King's Somborne C of E Primary School

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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section.

Our Governors

What do Governors do?


The Governing Body of a school is responsible for ensuring that pupils receive high quality education and that the conduct of the school reflects this aim. Governors work as a team with the Head Teacher on the strategic planning and management of the school. This involves providing a strategic, rather than operational, view, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability. The Governing Body agrees goals and targets for improvement and monitors progress against them. An individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the Governing Body, to the staff and pupils of the school, the church and the school’s wider community. They are a link between the school and the wider world.


Some of the tasks involved in being a governor are shown below:


  • Getting to know the school: its needs, strengths and areas for development

  • Attending meetings (Full Governing Body and Committees)

  • Working as a member of a team

  • Speaking, acting and voting in the best interests of the school

  • Representing the perspectives of parents / community / church where appropriate

  • Respecting all Governing Body decisions and supporting them in public

  • Acting within the framework of the policies of the school, the Governing Body and legal requirements

  • Committing to training and development opportunities


Tom Horrell (Chair of Governors)


I became a parent governor in 2019 and became Chair of Governors in 2022.  I am also a member of the finance committee on the governing board. 


I live locally and have two children in the school.  It is great to be able to give back and support the school in everything they do for the children and help shape its future.


I work in Southampton as a design manager and feel that I successfully adapt the project management and financial skills from this to my role as a governor.


Paul O'Brien


Prior to becoming a teacher, I initially completed a Batchelor of Business Studies degree and a Masters in Marketing and Advertising, before briefly working in industry.


Following this, and having spent time as an unqualified teacher in both primary and secondary school settings, I then completed my PGCE in General Primary in London in 2007.


In the time since, my teaching career has brought me to a host of different schools in both Ireland and England, where I have enjoyed a variety of different roles. I am currently the Headteacher of King's Somborne C of E.


Andrew Robinson


I am currently a co-opted governor and the schools safeguarding governor and I have two children in the school. I bring to the governing board 30+ years experience in IT and operations.


When not driving my children to their various clubs, I enjoy playing cricket for the village team.


Phil Carr


I have lived in Kings Somborne for 38 years and my three children attended Kings Somborne Primary School. I currently have 5 grandchildren in primary school education in Winchester and Toronto, Canada.


My career as a chemical engineer was in the chemical, pharmaceutical and construction industries. I have many years experience of running a small business and project management and finance. I enjoy walking and cycling in our countryside.


As a governor, I have been involved in many activities at the school. I am keen to continue to contribute to the success of the school and to be involved in reviewing school budgets and finances.


Tim Waters


My wife and I moved to King’s Somborne from Southampton in 2008, and we now have three teenage children who have all attended the village school. I share the responsibility with other foundation governors to monitor how Christian values are embedded in the life of the school. I also observe mathematics provision, and enjoy meeting with our young mathematicians from time to time.


By day, I am a university academic and I spend about half of my time in higher education activities such as teaching, assessment, curriculum design and quality assurance. The balance of my time is devoted to leading industrially focused research into solutions to mechanical and aeronautical engineering problems.


Gemma Fleetwood


I am the staff governor and have been teaching at King’s Somborne for nearly 2 years now.


I’m more familiar to many of you as Miss Lowry, I got married in August past and just changed my name this year.


I have been working in primary schools for around 6 years now and was a teaching assistant back in Northern Ireland before I moved to Hampshire. I love teaching across the school, but maths and art have special places in my heart.


Outside of school, I love to spend time in the New Forest with my dog.


Julia Emery


I am a parent governor who has worked in the education system for over twenty years. I have two boys - one who loved his time at the school and left in 2022, and one currently enjoying his time in KS1. I feel privileged to be part of this wonderful village school that is such a key part of the community.


Tom Dynes


I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2022 as a way of supporting our school and local community, both of which are very important to my family. I am passionate about the school succeeding, supporting the wonderful staff who work so hard, and helping to enable all children to achieve their full potential. As a Parent Governor I aim to represent the views of parents across the school, and I am always happy to be approached to discuss anything which parents would like to raise. I currently have two daughters in the school in Year 1 and Year R, and have lived in King’s Somborne since 2015. I have worked in the Maritime sector for the last 15 years, based at the Port of Southampton.


Rev Jane Thompson

I am married to Chris; we have three married sons. Since my ordination in 2016 I have served the local Braishfield parishes which are linked with King Somborne. I am a foundation governor and together with Phil and Tim, share responsibility for monitoring the Christian ethos and values at the heart of the school life; my specific role, with Paul, is to monitor how the subject leadership supports both the children’s academic and personal progress and staff development. I am currently in by 20th year as a trustee (governor) at Mountbatten School where I chair HR; for nine years I was a governor of our boys’ primary school, chairing the curriculum and welfare sub-committee, and have just stepped back from six years on the Diocesan Board of Education. Prior to ordination I was a secondary languages teacher, with experience as a Primary teacher too - I have always loved being in school whenever possible!


Steve Hughes (Vice Chair of Governors)

I was initially appointed as a Parent Governor in January 2022. Having two children at the school, both within Key Stage 2. I currently hold the role of Vice Chair of Governors, as a Co-opted Governor. For a number of years I have been active within the school as a volunteer reader. Being rewarded by seeing the children improve and grow with confidence. However I felt I could do more to help support the efforts of our highly motivated staff. Having been in the village for over 10 years I understand the importance of ensuring the school is an amazing village asset. When not analysing data during my day job you will often find my cycling around our beautiful countryside.'



Our Governing Body and Terms of Office

The governing body was reconstituted on 1 Jul 2015 to reflect the changes in constitution of governing bodies that were introduced in the school governance regulations 2012.



The Full Governing Body of Kings Somborne CE School meets on a regular basis throughout the academic year. There are ten meetings each year; usually 3 or 4 per term.



The minutes of the meetings are public documents and can be obtained from the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Catherine Cartwright, or from the school office.


Please note: Minutes of meetings cannot be published until they have been approved and signed at the next meeting of the full governing body.


Current Governors


Type of Governor

Term of Office Ends

Paul O'Brien

Head Teacher


Gemma FleetwoodTeacher 

Tom Horrell

Chair of Governors

Philip CarrFoundation08/02/2025
Timothy WatersFoundation29/03/2025

Michelle MacBean



Jane Thompson



Andrew Robinson



Claire HodgeParent31/08/2023
Steve HughesParent27/01/2026
Tom DynesParent27/01/2026
Julia WattersParent27/01/2026