Welcome from The Chair of Governors

Welcome to Stanbridge Lower School.

Governors have a vital role to play in helping to make sure that every child has the best start to their school life.  Governors use their diverse knowledge and experience to add value to the strategic decision-making process of the school. The Head Teacher has responsibility for the day to day management of the school.

Our Mission Statement

We believe in our children, and children are at the heart of everything we do.

We aim for all children to reach their full potential gaining a firm understanding of reading, writing and maths,reaching their age related expectations across the curriculum whilst making the best possible progress.

We want our children to gain skills and knowledge which helps them prepare for their future educational experiences, be good learners with enquiring minds who persevere and engage and enjoy their learning within a creative curriculum, taking part in lessons which are exciting and stimulating.

We aim for all children to become digitally aware, health aware, socially aware and be able to realise the importance of looking after their emotional wellbeing to keep themselves safe and happy.

We aim for all children to have the best possible attendance so they can have a full educational experience across their years at Stanbridge.

We aim to provide a stimulating, challenging and nurturing learning environment which inspires children to flourish.

We aim for children to know how to be active, engaged members of society who care about their role as part of a family, community and the wider world; encouraging them to understand what it means to be a good local and global citizen.  They will know the difference between right and wrong, fair and unfair and know how to make the right choices.

We aim for children to feel secure and confident in a sustained nurturing, happy and inclusive ethos where diversity and cultural identity are valued.

“We Believe in our Children”

(Updated 2021:  Governors and staff)


The Governing Body has a clear structure, and responsibilities are delegated to the following committees:

Finance and Resources: setting the school budget, monitoring spending, staffing structure, pay and salaries including premises; health and safety, maintenance, school grounds and premises improvement

Education and Standards:  raising standards and monitoring data outcomes, behaviour, attendance, developing the school curriculum, inclusion, health and emotional well being.

Publicity:  school brochure, website compliance, promoting our school in the community

Head Teacher Performance:  setting targets to further develop standards in our school

The Governing Body and I are proud of our school and we contribute strategically to the overall standards of education at Stanbridge.  We do this by monitoring all aspects of the school’s performance including attendance, standards of achievement, progress, behaviour, and finance.  We want to do all we can to give every child at the school the opportunity to progress, to succeed and to fulfil their potential. We are all committed to making a real difference to education for the children who attend our school.

Yours sincerely

Christine Payne Photograph

Christine Payne
Chair of Governors

 Appointment  Name  Date of Appointment  Term of Office

Attendance FGB

x 3 meetings

Sept 23-Sept 24

Attendance Sub Committee

x 3 meetings

Sept 23- Sept 24

Head Teacher Miss Samantha Gooding September 2023 1st Year 100%

Curr =100%

F/R = 100%

Chair of Governors

Mrs Christine Payne

Chair of Head Teacher Performance

June 2011 12 years 100%

Curr =100%

F/R = 100%

Staff Governor Miss Charlotte Hughes January 2021 3 yr  100%

Curr =100%

F/R = 100%

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Tracy Davies


September 2004 19 years 100%

Curr =100%

F/R = 100%

Parent Governor Mr Chris Gunning April 2023 1 year 100%

Curr =100%

F/R = 100%

Parent Governor

Mr Paul Horne

Health and Safety

Forest Schools 

Publicity including website compliance


September 2020 3 year 100%

Curr =100%

F/R = 100%

Co-opted Governor  Vacancy x2        
Clerk to the Governors Mrs Kim McGregor September 2023 1st Year 100%

Curr =100%

F/R = 100%

Vacancies = x2 Co-opted Govenor

Governors’ Roles in Other Schools:  Reverend Kaushal David is a Governor at another local school.  

Governors’ Business Interests:  None

Governors’ Financial Interests:  None

School Employees with a Gross Income of £100,0000+: None

Schools Financial Benchmarking for Stanbridge Lower School

Autumn 2020 Letter from Chair of Governors

2019 Newsletter-Governors-Report-for-Parents (1)

Governor Privacy Notice