David Ryan - Chair of Governors

I am really pleased to have been elected as the Chair of Governors in November last year.  I have been a Parent Governor since 2014 and am proud to be part of a fantastic school.  My daughter attended the school between 2013 and 2016 and my son is currently in year one.  They have had an excellent start to their education journey and myself and the rest of the Governing Body support the school to ensure all children achieve their full potential.

In my spare time, I help coach the Under 6 age group at Havant Rugby Club.  This is great fun on Sunday mornings, although it can be a challenge keeping thirty children under control.  It has made me realise how hard the teachers at Horndean Infant School work!

Trevor McDermott – Co-op Governor

My family and I moved to the area from the city almost two years ago. One of the main reasons for moving here was the reputation of the schools in the area. Our son attends the nursery here; he absolutely loves it and is making really good progress.

I applied to become a governor because I wanted to see if there was anything I could do to help the school maintain its reputation and continue to provide the excellent standard of education and support that it is known for locally.

In my spare time I love the outdoors, especially climbing and mountaineering. I’m a firm believer in the numerous benefits of outdoor education, particularly when trying to find a good work-life balance.

Sarah Strickland - Co-op Governor

I have recently accepted the role as a Co-Op governor within the school and already have found myself impressed with the dedication and the enthusiasm of all involved.  My daughter already attends the school which has helped ease my navigation and familiarity within the school.  I have always been impressed with the high standards the school sets and find myself honoured to be a part of upholding those standard within part of my role as a governor.

I have an excellent understanding of finance and analysis, in which I hope to use in supporting the school in any way I can.

I don’t have much spare time but when I do I like to spend it with family and the open waters of the Solent.

Jane Edwards – Vice Chair

Like David, our Chair of Governors, I was elected in November last year. I have been a Governor since 2015 and was also a Lunchtime Supervisory Assistant for a few years.

I became a Governor because I was interested in not only my sons’ education but being part of the school’s future and the children within the community. My eldest son attended the school between 2014 and 2017 and my youngest son is currently in Spain class (Year 1).

I am very proud of the school: How it is run and the dedication of its staff and feel very honoured to have the opportunity to contribute and support the school as a Governor.

In my spare time, I run a local Girlguiding Rainbow Unit and have the pleasure of seeing some of the children from our school every Thursday afternoon. I also support the PTA, where possible, and sell the school’s second-hand uniform.

Nicola Hope – Parent Governor

I was elected a Parent Governor in November 2017 (thanks!) and I have attended some really interesting meetings with the governing body, I have been incredibly impressed with their dedication, knowledge and collective motivation to make the school a success. My son is currently in year one, and my daughter, who is in the nursery at present, will hopefully start in Year F in September. Both have gained so much confidence since entering the school, the hard work and continual pursuit for excellence by the teaching staff is evident.

In between working as a teacher, walking our Westie puppy and the school run, you might see me pounding the streets of Horndean as I am currently training for the Brighton marathon. If you’d like to come and say hello, I’d love to meet you!

Karen Norris – Co-op Governor

Hello, I am a new governor, having joined the team in November 2017.  My decision to become a governor was made through my interest and experience of helping children have the best opportunities and experiences possible to ensure that they achieve the very best they can.  I believe that Horndean Infant School provides these opportunities.

Until recently I was working as a SENCo in a local school so I understand the current challenges faced by staff in school and the level of hard work and dedication needed when working with children. I also understand the concerns and anxieties of parents when the educational journey of their children sometimes takes a different path and needs a different level of support.  My passion is to ensure that all children have the same opportunities to do the very best they can.  I believe that Horndean Infant School, with its importance placed on all areas of the curriculum, does just that.  My role as a governor is to support the work of the school and the staff in achieving their goals.

Outside of education I have two grown up children.  My interests include cycling, walking and painting.

Mike Poulter – Co-op Governor

I have been a governor at Horndean Infant School since 2014 and, although I am not an education professional, I am passionate about learning.

It has been said that “learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardour and attended to with diligence”. As chair of the Standards Committee I have a focus on ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered, driving continuous improvement in levels of progress and attainment for all.

Being a governor provides an opportunity to shape the development of your local school and is a rewarding way to give back to the community. I am happy in the knowledge that my children, and the children of Horndean, continue to benefit from the outstanding provision of education that the School offers.

I spend the little spare time I have in any way that allows me to be with my children, friends and family.

Maxine Wood – Co-op Governor

I have been a parent governor since October 2017 and am thoroughly enjoying the role.  It is great to be working with a team of people whose goals are to make Horndean Infants a first class school.  I have two children currently attending the school and love seeing them develop and progress  I am excited to see what the next few years holds in store for our school.

Alongside a busy family and work life – I try to fit in as much as possible including being a lead vocalist with my band, training with the local CrossFit team and currently fulfilling a lifetime goal of learning to play the piano.  We have quite a menagerie of animals at home including two parrots, 4 tortoises, 2 snakes, 3 guinea pigs and Hector our lovely labradoodle.

Gail Kearsey – Staff Governor

I have been a governor for over 14 years and enjoy my role within the governing body. I believe every child has a right to receive the best education and have learning opportunities to be able to achieve their full potential. As a governor and as part of the standards team of governors I have an input into the way the school delivers the curriculum to ensure all children continue to make progressive learning in their education. Learning should be fun, relevant, engaging and challenging and at Horndean Infant School I think we offer all of the above and more, which is way I am very proud to be a governor of this school.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family. I enjoy gardening, shopping and wine tasting. I also enjoy travelling abroad but am equally happy spending time with my family holidaying in South Devon!