Hello and welcome to the Governors’ page of the Limington House School website.


The Role of a Governor


The role of the governing body is both interesting and rewarding. Governors have 3 main roles:


  • To support and challenge the work of the school. To be a critical friend and ask questions about what the school does and the benefits to the pupils.
  • To think and act strategically by looking at the big picture and not at the day to day running of the school.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, by ensuring we are representing good value for money for the pupils of the school and the spending of public money.

As a governing body, we are a diverse group of people from all walks of life, all volunteers, who bring a variety of different experiences and expertise to the school.


To help with the workload governors are divided up into 2 committees;


“Curriculum Committee” and “Resources Committee”. Each committee meets once every half term. Each half term we have a Full Governing Body meeting, this is where all governors meet together to discuss and support the strategic management of the school. The minutes of these meetings are available on request from the school office.


Personal Summaries


Roy Cleaver - Chair
roy I worked for over 20 years as Managing Director of an International Group of companies in the Oil and Gas industry. I was previously Chair of Governors for 6 years at a Special School in Alton as well as being a governor at two other junior schools. I am a member of both the Resources and Curriculum committees. I was a magistrate and sat as a Court Chairman on the North Hampshire Bench.
Janella Thow - Vice Chair
janella I have been in Education all my working life and passionately believe that all children have the right to achieve their full potential through a good education.
I joined the Governing body in 2007 and have been a governor in previous schools. My present roles are: Vice Chair of the FGB, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, a member of the Resources Committee, the Child Protection Governor and the representative on Governors' Forum. I am the Local Authority Governor.
Justin Innes - Headteacher
justin I have nineteen years successful teaching experience, as a class teacher and a leader, in a range of different settings. I have the highest aspirations for all pupils in the school and recognise that they all learn, achieve and succeed in different ways.
Susan Chivers
susan Susan Chivers, co-opted governor- a retired Civil Servant working in areas such as education, housing and neighbourhood renewal projects. I joined the Governing Body in November 2012. I had previously been a governor at both Primary and Secondary schools. I am a member of the Resources and Curriculum Committees. I am also a Training Liaison Governor.
Jane Oliver
jane After university I worked at the Magistrates Court as Scheduling Manager for North Hampshire, until left to have family. Was parent rep for Basingstoke Portage service and served as trustee for Stepping Stones DS (local Down syndrome charity). I have been a governor for 5 years.
Steven Vear
steven I work as a senior manager for an IT company in Basingstoke where I have been for 15 years. I was previously a governor for a primary school in Andover where I live for 4 years and then supported in the federation of the governing bodies of two special educational needs schools in Basingstoke and Eastleigh.
In my spare time I volunteer for a local cricket league, the Samaritans, I serve on the board of the University of Winchester Student union and am a magistrate on the north Hampshire bench.

Helen Jermy

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As a new governor in 2015, I am very much looking forward to taking an active part in supporting the students and staff at Limington House School.

My working life was mainly in Adult Learning Disability services for both Health and Social Services at an operational and strategic level in Hampshire and Berkshire. I have been a local magistrate for many years. I have a keen interest in promoting equality and empowerment within all public services.

Marie White

IMG 6501 I have been a teacher for 6 years and have had the pleasure of teaching across stages EYFS, KS1 & KS2 within both mainstream and special needs settings. I teach in Red class at Limington House School and I am also the English and Communication Manager and PECS Co-ordinator. I believe all children have the ability to achieve and here at Limington House School we provide them with the skills needed to make this a reality.
Geoff Sumner  
Geoff Sumner I am married and have two children and I retired from my last position of Area Director of the Nationwide Building Society after 38 years service. During this time we have moved around the country experiencing many different cultures. I am member of my local Rotary Club where, during the 27 years of being a member , I have worked on several committees working with the local community and special needs.

John Osbourne
JOHN OSBORNE photo I have more than 25 years experience at board and senior leadership roles in IT and consumer electronics. As a parent of a child with special needs I am not shy to admit that until my son's diagnosis, I was not only naive to how many children require special needs support , but more importantly just how important it is, and what a difference it makes. Preserving and developing the difference Limington House makes to its pupils and their families is of the upmost importance to me.
 Aimee Orr
Aimee Orr I have two children and my youngest has just started school at Limington House. I run a private Physiotherapy Company with my husband and have a background in the Health & Fitness Industry. This is my first role as a Governor and I am really looking forward to being involved

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