Every school has a governing body who, together with the headteacher, manage the school. They monitor the school curriculum, help to decide how the budget is spent and have a responsibility for interviewing and appointing staff. They meet twice each term as a body, and also in regular committee meetings managing: Resources, Curriculum and Pay & Personnel.
There are different categories of governors serving specific terms of office. Information on the current governing body can be found below.
My name is Linda Reeves and I was a primary school teacher, including a deputy head, for over 30 years in Wandsworth, London. After retirement I moved back to the South Coast and I live in Bognor Regis.
I really enjoy being involved in the school and like to think that I have the skills and experience to support the headteacher and entire school community to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils at Southbourne.
I am the Mum of two boys who both went to Southbourne Infant School, and I became a parent governor in Autumn 2011 when my youngest son was in Year R because I wanted to support the work of the school. Although my children have now left the school I have stayed on with the role, now as a co-opted governor, as I enjoy the many challenges of trying to help guide and improve the school and encourage its strong commitment to help all our children learn to the best of their abilities. Before taking a career break to raise my children I was a Research Scientist working on insect ecology and I think the analytical skills I bring from this come in useful in the Governors' oversight of the school's financial and educational results. Nowdays I do a lot of voluntary work in the field of Outdoors and Wildlife Education and am particularly passionate about the School's Forest School programme which I know the children love and gain so much from.
Since being appointed as Deputy Head in 2012 I have been the staff Governor of the school. I am currently a member of the teaching and learning committee which is a role I thoroughly enjoy.
My name is Lucy German and I am a parent governor. I have two boys, one in Year One and one in Year Four in the Junior School. I hope that both my experience within the HR field and as a Mum will help keep Southbourne Infants a successful and enjoyable place to be.
I’m Nathan Hill and I’m currently working as a Manager in the financial sector. I live in Southbourne with my wife Emma and our 2 young daughters. I’m a former pupil of Southbourne Infants and very much enjoy having the opportunity to support the education of our young people. I hope that my skills and experience from the corporate world can add value to the school and our pupils.
I have recently moved back to the area from London and am excited to be living by the sea again! I have a daughter in Year 1 and a son at a local nursery. I work full time as an in-house Employment Lawyer for a global recruitment business, and hope that my legal experience and background in HR will be of benefit to the Governing Body, particularly the Resources and Staffing Committees of which I am a member.
I have been Vicar of St John’s Southbourne, since September 2016, having served two titles in Worthing. Before I went into ministry I taught at a Secondary and Sixth form School in Crawley for 12 years, where I was Head of House. I’m married, and we have two sons at still living at home and a daughter at university. I enjoy building community links and hope my experience will benefit Southbourne Infants.
The Governing Body is actively involved in all aspects of the school, overseeing the management which is primarily delegated to the Headteacher, setting the financial budget, agreeing targets and implementing the School Improvement Plan. Training is available through the Local Authority to help governors fulfil their role in all areas from curriculum matters to building maintenance.
Being a governor can be hard work and time consuming, but being involved and help to make a difference can be hugely rewarding. If anyone is interested in becoming a governor or has any questions regarding governance, the Chair of Governors or Headteacher will be only too pleased to help and can be contacted through the school.
The school must also publish governor details for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months. Please click here for the table