Our School Governing Body
Governors are a voluntary body of people who guide and support the strategic direction of the school. They are members of the school team and their contribution to the running of the school is highly valued.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one; its key functions are to:
Our governing body consists of:
Chair of Governors - Foundation
Committees - Resources (Co-Chair), Foundation (Chair), Pay
Date appointed: 31/10/1999
Term of Office: 31.10.2017 - 30.10.2021
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 2 (67%), Foundation 0 (0%), Resources 2 (67%), Pay 1 (100%)
Vice-Chair of Governors - Local Authority
Committees - Resources (Co-Chair)
Date appointed: 31.08.2015
Term of Office: 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 3 (100%), Resources 3 (100%)
Committees - Standards, Resources, Foundation, Pay
Term of Office - ongoing
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 3 (100%), Standards 3 (100%), Resources 3 (100%), Foundation 1 (100%), Pay 1 (100%)
Committees - Standards, Foundation
Date appointed: 05.02.2010
Term of Office: 05.02.2018 - 04.02.2022
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 1 (34%), Standards 1 (34%), Foundation 1 (100%)
Revd. Matthew Grayshon
Committees - Foundation, Resources, Pay
Term of Office: ongoing
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 2 (67%), Foundation 0 (0%), Resouces 1 (37%), Pay 1 (100%)
Maria Claire Mathias
Committees - Resources
Date appointed: 31.11.2017
Term of Office: 05.01.2018 - 04.01.2022
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 2 (100%), Resources 2 (100%)
Committees - Standards (Chair), Foundation
Date appointed: 02.11.2017
Term of Office: 02.11.2017 - 01.11.2021
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 3 (100%), Standards 3 (100%), Foundation 1 (100%)
Committees - Resources
Date appointed: 11.10.2017
Term of Office: 11.10.2017 - 10.10.2021
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 3 (100%), Resouces 1 (37%)
Committees - Resources, Foundation
Date appointed: 01.03.2017
Term of Office: 01.03.2017 - 28.02.2021
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 2 (67%), Resources 3 (100%), Foundation 1 (100%)
Committees - Resources, Pay (Chair)
Date appointed: 13.11.2018
Term of Office: 13.11.2018 - 12.11.2022
Date appointed 19/11/2019
Term of Office 19/11/2019 - 18/11/2023
Date appointed 30/09/2019
Term of Office 30/09/2019 - 29/19/2023
Richard Balding (term of office ended 12.01.2018)
Committees - Standards, Foundation, Pay
Date appointed: 03.03.2014
Term of Office: 03.03.2014 - 12.01.2018
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate) : Full Governing Body 1 (100%), Standards 1 (100%), Foundation 1 (100%), Pay 1 (100%)
Peter Harvey (term of office ended 31.07.2018)
Committees - Standards
Date appointed: 01.08.2014
Term of Office: 01.08.2014 - 31.07.2018
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 2 (67%), Standards 3 (100%)
Angela Reckitt (term of office ended 20.11.2018)
Committees - Standards, Foundation, Resources
Date appointed: 08.02.2016
Term of Office: 08.02.2016 - 20.11.2018
Meetings attended in previous academic year 2018-19 (and percentage attendance rate): Full Governing Body 2 (67%), Standards 3 (100%), Foundation 0 (0%)
I have had the privilege of being Headteacher at Amport since 2007 and in that time, have seen many changes, as you might expect. The number on roll has increased, staff have come and gone as have families and children and, indeed, governors. The building itself has been improved significantly and changes have been made to the curriculum. Throughout that time though, my passion for working with others in leading our school has never waned.
Prior to working at Amport, having graduated from the University of Reading, I worked in schools in West Berkshire and in Reading. Teaching came later to me; before qualifying as a teacher, my career was in banking where I worked for Nat West and Barclays in their corporate divisions. Much as I enjoyed the experiences working in the corporate world gave me, my heart lies in teaching. Being responsible for making a difference to children’s lives and aspirations is a remarkably rewarding choice of career. The success of the school is truly a team effort where everyone’s input is valued. I shall endeavour to continue to use my experience and personal values to help ensure Amport continues to grow as a successful school and as an asset to the local community.
I am the local authority governor; having joined the governing body in 2014. I now have two children at the school and am hugely impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff, the wonderful atmosphere in the school and the incredible results that our children achieve. I became a governor as I wanted to play an active part in the school and village community.
I am an investment manager working with Charities and Foundations with 20 years of professional experience. I am also chair of a local community charity and trustee of a large community foundation (chairing the the finance committee). I hope to use my financial and governance experience in my role of governor to the benefit of the school. I have lived in Amport since 2011.
I have lived in the village of Quarley for the past 19 years after a peripatetic life with a husband who was in the RAF. I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I have represented the Parish of St. Michael’s, Quarley, as a Foundation Governor for over ten years.
Being a Governor for Amport C of C Primary School is a most interesting and rewarding experience. I have been lucky to be associated with a school that not only is exceptional in its academic results but, perhaps more importantly, is concerned that each child blossoms in character, bringing out their innate care and kindness.
We have both a Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher who are themselves brilliant in their teaching and administration but also in their ability to choose and mentor other teachers to a high standard.
I am one of the clergy in the local group of churches and am pleased to be an ex-officio governor. Before ordination in 1981, I was a teacher in Sarawak, Birkenhead and Edinburgh. When vicar in Runcorn New Town, I was a governor of a large primary school whose pupils were from both stable and struggling backgrounds. There were many changes, challenges and opportunities in this role.
After 23 years in suburban London, I am now privileged to engage with our local school as governor, to take Collective Worship most weeks and to welcome the school into the church from time to time. Lovely as Hampshire is, I do miss the multi-cultural buzz of London!
I have been a resident in Amport since 2009 and have always been conscious of the high quality Church of England Primary School we have in the village. The school is a significant attraction for new generations coming to our village and plays a major role in producing children that play a positive role in the local community and wider society. I became a Foundation Governor so I could help contribute to the role the school plays in delivering a high class education, the spiritual wellbeing of pupils and the sense of the positive contribution all pupils can make to society.
I am a Chartered Member of the Market Research Society and have run my own agency for the past twenty years working across many industry sectors. In this time, I have seen how the advancement in technology has not only transformed the market research industry but wider society as a whole. I hope to bring this knowledge of market research, business and technology to the school in my role as a governor. I have two teenage children, coached at Andover Rugby Club for 5 years and enjoy playing golf and tennis regularly.
Lieutenant Colonel James Gayner MBE
It is a great privilege to be a Foundation Governor of our amazing school, a role I have held for some time now. I am currently chair of the Standards Committee. Married to Sarah (current co-chair of the PTA) and with three children currently at the school, I have lived in Amport for over ten years and have managed to be based locally for much of that time, despite serving as an infantry officer in the Army. As our school has a high proportion of children from service families, I feel strongly that it is important this cohort, with its sometimes unique pressures and nuances, is properly represented. I believe emphatically in the school’s core Christian values and Christian ethos, and am committed to their furtherance within our school.
In my spare time I enjoy sailing, skiing and field sports. Other interests include history and technology, which I am also able to use to for benefit of the school.
I have two children at the school in Key Stage 2. During our time at the school, I have spent two years as deputy chair of the PTA and am now in my fourth year of being a parent Governor. I am passionate about supporting our great school and am happy to get involved whenever required.
Outside of the school, I work in recruitment for a local company and prior to having children, worked within the FMCG, Luxury Goods and Technology sectors for a variety of corporate organisations. As a family, we love to travel and explore and, when time permits, I am a Prince's Trust mentor.
I am one of the foundation governors, now into my fourth year in the role. I have lived in Monxton for over seven years now with my wife Anna (who has also spent time as Secretary and Deputy Chair of the PTA) and our three children, two of whom are at the school.
I am also on the Resources Committee, and feel privileged to be able to observe in detail the running of the school; I am always amazed and inspired by the quality of care and teaching that the children receive with the resources available to us. It has been a thoroughly rewarding experience so far and, if I can contribute in any small part to the ongoing success of the school, then that is hugely motivating.
My day job is much less interesting as a data consultant working in the advertising industry. I like to keep myself busy cycling, running, playing golf, and tending to my ever growing veggie patch.
I become a staff governor because I wanted to play an active role in the continued improvement of Amport in providing both an excellent education and a sense of social responsibility in all pupils.
I am the Deputy Head and teach years five and six. I graduated from Liverpool University where I studied history, and then I completed a PGCE at Leeds University. I have taught at four very different schools in three Local Authorities, and have been teaching at Amport since 2010. I believe I can utilise my extensive knowledge in my role of governor to the benefit of the school. I was born in Yorkshire but have lived in Hampshire for seventeen years with my husband and three children. In my spare time, I am a member of a choir and love travelling and going to the theatre.
I was delighted to join Amport school in November 2019 as a Foundation governor and I serve on the Resources Committee. I have lived in Monxton for nine years with my husband and two children and, during that time, have been impressed by the reputation of the school as a nurturing and happy place for children to learn and grow and by its academic excellence in particular. Through my work in the commercial world, I have served as a non-executive director on commercial boards. I have spent the last 16 years working as a strategy consultant with a range of UK education charities. I believe strongly in the transformative power of education and am looking forward to supporting the school and its leadership team in any way I can.
Amport Church of England Primary School was founded in 1815 by Sophia Sheppard and it is the responsibility of all Governors to ensure there is secure compliance with the Trust Deed. We believe the school should serve the whole community as it attempts to provide excellent education for all within a happy and safe environment.
Our Governing Body today is made up of a cross section of people each of whom bring with them a unique set of skills. We are responsible for the strategic management of the school and our role is to support and challenge the Headteacher and staff to ensure the children receive an excellent education. We all undertake regular training.
There are four sub-committees and governors sit on one of either the Resources Committee or the Standards Committee. In addition, some governors sit on the Pay Committee and all Foundation Governors sit on the Foundation Committee.
Foundation Governors are unique to Church schools and are appointed by the Church at Parish or Diocesan level. We are practising Christians and regular, supportive members of our local churches.
We have the responsibility to see that the school’s Church of England foundation has a relevant and meaningful role in the daily running of the school so that the school's vision is distinctively Christian and is rooted in our core Christian values of Truth, Trust, Forgiveness and Love. This means that the Christian faith is visible throughout the life of the school where the impact of the vision is seen as the heartbeat of the school.
School places are offered to local families, both within catchment and out of catchment, including Christians but also those of different faiths, or of none. Relationships are held to be important for all members of the school community and are developed and nurtured so that reconciliation and forgiveness may be seen as well as respect and care.
We need to ensure that the school’s procedures, customs and practice are founded in Christian values and that there is provision of good quality Collective Worship and Religious Education. The daily act of worship holds special significance and provides an opportunity for the school community to come together to celebrate their Christian foundations. Awe, wonder and mystery are discovered as relevant to all. Christian teaching is open and developmental so that each child can develop their own sense of spirituality. Christian values, including our core Christian values of Truth, Trust, Forgiveness and Love, are taught and lived and we provide the opportunity for all children to experience the presence of God and prayer in their lives, every day.
As Foundation Governors, we monitor Collective Worship and ensure it is taking place according to Anglican tradition, attend occasionally and discuss with staff and children to gauge the impact of the worship. We have a responsibility to monitor the teaching of Religious Education and ensure there are adequate resources and that these areas are included in the School Improvement Plan. We need to constantly ask ourselves if visitors see our school as a Church of England school. Foundation Governors are present on all sub-committees and are always represented in the recruitment of staff.
In creating the special Christian community, we are supported by close links with the churches in Amport, Monxton and Quarley. The parishes are part of The Portway and Danebury Team Ministry, a group of seven churches, and one of the clergy of the team is on our Governing Body and regularly leads Collective Worship at the school. Amport church is used throughout the year for special services. The school is part of the community and we ensure it reaches out to the community. The community is valued in school and encouraged to contribute to all aspects of school life.
On our Governing Body we have seven Foundation Governors. There are also 2 Parent Governors elected by the parents of the school, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor, and an Ex-Officio Governor (the Headteacher). The Clerk is also the Admin Officer of the school.