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. None of our governors hold governance roles in other educational institutions.
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:
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 current year.
Current Governor Profiles
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 one child in Year 2 at Catherington School.
Stuart is a senior manager employed by Hampshire County Council in the Economy, Transport and Environment department.
Paul Main joined the Governing Body on 12th October 2016 as a Parent Governor. As his daughter moved onto junior school, Paul decided to remain on the board and become a Co-opted Governor and his term will end on 22nd September 2023.
Paul has three daughters, the youngest now at junior school 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 school.
Crissy Hodgkinson joined the governing body in September 2017 and is the Headteacher of the school.
Nikki Anderson joined the governing body in April 2018 and is the Senior Admin Officer at the school.
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 2022.
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.
Lesley Greenall joined the Governing Body on 4th July 2019 as a Co-opted Governor and her term as a governor ends on 3rd July 2023. Lesley is the Safeguarding Governor.
Lesley has a background in Education Management bringing lots of experience to the Board of Governors.
Revd Richard Hutchins
Revd Richard Hutchins joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in May 2020, shortly after licensing as Priest-in-Charge to our Parish. Before a change of vocation to Church of England Priest, Richard spent 28 years in the Royal Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Engineer Officer - learning many useful skills for 'vicaring'!
Adrian works at the University of Portsmouth as Head of the School of Creative Technologies and has been involved in teaching at all levels of education ranging from pre-school to distance learning for adults.
He has previously served as Chair of Governors for a primary school in Cardiff and is really pleased to beable to support the work of Catherington C of E Infant School through membership of the governing body.
Jo Wheeler - Parent Governor
Jo is a Finance Officer at Portsmouth College.
Since working at the college in 2019, Jo has developed an interest to support the education sector and brings several years of financial experience to the governing body.
Jo has a child in Year R at Catherington School.