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The Governing Body of Southbourne Infant School would like to welcome all the users of this website.

We hope that the information provided throughout this website will provide evidence of how much we all believe and value not only academic achievement, but also how much the children are encouraged to achieve their potential, as well as demonstrating how happy, safe and secure they feel in their learning environment. The Governors are proud to be a proactive part of a very successful and dedicated team.

The Governors are actively involved in school life in many ways from appointing staff, overseeing budgetary expenditure and ensuring a safe environment for staff and children. They work with staff to set the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction. The governing body, 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 full governing body.  Pay & Personnel are discussed at committee meetings as required.

Please click here to view the Terms of Reference for the Pay and Personnel sub-committee, chaired by Mr Andy Jones.

Minutes of the full Governing body meetings are available from the school office once they have been agreed by the governing body at the following meeting.

There are different categories of governors serving specific terms of office. Information on the current governing body can be found below.

One of our governors holds a governance role in another school. 

Kim Carter - Co-opted Governor (SEN/Pupil Premium) 

My name is Kim Carter. I moved to Southbourne from Chichester in 2018. All 4 of my children have either attended or are currently attending Southbourne Infant School. I am a Families and Youth Worker for St John's Church Southbourne and have many links into the local community including being a leader of 1st Southbourne Brownies. My area of interest as a Governor is SEND and RE but champion the school as a whole. My children have been so happy here and I am astounded every day as to how much they are learning and can do.

Ray Watson - Co-opted Governor - Chair

My name is Ray Watson, and I am a co-opted governor.  I moved to Emsworth in 2021 to be closer to my grandchildren, aged 9, 7, 4 and 2.  I recently retired after a long career in education involving a variety of senior roles and have been considering becoming a school governor for some time.  I was fortunate to join the Governing Body of Southbourne Infants School in 2023 and look forward to helping the school become even more successful.  I am fully committed to helping all children in their learning and all-round development.

David James - Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair (Curriculum) 

My name is David James, a coopted governor. My career in the Royal Navy prevented me from being a school governor when my children were at school but I am now retired and with a grandson who joined the reception classes in September 2023, so I am able and keen to support this excellent local school to the best of my ability.  

Andy Jones - Parent Governor (Finance/Pay/Personnel) 

My name is Andy Jones and I am a parent governor, I have two daughters one of whom is in Year Two. My family and I moved to Southbourne in 2016 and immediately loved it, my background is in legal finance and I work for a law firm in Chichester. Both my wife and I think Southbourne Infant School is a wonderful place for our daughter to learn about the world and so I felt that by becoming a governor I could hopefully give something back to the school and local community.

Briley Pappas - Parent Governor - Vice Chair 

My name is Briley Pappas. My son started reception in 2020. I believe every child is entitled to a safe & engaging environment at school, fostering confidence & a love of learning. Offering support as a parent governor, I hope to contribute to the continued success of the school.

Tom Lawler - Parent Governor (Safeguarding)

There are two reasons why I wanted to be a Parent Governor. First, I wanted to do all I could to ensure that all children, including my own two, receive the best possible start to their education they can. Second, having had accumulated a broad range of skills and life experience to date, I wanted to ensure that these were used in a positive way, for the benefit of the local community, of which the school plays a significant part.

Linda Sherlock - Co-opted Governor

I have taught at Southbourne Infant School for many years and really enjoyed my time here. I recently trained to become a Special Needs Co-ordinator and have held this position in school since 2017. I am our staff governor. 


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 see document below.  

Please see below for the current governor membership.

If you would like to contact the Governing Body directly please email our Chair of Governors:

Ray Watson

Alternatively, you can contact the Chair in writing via the school, putting any correspondence to the attention of 'The Chair of Governors'.