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Petersfield Infant School, St Peters Rd, Petersfield, Hants, GU32 3HX

01730 263048


The Governing Body of Petersfield Infant School will support the aims and goals of the school, as expressed in the school’s mission statement.


The Governing Body will:

  • strive to have strong and positive relationships between governors and school leaders based on trust, openness and transparency
  • be informed and knowledgeable because we seek high-quality, accurate information focused on pupil achievement
  • support difficult decisions in the interests of pupils
  • ensure absolute clarity about the different roles and responsibilities of the head teacher and governors
  • be familiar with the school, its staff and pupils
  • behave with integrity and be mutually supportive
  • expect school leaders to recognise that governors provide them with a different perspective which contributes to strengthening the school’s leadership
  • use the skills we bring, and the information we have about the school, to ask challenging questions, which are focused on improvement, and hold leaders to account for pupils’ outcomes
  • use time efficiently by delegating tasks into established committees and working parties with clear terms of reference to provide high levels of challenge & support
  • come to meetings well prepared and with pertinent questions ready so that we are able to provide support and constructive challenge
  • constantly reflect on our own effectiveness and make changes to improve. We consider our own training needs, as well as how we organise our work
  • ensure that the school uses its resources to ensure it achieves best value


Governors are unpaid volunteers whose duty it is to drive relentless ambition for the young people served by our
schools system, whatever the circumstances.

Governors are elected every four years and represent different sections of the community – Local Authority, co-opted, parents and staff.

Full Governing Board Meeting Dates 23 -24

Governing Body Membership 23 -24

Governor Roles 23-24 Petersfield Infant School

Governor Roles 22-23 Petersfield Infant School

Governor Training Petersfield Infant School

Governor Attendance 23-24 Petersfield Infant School

Declarations Petersfield Infant School

Governor Attendance 21-22 Petersfield Infant School

Constitution-Petersfield Infant School

Governors Details – Roles and Responsibilities

Declarations of Pecuniary Interests 2023 – 24-Petersfield Infant School

Declarations of Pecuniary Interests 2021 – 22-Petersfield Infant School

Schools financial benchmarking service: Petersfield Infant School

Year R Parent Induction Survey Results

Governor Body Membership 2020-21

Governor Declarations of Pecuniary Interest 2020-21

Governor Attendance 2019-20

Governing Body Terms of Reference

Headteacher Performance Management Committee Terms of Reference

Resources Committee Terms of Reference

School Improvement Committee Terms of Reference

Our Governors:

Crissy Hodgkinson


I am thoroughly enjoying my time as headteacher at Petersfield Infant School. The children are wonderful to be around, making me laugh and smile everyday. They are without a doubt the best part of my job! When I am not at work, I love to read and spend time with my family and my lovely Cocker Spaniels, Dude and Freddie.

Cara Schwick
Co-opted Governor

I feel very privileged to be actively involved with the school, both as a governor in my second term and a member of staff as a higher-level teaching assistant. It is extremely rewarding to be involved with a school where the staff focus on the achievements of every child.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughters, going for walks in the countryside or at the beach, paddle boarding, reading, and going to the gym.

Joe Wiegand

I grew up around Midhurst and after spending 4 years north of the border at university in Edinburgh and then some time working in London I returned to Midhurst in the mid-2000s. I have worked in financial planning for most of my career and have spent the last few years dealing specifically with the educational sector. It has proven to be a very rewarding part of the industry to be involved with and has allowed me to gain a good insight into how schools function. This has played a big part in my decision to become a governor and having recently moved to Petersfield I am delighted to join the school and the board of governors.

Away from work I have two daughters who are both now at senior school and so weekends are largely spent either operating as a taxi service or cheering on netball and hockey from the sidelines.


Clare Parsons
Co-opted Governor

I was born and brought up in South Wales, leaving to study at Southampton University when I as 18. I completed a 4-year BEd Hons history degree there and got my first job as a teacher in a large junior school in Portsmouth shortly after finishing. After a few years teaching I decided to try a different career and got a job in IT, working for IBM and was fortunate to do a variety of roles within the company, including being a Service Manager for one of IBM UK’s biggest clients. I have since returned to teaching which I am thoroughly enjoying; it definitely delivers job satisfaction! I have lived in Petersfield since 2002. I am married and have two sons, both of whom thoroughly enjoyed their time at Petersfield Infant School. Since having children my spare time has diminished significantly but when I do have that rare moment I like to go out for a run, read, visit the theatre, cook, catch up with friends or relax with a glass of wine.

Catherine Askam
Parent Governor

I have lived in Petersfield since 2011 and love being part of such a welcoming and active community. My son attends Petersfield Infant school, and he is thoroughly enjoying his time. I was educated in a community school in Yorkshire, and I graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. I am now an Associate Director in Strategy & Consulting but when I am not at work I enjoy building Lego with the children, watching a bit of Strictly,  attending live music events, cooking and catching up with friends and family. 

I wanted to play an active role both in my son’s education and the local community, so being a Parent Governor was an ideal opportunity for me.

Sue Barrows
Co-opted Governor

I grew up in Fleet and left to join the Royal Navy when I was 19 to train as an engineer officer. 17 years of adventure later, I changed career, becoming the Headmistress’s PA at a school in Portsmouth. At the same time, I decided to get involved in my local community and so became a governor at Petersfield Infant School. In 2013, my husband’s job took us abroad for 4 years but on my return I was delighted to re-join the governors. I am currently working as a HR manager in a school in Portsmouth. I enjoy singing, cycling, reading, travel and spending time with my nieces and nephews.

Adam Greaves

Vice Chair

My career to date has been all about supporting people to reach their potential having held a number of Learning and Development roles working with sporting professionals across the UK.  Currently I am the strategic lead for our new digital learning strategy which will enhance our ability to support the British high performance sporting community. 

Away from work, my love for sport and physical activity continues supporting our kids with their activities and remembering to keep myself fit and healthy! 

I spent most of my life in London, and we moved to Petersfield in 2016.  The location and surroundings has been perfect for raising our young family with our eldest having been through Petersfield Infant School and our youngest currently a pupil at the school.  Being a Governor is a perfect opportunity to support a school which has so much impact in the local community in helping our children develop to the best of their potential. 

Daren Evans

I’m happy to be a Co-opted Governor supporting the strategic direction, reviewing educational performance and good governance. As a full-time working parent I’ve now entered my second year (I would encourage any parent or upstanding member of the community to consider a four-year term) since starting in September 2022.

Our eldest child has now graduated from Petersfield Infants School and continues to flourish in Herne Juniors with the youngest at the beginning of their exciting learning journey.

Petersfield Infants School is at the heart of an inclusive community and allows life-long connections to be made for many pupils. They come together and be socially active in local teams, as you might find us at Petersfield Min’s Rugby on cold Sunday mornings.