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Welcome from the Chair

My name is Jane Butler, Chair of Governors and I volunteered to become a governor because I wanted to be involved in the life of Sholing Junior School. I am a qualified teacher and have also been a teaching assistant. I feel passionately that school should be fun, challenging and rewarding; giving children the best start to their lifelong educational journey.


Being a governor is a great way to be involved and help shape the direction of the school. We are fortunate at Sholing to have an enthusiastic team of governors that is a healthy mix of parents, staff and members of our local community all of whom work hard to achieve high standards for our children.


Governors work with the headteacher and staff to ensure the best possible education for each and every child in the school. The Governing body has many legal responsibilities which include overseeing the budget, appointing staff, oversight of the curriculum, maintaining and developing the school premises, Health and Safety issues .Governors are all members of the local community, who are unpaid, they  give hours  of  their time voluntarily to support the work of Sholing Juniors. The Full Governing Body and sub committees meet at least every half –term. We also have a Governors day once a term, when Governors visit the school. 


What do we do?

Governing bodies are responsible for overseeing the work of the school, act as a 'critical friend' to the school, working closely with the headteacher and leadership team.

The Finance and Resources Committee oversee the financial management of the school, including the budget and, and how it is spent throughout the year to achieve value for money.  This committee also oversees staffing, including performance management, and the management and development of the school premises.


The Curriculum Committee oversee the development of the curriculum, create and approve polices, and meet with subject leaders to ensure that priorities for school development are being carried out effectively.


All committees pay particular attention to safeguarding, as the safety and well-being of the children is paramount.


All committees pay particular attention to safeguarding, as the safety and well-being of the children is paramount.


How do we know what goes on in school every day?

Governor visits are part of an effort to help governors stay up to date with the progress, challenges, and provision in the school, so that they can more effectively support strategic development. Each visit has a different focus and involves pupil interviews as well as visiting classrooms. While the governors are there in part to see teaching and learning in action, visits and learning walks are part of a long-term collaborative process between school staff and governors to drive improvement. Because of the long-term collaboration between staff and governors, teachers are supportive of the visits and feel that governors are more involved in the school’s work.


Governors can be contacted c/o Mrs Jane Butler, Chair of Governors, via the school.


In February Sholing Junior School joined the Hamwic Educational Trust and more information regarding the governance structure can be found at



Membership of the school governing body is as follows:




Committee Membership

Term of Office


Relationship to member of staff

Business Interests

Member of another governing body

Attendance Full Governors 



Curriculum & Standards



Finance & Resources


Jane Butler



Resources & Standards

1 as Chair


Chair of Infants School

 Yes     6/6 5/6 6/6

Marc Parnell

Head Teacher 






 No   6/6 N/A 6/6

Richard Hutchinson



Resources & Standards



 No     5/6 5/6 4/6

Lynn Rickards

Co - opted 


Chair of Standards




 No     5/6 6/6 N/A

Simon Drummond


Chair of Standards






 No     5/6 6/6 N/A

Sue Jacobs

Co - opted 


Healthy Schools





 No     6/6 6/6 N/A

Paul Langston

Associate Staff 

Associate Governor

Resources & Standards




 No     6/6 5/6 N/A



We have two main sub-committees; reports are then taken to the Full Governing Body



Progress against attainment targets

Assessment, monitoring and evaluation



Review the whole school curriculum

Equal opportunities and Inclusion

Child Protection


Special Educational Needs

Extended Services


Resources and Finance Committee

Performance Management

Staff conduct and working practice



Buildings, Land 

Staffing Structure

All Financial Decisions

Health and Safety



A copy of the minutes from our latest meetings are available from the Clerk of Governors, Mrs M. Yeates.  The role of Clerk of Governors is a part time position and it would be necessary to give notice of one week for this request to be processed.

Governor Training

Governors received training from Hampshire Governor Services on safer recruitment procedures and interview techniques.


School finances and budget considerations.

Pupil attendance  

Ofsted readiness


Training is delivered by Hampshire Governor Services and Hamwic Educational Trust



Governor Visits


There are non-staff governors in school almost every day of the week.  They come in to help the children with their work or sometimes to help the staff.  Some of the governors are able to take a day off work and come to see how well children are learning.  They talk to children in assemblies about the job of a governor and how much they love doing it. This is some of the things that they have done:


  • Governors spent a day in the school looking at numeracy and talking to pupils to find out what they think about the subject.


  • Governors came to visit the school to look at English and to interview pupils about their perceptions of life at Sholing Junior School.


  • Governors visited the school to look at writing, listen to a selection of children read, work with the school council and to review our provision for disadvantaged children. 


  • Governors visited classrooms to see how we are teaching spelling and interviewed pupils about the new strategies that they are using.

Governor Parent Questionnaire

  • Sholing Junior School, Middle Road,
  • Sholing, Southampton, Hampshire, SO19 8PT
  •, 02380 447448