What is the role of the Governing Body?
Governing bodies are responsible and accountable for all major decisions about the school and its future. The Governing Body has, enshrined in the Education Act 2002, a legal responsibility to, ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.
We are exceptionally proud of our school and absolutely committed to ensuring that the school is a great place to learn, work, develop and be part of a wider community. We continue to work effectively with the school’s senior leadership team to collaboratively achieve the school vision, as together, we will nurture, inspire, challenge and achieve.
As you may be aware, the role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction,
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils,
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The governors do not get involved in the day to day running of the School; this is the responsibility of the Headteacher and the Staff. Should you have any issues or concerns about your child’s education, his/her tutor is always the first point of contact.
Mr D Mumford
Chair of Governors
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.
Mrs T Hampton
Vice 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.
Ms K Cook
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Mrs S Crossley
Having taught at Harrow Way since 2014 as a Teacher of Science and subsequently a Year Leader, I am ideally placed to have a wide-ranging view of the inner workings of Harrow Way. As a Middle Leader within the school, I am able to ensure that fellow governors receive a realistic and honest account of daily life at Harrow Way.
I am currently on Maternity Leave and look forward to returning to my role within Harrow Way.
Mrs K Deans
I have lived in Andover most of my life, except for a few years in America after attending Andover College. Currently I work for a high street bank, where I have been since finishing my degree in Psychology and Criminology.
My daughter started at Harrow Way in September 2020, where I also attended school, and I wished to give something back to the school, student and community. I hope to bring a parent view to the well-being of the students and support wherever I can.
Outside of work, my spare time is taken up with helping to run a Girl Guide Unit and all the activities that comes with.
Mrs F Dunn
I have been involved with Schools since 2006 when I was a ‘Community Governor’ at a Primary School in Wandsworth, London. As a Nurse with 35 years’ experience and a specialism in School Nursing and Sexual Health, I have a passion for ensuring that our young people have the best provision available to make informed decisions about their lives and the education that supports this to see them become rounded individuals.
I am a parent with 2 ‘grown-up’ sons, one who is Autistic and works full time for the NHS in a Safeguarding role and the other is a serving soldier. I have three Grandchildren for whom we moved to Andover 10 years ago to assist with support. I now live and work locally to Andover having commuted to London daily for 8 years.
Mr A Gill
As a parent with a strong interest in education and close family ties to the local area, I believe Harrow Way plays a crucial role in the development of Andover’s young people and the wider community. I am passionate about the value of inclusive education and the positive impact this has on society. Seeing these values echoed in the school’s ethos I look forward to supporting the excellent leadership team to continue to deliver on the school’s ambitions.
Having worked in higher education for a number of years and from my own time at school, I know how important a person’s school years are in giving them the choices they need to go on and have a filled and productive life, whether that involves college, university, or another route. In my professional role at a university, I have a strong understanding of education policy that I can bring to the role of governor at Harrow Way. I also have good experience in delivering community outreach. Other professional skills include stakeholder engagement, project management, and partnerships.
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.
Mr M Kent
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Mr D Lincoln
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Mr D Sanderson
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Mrs V Seren
As a pupil, Harrow Way nurtured and developed me, allowing me opportunities to learn and grow in a safe supportive environment. The core values I learnt from my time as a student still help shape my life and the choices I make today.
When I left Harrow Way I attended college and then onto University, after achieving my degree I returned to Harrow Way where I currently hold the position of Assistant SENCo.
As a member of staff, Harrow Way has enabled me to ensure that others can have the same opportunities as I did, to learn and grow in an equally safe and supportive environment.
As a governor I wish to safeguard these practises for both our current and future students so that we all continue to benefit from being in the Harrow Way family.
Mr Michael 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.”
Mr B Stokes
I have worked in further education for 15 years, starting my career as a Sport Lecturer after receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sport Studies. I also received a PCGE in Education from University of Southampton.
I originally as a lecturer in Sport before moving to be Head of Sport. I worked extensively with a wide range of national exam boards supporting the development of different qualifications within the sport sector. I then progressed shortly after that to become Head of Sixth Form, responsible for the A Level curriculum at Andover College. I have since taken on a wider role for the Andover curriculum as Vice Principal. I have a passion for supporting teaching, learning and assessment so that students receive an outstanding education that helps them to develop as individuals and progress on to aspirational careers. Education in Andover is on an upward curve and has been improving year-on-year as fewer students leave the Town. I am committed to ensuring that this continues to be the case as the Town develops around its schools and college. This has been the reason behind becoming a Governor at Harrow Way School. I am currently on the Students & Curriculum committee.
Mr A Thomson
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.
Mrs K Wagg
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Membership of Governors’ Committees
|Planning, Performance & Development||Mrs S Grover, Mrs T Hampton (Vice Chair), Mr M Serridge, Mr D Mumford|
|Staffing & Pay||Mrs S Grover, Mrs T Hampton (Chair), Mr M Serridge, Mr D Mumford|
|Finance & General Purposes||Mrs S Grover (Chair), Mr M Kent, Mr D Mumford, Mr D Sanderson, Mr M Serridge, Mr A Thomson|
|Students/Curriculum||Ms K Cook, Mrs S Crossley, Mrs K Deans, Mrs F Dunn, Mr A Gill, Mrs S Grover, Mrs T Hampton, Mr M Kent, Mr D Mumford, Mrs V Seren, Mr M Serridge, Mr B Stokes, Mrs K Wagg|
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||Mr D Mumford|
|Safeguarding Link Governor||Mrs Katy Woods||Mr D Lincoln|
|SEND Link Governor||Mrs Katy Woods||Mrs K Wagg|
|Careers Education and Guidance Link Governor||Mr Graham Fluellen||Mr Allan Thomson|
|Health and Safety Link Governor||Mrs Tracey Roberts|
|Pupil Premium Link Governor||Mr Nicholas Reed|
|Training and Development Link Governor||Mr Andrew Whitworth||Mrs Tanya Hampton|