Lymington (C of E) Aided Infant School has a dedicated team of Governors who are either elected as Parent Governors, are members of staff or appointed as Foundation Governors or Local Authority Governors. They remain on the Governing Body for a period of four years and may be re-elected if no other candidates come forward.
All governors are members of the Full Governing Body (FGB) and meet collectively eleven times in an academic year. The FGB works closely with the Headteacher to set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims. They monitor the progress the school is making towards these achievements and provide a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher. As we are a Church of England School, in addition to having the Vicar of St Thomas’ Church on our Governing Body we also have a governor specifically linked to the Spiritual Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) to ensure we can fully demonstrate the Christian Life of the School.
Each governor on the board has a specific responsibility, eg: Safeguarding; Health and Safety; Human Resources; Data; Teaching and Learning; Finance; Special Educational Needs and Disability. Assisting and challenging both the curricular and financial aspect of the School Development and School Improvement Plan.
If you wish to contact our Governing Body please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an experienced teacher who has taught in Sheffield, London and Bournemouth. I have been Deputy Headteacher at Lymington Infant School for two years and in November 2019 I was delighted to secure the position of Headteacher.
I moved and retired to the New Forest nine years ago after over thirty years in education. I began my career as a secondary PE teacher with a science degree and then after returning to teaching, once my children began school, continued teaching in a junior school in Blackburn. I became a Foundation Governor in February 2018. Having been in education all my life I wanted to help and support local children in school.
I am a foundation governor at Lymington Infant School. My husband and I retired to Lymington in 2016 where we attend St Thomas’s church and I enjoy various activities including sailing, walking, bridge, pilates and keeping fit at the gym! I am also a trustee and hon. secretary of a charity linked to St John’s church in London Waterloo. I am a chartered secretary and spent the last twenty years of my career specialising in further education governance. Latterly I provided consultancy, contracting and training services to the FE sector through my own company. I believe it is so important for children to have a good start in life and I am delighted to be part of the governing body team.
Michael Leavey – Parent Governor
I am passionate about helping the school maintain and improve its strong academic performance, ethos and ability to develop well-rounded children. My daughter is in year one and loves her school, my son attends Little Dolphins and hopes to attend school next year, and we have a new baby boy, so our family will have strong links to the school for many years. In my working life I am a long-haul pilot, instructor and examiner and I hope to use the skills I have gained to assist the governing board.
I am semi- retired, having worked in children’s services for over 35 years. I occasionally advise schools on Safeguarding matters and am an external advisor to Hill House School in Lymington (Cambian).
As a qualified social worker I worked in a variety of child care settings, both in the field and in residential care. I worked in a Secure Unit in the early 1980’s and then went on to manage a Local Authority Children’s home for young women who had been sexually, physically and emotionally abused. In the 1990’s I was promoted to Service Manager for a group of London Borough Children’s Homes, which was an extremely challenging time. Following this I spent 13 years as a Regulatory Social Care Children’s Inspector, inspecting Boarding Schools, Residential Special Schools and Children’s Homes with Education. In January 2009 I set up my own Child Care Consultancy business, assisting Boarding Schools, Residential Special Schools and Children’s Homes with Education to achieve better outcomes in inspection. I also provided training, support and mentoring across varying levels of child care services. I enjoyed immense job satisfaction working with Education providers to raise standards and achieve ‘outstanding’ results for the benefit of young people. I was previously a Governor at Priestlands School for 10 years, 6 of which were served as Vice Chair. I am excited to now be a Governor at Lymington Infant School
In my spare time I am a Trustee for a local Charity which helps young people in Milford on Sea who may be struggling financially to buy educational aids. I am also an active committee member at our local W.I.
I became a Foundation Governor in January 2019 having previously served as a Community Governor at Priestlands School in Lymington for nine years. I have a degree in Geography and Diploma in Education from Durham University as well as an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (ES) from Simmons College, Boston, MA. My teaching experience includes working for twenty years in secondary schools in Scotland and England as well as in primary schools in the Middle East and in the United States. Before I retired in 2010, I was Head of the ESL department at North Shore Community College in Boston, MA, USA. I hope that this broad experience in education will enable me to be an effective governor at Lymington Infant School where I have particular responsibility for Teaching and Learning. In addition, I also serve as Secretary to the Parochial Church Council at St Thomas’ Church.
I joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in September 2019 having taken early retirement from teaching in 2017. I now teach part time in a local primary school.
My love for Lymington Infants is the result of being Deputy Head there 13 years as well as living within a two minute walk of the school. I am passionate about the school’s links with the church and wider community and it is a real privilege to continue to support the school in this aspect.
I am an active member of Lymington Baptist Church and enjoy involving people from our church in school events such as Community Tea.
When I am not involved with school or church work, I enjoy keeping fit at our local gym, cooking, entertaining and generally socialising! I feel I am a real advocate for ‘community’ and I hope that by being part of the Governing Body we can help children make a positive contribution to the local and wider community in which they live.
Peter Salisbury is the vicar of Lymington and has been in post since 2005. His formal qualifications are in computing, sailing instruction and theology, all of which he enjoys enormously. He is always looking for ways in which the communities of Lymington Infant School and St Thomas’ Church can work together for the common good.
He is one of the trustees of the Fulford and Burrard Trust which helps to finance some of the exciting provision at the school, especially in what might be termed ‘spiritual’ areas such as art and music. He sees one of his primary responsibilities as praying for the children, parents and staff of the school.
Eleanor’s role as governor was born through the desire to have a close involvement in the school that her three girls attend/attended/will attend! Having raced professionally around the world and more recently managed large sailing campaigns, she now combines her governor duties with running a small business, rental houses and being a stay-at-home mum.
James is a father to three young children, two of whom are currently attending the infant school. He is a local GP and is involved in the training and development of future GPs. He has a passion for helping to create and maintain environments for people to learn, develop and thrive. James has a responsibility for SEND and Pupil Premium.
I became a Foundation Governor in Summer 2019 having worked for more than 30 years for Waitrose, part of the John Lewis Partnership, most recently as Head Operations in the south of England and also serving as Director of Waitrose businesses in Jersey and Guernsey.
I married Gill, a local girl at St Thomas’ Church in 1989. She is a former primary school teacher and we have two sons who have been through the education system and are now starting out in the world of work.
I hope that Lymington Infants will benefit from some of the skills I acquired during my career, particularly in the areas of HR and finance. I am delighted to be part of the governing board of Lymington Infant School.