Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Hello from Curdridge Primary School Governing Body!
What does the Governing Body do?
Essentially we are here to ensure Curdridge Primary School is a great, safe place to learn and work. Whilst we don’t get involved in day to day operational decisions, we are responsible for the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction, for holding the school leaders to account for the school’s educational performance and for overseeing the school’s financial performance, ensuring that its money is well spent. We also have various statutory duties such as Safeguarding, ensuring the curriculum is broad and balanced and ensuring compliance with various legislation such as the Equality Act 2010 and Health and Safety regulations. In order to carry out our role, amongst other things Governors visit the school regularly and meet as a board twice a term.
Interested in becoming a Governor?
The most important qualities for being a Governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience but it is helpful if Governors can bring skills from other areas of life. Governors are volunteers and terms run for 4 years, although there is usually the option to stand for more than one term. There is a time commitment but it is a very rewarding experience. If you are interested, please do get in touch with any of the Governors or contact the School Office to find out more.
Who are we?
There are currently 10 Governors on the Governing Body and we are supported by our professional clerk, Jacqueline Finney. In addition to Sally Wood (Headteacher) and Ben Simpson (Deputy Head, Staff Governor) the other Governors are:
Andy Denyer (Chair & Parent Governor)
I have two boys, Joshua (now at Swanmore College) and Jacob who is currently Year 6. They have both attended Curdridge for their entire primary education. As soon as Joshua settled in at Curdridge I knew I wanted to be involved with the school at some level. So when the opportunity came along to join the governing body as a parent governor I leapt in. Admittedly I had no idea what a governor did and it was a little daunting at first. Having served seven years I have just taken on the role of Chair of Governors and am still learning. It has been a privilege to work with such a great team and to have had an insight and a say in how the school has been run whilst my boys progressed through. I am married to Lisa and we live in Knowle. When not on the school run, walking the dog or ferrying the boys around, I work for British Airways as a long haul pilot.
Sarah Baker (Vice-Chair & Parent Governor)
Hello! We’ve lived in Curdridge for 8 years and enjoy being part of this lovely village community. I’ve been involved with CPS since our son Reuben (now Year 6) started as a Year R. I started off doing one-to-one reading with some of the children because I wanted to get involved with the school and I subsequently became a parent governor in 2018. I’ve always been a strong believer in the importance of Education and wanted to support our local school as much as possible. It’s lovely seeing how the school helps the children develop and learn and its very rewarding being able to play a part in that. The training provided by Hampshire Education Authority is excellent. Work-wise I’m a Chartered Tax Advisor, I also make jewellery, love cross-country running and yes, enjoy a bit of baking too. I’m often at the school gates at either end of the day so please do say hello!
Sarah Wright (Local Education Authority Governor)
Hi, I’m Sarah Wright and I’ve been the Local Authority Governor for the School since July 2019. I live in Winchester and have two daughters who attended a local village school. My background is in finance in the Education and Healthcare sectors. As a Governor I take an active interest in Safeguarding and Resources. I have also had the pleasure of listening to a number of the children read pre-lockdown. In my spare time I enjoy music, sport and (pandemic permitting) travel.
Mark Windebank (Parent Governor)
Hi, I’m Mark and I’ve been a Parent Governor for the school since July 2020. I live in Curdridge and we have a son and a daughter who attend the school. We’ve lived in Curdridge for 3 years and love living here. I am a senior barristers’ clerk with a firm specialising in family law and employment. In my spare time I enjoy playing rugby and being on the water, whether sailing, surfboarding or paddle boarding. I do as much drop off and pick up as I can, so always feel free to come and say hello.
Philip Hedger (Co-Opted Governor)
Geraldine and I have been residents of Curdridge for 7 years. Prior to that we lived (and worked) in the US for 25 years, and in other countries for a few years. We have three daughters and four grandchildren. The quality of the School and its Staff together with the special community in which it is situated persuaded me that being a governor would be a worthwhile time investment. It is! Although I am a novice school governor, I am determined to learn fast! My background is finance, law, corporate management and a spell as a diplomat. I continue to work as a consultant and teacher. I am in awe of my fellow governors!
Sara Stubbing (Co-Opted Governor)
Hello, I am Sara Stubbing. I have recently become a co-opted governor. My special responsibilities include being a Maths governor, sports premium governor and also being on the pay committee for school employees. I have lived in Curdridge for over 30 yrs. My children attended Curdridge Primary School and recently my granddaughter attended a nursery in the village. I am keen to support my local school, its teachers, parents and children. I will enjoy being back in the school in person again, when Covid figures allow it. I do not have an extensive background in education but have time and enthusiasm to help and support the school to produce the excellence in education which is so important for the future of our society and our country. I am enjoying the training opportunities provided by Hampshire Education Authority and the help from the more experienced governors, to assist me and other new governors in achieving this aspiration.
Lisa Childerley (Co-Opted Governor)
Hi, I am Lisa and joined as a Governor of the school in 2021. Previously my experience of being a governor was of an inner city primary school in Southampton. I have a particular interest in education and how to ensure children and young adults develop and learn (not just academically) to the best of their abilities and get an equal chance at school. I firmly believe that education needs to be tailored to individuals as much as is possible and that each person has strengths. I am a solicitor working in London but I have lived in this area all my life (my grandparents lived in Botley and I have lived in Curdridge for over 20 years). Outside work my family’s main hobby is sailing which we all enjoy to different standards!
Graham Townsend (Parent Governor)
Our family moved to the village in 2016, a month before Matty was born. Benji joined the school in 2020 and Matty joined Reception in 2021. My day job is as a Management Consultant, specialising in Programme Management, currently working the Energy sector. As of writing in early 2022, I am the
newest of the governors, just getting to grips with what it entails. I’ve already been able to visit the school as part of my getting up-to-speed and confirm that primary education has undoubtedly moved on since I was in Primary School. By being a Parent Governor, I hope to do my bit to support our children’s education and the staff on whom we are so dependent for its provision. I’ve been impressed with the school ever since the first day I collection Benji from the graveyard, smiling from cheek to cheek, as he has done every day since. I’m sure it won’t last, but the school is certainly doing something right!
Governors who served in the last 12 months but who are no longer on the Governing Body:
Mr Martin Horn – Parent Governor. Start date November 2013, End date July 2021.