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Welcome to our Governors' section. 

This is a short introduction to Catherington's Governing Body and how it works with teaching staff to ensure the best possible learning environment for our children.


Catherington's Governing Body is made up of 10 people. Mrs Hodgkinson as our Headteacher, one other staff member, two parents, one person who is nominated by the Local Authority and three co-opted people from the local community and two Foundation Governors appointed by the Church of England.


Each Governor's term lasts for four years, after which an election is held or a new appointment made. The officers of the Governing Body including the Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually by the governors.


From time to time vacancies exist on our Governing Body; any applications can be made to the Clerk of the Governing Body via the school office. Parent Governor vacancies will be advertised in the school newsletter.


Our Governing Body are proud to hold strategic responsibility for our school. The DfE define the Governors' Core Roles as:

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


Our Governing Body meet each half term and in addition, two committees meet to fulfil specific duties. We hope you will find the information useful and would welcome your feedback at any time. Governors can be contacted via the school.


Below are the Governors profiles, pecuniary interests and attendance for the year 2016/17.


Current Governor Profiles


Stuart Giddings

Stuart Giddings joined the Governing Body on 12th October 2016 as a Parent Governor and his term will end on 11th October 2020. At present, Stuart is the Chair of the Governing Body.


He has two children with his first child in Year 2 (Owls) at Catherington School.


Stuart is a senior manager employed by Hampshire County Council in the Economy, Transport and Environment department.


Paul Main

Paul Main joined the Governing Body on 12th October 2016 and his term as governor ends on 11th October 2020. He is a Parent Governor. At present, Paul is Chair of the Education and Resources committee.


Paul has three daughters, the youngest at Catherington and the two eldest both at university. He has worked for a large bank for many years and as a result has a particular interest in the finances of the school. He enjoys volunteering his time to support the school as a Governor and represents the views of parents where at all possible.


Rev'd Canon Gill Hill

Rev'd Canon Gill Hill is the Vicar of All Saints Catherington and St James, Clanfield and a Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral. Gill joined the governing body on 1st January 2003, as Vicar her term as governor has no end date. Gill is a Foundation Governor and at present is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body. Gill also serves as a Foundation Governor at Horndean CE Junior School.


Gill was ordained in 1990 and spent six years in a Southsea church during which she worked alongside families based in temporary accommodation, whilst also working as a Community Development Officer for the Children's Society based at St Clare's in Warren Park. Gill then led an inner city church whilst studying for a PhD in Pastoral Theology, before moving to her present post.


Gill enjoys leading school services and collective worship at both Catherington Infants and Horndean CE Junior School. She is looking forward to strengthening links between the school and its local church and delighted to be part of a school with dedicated leadership and strong Christian values.


Crissy Hodgkinson

Crissy Hodgkinson joined the governing body in September 2017 and is the Headteacher of the school.


Drina Ponton

Drina Ponton joined the Governing Body on 5th March 2015 as a Local Authority Governor and her term as a governor ends on 24th October 2018.


She joined the governing body at Catherington after retiring in 2010 where she had been the Caretaker for 20 years. During her time at the school she saw many changes from outside toilets, oil fires and temporary classrooms to the building of the new flint extension, installation of playground equipment and the lease of the attached field which the children currently use.


Drina was pleased to become a Local Authority Governor (LEA) and currently enjoys helping the children in Owls Class to cook each week and supervise the changing of library books. She regularly joins each class on their termly class walks and accompanies children on their subject school trips. Drina finds being a Governor and continuing her close relationship with the school very rewarding.


Alison Keech

Alison Keech joined the Governing Body on 19th January 2015 as a Foundation Governor and her term as a governor ends on 18th January 2019.


Janet Biddle

Janet Biddle joined the Governing Body on 19th November 2015 as a Co-opted Governor and her term as a governor ends on 18th November 2019. Janet has responsibility for governor training and development and is currently Vice Chair to the Education and Resources committee.


Before moving to Horndean in 2012 Janet spent five years at Guildford College of Further and Higher Education as a college lecturer/coach. Prior to this her educational experience was primarily with Surrey Adult & Community Learning, initially as a tutor and then as a Curriculum Manager.


Janet has a real passion for education and life long learning. She firmly believes quality teaching and learning from an early age forms the basis of well-rounded children, young people and subsequently responsible, knowledgeable adults.


Janet is delighted to be given the opportunity of serving on the governing body and looks forward to supporting the leadership team in achieving the best results for the children at Catherington. 


Katie Young

Katie Young (Nee Standen) joined the Governing Body on 27th February 2014 and her term as a governor ends on 26th February 2018. She is a Staff Governor.


Katie is the Year 2 class teacher at the school. Katie has been a member of staff at Catherington Infant School for many years during which she  has taught across all year groups. Her role within school includes being subject leader for several curriculum subjects and Deputy Safe Guarding Officer. Katie, who recently got married, grew up on the South Coast before going to Derby University where she qualified as a teacher. She moved back to the South Coast to begin her teaching career in 1999.



The school has a vacancy for a Co-opted Governor.



The school has a second vacancy for another Co-opted Governor.



Governors' Pecuniary Interests

The information below details Interest that have been declared by governors.

It shall details:

Name of business and nature of business,


  • Governor elsewhere (please include school name)
  • Related/married to member of staff (please include staff name)
  • Employed at school


Crissy Hodgkinson       -     Employed as Headteacher at the school. 

Stuart Giddings            -     Employee of Hampshire County Council, Local Authority.

Paul Main                     -     None.

Katie Young                 -      Employed as a teacher at the school.

Janet Biddle                 -      None.

Drina Ponton                -      None.

Gill Hill                          -      Also a Foundation Governor at Horndean Junior School

Alison Keech                -      None.




Governor Attendance records for Full Governor Body and Education and Resource Committee for 2016/17




NAME 22.09.16 10.11.16 09.03.17 18.05.17 29.06.17 21.06.17
Gill Hill                 X X X X Ap X
Melanie Williams * X X X X X X
Lydia Collins ** Ap X R R R R
Alison Keech Ap X Ab X X X
John Mosely *** X X X X X X
Drina Ponton X X X X X X
Katie Standen X X X X X X
Janet Biddle X X X X X X
Stuart Giddings N X X X X Ap
Paul Main N X X Ap X X

Diana Grant




           * Melanie Williams retired from the governing body on 31st August 2017.

           ** Lydia Collins resigned from the governing body on 9th March 2017.

           *** John Mosely resigned from the governing body on 31st August 2017.


          X = Present

          Ap = Absent with apologies accepted

          Ab = Absent without apologies

          R = Resigned

          N = Not a Governor at this time





NAME 13.10.16 14.01.16 27.04.17
Gill Hill   Ap X
Melanie Williams   X X
Lydia Collins   X R
Alison Keech   X X
John Mosely   X X
Drina Ponton   X X
Katie Standen   X X
Stuart Giddings   X X
Janet Biddle   X X
Paul Main (Chair)   Ap X
Diana Grant (Clerk) - X X




           X = Present

          Ap = Absent with apologies accepted

          Ab = Absent without apologies

          R = Resigned

          N = Not a Governor at this time