Our Governors

What is a School Governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Some are elected (staff and parent governors) and others are appointed either by the local authority or from the local community.
The Federation of Wellow and Awbridge Primary Schools has a joint Governing Body who work together to support and challenge each school through clear roles and responsibilities. Governors take a keen interest in the life of the school and support staff to raise standards through strong strategic leadership.

What do governors do?

School governors have a wide range of responsibilities, helping to raise standards of pupil achievement and planning the school’s future direction, always in consultation with the school leaders and other staff. They are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. They are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school: that is the job of the school leaders.Governors’ responsibilities include:

  • Helping to establish the aims and policies of the school and how standards of education can be constantly improved;
  • Ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and that it meets statutory requirements, while promoting high standards and monitoring progress during the year;
  • Appointing, challenging and supporting school leaders (being a ‘critical friend’);
  • Acting as a link between the local community and the school;
  • Helping to set and manage the school budget;
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff.

At Awbridge School our governors do this on several levels. They meet as a Full Governing Body (FGB) about six times a year but also in two main committees, where certain aspects of the school are considered in more detail. At present our committees are:

  • Resources– dealing with finance, our building and grounds (including Health & Safety) and all staffing matters.
  • Curriculum and Standards– dealing with curriculum and assessment matters and monitoring standards, as well as communication with parents and the wider community (including the production of the school prospectus).

 Individual governors are also linked with a particular area, such as Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding, or a curriculum or class. This ensures that Governors ‘know their school’ and are able to challenge the school to achieve the very best outcomes for children.

All governors are encouraged to visit the school during the working day if they can, but do not interfere in the day-to-day teaching or running of the school.

Hampshire County Council provides training in all aspects of governors’ responsibilities and our governors take full advantage of that, in order to be as effective as possible.


Paul Harris –  Chair of Governors
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Paul Harris is a co opted governor of 3 years whose daughter attends Awbridge School.  Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies, and following a few years working in the City of London, he moved back to his home town of Romsey.  Paul has been the Managing Director of a local Manufacturing Company for 15 years now, and brings a wealth of experience in employee relations, client relations and business management.
Paul is the link governor for maths for both schools. Paul  is a member of both the Curriculum and Standards and Resources Committees.  He has a particular interest in helping to drive a team spirit and consistently improve the quality of teaching to ensure the best outcomes for all children in the Federation.
Roger Savage – Vice Chair of Governors

Roger Savage started as a parent governor over 20 years ago and is now a co opted governor and is the vice chair of the governing body. Roger created and runs a business near Romsey and is able to bring some of the experiences learned to that of school governance. A believer in giving every child the best opportunities that the schools can give and in particular looking beyond academic disciplines towards life experiences and skills that are so important for our children growing up in the complex and ever demanding world today.

Janette Benakis

Janette Benakis chairs the Finance & Resources Committee.

She has extensive experience working in the commercial business world with sales, marketing, budgeting and team management experience.

Janette is the designated Safeguarding Governor, sits on the Pay Committee and is the link governor for Sport/PE at Awbridge. She has a particular interest in ensuring best utilization of our resources (facilities and budget) to improve outcomes for all children and creating a positive working environment for both pupils and staff.

Kim Bown

kim-bownKim Bown is designated Safeguarding Governor and sits on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. He is a qualified social worker and has held a range of practitioner, manager and academic appointments related to children’s services. He is currently a university senior lecturer specialising in teaching and researching issues relating to safeguarding and the wellbeing of looked after children.
He has extensive experience of external assessment and regulation of higher education in England and Northern Ireland.
Kim is a parent of two children who attend Awbridge school. He is committed to school being a richly rewarding, aspirational, safe and inclusive experience for all children irrespective of background and ability.

Jane Stokes

Jane Stokes chairs the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Her post-graduate qualifications and background are in education and she currently works as a lecturer for a further education college, teaching English and Employability skills to vocational students.

Jane is the link Governor for RE and PSHE.  She has a particular interest in seeing how SMSC and British Values are disseminated throughout the curriculum.

Governors info 16-17