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What do the governors do?

They oversee the use of the school's budget, and have responsibility to obtain value for money for that budget, and are responsible for the appointment of the head teacher. In addition, governors monitor, support and challenge the head teacher and staff on how well those policies and targets are followed through.

Who is on the governing body?



The instrument of Government gives

  • 2 x Parent Governors
  • 7 x Foundation Governors (2 of whom at the time of their appointment shall be eligible for election or appointment as parent governors) and the Vicar of Highfield Church (or a church representative)  
  • 1 x Staff Governor
  • 1 x Headteacher
  • 1 x Local Authority Governor
Type of Gov
Offices held
Start date
End date
Register of Interests
Mrs Helen Thompson Foundation


 Lead Governor on SEN

100% 2014 2026 None declared
Ms Sarah Coe Parent Lead Governor on

Health and Safety 

100% 2021 2025 None declared
Mr William Collinson LA  Well-being Governor 100% 2021 2025 Member of staff at another Southampton School
Mrs Lucy Heptinstall Foundation EYFS/Curriculum Governor

Performance Management

100% 2012 2025 Member of staff at another Southampton School
Dr Alan Hunt Foundation

Vice Chair

Lead  Finance & Resources Governor

Performance Management

Pay Committee

100% 2014 2026 None declared
Mr Andrew Cross Foundation

Training Liaison Governor

Pay Committee

100% 2021  2025 Member of staff in another school
Mrs Jackie James Clerk to the Governors         Staff member
Mrs Rosie Walford  Headteacher   100% 2022   Staff member
Mrs Sarah Archer Diocesan Appointed     2023   Family connection to member of staff
Mrs Janine Finney Foundation  

Safeguarding Governor


100% 2021 2025  
Vacancy for 2 x Foundation Governor            
Vacancy for 1 x parent Governor




Vacancy for 1 x Staff Governor


Pupil Premium is covered by the Faith in Learning Committee

Appeals for Admissions is covered by the Admissions Committee

Governors who have resigned or whose tenure has expired:

Mr Pardinez-soils
Parent Governor
Finance & ResourcesTraining Liaison Governor
 2018 -resigned (moved)
None declared
Mr Cathie
Finance & Res
 2018  end of tenure
Mr Hodges
Finance & Res
 2018 – resigned

Mr Keith Reed LA Governor Co Chair of Governors 2019 2020 – resigned

Mr Kevin McAdam Parent Governor Finance & Resources Committee 2018 2020 – resigned


Mr Steven Ossont Parent Faith in Learning Committee 2018 2020 – resigned

Mrs Polly Cross Foundation Faith in Learning Committee 2017 2021 – resigned

Mrs Josephine Tavassoli
Finance and Resources
08/04/22 – resigned
Mr Tony Ridley
Finance and Resources
08/04/22 – resigned
Mrs E Ford
Faith in Learning Committee
24/04/22 - resigned
Mrs Ewa Crunden
Finance and Resources Group
08/06/22 – resigned
Mrs Emma Sheppard

Parent Faith in Learning Committee 2018 04/07/22 – end of tenure    
Mrs Leslie Fuller Foundation Faith In Learning Comittee 2018

01/09/22 - end of tenure

Dr Mike Archer



    2023            duties passed on    
Mrs Meg Campbell Foundation Foundation Group  



2026 None declared
Mr Jimmy Ward Parent Faith in Learning Committee,
Foundation Group


End of Tenure

2025 Member of staff at another Southampton School

Committee Terms of Reference _ Each of our committees have clear terms of reference that guide their work in school. These are reviewed annually and are then used to plan for governor strategic direction and agenda setting throughout the year. 

Governors have an action plan that links to their committees which determines areas of strategic focus within each year. This is our Governor Action Plan overview for this year.