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Meet the Governors

 

Welcome to our Governors’ section, it is an important job.  We make a difference by helping to raise standards.  This involves:

* Making decisions about staffing and class sizes

* Supporting off-site visits

* Monetary contributions

Plus so much more. 

 

We are always happy to help and are keen to meet you all. 

 

Please read our profiles to find out about more about us.

 

The core features of effective governance also apply at any scale and in any context, and are common to good governance practice in the charity and corporate sectors. They include the importance of the board having:

The right people with the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure internal challenge, all actively contributing in line with clearly defined roles and responsibilities under an effective chair and an explicit code of conduct, and with active succession planning;

Clear governance structures with tightly defined remits, particularly in relation to functions delegated to committees or other bodies;

• Clear separation between the strategic and operational in terms of the role of the board and its school leaders;

• A positive relationship between the board and its school leaders enabling robust constructive challenge on the basis of a good understanding of objective data particularly on pupil progress, staff performance and finances;

• The support and advice of an independent and professional clerk and, in the case of academies, company secretary;

• Robust processes for financial and business planning and oversight and effective controls for compliance, propriety and value for money; and

• Processes for regular self-evaluation, review and improvement including; skills audits, training and development plans, and independent external reviews as necessary.

Angela Jones - Chair of Governors

I have lived in the local community for nearly 30 years and recently retired from a career in the NHS. I qualified as a Therapy Radiography (treating cancer patients with radiation) and worked at St Mary’s Hospital in the Radiotherapy Department for more than a decade. Then I became a Course Director for the professional degree at Kingston University. I latterly worked for the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) in Guildford, as a Postgraduate Education Manager, for students (specialist doctors, nurses and radiographers) who came from all parts of the world. I have therefore been on the fringes of education but never with children of primary school age.

 

However I have been involved as a school governor for many years. Initially it was with the Junior School on site, when it was known as Hulbert Junior School. I was part of the Governing Body when the decision was made to become a Federation which included both Springwood Infant and Springwood Junior Schools. I am also on the governing body of another federation of two primary schools in the local area and this is invaluable to appreciate how other schools manage specific aspects of educational governance.

 

My role as Chair of Governors is to co-ordinate all the activities of many volunteers, such as myself, who form the governing body, and to work closely with the senior leadership team of both schools. This is to ensure that the pupils at our federation receive the very best education and experiences that prepare them for the next stages of their life, both at Secondary school and hopefully towards an enjoyable and fulfilling future.

I absolutely love being part of Springwood Federation, as the children are so enthusiastic and full of energy for learning. Both schools have a fantastic atmosphere, spirit, drive and direction and, thus I am honoured to be associated with such a hard working team of teachers and support staff.  

 

 

 

Chris Hosking - Co-opted Governor

My name is Chris Hosking and I have been a co-opted Governor at Springwood for just over 18 months but as I also have two daughters at the Junior School, I am keen as a parent to be able to help the school perform well.

 

Originally from the Wirral, I moved down to the area in January 2013 to take up a position as Quality Director at Vector Aerospace in Gosport; my wife and girls joined me about 10 months later as the weekly commute was getting to be a bit much. My career has been within Quality and Health & Safety in the aerospace industry for some 20 years now.

 

Still feeling fairly new to the area, we are very lucky to have settled into Springwood so quickly and easily, being made to feel very welcome.

 

I was a Parent Governor at our previous school for 3 years prior to moving down south, and so I was pleased to be asked to join the Governing Body here as well. I have gained some good experience through my past positions and in my current job, being able to provide some support to the Governing Body in areas such as finances, personnel management and school performance measures.

 

I fully believe that the Governor’s role as a ‘critical friend’ to the school is a hugely important, and fulfilling, aspect of what we do.

 

At Springwood, I am engaged now as Health & Safety Governor and try hard to take an active role in ensuring the safety of both pupils and staff, although the School already has an excellent record and provides a very safe environment and is working hard to promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

I really enjoy taking a part in helping the school develop and achieve its aims and look forward to seeing it reach the high targets we are setting, and so helping my girls and all of their friends gain a good education and to enjoy their time at Springwood.

 

 

Steven Osgood - Parent Governor

My Name is Steven Osgood a parent governor at The Springwood Federation and currently have children in both the Junior and Infant school.

 

My family and I moved to the area 3 years ago from London, but have many other relatives in the locally.

I am an IT consultant in my day job, so I enjoy seeing where I can apply my professional skills to the school.

 

I am in my first year of being a governor, and at present I am the Development and Training Governor, which means I need to ensure the governing body has the relevant skills for performing the tasks assigned to it. In this role I look forward to supporting the children, staff, and the school.

 

I would urge any parents who are interested in the running of the school to look into what is involved in being on the governing body. A diverse governing body engaged with the parents and local community is how we can make the school better, together.

 

In my spare time I enjoy tinkering with old British cars, visiting interesting places and spending time with my family

 

Laura McKee - Co-opted Governor

I grew up in Waterlooville and was a pupil at Stakes Hill Infant School and then onto Hulbert Junior School – as the schools were previously known. I enjoyed my time at both schools and this is why I volunteer my time to the federation as a co-opted Governor. I am new to the role of a governor having only taken a seat on the Governing body in January 2016.

 

I gained a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portsmouth in 2011. I work for BOC gases Ltd at the company HQ in Guildford. I am a Compressed Project Engineer; I manage projects within the company with an aim to ensure our gas manufacturing processes are as efficient as possible. I travel a lot with my job to different site locations across the UK and so far in my career have lived in Barnsley - South Yorkshire, Thirsk - North Yorkshire and Glasgow for different roles.

 

As well as the normal roles and responsibilities of a Governor, I am on the Partnerships committee where I am the Finance Governor. The role of the finance governor includes, approving and monitoring the schools budget in accordance with the Local Authority schemes, simply put, checking the school is spending its budget in the most suitable way.

 

I like to travel to new places and spend most of my annual holiday’s road tripping around Europe with my partner. I am a keen Formula 1 fan and so far have been to race weekends at the Austrian, Spielberg track and the Belgium, Spa track. 

 

Marion Hallsworth -Associate Governor

I am originally from South Wales and I moved here via Leicester.  My working life has been spent mainly in education.  After working  as a  college lecturer  I moved to the midlands where I worked with colleges, universities, prisons and young offenders' institutions to develop a wide range of courses and to bring them through the accreditation process.

 

On moving back to this area eleven years ago, I worked as a Quality Assurance inspector assessing the standards of courses at colleges.

 

Since retiring, I have been closely involved with  the governing board of a local secondary school.
I sit on the Partnership committee with a brief to represent the local community.

 

Robert Brooks - Co-opted Governor

My name is Rob Brooks and I am a co-opted Governor at Springwood.

 
I am an actuarial consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in London. Through my employment I have been involved in a number of children related community activities including: teaching numeracy to local primary school children and involved (as stage and production manager) in the PwC pantomime, a charitable production for children from local schools and related organisations.
 
My wife and I moved to the area to be closer her family and I was keen to be involved in supporting the local area, so became a Governor at one of the local schools.
 
As a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries I have strong analytical and statistical skills; and I am using these to principally support the school in the teaching of maths and monitoring of the schools performance.

 

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