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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 member of 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 - Parent Governor

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

Committee Membership- member 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 2020

















Mr 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 Mandy Maddison - Local Authority Governor

Responsibilities - SEN governor (job share with Ian Ryan) and link governor for RE

Committee Membership - member of Curriculum, Progress & Standards, Pupil Discipline & Complaints and Performance Management & pay committees

Relevant Experience: has served as a governor at other schools and previously Headteacher's PA at a local secondary school.

Pecuniary Interests: spouse employed at school 

Term of Office: Jan 2018 - Jan 2022


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 John Stringer - Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities: 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 - Awaiting details  



Governing Body Meeting Dates 2019-20

Attendance Records for Governing Body Meetings 2018-19
Committee FGB CP&S FP&R Strategy  
Mr Justin Bartlett 100% 100% 80% 100%  
Mrs Marie Leonard 50% 20% 60% 60%  
Mr Neal Hoare 100%   100%    
Mrs Alison Hodgson 100% 100%      
Mrs Nadine Ricketts 100%        
Mrs Mandy Maddison 80%        
Mrs Sally Rogers 40%   100%    
Mr Ian Ryan 100% 100%   100%  
Mr Jonathan Stokes 60%   60%    
Mr John Stringer 80% 50%      
Ms Lauren Stevens  100%   100% 100%  
Mrs Samantha White 40% 75%   100%  
Ms Catherine Williams 100% 100%      
Mr Paul Woodman 100%   100%    
Mrs Angela Thomas 60% 100%