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 20 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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                                                Melanie Tracey– Vice Chair of Governors

                                                               (Co-Opted Govenor)

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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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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                                                                     Matthew Barnes
 
I live in Waterlooville, and have 3 young children which will fill Padnell's pipeline for the foreseeable future! I am very passionate about Portsmouth FC and horse racing and can be often found at either Fratton Park or Goodwood.
 
I have a strong desire to be part of Padnell's governors board, helping to make decisions to help with the current and future children that pass through the school and am very excited to help in any way I can.

 

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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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                                                            Hattie Henderson

                                                               Staff Governor

My name is Hattie Henderson and I am currently a year 2 teacher and English lead.  I am very fortunate to have taught at Padnell Infant School for 5 years. 



Prior to working at Padnell I worked in KS2 at a school in Portsmouth.  I taught year 5 and year 4 and booster groups for year 6 leading up to SATs.  I decided to make the move from KS2 to KS1 as I am passionate about providing creative opportunities for learning through a play-based curriculum.  This is why I felt Padnell was the perfect school for me.



I am a very active and outdoorsy person.  In particular, I love water sports.  As a qualified RYA senior instructor I spend a lot of my free time sailing or instructing others.  Currently I am supporting Emsworth Sailing Club with their Martlets children training.



Before becoming a teacher, I also worked abroad.  I worked at an American summer camp and as a nursery in the French Alps.

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Steve Jones – Local Authority Governor

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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                                                      Jenny Lazell – Co Opted Governor

My name is Jenny Lazell and I am a recently retired teacher. I was very fortunate to spend the final 4 years of my career at Padnell Infants which I thoroughly enjoyed and I wanted to give something back by supporting the school as a Governor.

During my career I taught many age groups, mostly in YR or key stage 1 but I also worked with Year 3 and 4 children. I was Deputy Head of an Infant school for 7 years and had two terms as Acting Head within this time following the retirement of the Headteacher. This was invaluable in securing a really good understanding of strategic leadership and I feel, leaves me well placed to be a Governor.

I've always cared passionately about children's development and providing the best environment for them to thrive. I suppose it all really started when my daughter came in to the world and it's never left me.

I love outdoor education, having spent some years living and working in a field studies centre in Cornwall. Padnell is so lucky to have Joey's field as an outdoor learning resource! I am still in school most weeks as a volunteer and aim to be really active monitoring and supporting in an informal way as well as formally fulfilling my statutory duties as a Governor.

My hobbies, not surprisingly, are mostly based outdoors. I am a keen horse rider, sailor and rambler and I have recently acquired a very excitable puppy to accompany on me my adventures!

 

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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 – Associate Member

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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                                                                     Paula Young

                                               Associate Member (Assistant Headteacher)

I joined the school in September 2019 after taking on the role of Assistant Head teacher. The GROW ethos and the strong sense of community at Padnell Infant school are two of the many features that attracted me to the school. Since then I have been an associate member of the schools Governing Body.

I have been in the teaching profession for 15 years, during which time I have worked in Infant, Junior and Primary schools in several different local authorities included South London, Portsmouth and Hampshire. I have been a member of two senior leadership teams previous to this post and have lead several different subjects across the curriculum. I strongly believe in the importance of ensuring all children have access to a great education and the right to a childhood.

Before teaching, I was fortunate to take part in charity work abroad and completed several travelling trips. I enjoyed getting off the tourist track as much as possible, experiencing the different cultures and traditions associated with each place I visited.

I now have two young children, who take up most of my spare time when I am not teaching.

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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 trainining.

Membership 2020/2021

Name

Governor Type

Term From

Term To

Appointed By

Roles

Register of Interests

Mrs Rachel Alderson

Co-opted governor

 

 

13 May 2019

12 May 2023

GB

English

Casual employee at the school

 

Mr Matthew Barnes

Parent governor

 

 

18 Oct 2019

17 Oct 2023

Parents

Science

None declared

Vacancy

Parent governor

 

 

Parents

 

 

Mrs Mandy Grayson

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

Virtue of Office

Safer Recruitment

Employed at the school

Husband employed at the school

Mr James Harris

Co-opted governor

( Governing Body )

 

16 May 2020

15 May 2024

GB

Health & Safety

Maths

Carouse Mobile Bars Ltd

Mrs Hattie Henderson

Staff governor

 

 

01 Sep 2020

31 Aug 2024

Staff

 

Employed at the school

 

Mr Stephen Jones

Local Authority Governor

( Hampshire County Councillor David Keast )

 

18 May 2019

17 May 2023

Hampshire County Council

General Data Protection Regulation

Financial Procedures

None declared

Mrs Jennifer Lazell

Co-opted governor

 

 

16 Sep 2019

15 Sep 2023

GB

Curriculum Development

Inclusion

None declared

Mrs Helen Martin

Co-opted governor

 

 

18 May 2019

17 May 2023

GB

Forum Rep

Development & Training Governor

PE Premium

None declared

Mrs Katharine Mew

Associate Member

 

 

21 Sep 2020

20 Sep 2024

GB

Early Years

Husband employed at the school

Miss Emma Neal

Clerk

 

 

 

 

GB

Clerk

Employed by Hampshire County Council

 

Governor at Petersgate Infant School

Mr Roger Osborne

Co-opted governor

 

 

18 May 2019

17 May 2023

GB

Chair

Forum Rep

Safer Recruitment

English

Safeguarding

Governor at Padnell Junior School

Mrs Claudia Roberts

Co-opted governor

 

 

09 Oct 2017

8 Oct 2021

GB

Pupil Progress

None declared

Mr Simon Tanner

Co-opted governor

30 Oct 2018

21 Sep 2020

(resigned)

GB

 

 

Mrs Melanie Tracey

Co-opted governor

 

 

21 Sep 2020

20 Sep 2024

GB

Vice Chair

Pupil Premium

School Website and Parent View

Melanie Tracey Financial Services Ltd

Mrs Paula Young

Associate Member

 

 

21 Sep 2020

20 Sep 2024

GB

Assistant Headteacher

Employed at the school

 

 

Attendance 2019/2020 - Full Governing Body

Name

No. of meetings the governor should have attended

No. of meetings attended

Rachel Alderson

6

4

Matthew Barnes

4

4

Mandy Grayson

6

6

James Harris

6

5

Steve Jones

6

5

Jenny Lazell

6

5

Helen Martin

6

5

Kate Mew

6

6

Roger Osborne

6

5

Claudia Roberts

6

2

Simon Tanner

6

6

Melanie Tracey

6

5