The Langrish Governors
At Langrish we have elected governors representing the local community, parents and teachers.
The role of the Governing Body is to support the running of the school at a strategic level and they each give their time voluntarily to do this.
There are various committees that oversee areas of the school operation - resources, standards, premises and full governing body meetings are held each term. We are bound by a strict code of conduct and practise to ensure that the job is done well.
Here is an introduction to the governors:
Chair of Governors: James Greenwood
I was voted in by the parents in 2012 to be a Parent Governor and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to grips with learning about a new school. I have been a Governor before at a school in London where I was Chair.
My current speciality is the buildings and health and safety side of the school and I have just taken on responsibility for ICT which I know I will enjoy. I will work very hard to ensure that Langrish is a safe, fun and excellent place to learn, teach, work and visit.
Vice Chair of Governors: Julie Gray
Having joined the board as a parent governor in 2015, I am responsible for monitoring Safeguarding: we want all children at the school to feel safe, secure and valued. As the Maths and RE link governor, I liaise with the subject leaders to understand how teaching is continuously being assessed and improved in line with the school's ambitious development plan and to evaluate the impact this has on children's learning. I also chair the Curriculum and Special Needs Committee, which tracks all elements of pupil performance. Our desire is for every child to make outstanding progress in their learning and to access a wealth of opportunities that will help them develop the curiosity, resilience and confidence to thrive - at Langrish, and beyond.
Co-opted Governor: Omolade Barker
I joined the board of governors in November 2016 and sit on the standards and resources committees. I am thoroughly enjoying contributing on a strategic level to the growth of such an amazing school and look forward to continuing to support the Head Teacher and her team.
Regarding my background, I am a public sector and energy lawyer with public and private sector experience. I am currently employed by a government regulator as a legal adviser on renewable energy schemes, contract and procurement. In my spare time, when I am not at Langrish School, I jointly manage the family owned livestock holding of 24 acres, farming and breeding alpacas, rare breed cattle and sheep.
LA Governor: Mrs Paula Oppenheimer
Co-opted Governor: Phillip Shaw
I joined the board of governors in July 2017. I have lived in Petersfield for over 30 years. Following a career in the Royal Navy I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and now work for a NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as their Head of Quality Improvement. I became a governor because I wanted to give something back to the community that I am proud to be a part of and what better way to do that than contribute to the education of our young people.
Parent Governor: Gareth Baynham-Hughes
Being a governor gives me a great reason to visit Langrish on a regular basis, given that my daily commute to London keeps me away from school drop-off and pick-up. I am constantly amazed by just how busy the school is - and how much work goes on behind the scenes. Both my parents were teachers - growing up, I saw how much work there was to do in and outside the classroom, and things certainly don't seem to have got any easier! I hope that as a governor I can make a small contribution to supporting Mrs Wright and her whole team in their daily efforts to give our children the best possible start to their life of learning.
Parent Governor: Ray Dudman
I am an architect, with a practice in Petersfield, a lecturer at Kingston University and a construction Health and Safety adviser. I am also a qualified cricket coach and RYA Yachtmaster and have an interest in many sports. This year, I am the link governor for English and Sport.
Parent Governor: Paul Savage
I am Head of the Digital Customer Department at a local authority, leading the design and development teams in their endeavours to offer more council services online. I became a governor in 2016 just as the first of our two children was finishing Year R and I am very much looking forward to contributing to the Governing Body. I am currently the Chair for the Resources Committee.
Parent Governor: Matthew Wigginton
Clerk to Governors: Mary Downes
I have lived in Sheet for the past fifteen years and was involved in Petersfield Rugby Club and
Petersfield Youth Theatre as my children were growing up. Having previously had a full time
career in the NHS and Social Services, I am now enjoying clerking for several local schools.