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
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:
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.
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
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.