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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 Governors



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. During my 6 years on the Governing Body, I have taken on the additional roles of SEN Governor, Pupil Premium Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors.

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 be a full time Mum and for the past 5 years have also 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

Photo to come

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

Photo to come

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

Photo to come

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






Head Teacher Jo Conner Whilst in Post Resources committee but oversees all areas
Parent Governors - elected by Parents Andrew Milford 6.12.17-5.12.21 Curriculum Committee
  Cadi Hicks 6.12.17-5.12.21 Curriculum Committee/SEN
  Nerys Case 30.1.18-30.1.22 Curriculum Committee
Staff Governor  - elected by Staff Bev Palmer Whilst in post Curriculum

Local Auth. Governor  - Nomination to LA by Governors

Andrew Magowan 20/07/2017 Curriculum Committee/Safeguarding
Co-Opted Governor  - elected by Governors Jeremy Heron 14.7.15 - 13.7.19 Resources/Staffing
  Michelle Buckler 14.7.15 - 13.7.19

Chair of Governors


  Emma Ostler  17.10.17 Curriculum
  Joe Moorhouse 21.5.15-20.5.19 Vice Chair/Resources/H&S
Clerk Wendy Beal Ongoing  


Number of Meetings Governors attended for 2017/18

  WGB Resourcecs Committee

Curriculum & Standards


Pay Committee(made

up of available Governors)

No of mtgs p/y 6 6 6 2  

Jeremy Heron

2 2   NA  
Michelle Buckler 2   2 `  
Jo Conner 2 2 NA NA  
Bev Palmer 1 NA   NA  
Joe Moorhouse 2 2 NA 1  
Andrew Milford 2 NA 0 NA  
Cadi Hicks 2 NA 2    
Sarah Alderton 1 Left NA Left  
Andy Magowan 1 1 0 NA  
Emma Ostler 2 2 NA NA  



Pecuniary Interests of Governors 2017/18


Governor Name

Name of Business including

  • Governor Elsewhere
  • Related/married to a member of staff
  • Employed at School
Nature of Business
Jo Conner Poulner Infant School Head Teacher
Bev Palmer Poulner Infant School Deputy Head Teacher
Jeremy Heron    
Michelle Buckler    
Andrew Magowan Poulner Infant School Married to a member of staff
Joe Moorhouse    
Cadi Hicks    
Andrew Milford    
Sarah Alderton    
Emma Ostler