Being a member of the Primary Local Governing Committee (LGC) is interesting, worthwhile and is rewarding.
The Primary Phase of the GFM, including Gomer Junior and Rowner Junior has a committed LGC who work hard to support the school. Their most important role is to look at the primary GFM offer through the lens of the primary learner.
Why do we have an LGC? The LGC doesn’t manage the school – this is the role of the Senior Leadership Teams of any primary GFM school, but the LGC does oversee the development of the school, with the main aim being to always provide a high standard of education for all pupils, of all abilities. The LGC have a duty to report to The Board. Our GFM Chief Executive, Ian Potter, attends LGC meetings too. It is not unusual to see our governors in school, supporting a variety of events and meeting half-termly. We are confident that our model will better serve our pupils.
What do you need to be a primary LGC member? Well firstly, you don’t need to be an educational professional! If you have an interest in the life of the school, backed with enthusiasm and a few hours a term, then you’re ready. Training is provided by a variety of sources to bring you up to speed in your role as a governor and when you join the LGC. If you have skills from outside the world of education that are relevant, then you may find yourself in a unique position to contribute, but more than anything else a commitment to the school and the well-being of the pupils will help you to become an effective LGC member.
Please click here to see the Primary LGC Terms of Reference.
The Primary LGC Membership
Chair: Mrs Alix Horne
Executive Head Teacher: Mrs Georgina Mulhall
Head Teacher: Miss Kerry Payne
Associate Head Teacher: Mr Tim Potter
Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Alix Horne
SEND: Mrs Sue McAdam
Finance and Capital Resources Governor: Mrs Elodie Gardner
Human Resources Governor: Mrs Karen Reid
A KS2 teacher: Mrs Sharon Toone
Primary Senior Leader: TBC
An Early Years/KS1 teacher when required
A KS2 Parent/Carer Governor: Mrs Alix Horne
Pupil Premium Governor: Mr John Jack
An Early Years /KS1 Parent/Carer Governor when required
Information About Our LGC Members
Mrs Elodie Gardner (Finance and Capital Resources Governor)
Category: Finance and Capital Resources – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: 4 years – Appointed: 1.4.2017
‘I am a military wife and Mum to a gorgeous 14 year old. My understanding of the services encouraged me to help with the running of the Services Club; I really enjoy the club time with the children. Interestingly, I am most passionate about the stage and following a degree in Performing Arts I was naturally keen to be involved in the after school Drama Club at Gomer. Our most recent production was great fun and I am always proud of how well the children perform. My ‘can do’ attitude has seen me work with a fabulous team of parents/carers supporting a range of fund raising activities for the school through our FROGJS (PTA) work. It is fair to say I am partial to animal print and am currently most keen on my leopard and tiger print shoes!’
Mrs Alix Horne (Chair & KS2 Parent Governor)
Category: Parent – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: 4 years – Appointed: 1.4.2017
‘I have lived in Gosport since the age of 7 and I attended Alverstoke Junior and Bay House before going to university to complete a degree in Business and Finance management. I am married to Steve and have 8 year old twins. My daughter Connie is in Year 3 at Gomer and my son Lucas attends St Francis Special needs school in Fareham. I work full time as a regional business manager for a pub company and am responsible for an estate of pubs across the south coast. In the limited spare time I have I enjoy playing tennis a couple of times a week.’
Mr John Jack (Pupil Premium)
Category: Pupil Premium – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: 4 years – Appointed: 1.10.2018
I have now lived in Gosport for over 20 years after being drafted to this area whilst serving in the Royal Navy. I now work for Hampshire County Council. I am married with a son who went to Gomer Junior and is now a student at Bay house.
My interest in education started when my son started at Gomer Infant School. I helped on the PTA progressed to becoming a Governor. I believe that it is important for children to enjoy their education.
Mr Paul Lane (Chair of The Board – attends primary LGC – Vice Chair to LGC if necessary)
Category: GFM Board – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: 4 years – Appointed: 1.4.2017
‘I have lived in Alverstoke for many years with my wife Margaret. For the past twenty five years I worked in the aerospace industry, initially in engineering roles and latterly heading up business acquisition teams. Now retired, I do not miss the long commutes, endless meetings and overseas travel that came to dominate my existence! My interest in education arose through helping a godchild who lost her mother when very young to achieve well at her GCSE’s and A levels. Becoming a member of the Governing Body and then Chair a couple of years ago has enabled me to contribute to ensuring that our learners have every opportunity to achieve their potential – in the broadest sense – which I find very rewarding. My interests include social history, psychology and old machinery of any description. As well being chair, I sit on the Finance Management and Resources Committee.’
Mrs Sue McAdam (SEND)
Category: SEND – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: 4 years – Appointed: 1.03.2019
I grew up in Gosport and attended Bay House School before going to University in Hull. I returned to work as a civil servant at Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port then moved away, living and working in different parts of the UK as well as overseas. I moved back to Gosport last year so I am now introducing my husband John to the joys of our town and living by the sea. I am still in the civil service and work as a HR Business Partner dealing with people across the UK. I have had a lifelong interest in education and am keen to ensure that children are facilitated through the school journey, enabling them to deliver to the best of their capabilities. My father was the Head Teacher of Rowner Junior School for many years so I am delighted to now have another link with this school. I look forward to working closely with the teachers and staff to deliver the best quality SEND education for children in any GFM primary school. In my free time we are currently making our house our home with the help of our two (very!) fluffy cats.
Mrs Georgina Mulhall (Executive Head Teacher)
Category: GFM Staff – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: on-going
‘I am the Executive Head Teacher of the GFM Primary phase and based at Gomer Junior School having worked in education since the year 2000, teaching in a variety of settings ranging from nursery through to secondary. Primary practice is being cascaded across the GFM with a focus on the TES award-winning gSTEM as a catalyst for cross-MAT working. Primary GFM practice has a clear focus on a balanced and broad curriculum, rich with opportunity. Alongside being a full-time teacher, I am Mummy to two young children; term time living is very busy! Living locally enables me to enjoy a variety of water sports in Stokes Bay and participating in a variety of community events.’
Mr Tim Potter (Associate Head Teacher)
Category: GFM Staff – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: 4 years – Appointed: 1.4.2017
- Deputy Head Teacher at Gomer Junior School
- Particular interests: mathematics, music, P.E and Games
- I wanted to be a Governor to use the benefit of my experience to contribute to governor discussions and decision making
Mrs Karen Reid (Human Resources)
Category: HR – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: 4 years – Appointed: 1.4.2017
I have lived in Lee on the Solent for eight years and I am Mum to an enthusiastic son who never ceases to inspire me with his curiosity and determination! I work full-time within the training environment (for ‘grown-ups’!) at HMS Collingwood. I hope, as a Parent Governor, I can offer my experience to benefit the best interests and development of the pupils and school.
Miss Kerry Payne (Head Teacher)
Category: GFM Staff – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: 4 years – Appointed: 1.10.2018
‘I am very proud to be the headteacher of Rowner Junior School (RJS) having previously been the deputy headteacher of RJS and an acting deputy headteacher of a large primary school in Medway, Kent. I grew up in Gosport, having attended Bridgemary School and Fareham College I moved to Kent to attend Canterbury Christ Church University College where I completed both my degree and Masters degree in education. My two young children keep me occupied and very busy in my spare time!’
Mrs Sharon Toone (KS2 Teacher)
Category: GFM Staff – Appointing Body: GFM – Term of Office: 4 years – Appointed: 1.4.2017
‘I have been a resident within Gosport since the age of three and grew up within a military home. Both my children have attended the Gomer schools and I have actively supported Gomer Junior School since 2007. I am currently a Y6 teacher, and Upper School Phase Leader, with the leadership role within the school linked with Foundations for Learning and recently have become a Beach Schools Practioner. My interest lies in supporting the whole child and ensuring that they gain skills that will enhance lifelong learning.’