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 (2019/20) is:

Name Appointing Body Current term of office
Ms Christine Slater (Chair) Governing Body 18/09/2017 to 17/09/2021
Mrs Alison Edmundson (Vice Chair) Parents 06/04/2017 to 05/04/2021
Mrs Joanne Jearrad (Headteacher) ex-officio 01/09/2017
Vacancy to be filled by church minister ex-officio  
Vacancy Foundation Body  
Mrs Patricia Caffyn Foundation Body 18/09/2017 to 17/09/2021
Mr Jason Mallen Parent 23/03/2016 to 22/03/2020
Mr James Carnell Parent 15/10/2018 to 14/10/2022
Mrs Vicky Dixon Parent 01/07/2017 to 30/06/2021
Mrs Jacqueline Barker Governing Body 22/05/2017 to 21/05/2021
Mr Jonathan Howells Governing Body 15/10/2018 to 14/10/2022
Vacancy Governing Body  
Mr Ivan Proctor Local Authority 22/05/2017 to 21/05/2021
Mrs Amber Cole Staff 01/07/2017 to 30/06/2021
Dr David Clark Governing Body (Associate) 17/09/2018 to 31/08/2019
Mrs Alison Philpott Governing Body (Associate) 01/09/2017 to 31/08/2018
Mrs Lindsay Manning Clerk  

Historic Governors (within last 12 months):

Mrs Patricia Wootten Foundation Body To July 2019
Mr Nicholas Diver  Governing Body To June 2019
Rev Julian Williams Foundation Body To December 2018

Nursling C of E Primary School – Register of Governor Interests – June 2019

The substantive Committees and membership for 2018/19 are:

Environmental & Resource Committee: (Jason Mallen (Chair), Alison Edmundson, Jacqueline Barker, Vicky Dixon & Joanne Jearrad)

Standards & Performance Committee: Patricia Wootten (Chair), Christine Slater (Vice-Chair), Amber Cole, Vicky Dixon, Ivan Proctor, Joanne Jearrad, James Carnell

Foundation Committee: (vacancy, Patricia Wootten, Tricia Caffyn & 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), Alison Edumundson, Ivan Proctor & vacancy)

Pay Appeals: (Pool of non-staff governors)

Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel: (Patricia Wootten, Alison Edmundson & Trician Caffyn)

Discipline and Dismissals  Committee: (Pool of non-staff governors)

Pupil Disciplinary: (Pool of non-staff/parent governors)

Register of Attendance Full Governing Body 2018/19

Register of Attendance Environment and Resources Committee 2018/19

Register of Attendance Standards and Progress Committee 2018/19

Register of Attendance Foundation Committee 2018/19

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.

  image012   Jason Mallen has been a parent governor since May 2016. Three of his children currently attend the school. Jason is a qualified accountant and heads up a risk, compliance and governance function for an insurance company. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and playing sport when he can.  He lives locally in Rownhams and relishes being part of the school and overseeing its impact on the local community. Jason is currently chair of the Environment and Resources sub-committee.

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Local authority governor

  image005 Ivan Proctor joined the Governing Body in May 2017. He is a chartered electronic engineer, specialising in cyber and data security assignments for a management and engineering consultancy company. Ivan is actively involved in a number of local voluntary and community organisations, including the Nursling and Rownhams May Fair organising committee.  He has a son at the school.  

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  

Foundation governors

  image008 Tricia Caffyn joined the Governing Body in August 2017. She spent all her working life in the NHS, first as a nurse and then as a counsellor in a GP surgery. Until recently, she was a governor, chair of governors and lastly a volunteer at a special school near Winchester. Tricia is the school’s SEND governor, with particular responsibility for overseeing systems and procedures for supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities.  

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  image001 David Clark first joined the Governing Body in October 2012, and was elected chair of governors in July 2017. He is a retired university lecturer and has lived in Nursling and Rownhams for many years. When not being an associate governor, he enjoys cycling the lanes and byways of southern England.

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.

Supporting information for prospective Governors

Governor Application form (word)
Governor Application form (pdf)