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. I am chair of the Resource and Premises (R&P) committee, which is responsible for Finance, Personnel and Premises.
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 moved to Aldershot in June 2015 to be with my partner Bruno and my 2 step daughters Leah and Alba. Leah started St Michaels Infant school in September 2015 and as soon as we had the viewing of the school we knew this would be a great school for our children. As I was new to the Aldershot area and a new parent to St Michael’s Infant school I thought applying to be a parent governor would be a great way to meet people and support the school and wider community. I was elected a parent governor in Feb 2016 and sit on the Children and Learning committee.My career has always been in retail management, which enables me to have many transferable skills that can support the governing body.
I joined St. Michael’s as a Parent Governor in November 2017, shortly after my son Oliver started in Year R. Like any parent, I want to ensure that my son has the very best start in life, so I became a governor to both support and challenge the head teacher and other members of staff to ensure that the highest standards are maintained and all actions taken are in the best interests of the children at our school.
I have always lived in the area, and have lived in Aldershot, with my wife Jana, since 2007. I work in Guildford and manage a team of software developers for a fast-growing technology company. In my spare time I enjoy going out on my mountain bike, watching ice hockey and reading crime novels
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 Educational Needs Co-Ordinator. I currently work part time in a local Infant school.
I was first elected as a Parent Governor at the beginning of 2011 whilst my son was in the Reception Year. I am now Chair of the Children and Learning Committee and SEN Governor, having become a Co-Opted Governor in 2015.
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.