Governors' Pen Portraits
Please see our governors' pen portraits which give a little more detail about the individuals who form our governing body.
My name is Josie Abbott and I am a Co-opted Governor. I have been on the Governing Body for over 14 years and during that time have been on various committees and interest groups. As the Chair for the Children and Learning Committee my particular interests are in the children’s development in reading and writing as well as all the other subjects of course! I have a lifetime’s association with the school as I went to it myself when it was the National School at the bottom of Redan Hill and my mother’s family also went to the school before me. My four children also attended between 1968 and 1978 so I have seen many changes in the school over the years. I am very interested in the history of the school since its opening in 1859 and in the past have written a few short pieces for parents in the Governors’ Newsletter.
My association with St. Michael's goes back for over 13 years, when my youngest daughter started at the school. I served two terms as a Parent governor during the period whilst my two daughters attended the school. I am now in my second term as one of the school’s Co-opted governors. This year I have taken over as the chair of the new Resource and Premises (R&P) committee, having previously chaired Personnel. This new committee combines the work and responsibilities of the former Finance and Personnel committees, together with elements of the Environment committee.
I have lived in Aldershot for the last 25 years, since I left University and started work at a small software company in Farnborough. I now work, at the same location, for IBM, providing Data Link systems for the Royal and German Navies.
I trained to become an Infant teacher in Brighton and then returned to my home town of Aldershot, where I worked for nearly 20 years as a classroom teacher and Special Needs Co-ordinator.
I was first elected as a Parent Governor at the beginning of 2011 whilst my son was in the Reception Year, standing on the Learning & Development Committee and the Environment Committee for which I became Vice Chair in November 2012. Following a reorganisation of Governor Committee structure in October 2013, I am currently standing on the Children & Learning Committee as a Co-opted Govenor.
My duties have involved me in observing specific Literacy and Numeracy initiatives being undertaken within the school and reporting back to the Full Governing Body. I have also worked in partnership with a fellow governor to look at Health & Safety within the school.
I have spent time in school on a weekly basis hearing children read and assisting them to change their library books. I have also enjoyed helping on a variety of class trips and FOSM fund raising/children’s events.
Katrina Gibson : Co-opted governor
I was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2012, when both my two sons were attending the school; I was keen to get more involved in understanding the curriculum/ education system as well as supporting the school. I was initially appointed to the finance committee but after a restructure I now sit on the Children & Learning Committee, which monitors and oversees issues such as attendance, pupil attainment and progress, Special Educational Needs and the curriculum. As of January 2016 I was reappointed as a Co-opted Governor.
I work for a charity that supports an education programme in West Africa and prior to that I’ve worked in a variety of managerial roles in Marketing and Client Services; as well as being a Mum (the hardest and best job of all!). Hopefully this mix of skills and experiences brings a useful perspective to the governors' table.
My name is Claire Marsh and I was elected as a Parent Governor in April 2011, and am now a staff governor. Both of my children have now left St Michaels Infant School but I wanted to continue to support the school, as they were very happy here. I am an experienced Infant School Teacher and feel my knowledge of teaching and school life can be drawn on as a member of the Children and Learning committee.
Victoria Rogers (Chair)
I have been a governor at St Michael's Infant School since 1999, starting as a Parent Governor and then moving into the Foundation governor role in 2002. I have been Chair for many years now and prior to that, Vice Chair. I have lived in Aldershot all of my life and attended St Michael's as a pupil in the 1970s when it was a Primary School. My son was a pupil at St Michael's Infants from 1998 to 2001. I work for Aldershot Town Football Club as the programme editor and as a member of the Media Team there. In my spare time I watch the football with my husband, attend Park Church, read and keep up with our son who lives and works in Bath
I have been a governor for two years and live with my wife Kirsty and our two children Tommy 6 and Megan 10, both of whom we adopted through Hampshire County Council. I work in Guildford as an IT Manager.
My interest in St Michael's Infant School began when our daughter Megan attended some six years ago. It was clear from her time there what a special school it is and a governors role was the perfect way to give something back for the care and support she received and that Tommy continues to receive.