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      Welcome to the Governors Page


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. 


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


Mike Chase - Parent Governor

I have lived in Poulner since 2011, with my husband and three children and became a parent governor at Poulner Infant School and Nursery in March 2020. I am now also Inclusion Governor.

I have worked in Communications and Marketing since 2011 and previously in publishing since leaving university. We chose Poulner Infant School and Nursery for our children because we truly believe that its ethos and nurturing environment provides the best educational start for the children in our community. As a result, I am a fierce advocate and supporter of the whole school community.

All three of my children have additional needs and therefore as a governor, I have a particular interest in inclusion, the provision of special educational needs and disability (SEND), and pupil premium support at the school.

As Inclusion Governor, it is my responsibility to take a particular interest on behalf of the governing body in the way the school manages its provision for children with SEND, and to report regularly to the Governing Body.


Sam Titley - Parent Governor

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Sam has joined our Governing Body and is currently our Training Liaison Governor.   She is also currently a Lunchtime Supervisor at the school


Charlene Perry

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Charlene joined our Governing body as a parent Governor.  She is part of the resources committee 


Michael Lammas

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Mike joined out Governing Body as a parent governor and is part of our Curriculum committee,


Sandra Coombes - Clerk to Governors

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Sandra has recently been appointed as Clerk to Governors, she is also a Teaching Assistant here at Poulner.




GOVERNOR DETAILS - Membership & Committees

NAMECategoryAppointed byTerm of OfficeCommittee MembershipResponsibilitiesVoting Rights (if associate member) 

Jo Conner


Automatic place as Head

Whilst in post

Attends resources but has overview of all







Michelle Buckler



4 years wef 13.7.2019


Chair of Governors, Pupil Premium Gov & Pay Committee



Joe Moorhouse



4 years wef 17.7.2017


Vice Chair & Health and Safety



Jeremy Heron



4 years wef 13.7.2019


Pay Committee



Emma Ostler



4 years wef 16.10.17






Charlene Perry



4 years wef 4.12.18


Training Liaison Governor


Mike Chase

Co-optedGoverning Body4 years wef Resources

Inclusion Governor

Mike LammasParentGoverning Body4 years wef    


Helen RoughleyStaffStaff4 years wef July 2022Curriculum  




Sandra Coombes





Clerk Duties











Pecuniary Interests Register



  1. Governor Elsewhere
  2. Related/marred to member of staff
  3. Employed at School
     Nature of BusinessNature of InterestDate of AppointmentEnd date of interestDate of Entry
Jo ConnerWorks at School     SchoolHead TeacherOn appointmentOngoing4.12.18
Jeremy HeronRingwood Town Council/Ringwood & Fordingbridge Skip Hire     Council/Skip HireCouncillor/Family member Ongoing4.12.18
Michelle BucklerTeddy Bears Pre School (Charity) (Non Pecuniary)     Pre School EducationTrustee & TreasurerSeptember 2009Ongoing4.12.18
Joe MoorhouseNo interests to note         4.12.18
Emma OstlerSchool Library Service     SLSEmployed by SLSApril 2010Ongoing`4.12.18




Number of Meetings Governors Attended for 2018/19 School Year




Curriculum & Standards CommitteePay CommitteeNotes                                                         
No of Meetings per year6562 
Jeremy Heron35NANA 
Michelle Buckler5NA (but attended Sp1)6  
Jo Conner



Bev Palmer4NA5NA 
Joe Moorhouse65NA1 
Andrew Milford4NA0NA 
Cadi Hicks5NA51 
Nerys Case4NA4  
Andrew Magowan44NANA 
Emma Ostler616NA 
Charlene Perry3 (elected 4.12.18)2NANA 



Number of Meetings Governors Attended for 2019-20 School Year




Curriculum & Standards CommitteePay CommitteeNotes                                                         
No of Meetings per year6662 
Jeremy Heron11   
Michelle Buckler111  
Jo Conner111  
Neil Bramley11   
Joe Moorhouse11   
Andrew Milford1    
Cadi Hicks1    
Nerys Case1 1  
Andrew Magowan11   
Emma Ostler1 1  
Charlene Perry1    
Laura Clarke (elected 3.12.19)1