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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



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.


Joe Moorhouse

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.





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 TBC
  Sarah Alderton 14.7.15 - 13.7.19 Resources
  Joe Moorhouse 21.5.15 - 20.5.19 Resources
  Cadi Hicks 6.12.17-5.12.21 Curriculum Committee
Staff Governor  - elected by Staff Bev Palmer Whilst in post Curriculum

Local Auth. Governor  - Nomination to LA by Governors

Andrew Magowan Awaiting Confirmation Curriculum Committee/Safeguarding
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
  Emma Ostler WEF 17.10.17  
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

Michelle Buckler          
Jo Conner     NA NA  
Bev Palmer   NA   NA  
Joe Moorhouse     NA    
Andrew Milford          
Cadi Hicks   NA      
Sarah Alderton     NA    
Andy Magowan   NA      
Emma Ostler          



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