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.
|Roy Cleaver – Chair|
|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|
|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|
|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, 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.|
|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 MBE|
I work for one of the UK exam boards where I am one of the Operations Senior Leadership Team. 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 the current Chairman of the North Hampshire Magistrate bench. I sit in both the adult and family courts having been a magistrate for eight years.
In recognition for my voluntary service I was appointed an MBE by HM The Queen in the 2019 New Years Honours List.
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.
|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.|
|After leaving the Royal Navy, and graduating from the University of Winchester, I have spent 20 years working in the Oil and Gas, and Power generation industries. I am a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador for Hampshire schools, and I’m involved in several charity initiatives, both through work and in Alton, where I live. In my spare time, I am a keen runner and also volunteer as a Run Director at Alice Holt Parkrun. This is my first role as a governor and I am looking forward to being involved in the continuing success of Limington House School.|
|I work for a large IT company in Basingstoke and have been there for 8 years at present, as part of that I am involved in sales internationally, as well as locally holding and doing the charity events. I am a keen gym goer and I am very active in my social life. This is my first opportunity at becoming a governor and I am really looking forward to being part of the roles of a governor for Limington House which is an amazing school.|
I have a child in year 6 at Limington House School. It is a privilege to be a part of the governing body to help support the children, staff and school.
I have worked as a manager within the NHS for 13 years. I started my career in primary care, then I moved across to a hospital environment for a year before returning to my roots.
I have undertaken many courses to support my personal development, these include book keeping and accountancy, advanced first aid including CPR, autism awareness, supporting individuals with learning difficulties and equality and diversity. 2019 is my first year as a parent governor and I look forward to many more.
I have worked in finance for over 20 years and currently work for a challenger bank in Reading. Although this is my first role as a Governor, I currently sit on several committees in my working life and I hope to provide the same level of commitment, enthusiasm and diligence supporting both staff and students at Limington House. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, badminton and going to the gym.