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 Castle Primary School Governing Body

The Full Governing Body of the school meets twice a term and is responsible for setting the strategic framework of the school and monitoring its implementation. It acts as a 'critical friend' by holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils. The Governing Body also oversees the finances of the school; making sure money is well spent. The Governing Body is structured into sub-committees. These consist of the Finance, Personnel and Resources Committee; the Curriculum, Progress and Standards Committee; Pay Committee; and Premises Committee. Chairs of sub-committees and the Chair of Full Governing Body and the Headteacher also meet as a Strategy Committee to oversee the work of the other committees.

Parents wishing to contact the Chair of Governors can do so via a post box held in the school office. Our Governing Body consists of the following members:




Mrs Alison Hodgson - Co-Opted Governor (Chair of Governors)

Responsibilities - Self Evaluation and Development & Training Governor (DGT). Link Governor English, Assessment and Safeguarding.

Committee Membership - Vice-chair of Curriculum, Progress and Standards Committee and Strategy; Pay; Dismissal & Appeal Dismissal and Pupil Discipline & Complaints Committees . 

Relevant Experience -science teacher in a secondary school.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office July 2013 - expires Jan 2023



Mr Justin Bartlett - Headteacher

Responsibilities - Member of all Committees.

Relevant Experience -QTS since 1994 - 25 years experience of teaching in the primary phase. Teacher Governor responsibilities 2002-2009, Headteacher Governor 2009-to date. Significant experience of senior leadership in primary school settings including additional experience as NPQH assessor and current Ofsted Inspector role.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office 2009 - ongoing

Ms Lauren Stevens - Co-opted Governor


Responsibilities - Chair of  Finance, Personnel & Resources and Pay committees. Link Governor for PHSE and HT performance management.

Committee Membership - Member of Strategy; Pay and Performance Management & Pay Committees.

Relevant Experience -M Ed (Leading Community Through Learning). BA (Hons) Eng Lang & Lit. Education employment for more than 25 years, teaching and support. Experience in retail, finance, NHS & the military.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office - expires Jan 2023



Mr Paul Woodman - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities - Lettings Governor and link governor for History.

Committee Membership - Member of Finance, Personnel & Resources;  Pay; Premises, Health & Safety; Dismissals & Appeals; Pupil Discipline & Complaints and Performance Management & Pay Committees.

Relevant Experience: Staff governor at college, college Communications Officer, Marketing Manager and local community member.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office: May 2011 - expires May 2023




Mr Ian Ryan - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities: SEN and parent questionnaire Governor, . Chair of Curriculum, Progress & Standards committee, link governor for attendance.

Committee Membership- Chair of Curriculum, Progress and Standards committee, vice-chair of Strategy; Dismissals & Appeals, Pupil Discipline & Complaints and Pay committees

Relevant Experience - was a youth worker in the Portchester area and is currently working in a special school bringing SEN skills to the governing body. Previously link governor for IT, PSHE and SEND.

Pecuniary interests: none

Term of Office: Nov 2016 - expires Nov 2023

















Dr Neil Hoare- Parent Governor

Responsibilities: Link governor for Mathematics, Science, Design & Technology & Computing and has responsibility for reviewing risk assessments for school trips working closely with the Health and Safety governor. Neil is our representative on the South East Governors’ Forum.

Committee Membership - Vice Chair of Finance, Personnel & Resources Committee & Premises, Health & Safety Committee

Relevant Experience: Neil holds a BSc in Applied Chemistry and PhD in computational drug design from the University of Portsmouth and a postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Open University. For the last 20 years, Neil has worked for AT&T, a major US telecommunications company, in a variety of roles, most recently in its business continuity and disaster recovery group.

Pecuniary Interests: Partner is a member of staff

Term of Office: Nov 2016- expires Nov 2020



Mrs Sally Rogers - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities- Link governor for Art and collection of governor's voluntary contributions

Committee membership - member of Finance, Personnel & Resources Committee.

Relevant Experience: Has served as a staff governor for many years and on all of the committees during this time. Chairperson of the PTA , Friends of Castle School for many years. Over 25 years experience as learning support assistant in primary phase.

Pecuniary Interests: Hirer of the school hall

Term of Office: Nov 2016- expires Jan 2023


Mr Jonathan Stokes - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities - Governor Link for Health & Safety and Geography.

Committee Membership -Chair of Premises, Health & Safety and member of Finance, Personnel & Resources; Dismissals & Appeals; Strategy, Pay and Pupil Discipline & Complaints Committees

Relevant Experience - Programme Director for The Tree Council - the UK’s lead charity for urban and rural trees.  There he helped establish The Tree Council’s Tree Warden Network which now has 8000 volunteers . He has written ten books on trees, speaks at national and international conferences on trees and the environment and has regularly appeared on radio and TV.

Pecuniary Interests: Spouse is a member of staff at the school

Term of Office: - 2011 - expires Jan 2023



Mr Adam Murphy - Parent Governor

Responsibilities - TBC

Committee Membership - Member of Finance, Personnel & Resources committee

Relevant Experience- worked in Children's Social care in Portsmouth for 12 years and has extensive knowledge and experience of safeguarding as well as working with Children in Need, Child Protection, Looked After Children, Children with disabilities and EHCP. Trustee and founding member of Portsmouth based charity Flying Solo which provides support to local care leavers to access jobs, education and training. Is a member of the governing body for Portsmouth City Council Virtual School for Looked After Children

Pecuniary Interests - none

Term of Office: Nov 2019 - expires Jan 2023


Mrs Caroline Lopez - Parent Governor

Responsibilities - TBC

Committee membership - member of Curriculum, Progress and Standards committee

Relevant Experience - secondary languages teacher since 2009 n London and local schools. Prior to that worked as a TEFL teacher in South America and in the ferry industry in Portsmouth. Now teaches languages from nursery up to year 11 in a local independent school. Has an interest in developing pupils' global links through language learning and collaboration and also run Spanish Storytime at Portchester Library.

Pecuniary Interests - none

Term of Office: Feb 2020 - expires Jan 2023
















Mr John Stringer - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities: Development and Training governor. Link Governor for Music and Performing Arts and joint governor link for Assessment.

Committee Membership - member of Curriculum, Progress & Standards Committee.

Relevant Experience: Career exceeding 20 years in information technology. Voluntary experience as a primary school learning support assistant. Recently qualified primary school teacher.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Term of Office: Nov 2016 - expires Jan 2023




Clerk to the Governing Body - Ms Kate Waterhouse

Experience - A tax professional having worked at HMRC for over 10 years. Kate has a BSc in Sociology from Portsmouth University and is currently undertaking the Accredited Clerks level 3 qualification via Hampshire County Council.




Governing Body Meeting Dates 2020-21

Attendance Records for Governing Body Meetings 2019-20
Committee FGB CP&S FP&R Strategy  
Mr Justin Bartlett 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Mrs Angela Thomas 100% 100%      
Mr Neal Hoare 100%   100%    
Mrs Alison Hodgson 100% 100%      
Mrs Nadine Ricketts 80% 80%      
Mrs Sally Rogers 100%   80%    
Ms Lauren Stevens  80%   100%    
Mr Ian Ryan 100% 100%   100%  
Mr Jonathan Stokes 50%   60%    
Mr John Stringer 100% 100%      
Mr Paul Woodman 100%   100%    
Mr Adam Murphy 80% 80%      
Mrs Caroline Lopez 100% 100%