Local Governing Body
Shalford Infant & Nursery School is governed by a local governing body, which is a committee of the board of trustees of Learning Partnership Academy Trust, who have overall responsibility for governance of the school. The committee comprises a group of volunteers who give their time and expertise freely to support the school by
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
Holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the school’s financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent.
The specific responsibilities of the governing body are detailed within the trust’s scheme of delegation and Local Governing Body terms of reference.
Governors meet regularly through the term to discuss all main aspects of the school and visit the school regularly to understand, support and monitor school life. We follow government guidance, are supported by the trust and adhere to a code of conduct in all that we do. For further information please contact:
Chair of Governors: ShalfordChair@learningpartners.org
Our Local Governing Body is based on a stakeholder model, with representatives of parents, staff, and the local community. Members are recruited for a three-to-four-year term on a skillset basis and/or through parental election.
As governors we conduct school visits to observe how they operate, how the curriculum is delivered and to learn about the organisation and its ethos. We consider that strong strategic leaders have a good understanding of its school(s) and the organisation that they support, and that they actively contribute to improving the learning and outcomes for all children.
Our visits serve a number of purposes including:
Improving knowledge of the school, its staff, needs, priorities, strengths and areas for development.
Observing children’s behaviour and their engagement in the school’s activities.
Acquiring knowledge to enable governors to act as critical friends.
Monitoring and evaluating plans, budgets, and achievement.
Observing the condition of the school’s buildings, facilities, its grounds and its security arrangements.
Monitoring and assessing how the school’s and trust’s priorities are being delivered.
Helping the local governing body and the trust to fulfil their various statutory duties.
Code of Conduct
As governors we follow the trust’s code of conduct, of which are few highlights are below:
We will encourage open governance and will act appropriately.
We will actively support and challenge the school and executive leaders.
We will accept and respect the difference between strategic and operational leadership, ensuring that we work collectively for the benefit of the organisation.
We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the school and local community, as well as other schools.
We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside meetings.
We agree to adhere to any rules, policies and procedures agreed within the trust or as required by the law.
We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the trust and its schools
Registers of Interest
We manage personal relationships with related parties to avoid both real and perceived conflicts of interest, promoting integrity and openness in accordance with the seven principles of public life.
We publish this information on our trust and school websites. Please find below our most recent register of interests for the local governing body at the bottom of the page.
Becoming a Governor
Becoming a governor is an incredibly rewarding experience. You will be joining a movement of over 250,000 people nationwide and team of over 100 Learning Partners’ governors, all skilled individuals who give their time freely to support children and young people in their community.
Please consult our trust website page on becoming a governor and contact our Chair of Governors for more information.
In our own words…….
Clare Constant: Community Governor
I have worked in education for over 14 years in a variety of roles from Forest School Leader to Acting Headteacher! I absolutely love the enthusiasm of children and find schools such positive and inspiring places to be. Before we adopted our daughter in 2020, I was working in a specialist dyslexia school, and I am now currently training to be a swimming teacher while taking a break from full time teaching. I am delighted to be a community governor of this child-centred and innovative infant school and nursery and sharing the next part of their exciting journey.
Andrew Gumbitu-Zimuto: Associate Governor
I began as a parent governor in my first term, and continue as a community governor in my subsequent terms. When we moved to Shalford in 2006 the school played an important part to my family’s introduction and welcome into the community. Being on the governing body allows me to make a small but enjoyable contribution to the life of the community. Some challenges faced by the governing body allow me to use my professional skills in the work of the governing body; however, overall I get more out of the experience of working on the governing body, in what I learn and the enjoyment I get from being part of the school life, than I put in.
Arbaaz Nayeem: Community Governor
Dominique Vincent: Parent Governor
I am really excited to be part of the school's governing body, which I joined in June 2021. Both of my children have attended Shalford Infant & Nursery School and I feel incredibly grateful that they have had such a lovely start to their education. The school really is the heart of our community. I grew up locally and work in communications for the NHS, which can be both stressful and brilliant. I love tap dancing (even though I am getting a bit old), yoga and reading to my kids.
Sarah Hardcastle: Chair of Governors, Community Governor
I became involved with the Governing Body in 2015 and continue to be excited by the work here to provide the very best outcomes for your children. I have three teenage daughters, so spending time at the Infant school is a lovely change! I've spent the majority of my career at the BBC in journalism and radio production.
Karen Brooks: Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
I joined the governing body in November 2019 as a parent governor after my eldest daughter started in Oak Class. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the development of the school, which forms such an important part of our community. I trained as a chemist but have since moved into research management. I currently work part-time as a project manager at the University of Surrey.
Helen Evison: Clerk to Governing Body
I have been Clerk to Governors at Shalford since September 2008. I am an economist by training and spent 20 years working in purchasing, ICT and finance for Shell in the Netherlands and the UK before taking a career break to look after my children while living in South Africa. Once my children were older and we were back I the UK I started work as a School Business Manager and Clerk to Governors but have since switched to clerking only. I now clerk for a number of maintained schools and academies in Surrey and Hampshire.
I live in East Tisted, Hampshire with my husband Julian. Our son lives in London and works in pubs while looking for PhD funding. Our daughter is in the final year of a degree in stage management at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Gemma Beswick: Staff Governor
I have been a teacher at Shalford Infant & Nursery School since 2015, when I joined as an NQT. I began teaching in the Year One class and am now the class teacher in Reception which I am loving every minute of.
Since moving to Reception I have become very passionate about the Early Years and its importance in setting the foundations for future learning. I am now The Early Years Leader and I work hard to support the teaching and learning in both our Nursery and Reception Classes. I also have the privilege of being the Forest School leader where I take children out into a woodland environment to develop a wide range of skills such as fire lighting, cooking on an open fire and den building.
I really enjoy being part of the Governing Body as I get to be part of the key decisions that are made for our school and then get to witness the impact this has on the children’s learning, growth and development.
Michelle Dutton: Headteacher
As Headteacher of the school I work in partnership with the Governors to continually evaluate what we do and find out what we could improve in school for the children. I appreciate the ideas and discussion we have at meetings when it comes to decision making, it’s good to hear everyone’s views before making key decisions. I studied drama alongside my teaching degree and really enjoy visiting the theatre with my husband.
I love going for walks in the fields and woods near my house – it’s good ‘thinking’ time – and I often get back with some good ideas to bring into school.
VACANCY: Community Governor
Rev. Sarah Lloyd: Communty Governor
It’s a real privilege and joy to support and be part of Shalford Infant & Nursery School as a governor and regular visitor. The school is such a wonderful happy, lively, learning heart of our local community. I joined the governing body in 2019, having moved back to Shalford on being appointed as the Vicar for the Parish of Shalford & Peasmarsh. Having grown up in Shalford a very long time ago, I spent most of my career as an academic book publisher before ordination. I've loved working with children in sports coaching and in ministry and school support roles where I’ve lived in London, Winchester and Basingstoke. Walking and accompanying my dog on his pastoral visiting around Shalford and Peasmarsh is a favourite occupation.