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Vision

The governors at Colden Common Primary School set their vision for the school as follows:

We are committed to:

  • Developing children who are confident and motivated to take risks, enjoy challenges and persist with new learning
  • Providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum which enables them to succeed in each stage of their education and become lifelong learners
  • Maintaining a united staff team with a shared vision that recognises and celebrates success and offers collective support
  • Creating and encouraging opportunities for staff development, including leadership, to enable a collaborative approach to effective curriculum development, teaching and learning
  • Communicating the school’s core values and purpose to the wider community and recognising its evolving and diverse nature
  • Encouraging the community to have a role in the school

 

 

The Governors

We are keen to introduce your school governors to you. For more information about the structure and the responsibilities of the Governor Body and its individual governors, please scroll down.

 

Mrs Nicola Mitchell

 

Co-chair of Governors 

Parent Governor

"I was elected as a governor in October 2019.

I have three children at the school and am actually a former pupil myself.  I am therefore passionate about the success of the school and its place in the local community. 

I am a Solicitor and run my own firm in the village specialising in family law."

Miss Hannah Williams

 

Co-Chair of Governors 
Parent Governor

"I was elected as a parent governor in October 2019. 

I have 2 children in the school and wanted to join the Governing body so I can help the school continue to encourage, create, and sustain an environment for every child to learn and grow. I've worked in Human Resources at large national and international companies for over 10 years and I'm looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to our successful school's governing body"

Mrs Lisa Rea

 

Staff Governor and Safeguarding Governor

Member of Curriculum Committee

"I have been employed at the school for the last 11 years in a variety of roles, including Learning Support Assistant and 

Higher Level Teaching Assistant. My two children both attended the school and I know enjoyed all the learning experiences they received.

I was previously employed in Customer Service based roles and now look forward to using my experience in education to contribute to the strategic decision making on the Governing Body."

Mr William White

 

Co-opted Governor

Member of Resources Committee

“I joined as Governor in January 2022. When the school said they were looking for someone with Health and Safety knowledge I decided to throw my hat in the ring as I’ve been a full time Health and Safety Professional for a decade and have two children at the school so why wouldn’t I want to support the school in keeping them, and all else at the school, safe? When I’m not working or Governoring you’ll find me walking, beaching or gaming with my wife and kids.”

Mr Wayne French

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors,  Chair of Resources Committee

"Born in Eastleigh, in 1957, I have spent most of my life in the local area.

I am married to Meryl, and have 3 adult children, and three grandchildren, one of whom will be going to Colden Common Primary School in a few years time.

I am a qualified accountant by profession, holding senior financial roles in various companies, including, British Transport Docks Board, Marconi Space & Defence, Schlumberger and Cobham Plc.

I have 7 years experience as a Non Executive Director of a mental health trust in Bournemouth, and have been a Mental Health Act panel member since 2008.

I now own my own manufacturing business in the Midlands, and spend 2 days a week in Derby, and “work from Home” the rest of the week.

I have been very active in the village community for many years. Firstly for the Youth football club as a referee since 1994, and as team manager/coach for numerous teams since 1995, and as Chairman for the past 11 years. I have helped Meryl run the Colden Common tots group every Friday morning at the Community Centre for the past 14 months."

Mr Glen Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

Co-opted Governor

Member of Resources Committee 

"Having lived in the village of Colden Common since 2013, I am proud to be part of the school community. With a daughter already in the school and a son joining in September, I feel it important to support the school wherever possible as a Parent Governor, whereby I have been in the role since March 2018.  With 18 years’ Sales / Management experience in the Corporate IT / Medical industries, I have a good grasp of the operational and financial requirements to ensure long term sustainability and success, which I hope, in the fullness of time will support CCPS in their future endeavours. Above and beyond my love all sports (pretty much all sport!), I am actively involved in various charity organisation’s serving in Chairman and Trustee positions."

Mr Greig Sturges

 

Co-opted Governor

Chair or Curriculum Committee

"I was elected as a governor in June 2021. I have 1 child at the school and have lived in the village for the last 7 years having prior lived in London. I was a KS1 Teacher at different Hampshire Infant Schools before moving onto my current work for the Hampshire County Council with Education & Inclusion within Children's Services. "

Mrs Rebekah White

Co-opted Governor

Member of Curriculum Committee

 

I live in the village with my husband and two children, the eldest of which attends this school. I'm a neurosensory scientist who works with paediatrics. I have a special interest in neurodivergence and mental health, and have always been passionate about the emotional-social development of children. Having been co-opted to this board in September 2021 I'm keen to get stuck in and am looking forward to contributing to this governing body.

 

 

Mr John Ainsworth

 

Local Authority Governor

Member of Curriculum Committee

In introducing myself to the wider Colden Common Primary School community can I start by expressing my gratitude for being so warmly welcomed into the school as a Local Authority Governor by the Headteacher and existing members of the governing board. My wife and I have recently settled in the area, having retired from our full time teaching roles in 2019, and we have been spending much of the time taking stock, discovering Hampshire, and indulging in our grandchildren, who also attend local a primary school. We have now become well aware of the challenges of navigating “drop-off” and “pick-up” times and of trying to home teach your own children!


My career in education commenced in 1980 in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and, over the years, I have held a wide range of leadership positions in a number of national and international schools; my last position being the Deputy Principal of a large international school in 
Hong Kong. Having retired from a full time teaching role I feel that now is the time to give something back to a new generation of children and educators and this was the motivating factor for expressing an interest in becoming a governor in a local Hampshire school.


As an experienced team leader in international school accreditation visits I have worked alongside fellow educational leaders in the evaluation and developmental planning for their schools. I now 
feel particularly fortunate to have been offered a governors role at Colden Common Primary School and look forward to supporting the school community develop to become the best that we can be. 

Mrs Jules Chiari 

Clerk to Governing Body.

Mrs Chiari was appointed as clerk to the governing body in October 2021. 

 

 

 

 

Which governor types are there?

The Governing Body is made up of governors from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of expertise. There are two parent governors, who represent and are elected by the parents of the school; one staff governor who represents all the staff; one Local Authority Governor who is appointed by the Local Authority; and eight co-opted governors who are appointed by the Governing Body because of their links to the local community and/or their specific skill set. The Headteacher is also a governor. All governors, no matter what type of governor they are, have the same overall responsibilities within the Governing Body.

 

Committees

The Governors meet as a full Governing Body every half term, but in addition they divide up into separate committees with specific responsibilities:

  • The Curriculum Committee is responsible for curriculum matters and reviews the school’s performance data. They meet five times a year.
  • The Resources Committee is responsible for reviewing the school’s budget and financial performance, as well as Health and Safety across the school. They meet six times a year.
  • Minutes of Governing Body meetings are available on request

Both committees feed back into the main Governing Body meetings.

 

Governor Roles

In addition to being part of a committee, most governors also have a specific role or responsibility.

 

Role / Responsibility

Governor

Co-Chairs of Governors

Hannah Williams

Nicola Mitchell

Vice-Chair of Governors

Wayne French

Curriculum Committee

Greig Sturges (Chair)

Nicola Mitchell

Rebekah White

Lisa Rea

John Ainsworth

Frances Hardy

Resources Committee

Wayne French (Chair)

Will White

Glen Taylor

Hannah Williams
Frances Hardy 

Health and Safety

Will White

Safeguarding/Child Protection

Lisa Rea

Pupil Premium (PPG)

Wayne French

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Greig Sturges

Training and Development

Hannah Williams, John Ainsworth & Rebekah White

Website

Glen Taylor

Pay Committee

Hannah Williams, William White, Glen Taylor

HT Performance Management

Wayne French, William White, Rebekah White

 

 

Name

Governor Type

Appointed by

Term From

Term To

Mrs Lisa Rea

Staff governor

 

 

Staff

25 Mar 2022

24 Mar 2026

Mr Wayne French

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

09 Dec 2019

8 Dec 2023

Mrs Frances Hardy

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Nicola Mitchell

Parent governor

 

 

Parents

09 Dec 2019

8 Dec 2023

Mr Greig  Sturges

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

24 May 2021

23 May 2025

Mr Glen Taylor

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

22 Jul 2019

21 Jul 2023

Mrs Rebekah White

Co-opted governor

 

 

Governing Body

20 Sep 2021

19 Sep 2025

Ms Hannah Williams

Parent governor

 

 

Parents

09 Dec 2019

8 Dec 2023

Mr William WhiteCo-opted governorGoverning Body28 Mar 202227 Mar 2026
Mr John AinsworthLocal Authority GovernorNominated by LA and appointed by Governing Body11.07.202210.07.2026

 

 

Governor meeting dates 2022-23

The Full Governing Body meets six times a year (once every half term) on a Monday. The dates for 2022-23 are as follows:

 

Monday 26 September 2022
Monday 21 November 2022
Tuesday 30th January 2023- FGB training 
Monday 20 March 2023
Monday 22 May 2023
Monday 17 July 2023

 

Minutes of meetings are available on request at the school office.

The Governing Body consists of a maximum of thirteen governors who meet to support the school in strategic planning and decision making. The work is extremely varied and evolves around the board’s three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

If you would like to contact any of the governors, please send an email to govclerk@coldencommon.com

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