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The Role of the Governing Body

As our role is strategic we do not get involved in the day to day running of the school, this is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team who ensure that they are accountable for decisions and actions taken. Our role as Governors is to help shape the strategic direction of the school and oversee the maintaining of and improvement of the standards of achievement here at Poulner Infants. We strive to support the school in every way that we can to maintain standards and most importantly provide a good and safe learning environment for all our children.

Whilst this is not an exhaustive list, as Governors we are appointed to:

      ·   Be a critical friend

  • Be involved in creating the School Improvement Plan to ensure that all children are challenged and encouraged to aspire to do the best they can in all areas of their learning
  • Use our own individual expertise for the benefit of the school
  • Support the Head Teacher and all the staff as well as being able to challenge
  • Be responsible for the appointment of any future Head Teacher
  • Agree policies and ensure statutory requirements are followed
  • Review our own working practices from time to time


The full Governing Body meet once every half term as do the Resources and Curriculum committees who report back to the GB. All governors share these responsibilities and work as a team. Individual Governors will also be involved in some of the following:

  • School Improvement Plan
  • Head Teacher Performance Management
  • Staff Pay Committee
  • Some staff appointments
  • Financial Management of the school
  • The curriculum in school


Parent Governors are elected by other parents in the school and when any of these vacancies arise you will all received information via the book bags and/or our texting system. Co-opted Governors are those chosen by the GB who are not usually parents but others from the community who could bring useful knowledge and skills. At the current time we have vacancies for Co-opted Governors so if you do know anyone out there who you think might be interested (and is not a parent) - please let our Clerk, Wendy Beal, know. The best way to make contact with Wendy is via email :

Below are details of our Governors and which committees they serve on although on occasions an additional sub-committee maybe needed for various reasons. On these occasions members will be drawn from the whole GB.


Michelle Buckler

Chair of Governor



Some of you already know our Governors but for those of you who do not here they are :

Michelle Buckler - Chair of Governors

I have lived in Poulner for 7 years with my husband and three children – Joe, 11, Ellie, 9 and Mia, 4. I became a parent governor at Poulner Infant School in January 2009 and at the end of my four year term, was delighted to be able to continue as a community governor. Whilst on the Governing Body, I have taken on the additional roles of SEN Governor, Pupil Premium Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors and am now the Chair of the Governing Body

After graduating from university in 1997, I worked as a learning support assistant at a secondary school in Yorkshire, supporting children with emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. In 2000, I returned to university to do my PGCE, after which I taught Foundation class in a small primary school in Buckinghamshire.  Since the birth of my children, I have chosen to be a full time mum  and for a number of years acted as Treasurer for a local Pre-School.  My role as Governor has enabled me to stay in touch and up to date with the ever-changing world of education and continues to be a challenging and hugely rewarding experience


Joe Moorhouse - Vice Chair of Governors

Joe has been a governor since 2015 and is a member of the Finance & Resources Committee.  He is a local architect and tutor on the RIBA Professional Exam in Architecture course.


Jeremy Heron - Governor

Cllr Jeremy Heron

 I am Jeremy Heron and   I have been a Governor here for in excess of 10 years having seen my own children go through the School. 


Cadi Hicks - Parent Governor

My name is Cadi Hicks and I am a parent governor who was elected in November 2016 and I form part of the curriculum committee. I have three children and I am a secondary school PE Teacher in the local area.


Andrew Magowan - Local Authority Governor


Andrew Magowan lives in Poulner and has been a Ringwood resident for over 15 years.  A commercial background in the travel business and also a motivational speaker and trainer. 

Andrew has been involved with PIS since his son’s attendance back in 2008 as the school environment impressed him so much. Instrumental in founding the “Dad’s Club”,   running social events and supporting the school’s culture of nurture, enrichment through learning and it’s inclusiveness is what drives him.  Originally a parent governor (now a community   representative) Andrew has been a governor for almost 10 years


Emma Ostler - Co-Opted Governor

 I have been a governor at the school since 2017, after moving to Ringwood.  I work as as adviser for the School Library Service, a role which takes me into about 100 schools.  I have an interest in education, both through my work and while my own children have been at school

Nerys Case - Parent Governor



Andrew Milford - Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in 2016, after my daughter joined the school as a pupil. I am a secondary school teacher, and sit on the Curriculum Committee.

Charlene Perry - Parent Governor

Information coming soon.


GOVERNOR DETAILS - Membership & Committees

NAME Category Appointed by Term of Office Committee Membership Responsibilities Voting Rights (if associate member)  

Jo Conner


Automatic place as Head

Whilst in post

Attends resources but has overview of all




Bev Palmer



4 years wef 1.9.16


Pupil Premium lead & Curriciulum lead



Andrew Magowan



4 years wef 20.7.17





Michelle Buckler



4 years wef 14.7.15


Chair of Governors, Pupil Premium Gov & Pay Committee



Joe Moorhouse



4 years wef 20.5.15


Vice Chair & Health and Safety



Jeremy Heron



4 years wef 13.7.15


Pay Committee



Emma Ostler



4 years wef 16.10.17






Andrew Milford



4 years wef 16.10.17





Cadi Hicks



4 years wef 5.12.17


SEN & Pay Committee



Nerys Case



4 years wef 30.1.2018





Charlene Perry



4 years wef 4.12.18





Wendy Beal





Clerk Duties

Training Responsibility








Pecuniary Interests Register



  1. Governor Elsewhere
  2. Related/marred to member of staff
  3. Employed at School
Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date of Appointment End date of interest Date of Entry
Jo Conner Works at School School Head Teacher On appointment Ongoing 4.12.18
Bev Palmer Works at school School Deputy H/T & Teacher On appointment Ongoing 4.12.18
Jeremy Heron Ringwood Town Council/Ringwood & Fordingbridge Skip Hire Council/Skip Hire Councillor/Family member   Ongoing 4.12.18
Michelle Buckler Teddy Bears Pre School (Charity) (Non Pecuniary) Pre School Education Trustee & Treasurer September 2009 Ongoing 4.12.18
Andrew Magowan Wife, Jane, works in School School LSA   Ongoing 4.12.18
Joe Moorhouse No interests to note         4.12.18
Cadi Hicks No interests to note         4.12.18
Andrew Milford No interests to note         4.12.18
Nerys Case Poulner Pets & Teddy Bears Pre School Dog Handler & Pre school Walks dog for Teacher/on committee Sept. 18/Sept 16 Ongoing 4.12.18
Emma Ostler School Library Service SLS Employed by SLS April 2010 Ongoing `4.12.18
Charlene Perry No interests to note         4.12.18




Number of Meetings Governors Attended for 2018/19 School Year




Curriculum & Standards Committee Pay Committee Notes                                                         
No of Meetings per year 6 5 6 2  
Jeremy Heron 2 2 NA NA  
Michelle Buckler 2 NA (but attended Sp1) 2    
Jo Conner 2 2 NA NA  
Bev Palmer 2 NA 2 NA  
Joe Moorhouse 2 2 NA 1  
Andrew Milford 2 NA 0 NA  
Cadi Hicks 2 NA 2 1  
Nerys Case 2 NA 2    
Andrew Magowan 0 1 NA NA  
Emma Ostler 2 1 NA NA  
Charlene Perry 1 (elected 4.12.18) 1 NA NA