel Alderson

I moved to Hampshire with my husband in 2013, since then I have had 2 children who both now attend Padnell Infant School. 
I am passionate about our community and volunteer with Homestart Havant, working with lots of families. Joining the board of governors is a wonderful opportunity for me to help support the education of our children. 

 

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James Harris – Co Opted Governor

I was born in Portsmouth and have always lived in and around the Waterlooville area. I have two young children (Faye and Leo). Faye is currently in Year 2 at Padnell Infants, and Leo will hopefully be joining next September. In my free time I love to play sport, although various injuries have stopped my involvement in contact sports in recent years; I still very much enjoy cycling, watching Portsmouth FC and playing cricket for Purbrook CC.

I graduated at the University of Portsmouth graduating in 2004 with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, and am now a Chartered Engineer.

Following graduation I joined a company called BMT in 2005 as a Safety Consultant where I am still currently working. My primary role has been as a safety advisor to the Ministry of Defence (MOD). I have been very fortunate to have worked on a variety of projects in the naval, nuclear, rail and land arenas. The biggest project I have worked on was as the Lead Fire Safety Engineer designing the fire detection and suppression systems on board the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers.

My job involves writing technical reports, reading and interpreting policies and regulations as well as facilitating high level stakeholder meetings.  

The reason I decided to become a Governor was that I wanted to give something back to the community, and believed that I had a skillset that would help contribute to the improvement of the school and to strengthen the Governing Body. I have been a Governor now for about two years and have found the role very enjoyable and rewarding, but also very challenging. I am currently undertaking the role of the Math’s Lead Governor, and am dedicated in helping the school to increase pupil achievement, attainment and fluency in Math’s.

I am very fortunate to be a member of a very committed and dedicated team of Governors where there is a fantastic team spirit and togetherness to achieve great things.  

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Helen Martin – Co Opted Governor

I have lived in Cowplain for 31 years with my husband and 2 children who both attended Padnell Infant School 20 years ago. I am currently a Bursar at a Primary School in West Sussex.  I support the Governors at Padnell by using my background knowledge of Finance and Administration and put my educational experience to good use whenever I can.  

Serving on both the Curriculum and Resources Committees enables me to learn how the school develops its resources strategically to provide high quality and enjoyable learning experiences for all pupils.  As I personally enjoy spending time outdoors, I have been particularly interested in the development of the school’s outside learning provisions within the school grounds.  Being a School Governor is a worthwhile experience and I have been truly inspired by the energy and commitment of the Headteacher and all the staff.   I look forward to continue helping the school achieve its vision of becoming an outstanding school.          

                                                                   

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Kate Mew – Staff Governor

I was born in Portsmouth and have lived in the area for most of my life, spending 3 years in Weymouth, when I was training to become a teacher.  I spent my early teaching career at an infant school in Portsmouth before becoming a Mum to two lovely daughters and continuing with supply teaching across the area.

My association with Padnell Infants began when my daughters attended the school and I then became a teacher at the school in 2001, although it was only for one day a week initially.  The numbers of days increased over the years and I now job share, working three days.

I find teaching a very fulfilling profession and I thoroughly enjoy working with young children at the beginning of their school journey.  Their thirst for knowledge never ceases to amaze me!

I became a Staff Governor to widen my knowledge of all aspects of school life but also to support the Head and staff on school issues.  We are fortunate to have a very committed and caring Governing Body which is a pleasure to be part of.                                                                    Claudia Roberts.jpg

                                                      Claudia Roberts – Co-Opted Governor

I am a member of the Curriculum Committee & Head Teacher Performance Panel as well as OFSTED Lead for the Governors.

I have lived in Cowplain now for several years and find the area to be friendly and welcoming.  My son loved his time here at Padnell Infant School!  I work with in a multi-national company providing ship support and maintenance.  My role focuses on Project Management across the business to ensure governance and processes are tailored to suit best practice as well as support current programmes in delivery.

As a parent I wanted to be involved in my Son’s education and also support the school in its journey in providing the best learning experience for my son and now for other children, as well as the parents and staff of the school. I hope to bring my experience of governance and management skills to support everyone in achieving this.

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                                             Simon Tanner - Co-Opted Governor

My relationship with Padnell Infants started in September 2016 when my eldest daughter started in Reception.  My youngest daughter will hopefully be starting at Padnell in the not so distant future.

I work within education myself at secondary level and have done for the previous 11 years.  I originally trained as a PE teacher and have now moved into the classroom and taken on a new challenge as a food technology teacher.  My main role is as Trust director of Special Educational Needs for the Bohunt Education Trust.  This is an extension of my role as SENCo at Bohunt Liphook, a post which I have held since 2013.

I am passionate about education and ensuring opportunity for all and see being a governor of an Infant School an ideal opportunity to improve my knowledge of the early stages of education.  I have very much enjoyed being a parent of a child attending Padnell and am excited by the opportunity to represent this excellent school as a governor.

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                                                     Melanie Tracey– Parent Governor

I moved to Waterlooville in 2011 with my husband and two gorgeous children Abigail and Olivia-Grace.  Our family has since grown with the birth of our beautiful son Liam. All of my children have had the pleasure of attending Padnell Infant School, with Liam just starting the journey in September 2017.  I have loved seeing the School grow and improve and I am keen to support that growth in my role as Governor.

I am a Financial Adviser focusing on Mortgages and Protection in my day to day role.  I am self-employed and highly driven which I feel is one of the best attributes to bring to the Board of Governors.

I am looking forward to seeing how i can support the great team Padnell are fortunate to have and also see how we can push forward to even greater heights.                                                                                                                     

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 Emma Neal – Clerk

I have been a local authority clerk since 2014 and am currently attached to two schools: a local Federation and Padnell Infant School.  My role is to provide administrative support and advice to the governing body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters.  I have completed the Clerks' Development Programme and gained my Clerks' Accreditation with Merit.  I also attend the biannual Clerks' Support Meetings run by Hampshire Governor Services and participate in whole governing body training.

Governors’ Details 2019/20

Name

Category

Appointed by

Term of Office

Ends

Committee Membership

Responsibilities

Register of Interests

Roger Osborne

 

Co-opted

GB

17/05/2023

Pay Committee

Chair of Governors

Health & Safety

Safeguarding

Development & Training

Forum Representative

Governor at Padnell Junior School

Steve Jones

 

Local Authority

HCC

17/05/2023

Pay Committee

Chair of Pay Committee

GDPR

None declared

Mandy Grayson

 

Headteacher

Virtue of office

    ____

 

 

Employed at the school

Husband employed at the school

Kate Mew

 

Staff

Staff

15/09/2023

 

 

Employed at the school

Husband employed at the school

Gemma Brown

Parent

Parents

29/11/2021

Left 17/07/2019

HT PM Panel

 

English

None declared

Melanie Tracey

Parent

Parents

29/11/2021

Pay Committee

Pupil Premium

School Website & Parent View

 

Financial Services Ltd

Rachel Alderson

Co-opted

GB

12/05/2023

 

 

None declared

 

Fiona Clements

 

Co-opted

GB

17/05/2019

Left 09/05/2019

 

 

 

Clements Garden Services

James Harris

Co-opted

GB

15/05/2020

 

Vice Chair of Governors

Maths

Carouse Mobile Bars Ltd

Helen Martin

 

Co-opted

GB

17/05/2023

Pay Committee

PE Premium

None declared

Malcolm Peters

Co-opted

 

GB

08/07/2022

Left 07/06/2019

 

 

England Squash Coach

Claudia Roberts

 

Co-opted

GB

08/10/2021

HT PM Panel

Pupil Progress (Y1 & Y2)

None declared

Simon Tanner

 

Co-opted

GB

28/10/2022

 

Inclusion

None declared

Emma Neal

 

Clerk

GB

     ____

 

 

Employed by Governor Services

Vacancy

Parent

Parents

4 years

 

 

 

Vacancy

Co-opted

GB

4 years

 

 

 

 Governor Attendance Record for the Academic Year 2018/19 

FULL GOVERNING BODY

 

Name

No. of meetings the governor should have attended

No. of meetings attended

Attendance

%

Rachel Alderson

3

3

100%

Gemma Brown

9

7

77.7%

Fiona Clements

6

0

0%

Mandy Grayson

9

9

100%

James Harris

9

7

77.7%

Steve Jones

9

9

100%

Helen Martin

9

2

22.2%

Kate Mew

9

8

88.8%

Roger Osborne

9

9

100%

Malcolm Peters

7

2

28.5%

Claudia Roberts

9

5

55.5%

Melanie Tracey

9

9

100%

 Copies of our Meeting Minutes are freely available on request via the School Office.