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What are the Governors for?

We all have a stake in how our school is run. We want our children to be safe, well-educated and happy. We want the children at Crofton Hammond to become confident young people, ready to move on to the next stage in their education. And we want a school that makes good use of taxpayer’s money.

Crofton Hammond Infant School’s Governing Body exists to represent all those interests. So while many of us are current parents, we also have people from the local community and representatives of the local authority (Hampshire County Council). Together we all work with the school staff to make decisions on how and what to teach, how best to utilise the school’s budget and how to deal with the challenges of running a sizeable organisation in order to succeed with our important mission.

What do we do?

We meet regularly as an entire body and as smaller committees (Resources, Curriculum, Personnel/Pay & Performance Management) to discuss issues such as:

  • Is the quality of teaching and learning where it should be?
  • Where can we make improvements to continue as an outstanding school?
  • Do staff have the support and resources they need to give their best?
  • Are we doing everything the local authority and central government requires?
  • Are we representing the best interests of all of our children?

How we do this varies greatly. One meeting might be spent discussing the value of a performing arts trip, while another works out whether we have enough fire alarms and extinguishers to comply with current Health & Safety regulations. Mostly we listen to, and explore, ideas about how to ensure the school continues to provide a safe and happy learning environment for the children. As a Governing Body we offer support to the school’s staff by listening and offering advice based on a range of experience and skills, as well as listening to what the children and parents have to say about the school. In order to provide this support, we must also challenge the staff, and we do that by:

  • Setting ambitious – but achievable – goals for improvement.
  • Looking for evidence that progress is being made against these goals.
  • Questioning whether resources – time, staff or money – are being used effectively.

What don’t we do?

The Governing Body does not deal with the day-to-day running of the school. For example, we monitor issues like attendance and bullying closely, but we look at aggregated, anonymised information, not individual cases; you should always speak to your child’s teacher, or a member of the senior staff, if you have a concern about your child. Similarly we don’t decide exactly what will be taught, though we work with staff to understand how their plans will benefit the children and fit with the national curriculum.

Who are we?


Parent Governors

Mr Duncan Baird – Personnel, Pay & Performance Management

(until October 2023)

Mrs Tanya Daspugta Hudson – Curriculum, HT Performance Management

(until October 2023)

Mr Phil Hodges – Resources, Personnel, Pay & Performance Management

(until October 2023)


Local Education Authority (LEA) Governors

  • Mrs Stefanie Read (Safeguarding) –  Curriculum, Resources (until October 2023)



  • Mr Paul Harris (Chair) – Pay Review, Personnel, Pay & Performance Management, Resources (until September 2024)
  • Mrs Margaret Hyde – Curriculum, Personnel, Pay & Performance Management, Resources (until November 2022)
  • Mrs Julie Syms (Staff) – Curriculum (until November 2022)
  • Mrs Shellie Morris (SEN) – Curriculum, HT Performance Management, Personnel, Pay & Performance Management, (until June 2023)
  • Mrs Sam Higginbottom (Vice Chair) –  Curriculum, Resources (until November 2022)
  • Mr Wayne Shirley (Training) –  Pay Review, Resources (until June 2023)
  • Mr Steve Green


Staff Governors

  • Mrs Jacky Halton (Headteacher) – Curriculum, Resources, Personnel, Pay & Performance Management
  • Mrs Ruth Halbauer – Curriculum (until September 2022)


Associate Governors

  • Mrs Lesley Kennedy – Resources


Should I join?

In our biased opinion, yes! It’s not an easy job – there’s a lot to learn and every year brings changes and challenges, but it’s really rewarding to make a difference to 180+ children every year. If you’re interested, speak to Mrs Kennedy in the office, or email for more information.


Useful Information

Committee members

Governor Skills Matrix

Meeting Attendance 2020-21

Meeting Schedule 2020-21

Register of Pecuniary Interests – As of the latest meeting of the full governing body, Wednesday 7th July 2021, no governor reported a relevant pecuniary interest.