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 - Co opted Governor

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 - Parent Governor
 
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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                                                    Lindsay Hall - Parent Governor
 
Myself and my husband moved from Southsea to Cowplain in 2015. We have 2 daughters, our eldest is currently in Year 1 at Padnell Infant School and our youngest is due to start in Year R in September 2021.
 
I am looking forward to the opportunity of helping to support the education of the children within the Padnell community

 

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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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                                                    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. 

 

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                                                       Caroline Wyatt - Co Opted Governor



I have lived in the Portsmouth area for 20 years.  After completing my degree at the University of Portsmouth, I stayed in the area, having met my husband whilst studying. We now have 2 primary school aged children. As a family we love living by the coast and we enjoy living in a place where there is always something to ‘see’ or ‘do’. We enjoy walks, bike rides and generally spending time together outdoors.

In terms of my work experience, while I have not had any direct school experience, I have worked as a civil servant for 16 years and I personally feel very committed to ‘helping make a change’ in my community. I work in community protection and rehabilitation and have had experience working in a therapeutic community. I feel very committed to helping create 'safer communities' and feel passionate about helping to support ‘positive change’ in my community.



With this being said I am keen to learn more about the education system.  I hope to use my knowledge and experience to provide an outside perspective to help and support Padnell Infant School in their journey, and with their visions and aspirations, as they continue to help every child at Padnell to 'GROW'.  

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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.

Governor Membership 2021/2022

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

Health and Safety

Lily Rose Creations – wife’s business

Mrs Lindsay Hall

Parent governor

 

 

22 Oct 2020

21 Oct 2024

Parents

Maths

Pupil Progress

None declared

Mrs Mandy Grayson

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

Virtue of Office

Safer Recruitment

Employed at the school

Husband employed at the school

Mr James Harris

Co-opted governor

16 May 2020

3 Feb 2021

(resigned)

GB

 

 

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

31 Jul 2021

(resigned)

GB

 

 

Mrs Helen Martin

Co-opted governor

 

 

18 May 2019

17 May 2023

GB

Development & Training Governor

PE Premium

Financial Procedures

None declared

Mrs Katharine Mew

Co-opted governor

 

 

27 Sep 2021

26 Sep 2025

GB

Early Years

Inclusion

Curriculum Development

None declared

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 Lead

Governor at Padnell Junior School

Mrs Claudia Roberts

Co-opted governor

09 Oct 2017

08 Sep 2021

(resigned)

GB

 

 

Mrs Melanie Tracey

Co-opted governor

 

 

21 Sep 2020

20 Sep 2024

GB

Vice Chair

Pupil Premium

Wellbeing

School Website and Parent View

Melanie Tracey Financial Services Ltd

Caroline Wyatt

Co-opted governor

27 Sep 2021

26 Sep 2025

GB

Safeguarding

None declared

Mrs Paula Young

Associate Member

 

 

21 Sep 2020

20 Sep 2024

GB

Assistant Headteacher

Employed at the school

 

VACANCY

Co-opted governor

 

 

 

GB

 

 

Attendance 2020/21

FULL GOVERNING BODY

Name

No. of meetings the governor should have attended

No. of meetings attended

Rachel Alderson

9

4

Matthew Barnes

9

5

Mandy Grayson

9

9

Lindsay Hall

8

7

James Harris

4

5

Steve Jones

9

7

Jenny Lazell

9

7

Helen Martin

9

9

Roger Osborne

9

8

Claudia Roberts

9

6

Melanie Tracey

9

8