Governors
Important information for parents/carers:

New Parent Governor Vacancy

For more information and to apply please download the following documents:
Parent Governor Letter – Download (PDF)
Parent Governor Application Form – Download (PDF) or Download (Word doc)

Who is appointed as a school governor?

The governors are volunteers selected for their wide experiences, both in work and in the community. There is a governor nominated by the local education authority, two parent governors, the headteacher, a teacher and 9 co-opted governors. (Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school). To ensure pupils’ safety, all governors are checked for suitability through the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

What do governors do?

Governors focus on long-term strategic goals and not the day-to-day operations of the school. The governing body has three key roles:

  • To provide a high level, strategic view of the school and how it should be developed.
  • To ensure accountability of headteacher and the senior leadership team by questioning their actions, student outcomes, student progress data and the impact of management initiatives on school life.
  • To act as a critical friend to the headteacher and senior team in supporting their role of managing the school.

Do governors come into school?

All governors spend time in school to:

  • Understand the issues faced by the staff and students at the school.
  • Understand what is working well in the school and what needs to be improved.
  • Monitor the impact of changes to both curriculum and facilities, and by speaking to both staff and pupils, as well as observing school life.

How do I contact the governors?

  • If you have suggestions for general improvements to the school or school life, please email the Clerk to the Governors who will bring the issue to the governing body and/or Headteacher.
  • Governors are usually available during key school events, such as parents evenings and open days, and are happy to discuss general issues with parents /guardians.
  • If you have a complaint about some aspects of school life you must follow the complaints procedure which is published on the school website. There are a number of steps before governors are involved in a complaint.

How do I become a governor?

  • If you would like to apply to become a governor, you may do so through the Hampshire County Council (HCC) website or directly to the school by completing a HCC governor application form.
If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors please do so by emailing Mrs D Kaye, Clerk to the Governors (see page 3 of our Contact Directory) – here

Governors Vision Statement

Our vision is for The Hamble School to be the consistently high performing, local school of choice, with wide-ranging opportunities for all. We commit to:

  • Providing a safe, consistently challenging and stimulating learning environment that engages and develops all our students.
  • Valuing every individual student in our community and taking the opportunity to celebrate their successes.
  • Enabling our students to develop the moral values, confidence and resilience to make a difference at Hamble and beyond.
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining inspirational staff of the highest calibre, who through their continuous drive for improvement and innovation, create an enriching and supportive learning community.

By striving for excellence in all that we do, we ‘Achieve Excellence Together’.

Nigel Groves
Chair of The Hamble School Governing Body

Sarah Jane Back - Co-opted Governor

Sarah Jane Back

I joined the team as a parent governor in 2017, with significant encouragement from family and my employer, an environmental consultancy. Working in a highly regulated sector is familiar to me, as are the complex challenges this can present. I am proud to be a governor at the school, supporting the headteacher and senior leadership team.

My daughter attended the school, and I am convinced that it was the right choice to enable her to enjoy secondary education whilst maximizing her learning opportunities.

I became a co-opted governor earlier this year, and now have responsibility for Health & Safety.

Brenda Bax – Co-opted Governor

Brenda BaxI was elected onto the board of Governors in September 2014 and am enjoying the challenge of learning about the education system and Governor’s role.

I do not have an educational background, but have well-formed views on education, and would encourage a healthy balance between pastoral care and academic achievement. I understand that all children have different talents and abilities that should be recognised by their peers and teachers.

As a link governor for English, I aim to act as the link and liaison between the governing body and the English Department acting as support and a source of information to both.

I am a full time Practice Manager at a Dental Practice, and a Division Commissioner of Girl Guiding in the area. I have three adult children and a very supportive and patient husband who are all used to my busy volunteering social life.

John Gouch – Parent Governor

John GouchI joined the team in 2020 after a long career in industry, before moving into teaching.

My background is marine engineering in the Merchant Navy and I spent 15 years at sea before coming ashore in 2003. I stayed within the industry here in the South supporting fleets in operational, engineering, new vessel building / conversion before ending up running a small international marine consultancy. After many years travelling, and with a young daughter, I decided it was time to stay home and give something back to the industry that had given me so much. I started teaching with Warsash Maritime Academy as an engineering lecturer, then became a senior lecturer and course leader at Solent University. This was a role I enjoyed, and I got stuck in rebuilding and revalidating courses, designing new course material and on-line resources. I have covered STEM events and university open days, speaking to countless numbers of future students with a real focus on ensuring that both girls and boys were aware of their potential.

Throughout my career I have always ensured that everyone involved in anything I have been associated with is kept up to date and, more importantly, involved in the shaping of the project. Be it a new ship, future operational planning, or a new curriculum, it has to work for everyone. Open dialogue and feedback from the pupils are essential if we are to ensure we are reaching every student. I have only dipped my toe into the world of learning difficulties but when at Solent University, I spent many additional hours at class or one to one level, helping students who were struggling with their individual learning needs. I know at the level of Higher Education we saw the key areas where students struggled and I am hoping that I can help build on these whilst serving The Hamble School.

Mr A Govan – Headteacher

Mr A Govan - HeadteacherI am proud to be the Headteacher of The Hamble School, having taken over the role in September 2018. I have been teaching for 22 years, all of which has been in Hampshire Schools. At heart, I am an English teacher and I’m passionate about improving literacy, reducing the vocabulary gap, and fostering a joy in reading. I have a keen interest in teaching and learning and the ways in which teachers can help students achieve their potential.

For the last 11 years, I worked at Cams Hill School in Fareham. I joined as an Assistant Headteacher but was then promoted to Deputy Headteacher, working with three different headteachers during this time. I have led a number of key areas, including Assessment, Behaviour, Raising Standards, Data and Safeguarding.

I am privileged to be leading the school through its next developmental phase, as we work together to build on all of the successes of the past three years. It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated staff and supportive governing body.

Nigel Groves – Chair of Governors

Nigel Groves

I care passionately about the education of young people, their aspirations and celebrating their talents and achievements, and this drives my role as Governor at the school. My belief is that Governors play a critical role in examining the Senior Leadership’s strategies and actions to ensure they have an appropriate impact on the student experience, and have outcomes that move the School towards a sustained level of excellence for all students.

I recently retired as Vice Principal of Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, after 39 years in the teaching profession, holding senior posts in secondary schools, sixth form colleges and further education colleges.  My experience, both with the curriculum and business aspects of running educational establishments, is used to support the school’s drive to be the high performing local school of choice.

I was born less than a mile from the school and so have strong connections to the school and the area.

Outside of the classroom, I have been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme throughout my career and see such activities as a vital element of the extended curriculum we must offer our students – not to mention the challenge, personal development and fun that comes from participation in extra-curricular activities and events.

Paul Isaacs – Co-opted Governor

Paul Issacs

I am retired teacher. I have experience of teaching in single sex and co-ed schools. The last 27 years of my career was at Regents Park School in Southampton. I started teaching in 1979 and have been a Subject Leader for History, Subject Leader for Humanities and an Advanced Skills Teacher. The AST role led me support teachers across subjects and across a range of Secondary and Primary schools in Southampton. This Teaching and Learning role complemented my leadership of EAL provision at Regents Park. For 24 years I also worked as a part time Youth Worker focussing on both centre-based, detached and DoE work.

My experience of The Hamble School

A close friend, now deceased, worked at The Hamble School for many years and her son attended the school. I have nieces who live in Netley Abbey who also attended the school. My work as a PT Youth Worker occasionally brought me into contact with the youth provision on the school campus.

Chris Kaye - Co-opted Governor

Chris KayeI have spent my career helping businesses to benefit from technology and I am now keen to bring that experience to the education sector, to help schools deliver better learning experiences for students in the classroom and online, and to support the development of the next generation of individuals who want a career in the technology sector, in which there is already a huge skills shortage.

I have worked with and been a part of large corporate bodies and I intend to use that experience to support the governance of the Hamble School to ensure we create a learning environment that is ready for the challenges of the future and one which provides the safest and best all-round experience for every student, staff member and the wider community that supports and benefits from the school.

I am married with two children and live local to Hamble.  I am a keen cyclist and have explored on bike much of the great countryside in Hampshire and the surrounding counties.

Sarah Lomas – Co-opted Governor

Sarah LomasI was elected onto the board of governors in May 2016.

I have worked in marketing for 17 years, firstly in a large corporate business and for the last 10 years in charity marketing in the arts. I was PTA secretary for 4 years at my children’s junior school.

The school is important to the local area and community, I want it to be a school of choice, where families are proud to have a child learning here and children are becoming the best they can be before they are turned out into the adult world.

Mr D Needham - Staff Governor

Staff GovernorI was elected as staff governor in 2018; my role involves me representing the staff on the governing body, and bringing professional experience and knowledge to help with the strategic development of the school.

I have been teaching since 2010 within two London Boroughs and now Hampshire, working as a teacher and middle leader in a variety of school contexts. I hope to bring this vast and different knowledge to support the excellent work the governors have done to continue to make Hamble the school of choice.

Steve Richards – Local Authority Governor

Steve RichardsI was recently appointed by the local authority, having just retired from Solent University. There, I was a senior lecturer in electrical and electronic engineering, teaching students sponsored by the Merchant Navy.

I joined the teaching profession in 2006 following a career in electronics design, and have since written and published two text books.

I fully support the development of all students to reach their full potential, and believe it is never too late to learn.

In my spare time I enjoy writing and helping to look after my granddaughter.

Debbie Sinclair – Co-opted Governor

Debbie Sinclair

I was appointed as a parent governor in January 2013. In 2017 I became a Co-opted Governor, having been encouraged to do so by my employer. NatWest actively supports community involvement and this is combined with my desire to ensure that the best opportunities are given to all children whatever their abilities.

Prior to this, I was Chair of Bursledon PTA so have some understanding of the challenges schools see on a daily basis, especially with funding, and I appreciate the importance of stakeholder engagement.

Alison Smith - Co-opted Governor

Alison SmithAllie has 25 + years’ experience working in Operations and Logistical management within the Sailing industry, both UK and Internationally. She raced around the world as Bowman on the 67-foot yacht InterSpray in the British Steel Challenge and is a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore sailor and experienced RIB Skipper.

Allie has previously worked for international yachtsmen including Sir Chay Blyth, Sir Robin Knox- Johnston, Mike Golding and Tracy Edwards. During this time, she has been involved in many international yacht races including the Vendee Globe, Transat Jaques-Vabre, Route du Rhum, OSTAR, Around Alone, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, BT Global Challenge, Middle Sea, Caribbean 600 and the Rolex Fastnet Race. She was also was Project Manager of the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race from the Canaries to Barbados.

Allie is the founder of one of UK’s most successful sailing and racing schools, Sailing Logic, which she ran for 13 years from Hamble. She has a BA Hons degree is Sports Management. She also volunteers with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) as a Safety Inspector, checking the safety of racing yachts prior to international and cross-channel races. She is passionate about encouraging women in sailing and is a mentor and organising partner at the Magenta Project, a charitable organisation that helps develop pathways and opportunities for women in performance sailing.  She is also a trustee of the Scaramouche Sailing Trust, which helps create life-changing opportunities for young people from state schools, bringing new talent from diverse backgrounds into sailing and the marine industry.

Chris Tickner – Co-opted Governor

Chris Tickner

I am a retired IBM Development Program Manager, with 20 years experience as a Justice of the Peace in Southampton.

I have been on the Board of Governors at Hamble for over 25 years. In this time I have seen many changes at the school, the Community use of the site and the Governing Body. My roles during this time have been as a Governor, Vice Chair and Chair of the Governing Body. I am currently Vice Chair of the Governing Body and I chair the Community Management Committee.

I have actively worked to develop the school site as a hub for the community on the peninsular. During my time as Chair of Governors, I oversaw the development of the Sports Facilities, namely the Sports Centre and attached state of the art Gymnasium. I believe it is important to continue to develop the facilities and the opportunities they provide for community use.