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      Welcome to the Governors Page

Cllr Jeremy Heron

Hello and welcome to the Governors section of Poulner Infant School.  I am Jeremy Heron and am the Chair of Governors.  I have been a Governor here for in excess of 10 years having seen my own children go through the School.  I would like to share with you what role the Governing Body play in the running of Poulner Infant School.  


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.


Jeremy Heron

Chair of Governors






Head Teacher Jo Conner Whilst in Post Resources committee but oversees all areas
Parent Governors - elected by Parents Nick Gill 8.11.13 - 7.11.17 Resources
  Sarah Alderton 14.7.15 - 13.7.19 Resources
  Joe Moorhouse 21.5.15 - 20.5.19 Resources
Staff Governor  - elected by Staff Bev Palmer Whilst in post Curriculum

Local Auth. Governor  - Nomination to LA

by Governors

Co-Opted Governor  - elected by Governors Jeremy Heron 14.7.15 - 13.7.19 Chair of Governors and Resources/Staffing
  Michelle Buckler 14.7.15 - 13.7.19 Curriculum/SEN/Pay/Safeguarding
  Claudia Street 14.7.15 - 13.7.19 Resources/H&S/Pay
  Andrew Magowan 17.5.16 - 16.5.20 TBA
Clerk Wendy Beal Ongoing  


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

Michelle Buckler

I have lived in Poulner for 9 years with my husband and three children - Joe 13, Ellie 10 and Mia 6. 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 co-opted governor.  During my 8 years on the GB I have taken on the additional roles of SEN Governor, Pupil Premium Governor and Vice-Chair of the GB.  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 return 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 the past 7 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.  I very much enjoy being a part of the Poulner Infant School community, helping to ensure the best possible educational experience for every single child.


Nicholas Gill

As a Governor, I want to be able to make a positive contribution to the success of the school, the education and experiences of our children and their peers so that they can have a sound footing for the adventures of life that lie ahead.

I am the strategy partner and co-founder of a marketing agency developing communications strategies and creative marketing campaigns that make a positive impact to the brands we work with.


Claudia Street

In my role as Safeguarding and Health & Safety Governor, I help the school to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children.

I am very happy to be part of the GB and the Poulner Infant School family to ensure that we give all children the best opportunity to grow and develop in excellent surrounds, encouraging them in our leaving for LIFE values.