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 (2021/22) is:

Name Appointing Body Current term of office
Ms Christine Slater (Chair) Governing Body 18/09/2021 to 17/09/2025
Mrs Alison Edmundson (Vice Chair) Parent 06/04/2021 to 05/04/2025
Mrs Joanne Jearrad (Headteacher) ex-officio 01/09/2017
Rev Graeme Dixon ex-officio (Foundation) 01/09/2019
Vacancy Foundation Body  
Vacancy Foundation Body  
Mr Steve Duncan Parent 20/07/2021 to 19/07/2025
Vacancy Parent  

Mrs Vicky Dixon (Training Liaison)

Parent 01/07/2021 to 30/06/2025
Mrs Jacqueline Barker (Safeguarding) Governing Body 22/05/2021 to 21/05/2025
Mr Jonathan Howells (SEND and Pupil Premium) Governing Body 15/10/2018 to 14/10/2022
Vacancy Governing Body  
Vacancy Local Authority  
Mrs Amber Cole Staff 01/07/2021 to 30/06/2025
Mrs Lindsay Manning Clerk  

Historic Governors (within last 12 months):


Nursling C of E Primary School – Register of Governor Interests – 2021/22

The substantive Committees and membership for 2021/22 are:

Environmental & Resource Committee: Alison Edmundson (Chair), Jacqueline Barker (Vice-chair), vacancy, vacancy & Joanne Jearrad

Standards & Progress Committee: Chris Slater (Chair), Jonathan Howells (Vice-Chair), Amber Cole, Vicky Dixon, Steve Duncan, Joanne Jearrad

Foundation Committee: Chris Slater (Chair), Graeme Dixon, vacancy, vacancy, Vicky Dixon & Joanne Jearrad

In addition to the above committees the following committees and panels convene as and when business requires:

Pay and HR Committee: Jacqueline Barker (Chair),vacancy & vacancy

Pay Appeals: Pool of non-staff governors

Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel: Jacqueline Barker (Chair), Alison Edmundson & Jonathan Howells

Discipline and Dismissals Committee: Pool of non-staff governors

Pupil Disciplinary: Pool of non-staff governors

Register of Attendance Full Governing Body 2020/21

Due to the Coronovirus pandemic committee meetings were not held during Spring and Summer of 2020.  All essential committee work was covered by FGB and a Governor task group.

Register of Attendance Environment and Resources Committee 2020/21

Register of Attendance Standards and Progress Committee 2020/21

Not all S&P committee meetings were held during 2020/21 due to the Coronovirus pandemic.  All essential committee work was covered by FGB.

Register of Attendance Foundation Committee 2020/21

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

Governor profiles  

Parent governors  

image010   Vicky Dixon joined the Governing Body in July 2017. Her eldest daughter is in Year 4 and her youngest daughter is in Year 1. Vicky is a registered nurse and has spent the last 11 years in sexual health, specialising in the care of young people. She will soon be starting a new role in the Health Visiting team.  

  image009   Alison Edmundson was elected as a parent governor in April 2017. She has two children at Nursling who are currently in Year 4. Alison works for a local NHS Trust as Governance and Quality Manager and has a wealth of experience in finance, risk assessment, change and project management, and food hygiene. Alison is the school’s health and safety governor.

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Local authority governor

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Co-opted governors

image006 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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 image007 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. As a Headteacher of 15 years in a neighbouring Special School, Jonathan hopes he can support Nursling in relation to leadership and management, school vision and strategic planning. With a passion for children and their overall holistic success in school and with a particular focus for pupils with Special Educational Needs, Jonathan is delighted to be Vice Chair of the Standards and Performance Committee.

Foundation governors

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Governor Application Form

Application form for becoming a school Governor. For parent governors completed forms must be brought into school when you are notified of a vacancy.

Role of governor March 2022

Governor Application form (word)

Governor Application form (pdf)