Governing Body

In general, school governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the Headteacher
  • To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

For further general information about the activities of School Governors and School Governing Bodies, please visit the following websites:


Our governing body meets once a month with meeting minutes published on the school website once they have been formally agreed at the next meeting.

To contact the governing body of Denmead Infant School, please email the Clerk, Tracy Jones, at clerk.denmeadinf@gmail.com

Denmead Infant School Governors

Denmead Infant School has a dedicated and enthusiastic team of Governors made up of governors from parents, the community and the Local Authority

We are there to support the school in delivering the best possible education to the pupils and to question where necessary.

The main roles of the Governing Body are to:

  • Set the schools vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the HeadTeacher to support and challenge them in managing the school
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as its staff it employs

The Denmead Infant School Governing Body has 9 members that include the HeadTeacher and Deputy HeadTeacher. We also have a very efficient clerk who provides us with her knowledge of regulations around Governance and is invaluable to the Governing Body.

We operate a full governing body structure which means all Governors attend every meeting, 10 a year, which means we all have a full and balanced view of every area of the school curriculum and school life.

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors please do so via the School office.

Meet our Governors

Co-opted Governor July 2018 – 2022

Chair of Governors, Inclusion Governor and member of Finance Team

I have lived in Denmead for nearly 30 years and my children all attended schools in Denmead in the 90’s. I have worked in Schools since 1993 with an emphasis on SEND and Inclusion until taking early retirement in 2012. I have also been a member of Girlguiding UK since the age of 7 and at the moment hold a Leader management role within the Guide County of Hampshire East. I hope that my management skills and passion for Inclusion will help my role on the Governing Body.

Co-opted Governor July 2018 – September 2020

Local Authority Governor September 2020 – September 2024

Vice-Chair of Governors, Head Teachers Performance Review Chair, Personnel, Safeguarding deputy.

I have lived in Denmead for 16 years and am now retired.  I worked in I.T. for 30 years, mainly in Leadership and Management capacities, which has afforded me many transferable skills for my role as Governor.  I also have an interest in gardening which I like to bring to the school on occasions.

Co-opted Governor July 2018- 2022

Chair of Finance Team

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who wanted to give back to the community in a positive way. I am the lead governor for the finance team and I am also a member of the Pay Committee. Being a School Governor has been a rewarding experience as I have used my experience working with numbers as a Quantity Surveyor to assist the governing body with carrying out the financial checks, which is required by Governors’ to ensure that the school funds are being spent appropriately.

Co-opted Governor February 2018 – 2022.

Health and Safety Governor, PE Lead (Sports Premium Funding), EYFS and Joint Community Governor.

I started as a parent governor when my daughter joined the school, she has now moved on to the juniors, but I find this role really interesting and rewarding. I have a background in vocational careers/education and deliver a variety of Level 1 and 2 qualifications. I have a first aid business and play an active role in the local business club.

Co-opted Governor July 2020 -2022

Lead for Maths, joint Community Partnership, and part of Headteachers Teachers Performance Review Panel.

I arrived in Denmead in Jan 2017 and I am the Vicar at the local church, All Saints.  I care deeply for this community, and wanted to play a supportive role in contributing to the continuing development of Denmead Infant School.  Prior to ministry, I trained as a teacher and worked within early years.

Co-opted Governor July 2020 -2022

Member of Finance Team

My family and I have lived in Denmead for over 20 years. Most of my working career has been spent in education as a business manager – in primary schools, higher and further education. I hope that my understanding of the education cycle and transferable skills in finance and planning will enable me to make a positive contribution to Denmead Infant School.

Parent Governor November 2020- 2024

I’ve lived in Denmead for three years with my husband and two sons. My professional background is business development and administration in the third sector and higher education. I am currently studying for my Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. I have recently joined as a Parent Governor and am looking forward to working with the governing body to support the school.

Parent Governor  since October 2016

Lead for Safeguarding, Relationships Education and Early Years

I have been a member of the governing body since October 2016, just after my son started at the school. My daughter is now half way through her learning journey at DIS, and every day has certainly been a learning adventure! Apart from the Headteacher, I am now the longest serving governor. Whilst I learned so much from those who have since moved on, it has been fantastic to welcome such an array of talented and passionate governors who have joined in their stead, and it has been an honour and a privilege to do my bit to help make the school the best it can be, for our children and our community.  For my day job I am a consultant in emergency medicine at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Parent Governor 2019-2023

Lead for English and PTA/Parent link

I became a parent Governor when my children started at Denmead in 2019. I have a strong passion, interest and background in Primary education and I am a Senior Leader of a Hampshire Infant school.  I am proud to be a Governor and hope that my views as a Parent and skills in education, enable me to be a good critical friend and support the school in achieving the aims and vision.
In my spare time I enjoy country walks, reading, socialising and the theatre. My young children keep me busy too!

Governing Body Information

Click Here for Full Governing Body List

Click Here for Governors’ attendance at Meetings 2019/2020.

One of the roles of the governing body is to oversee how the school budget is spent. To assist with this responsibility, we use the Schools’ Financial Benchmarking tool to compare our spending with schools of a similar type, size and catchment. Click Here to go to this benchmarking site.

Governing Body Minutes

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