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Welcome to the Governing Body of Hythe Primary School

We hope that you find our governing body member profiles useful and informative. We retain a list of names of people interested in becoming governors here at Hythe. If you would like to be added to this list, so that we can contact you with further information when suitable vacancies arise, please email our Clerk to Governors at the following address:

John Gunn Authority Governor Chair: Resources Committee Member: HT Performance Management Panel 

“I have been a governor for over 10 years, firstly as a parent and now as a Parish Council appointee. All three of my children went to Hythe, as did I, many years ago. I enjoy seeing the school go from strength to strength.”

Geoff Newhouse Authority Governor 

Vice Chair: Curriculum & Standards Committee  Vice Chair: Resources Committee  Member: HT Performance Management Panel

In his 60’s, formerly a banker, Geoff now chairs a small international charity, acts as a Business Consultant, is a Business Angel and a student (bringing practice to “life long learning”). Geoff has lived in Dibden Purlieu for nearly 30 years and was for 15 years a governor at Noadswood School. Married with two adult children and one grandchild, his passions include education, history, travel, literature, the Turf and his family. “I am delighted to serve as a governor at Hythe School where children are educated, in a bright and cheerful atmosphere, by first class professionals.”

Alex Wade Authority Governor 

Member: Curriculum & Standards Committee  Member: Resources Committee  Member: Pay Committee  PR/Community Governor

“I As a local Parish Councillor, becoming a governor at Hythe has enabled me to further my wish to give back to the community and to help develop ways to nurture the pupils through education, to become inquisitive, supportive and well well--rounded individuals. I am currently Vice Chairman of Hythe & Dibden Parish Council and also work at the Southampton headquarters of an international cruise company.”

Rebecca Clark Community Governor Chair: Governing Body Member: Sites & Buildings Committee  Induction Governor 

“I have been a governor since 2009 and Chair of Governors since 2010. Both my sons are pupils at Hythe. Our team of governors works in conjunction with the whole school community towards a common goal of ensuring the best and most enjoyable learning experience for every pupil at the school. Being a member of our governing body is therefore incredibly rewarding and it has been a real joy to watch the school go from strength to strength.”

Linda Field Community Governor Vice Chair: Sites & Buildings Committee Member: Curriculum & Standards Committee 


I felt now was a good time to start paying more interest and a greater role in the community in which I have lived for the last 35 years. I have a strong interest in the well well--being and education of children and see the two as being closely linked. As my granddaughter started in Year R, September 2012 - I saw this as the ideal opportunity to at last become involved in something that held my interest. I have always enjoyed being part of a team, leading, shaping, implementing change; maintaining high standards and providing open and honest support for team members.

Nicola Hopkins Community Governor Vice Chair: Governing Body  Chair: Pay Committee Member: Curriculum & Standards Committee  Member: Resources Committee  Training Liaison Governor 

“I became a Community Governor in November 2008. I have lived and worked in Hythe and the local area all my life and am a Guide Leader and Mentor. I currently work at Hythe Library and strongly believe in supporting all children's rights to an excellent education, and a positive time at school.”

Graham Duell Parent Governor

“I have recently taken the opportunity to become a Parent Governor. I have two children, one of which has recently started at Hythe Primary School. I am a Civil/Structural Engineer. I have lived in the area most of my life and started my education journey locally. My aim is to facilitate an environment where children can achieve their objectives in surroundings they enjoy."

Amanda Dunlop Parent Governor 

Member: Sites & Buildings Committee

“I became a school governor at Hythe Primary in October 2012 and have two children at the school. For the past fifteen years I have been a primary school teacher mainly working with the juniors. Hythe Primary was my final placement as a student and I continued to teach at the school when I qualified. I now run my own business in Hythe. I have enjoyed watching the school evolve over the years and felt keen to join the governors and become part of the school community.”

Justine Harnett Parent Governor Chair: Curriculum & Standards Committee  Member: Resources Committee Member: HT Performance Management Panel  Safeguarding Governor 

“I became a Parent Governor at Hythe in October 2012 and my daughter, Sofia, is currently in Year 2. I was born and grew up in Hythe and attended Hythe Primary School, followed by Noadswood Secondary School and Totton College. After leaving College I obtained employment in a solicitor’s office as a Trainee Legal Executive and studied one day a week to qualify as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2006. After Sofia was born I started my own business as a Law Costs Consultant and I now work from home. I chose to become a Governor as I wanted to be more involved with the school.”

Helen Mason Parent Governor 

Member: Curriculum & Standards Committee  Member: Resources Committee  Member: Pay Committee  Special Educational Needs Governor

“I have been a Parent Governor at Hythe since October 2012. I am committed to helping each child at Hythe Primary reach their potential and have a positive, enjoyable start to their education. I grew up in the Waterside area, I am married and have one daughter who is a pupil at Hythe. I have worked for 10 years in the legal profession and becoming a Parent Governor has been the best way for me to support the school and put something back into the wonderful community in which I live. It has been great to do something fresh, interesting and rewarding.”

Gillian Younger Parent Governor 

Chair: Sites & Buildings Committee  Health & Safety Governor

“I became a Parent Governor in November 2010. As a former pupil, I have a great affection for Hythe School and I now have two boys who attend. I volunteer and work as a Parent Supporter with Parent Partnership Services, and I am also studying at Totton College. I spent 15 years living and working the USA, but otherwise I have lived most of my life in Hythe and feel that being a Governor helps me to be more involved with the school and community.”

Mr Simon Mitchell Mitchell--Innes

Staff Headteacher Governor

“The governors provide a vital role in monitoring and overseeing the strategic development of Hythe. I value their support and challenge in all areas of the school’s life.”

Miss E. Houldsworth Staff Governor

"I thought that it would be interesting to help shape a leading future of a school. I am excited to see and help shape the decisions schools face and analyse and explore school issues from the various perspectives of interested parties. I would like to be able to get across the voices of my fellow colleagues as I feel it is important to analyse the views of those closest to the children and their education. I also feel that my knowledge of drama and my study on it around the benefits of education would provide a unique perspective on issues and methods of motivating students. students.""

Mrs A. Pidgley Staff Governor

“I have been at Hythe for over 10 years and have seen the school grow from strength to strength. I am extremely proud of Hythe School, the children and being part of the team.�

Michelle Chipper Clerk to Governors “I have a successful career spanning 18 years in the financial industry. The position of Clerk enables me to maintain a healthy work/life balance whilst remaining a full time mum to my two daughters Maisie and Amelia. I have been the Clerk at Hythe Primary School since 2011 and although I lack history with Hythe, I have been made to feel very welcome by all that I meet in the course of my role. As the independent and impartial arm of the governing body I have found that governors and staff alike have the children's happiness and general welfare paramount in decision making whilst maintaining a rounded education via a diverse curriculum. My role of Clerk is one that I fulfil with pride and find completely rewarding. I am determined to achieve the very best results, and to assist the governors in their pursuit to ensure the children at Hythe have a safe, happy environment within which to learn. �

Meet The Governors November 2013  

Meet The Governors November 2013