Governing Body

December 2nd, 2020


Mrs Tanya Hampton
Mrs T Hampton
Chair of Governors

I was brought up in Andover and am proud to say I was a student at Harrow Way School. As I live and work locally, I want to support and give something back to the community and would like to do all I can to ensure Harrow Way becomes the first school of choice for all its catchment families. My son is currently a student at the school.

I have been a Governor at Harrow Way School since 2010. I was appointed a Parent Governor initially and am now a Co-Opted Governor. I am Chair of the Students and Curriculum Committee and Vice Chair of the Governing body.

I currently work in education and therefore have an insight into the very challenging political and financial issues facing all of our schools. I also know that being a parent affords me a view from both sides of the fence, which gives me a rounded view of school life.

Mrs S Taplin
Vice Chair of Governors

I moved into the Test Valley area over 20 years ago and have lived in Andover for the last 17 years. I have 2 children at Harrow Way.

After an early career in sales and marketing I have discovered my niche as a Learning & Development Consultant. I presently work for a local business in the HR Department, which involves competency based training as well as interventions to achieve desired outcomes within teams across the UK.

I have a particular interest in encouraging girls to continue with STEM subjects along with careers guidance for our children and apprenticeships – I believe that our children should aim higher! Being a Governor fulfils my need to contribute to our local community.

Presently I am Vice Chair of Governors, Chair for Students & Curriculum and work with the Staffing and PPD Committees

Mr M Serridge
Mr M Serridge
Headteacher / Governor

I am the Head Teacher at Harrow Way Community School. I have been in post since September 2012, having previously worked at Eggar’s School, Alton Hampshire. This was graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas on 2 occasions by Ofsted. I have been a qualified Ofsted inspector, a specialist leader of education (SLE) and a data consultant for the SSAT. I have worked in 3 Hampshire Schools over a period of 25 years.

Harrow Way was inspected in July 2013. Ofsted commented that “The Head Teacher has high expectations of the school, which is shared with staff, students, governors and parents. His aspirations for student permeate the school and are shared by senior and middle leaders, who support his commitment and vision. These factors contribute significantly to the schools very strong capacity for further improvement.”

A Thomson
Mr A Thomson
Co-opted Governor

I was educated at Portobello High, a 2000+ pupil, comprehensive school in Edinburgh. This gave me an excellent start in life and enabled me to go to University (in the days before fees and loans). I want Harrow Way’s pupils to get the same opportunity I was given to achieve academic (and sporting) success.

After 25 years in the Army I now run an infrastructure company that delivers all the Army’s facilities in Tidworth, Bulford and Larkhill. I therefore take a keen interest in the school’s infrastructure and the cleaning, catering and repair services it receives. As a company director I wish to ensure the school is run on a sound financial basis.

S Grover
Mrs S Grover

I have lived in Andover all my life and am happy to say I was a student at Harrow Way School. I live locally and work for the Ministry of Defence. Both my children have been students at Harrow Way and the eldest is now a teacher in a local primary school and my other daughter is currently at Winchester University studying to become a teacher.

I have been a Governor at Harrow Way School since 2001. I was appointed a Parent Governor initially and am now a Co-Opted Governor. I am Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

My role within the MOD is within the finance department so I understand the issues facing public sector departments and the squeeze on budgets. The processes within both departments are very similar.

Due to both children still being involved within education, allows me to have a good insight into what is happening and the impact certain initiatives are having also having been a parent allows me to have balanced view.

M Dovey
Mr M Dovey
Health & Safety Link Governor

I have lived and worked in the Andover area for over 30 years. I am a Production Engineer by qualification and spent much of my later career as a Programme Manager in the MOD with responsibility for multi-million pound projects. I am also the Chairman of a small maintenance company looking after a block 4 flats in the Christchurch area.

In 2012 I took early retirement and now work as a self employed gardener in and around the Andover area. With fewer responsibilities, more time, and a desire to put something back into the community I became a School Governor in 2014. I am a co-opted Governor and sit on the Finance and General Purpose Committee where my financial management skills and my knowledge regarding Health and Safety can be used to best effect.

Mr G Davis
Co-opted Governor

As an ex-pupil myself and now employed by the school since 2003 as IT Network Manager, I have a long history with Harrow Way and have worked with the previous three Head Teachers.

My job sees me working closely with staff across the school, a wide cross section of students, the SLT, feeder (and other local) primary schools, the local authority and external agencies. This work gives me a very broad insight into the functioning of Harrow Way and informs input I’m able to provide as a staff governor. I also work with young people leading outdoor education activities in Hampshire outdoor centres and with a computer gaming company where I help to provide technical infrastructure for the largest gaming festivals in the UK.

I am committed to helping ensure that Harrow Way’s students are provided with the best possible individual opportunities, be they academic, practical or extra-curricular.

Dr A Marshall
Co-opted Governor

I joined in 2018 as a co-opted governor following a request in the school newsletter for new people. I had only been involved with the school for about a year but had been impressed by the school’s pastoral care and the staff enthusiasm and dedication so evident in school events and shows.

My own upbringing and education was in London, I went to Southampton University and then qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1981 at the Maudsley Hospital. I am married and have 3 grown up children and a teenager who attended Harrow Way.

With nearly 40 years’ experience working in mental health in the NHS and as a foster carer for Hampshire County Council, I am very concerned by the rising levels of anxiety, low self-esteem and in some cases, serious mental health issues in school aged children. In my role as a governor, I am keen to support the school with well-being initiatives and I am Vice-Chair of the student and curriculum committee, governor for SEND and a link governor with 100% attendance at meetings this year.

Mr D Mumford
Co-opted Governor

I joined in 2019 as a co-opted parent governor at the same time as my youngest son joined the school as a student. I have been an Andover resident my entire life so I know the community well and I was also a student myself at Harrow Way. During the time that I have been a governor, I have been slowly getting involved more and more with the schools progress and have to say I am impressed with the head and the schools offering especially their focus on safeguarding students and special educational needs. I am a member of the F&GP, PPD and S&C committees and Chair for Governors’ Discipline Committee.

When I left Harrow Way myself as a student, I attended Cricklade College (now Andover College) where I gained 3 A-levels. I soon entered into the working world where initially I trained as an accountant but later entered into an IT project team for business system implementations. I have been working with IT Business systems now for 22+ years in various roles from Project Manager, Department Manager to Developer and Consultant. In my spare time I play squash, swim regularly, play the piano, cook and have a fondness towards animals and nature.

I have strong experience in business procedures and project management methodologies as well as a keen interest in schooling, not only as a parent of 3 but with both my parents being teachers I was raised in the environment. I hope to bring these and other skill sets to the board to offer strong support towards the school.

Contact Mrs A Carrott Clerk to the Governors

Membership of Governors’ Committees

Planning, Performance & Development Mrs S Grover, Mrs T Hampton, Mr D Mumford, Mr M Serridge, Mrs S Taplin
Staffing & Pay Mrs S Grover, Mrs T Hampton, Mr M Serridge, Mrs S Taplin
Finance & General Purposes Mr G Davis, Mr M Dovey, Mrs S Grover, Mr D Mumford, Mr M Serridge, Mr A Thomson
Students/Curriculum Mrs S Grover, Mrs T Hampton, Dr A Marshall, Mr D Mumford Mr M Serridge, Mrs S Taplin

Link Governors

Each governor is linked to a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) as part of the ‘Link Governors’ scheme.

The details of which governor is linked to which member of SLT are given below:

Post Post Holder Link Governor
Headteacher Mr Mike Serridge Mrs Tanya Hampton
Deputy Head Teacher, Quality of Education Miss Caroline Lowing
Deputy Head Teacher, Personal Development, Behaviour, and Welfare Mrs Katy Woods Dr Ann Marshall
Assistant Head Teacher, Director of English/Literacy and Closing the Vocabulary Gap Mr Jay Mann
Assistant Head Teacher, Timetable, Options, Examinations and Operations Mr Graeme Fluellen Mr Allan Thomson
Assistant Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning/Tutoring & Careers /Post 16 Leader Mr Andrew Whitworth Mrs Sarah Taplin
Assistant Head Teacher, Standards and Culture (Raising Standards Leader) Mrs Dawn German
Health and Safety Link Governor Mr Mark Dovey
Safeguarding Link Governor Mrs Tanya Hampton
Anti-Bullying Link Governor
Pupil Premium Link Governor Mr Giles Davis
Equality Link Governor Mrs Tanya Hampton
Behaviour & Inclusion Link Governor
Finance Link Governor Mrs Susan Grover
Staffing Link Governor Mrs T Hampton
Monitoring, Evaluation & Data Link Governors Mr Allan Thomson
GDPR Governor
Careers & Training Liaison Governor
SEN Governor Dr Ann Marshall
Training Governor

Governors Committee Memberships
Governor Details 2019-2020
Governors Registry of Interest
Governors Attendance 18-19

Governance Queries

For any Governance related queries, including requests for meeting minutes, information on how to become a Governor or other documentation, please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs A Carrott Contact in the first instance with your request.  We are currently seeking a Co-Opted Governor, see here for details.

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