Oliver's Battery Primary School

Creative, Caring, Confident Learners for Life

"Outstanding for Early Years and Good overall" - Ofsted, March 2016

Oliver’s Battery Primary School Governing Body

What do we do?

The Governing body is made up of 11 individuals who work with the Head and Deputy Head teachers to ensure each child in the school receives the best education possible. We are staff, parents and other members of the community or appointed by Hampshire County Council.

We are appointed for a term of 4 years and take on various roles to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities.

Core Functions

The 3 core functions of the Governing Body are to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

The community and school are entitled to expect the highest standards of integrity from governors, who have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice. We also undertake a regular programme of training and self-evaluation to ensure that we are continually improving our effectiveness.

How often do we meet?

We meet each half-term as a Full Governing Body to discuss the current issues for the school and to cover legislative tasks that are specified by the government. We support and challenge the Head and Deputy Head teachers through this mechanism and through our two sub committees:

  • The Resources Committee covers the human, financial and physical (grounds and premises) resources of the school.
  • The School Improvement Committee monitors the achievement of the pupils and also looks at strategic issues such as curriculum, parent communication and the Safeguarding of the children.

Election of Parent Governors

Information about the process of electing a parent governor for Oliver's Battery Primary School can be viewed by clicking here.

Contact us

If you would like to contact us you can do this by:

  • Catching one of the parent governors in the playground
  • Leaving a note in the comments box outside the office
  • Email us on governoradmin@oliversb.com

Nicki Duffield - Chair

Nicki Duffield

I am a co-opted governor and have been on the governing body since September 2012. I am Chair of Governors and sit on the Pupil Services Committee where we monitor the achievement of the pupils and also look at strategic issues such as curriculum, parent communication, Health and Safety and the Safeguarding of children.

I have a daughter in the school and live in Oliver’s Battery. I wanted to join the governing body to help the school become the school of choice for people in Oliver’s Battery and bring a number of skills through my work in Public Health for Southampton, not least a broad understanding of what makes children thrive and extensive experience in project management and continual improvement of public health programmes. I am also a member of FOBS which I enjoy enormously!

Alison Walker - Vice Chair

Alison Walker

I am a co-opted governor and have been on the governing body for 7 years. I am Vice Chair of Governors and a member of the Pupil Services Committee where we monitor pupils progress and also look at strategic issues such as curriculum, parent communication, Health and Safety and the Safeguarding of children.

My son attended Oliver’s Battery Primary School before moving up to Kings’, I have a daughter in the school and we live in Oliver’s Battery. I joined the Governing Body as I wanted to be involved in the life of the school and work with the school Leadership Team to make our school the a great place for our Children to learn and develop.

Karen Andrews - Co-Opted Governor

Karen Andrews

I am a new to post governor (from July 2016) and I am looking forward to supporting the school as it develops following its amazing Ofsted report.

I live in Badger Farm and I have 2 sons; my eldest has just left the school to begin his adventures at Kings and my youngest is in Year 4. Both my boys have been at the school since pre-school and during their early years I was the Chair of the pre-school committee.

I work for Hampshire County Council as a Programme Officer for the Outdoor Education, PE and DofE service. I am very keen to get the children of Oliver’s Battery Primary learning outdoors.

In my spare time, I volunteer for the Winchester Live at Home Scheme; befriending my elderly neighbour and supporting the scheme’s fundraising. I am also an active member of FOBS.

Lydia Dakin - Coopted Governor

Lydia Dakin

I am a new governor as of September 2016 and this is my first governing post. I am currently Head of Classics at a secondary school near Newbury and have been in teaching for the last ten years, a profession which I absolutely love! I wanted to become a governor at Oliver's Battery Primary School in order to get involved in the lower key stages and to give back to the community I live in.

Emma Dovener - Coopted Governor

I am a parent governor, having joined the governing body in March 2017. I have a daughter in Year 3, and live in Badger Farm. I am a member of the School Improvement Committee where we…

I am a development worker for The Children’s Society, where I lead on the Young Carers in Schools programme. This is a free England-wide initiative designed to support schools in identifying their young carers, and offering tools, resources, and training so that young carers can be emotionally and academically supported in school. A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 who provides, or intends to provide, ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.

I joined the governing body because I am keen to use my skills to ensure that any young carers who attend Oliver’s Battery – indeed, any young person we might consider vulnerable or disadvantaged – get the support they need to meet their potential, and thrive in our friendly school.

In my spare time I can often be found kitting for the charity Woolly Hugs who provide hand-made blankets for bereaved families, people suffering from long-term illness, and refugees.

Ed Francis - Local Authority Governor

Ed Francis

I have been the Local Authority appointed governor for this school since September 2010. For five years I chaired the Resources Committee which is primarily accountable for the effective use of school resources – namely money, people, equipment and buildings. Recently I have taken on a different role with a dual focus on governor training/development and strategic visit planning and monitoring. I am also Chair of Governors at another primary school in Winchester.

Now retired, my background has encompassed both public and private sector IT organisations mainly in the areas of customer support and consultancy services; business and people management/development; and customer/supplier relationships.

I have a son currently at King’s school and so I have recent experience of being a Primary school parent. Since I started working with Primary schools I have developed a strong interest in how our younger children learn and apply their knowledge and I always look forward to my visits to the school when I know I will enjoy speaking to the children and spending time in their learning zones.

Alan Jordon - Co-Opted Governor

I have been a non staff governor in primary schools for a number of years, before that I was a staff governor in secondary schools. I am a retired teacher and trained school inspector. In my previous school I was vice chair and chair of the Curriculum and School improvement Committee, during my tenure in this post the school moved from 'in need of improvement' to 'good with outstanding features' as judged by Ofsted.

I have recently moved to the area and wished to continue my interest in education. I am chair of the Pupil Services Committee. In previous lives among others, I have worked in medical services, including nurse training, both at home and abroad, been a travel rep, and worked in physics research. In retirement I am revisiting by base training in archaeology, music and education.

Jan Lloyd - Co-Opted Governor

Jan Lloyd

I am a co-opted governor, having been on the governing body since 2011. I am also the Special Needs Governor.

I have lived in Oliver’s Battery since 1979. All three of my children attended Oliver’s Battery School; my eldest, Jacob, has Downs syndrome and in 1986 was the first learning disabled child in mainstream school in Hampshire. He followed the Portage scheme from birth. I charted his progress in 'Jacob's Ladder'. This gave me a true insight into the challenges of SEN.

I am a Geographer and maintain a keen interest in landscape and wildlife. I walk the local area regularly, always with my camera. I have been asked to use my photographic skills to produce a possible 'Oliver's Battery landscapes' calendar.

I am also fascinated by the human geography of deprivation and of inequality. These subjects figure in my advanced level text Health and Welfare. Having made a research study of this locally, it is clear that these are important factors influencing any child's progress. I am keen to champion those at a disadvantage.

I have been interested in singing since I was ten. Having been in choirs at school and at University, I have sung with Winchester Music Club choir and in the Nave Choir in the cathedral for many years. I firmly believe that access to choral and instrumental music is an excellent way to boost anyone's health and well-being. I am interested in encouraging beneficial links with local musical contacts in order to widen the children's musical experience in school.

My teaching life has been mainly with sixth form pupils at Peter Symonds' College, but I have also taught at Winchester College and at Barton Peveril. Viewing the education process both as a parent and as a teacher allows me to be an advocate for both sides. My long experience brings a sense of perspective to my governing role.

Katie Payne - Co-Opted Governor

Katie Payne

I am a co-opted governor and have been a member of the governing body since January 2014. I have three children at the school and we enjoy all aspects of school life.

I am a member of the Finance and Resources Committee. As a local authority Auditor, I use my knowledge and experience to assist and further enhance school office processes and procedures.

I am also the designated Safeguarding Governor and my role is to help ensure that children in school are kept safe from harm. Part of this role includes the scrutinisation of safeguarding practices in school to ensure requirements are met.

Emma Poole - Co-Opted Governor

Emma Poole

I am Deputy Head of Year 10 at Kings’ School, Winchester, teaching PE, Dance and Drama. I am a Teaching Coach and I help deliver the 7 Habits of an Effective Teenager. Before joining Kings’ in April 2014, I worked my way up to Head of Subject in PE through 5 different schools. These included both single sex and co-educational schools, one academy and one independent school. I was delighted to offer my services as a Governor at Oliver’s Battery in April 2015 as part of the development work shared between Kings’ and Oliver’s Battery within our Primary Links Partnership.

I have experienced the environment of Primary life, having delivered KS1 and KS2 PE, Gymnastics and Dance in 7 different Primary Schools within the Stevenage Schools Sports Partnership. As a School Sports Co-ordinator within the Government funded PESCLE strategy, my first 5 years INSET coaching included leading staff training to help develop the delivery of high quality PE and Dance lessons in these primary schools. One of my greatest achievements to date was in guiding one primary school through preparation for an Ofsted inspection, with PE being recognised as an outstanding subject in the final inspection report.

I am now very much looking forwards to using my experience as a pastoral leader, subject leader, teacher and friend to the school within my role as a newly elected Governor at Oliver’s Battery Primary School.

Simon Sleeman - Staff Governor

Simon Sleeman

I joined Oliver’s Battery Primary School in September 2015 as a Year 5 teacher and English Leader. As well as being on the main school governing body I am also on the Pupil Services Committee as well as being the Gifted and Talented co-ordinator and Staff Governor for the school.

Before joining Oliver’s Battery Primary school I spent four years as part of a team in a school in Gosport which made a rapid journey from “Requires Improvement” to “Good with Outstanding Features”. I hope to bring elements of this expertise to Oliver’s Battery to help the school and all the children within it succeed and thrive.

Janette Lloyd17/05/2019Co-optedSchool Improvement Committee Special Educational Needs and Disability GovernorTeaching (Further education) this includes teaching children with ADHD and dyslexia, Author of ‘Jacobs Ladder’ used in the teaching of Special Educational Needs and Disability in undergraduate coursesCommunity focus, Communication
Emma Dovener2021ParentSchool Improvement CommitteeYoung CarersParent Involvement
Ed Francis13/09/2016LASchool Improvement Committee Development and Training Governor, Strategic MonitoringPeople management and development; Communication; Facilitation; Customer Focused business developmentChairing a governing body, Finance
Karen AndrewsJul-20ParentSchool Improvement Committee Early Years GovernorTeaching, Outdoor LearningCommunity, Volunteering, FOBS member
Katie Payne17/05/2019Co-optedChair of Resources CommitteeAudit.Processes and procedures, Scrutiny.
Simon Sleeman07/12/2019StaffSchool Improvement CommitteeTeaching, English ManagerTeaching
Alison Walker17/05/2019Co-optedSchool Improvement Committee Vice Chair of GovernorsHuman Resources Management.Performance management, Chairing a governing body.
Nicki Duffield17/05/2019Co-optedResources Committee Chair of Governors, Health and Safety Governor, Safegurding GovernorCommissioning in public sector.Project management, Strategic Planning, Health and wellbeing.
Fey WoodHeadteacherHeadteacherHeadteacher
Alan Jordan17/05/2019Co-optedResources CommitteeTeaching, Ofsted inspector.Chairing committees as a governor, Science, IT, Training.
Emma Poole17/05/2019Co-optedSchool Improvement Committee Pupil Premium GovernorKings’ School Link, Teaching (Secondary education), Dance and Drama, PE.Pastoral and welfare management, Pupil Premium attendance/attainment tracking and monitoring; "Closing the Gap". Pupil Premium mentoring and home link management.
Lydia DakinJul-20Co-optedSchool Improvement Committee Higher achieving pupils governorTeaching
NAMESTART DATEEND DATEName of Business Nature of BusinessNature of InterestDate of Appointment or AcquisitionDATE OF CESSATION OF INTEREST
Janette Lloyd18/05/201517/07/2016
Karen Andrews01/07/201601/07/2020
Lydia Dakin01/07/201601/07/2020
Ed Francis18/05/201513/09/2016St Faith’s SchoolSchoolGovernor01/06/201401/06/2018
Emma Dovener01/04/201701/04/2021
Katie Payne17/05/201517/05/2019
Simon Sleeman07/12/2019Staff member
Alison Walker17/05/201517/05/2019
Nicki Duffield17/05/201517/05/2019
Fey WoodStaff member
Alan Jordan17/05/201517/05/2019
Emma Poole17/05/201517/05/2019

*Including: governor elsewhere; related / married to member of staff; employed at school

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2016-17:

Alison Walker
Nicki Duffield
Ed Francis
Janette Lloyd
Katie Payne
Alan Jordan
Emma Poole
Fey Wood
Simon Sleeman
Karen Andrews
Lydia Dakin
Emma Dovener    

Attendance at Resources Committee 2016-17:

Katie Payne
Ed Francis
Fey Wood
Alison Walker
Nicki Duffield
Alan Jordan

Attendance at School Improvement Committee 2016-17:

Alan Jordan    
Jannette Lloyd    
Emma Poole    
Fey Wood
Simon Sleeman    
Karen Andrews
Lydia Dakin
Ed Francis
Nicki Duffield