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Welcome to East Meon (Church of England) Primary School.  We do hope you will choose our school for your son or daughter. We have fantastic facilities, have a dedicated team of teaching and support staff and are very well integrated within the local thriving community of East Meon.


As Governors we are volunteers and fulfil our roles in accordance with the seven principles of public life – Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership. We do not take an active part in the day-to-day running of the school as this is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff. We do though set the vision and strategy for the school and ensure that all decisions made by the Head and staff are consistent with these aspirations. Please do take a read of our vision and strategy as this is what sets us apart from other schools.


The governing body works closely with school staff to ensure that high standards are maintained in all aspects of school life. We are especially interested in children’s academic and creative achievements as well as cultural, emotional and social development. We also oversee decisions about the school’s finances and property, staffing and the use of indoor and outdoor facilities.


We have up to 12 governors in total on our board representing staff, parents, the community, the church and the Local Authority. In addition to the formal board of governors we have many parents who provide their support on a voluntary basis during the school day and/or as part of our associated charity; Friends of East Meon School (‘FEMS’). If you would be interested in supporting the school as a governor, through FEMS or more informally then please do approach the Headteacher or myself.


I look forward to welcoming you and your children to our school.


Best wishes

Lucy Gaisford
Chair of Governors




Co-opted Governor Vacancies


East Meon Church of England (Controlled) Primary School currently has one vacancy for a co-opted governor and we are seeking to fulfil this role from members of our local community.

Being a school governor can be a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It allows you to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community, and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. As a governor you will be able to:

  • Use your own experience of life beyond school to inform conversations
  • Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment
  • Make a valuable contribution to the education of our pupils and our community
  • Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff
  • Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights to help make decisions in the interests of the school community.

Our School has a governing board, which meets 9 times a year, consisting of 12 members made up of parents, cop-opted members from the local community, the school headteacher and senior staff, our Vicar as well as governors appointed by HCC and the diocese of Portsmouth & Winchester.

Anyone aged over 18 or over can be a governor and you do not need to be a parent. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of free training available to help you learn about education and schools.

Schools benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their governing board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.

If you would be interested in supporting our school and its pupils then in the first instance, please contact us on either of the below email addresses or pop into the school to speak directly with Amy O’Toole.

Further details on the school can be found on our website:



Amy O’Toole                                       Lucy Gaisford

Headteacher                                       Chair of Governors