Our Governing Body operates with a flat structure and does not have any committees apart from a Pay Committee set us to monitor and review staff pay. This means separate meetings are not held to discuss curriculum matters or finance matters. Our school has decided that all Governors will have access to first hand information regarding aspects of school and be part of any decisions made. Some Governors have taken on additional responsibilities and these are detailed below. Our Associate Governor has full voting rights at any meeting held.
Miss K Woodmore Head teacher
I am extremely proud to be Head teacher of this friendly and happy school. I started at Ranvilles Infant School in 2001 as a newly qualified teacher and I've had the pleasure of watching and being part of Ranvilles Infant School's journey to the "Outstanding" school it is today. The children are delightful and everyone works together to ensure that all the children are happy, safe and achieve their full potential. We have an active governing body who are very supportive of the school. Outside of school I enjoy the Performing Arts and love Musicals!
Mrs R Collins Chair of Governors
I became a Governor in 2016 when my eldest son was in Year 2. Having been a junior school teacher for 12 years it was the ideal way for me to give something back to education. I took over the role of Chair of Governors in 2018. I am passionate about the child centred approach to education at Ranvilles Infant School and I believe the creative, integrated curriculum gives the children a great start to their education and instils in them a lifelong love of learning. Outside of my Governor role I enjoy going to the cinema, theatre and concerts.
Mrs S French Vice-Chair of Governors
I joined the board of Governors as a Parent Governor in 2020 and took on the role of Vice-Chair in 2022. I have been consistently impressed with how the staff ensure the children have a supportive and nurturing environment to learn in and I have first-hand experience of the wonderful support offered to the children and parents during the pandemic. This experience led me to want to be more involved in the school community. I believe that the vision and values of the school, along with the unique integrated curriculum, give the children the opportunity to develop their knowledge and social skills in a creative setting.
I have been a Company Director for over 15 years and I feel the skills and experience I have gained throughout my career are transferable to the role of a Governor.
I live locally with my husband and son. We enjoy spending time outdoors, either on the water or finding new places to explore.
Miss S Barnes Associate Governor
I am the Deputy Head teacher and SENDCO for special educational needs at Ranvilles Infants. I have been at the school for 20 years and have taught in all year groups. I currently teach in Year One. I am also the schools Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead, Designated teacher for looked after children and work with parents and families. This helps me as my role as a Governor to have a good overview of the vulnerable pupils we work with and I can also speak for them as part of the Governing Body.
I love the school and am very lucky to work here. The school is exceptional and the whole staff team is the best team to work with. The pupils and families the school works with are delightful and a strong community. The Governing Body is also very supportive and a huge part of the schools success. The school and Governing Body work very hard to ensure the best for all the children in our school.
My role is as an Associate Governor I am in school everyday and you are welcome to book a meeting to speak to me at any time.
Mrs E Japes SEND and Health and Safety Governor
I became a Parent Governor when my son joined Ranvilles Infant school in 2019. I have colleagues who are School Governors and they had told me what a great way it is to learn how a school really operates and they were absolutely right. We are fortunate to have an incredibly supportive school team and board of Governors here at Ranvilles Infant School and the training available is free of charge to Governors through Hampshire Governor Services. This covers everything you might need. Away from my Governor role I enjoy playing hockey and walking our dog.
Mrs A Hook LEA Governor
I became a Governor when my eldest son was in Year 1 of the school and wanted to give something back. I am a qualified accountant and feel the skills I have assist in my role as Governor. The schools values and vision are lived and breathed by all of the school community which I believe really sets up all of the children for a great attitude to life and which my boys still quote to this day. Out side of my Governor role I enjoy playing and watching sport with my family.
Mr B Jeffs Associate Governor
I became a Governor in 2019 as I took a sabbatical from work. My professional background is HR, compliance and complaints handling in the financial sector. I have now returned to work as HR Business Partner for a local charitable organisation, Two Saints, where we offer housing and support to vulnerable people.
Soon after becoming a Governor we fell victim to Covid. I had already been impressed by the drive, determination, spirit, care and team ethic that was evident amongst staff at Ranvilles but this was never more apparent than when continuing to provide the highest level of education and support to its pupils during Covid.
I was so impressed my wife and I chose to send our youngest daughter to Ranvilles in September 2022. She loves her school, her teachers and her fellow pupils. As life has reverted to a new normal I am confident that the school will continue to thrive and help provide the children with the best possible start to their school lives.
Mr S Weller Co-opted Governor
I grew up in Fareham as a military child my Dad is still serving, and my Mum is a veteran. My younger brother and I both went to Ranvilles Infants and Junior Schools. I joined the Royal Navy on 17th December 2017 after qualifying to be an Underwater Warfare Specialist in late 2018, I joined my first ship HMS Northumberland for 2 years in Plymouth. I left the ship to join HMS Collingwood to start my career course and work at Victory Squadron mentoring and guiding phase 2 trainees. I volunteered to be a Governor linked to the forces to support service families and their children at school. There are many ways children can contact family members when they are away in the UK or on deployment that can be utilised and introduced to support children in school.
Mrs L Algar Parent Governor
I joined as a Parent Governor in 2023 when my eldest son was in Year R. As a parent, it is clear just how outstanding this school is but being a Governor allows me to have a deeper understanding of the school as well as supporting improvements. I have been a primary school teacher for the past twelve years and continue to work in a local junior school. I feel that this experience could be put to good use at Ranvilles Infants School and would enable me to play a small role in ensuring fantastic outcomes for the children. Within my teaching background, I have led Mathematics for the last eight years, leading to much experience of changing curriculums and supporting staff to continue making a difference for young people. Being able to provide this in more than one school is a privilege.
Mrs N Daff Co-opted Governor
I started volunteering at Ranvilles Infants in 2016 as a parent helper when my daughter was in Year 1, this led to a lunchtime supervisor position. Having gained a flair for teaching and mentoring the children at Ranvilles I decided to take an NVQ in teaching and education, studying at college to gain my level two then realised the passion to successfully gain my level three and secured a position as a teaching assistant. In January 2020 I was delighted to be voted in as a Co-opted Governor and to have an overview of how the school is performing and dedicating it's resources to keep the education to such high standards that are upheld at Ranvilles Infants. Both of my children attended the school and still have very fond memories of their time here.
Mrs E Harrison Co-opted Governor
I joined the Women's Royal Naval Service in 1990 as an Aircraft Engineer and spent the majority of my service at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. I commissioned in 2008 as an Aviation Support officer and served for a further 7 years before I decided to leave regular service and joined Boeing Defence UK as a Quality Engineer, and continue my military career in the Reserves. I now head up Quality for BDUK which gives me the skills required for monitoring activities. I have followed a life-long learning pathway and wanted to give something back to the community within education, which is why I volunteered to be a Governor at Ranvilles Infant School (particularly as it has a high percentage of service children). The school deserves its OFSTED rating of 'Outstanding' as everyone who works at the school is extremely passionate about each individual child's education. I am looking forward to my Granddaughter coming to this school in the future!
Mrs M du Preez-Dwyer Staff Governor
I was voted onto the governing body by my fellow colleagues as staff representative. I first encountered Ranvilles Infant School when I moved to Fareham from London and was looking for long term teaching employment. I had the opportunity to do several days supply cover in the school and moment I stepped through the door I felt welcome and at home. When my son started school in 2019, I had no hesitation in sending him to Ranvilles Infant school as the school’s ethos and values align with my own principles. I truly believe that the fully integrated curriculum we provide here is outstanding. I am very proud to now be part of the forward-thinking team at Ranvilles. Outside of school I enjoy live music, travelling and spending time with my husband and son in the outdoors.