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Hove Junior School

Portland Road & Holland Road

"We continue to be a good school" - Ofsted, 2016

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Jeff Nixon, Chair and Local Authority Governor

I have been a governor of the school since 2004‎, when my son was in Year 3. Initially starting as a parent governor,  I became a local authority governor in 2008.  Since retiring from my post as regional officer of the NUT in 2009, I have spent more and more time on governor work and in 2010 became chair of governors.  I also serve on the governing body of Carden Primary School.

Shahena Bashir, Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor

I have been a  governor for seven years. Both of my children are currently at secondary school. I strongly believe in all children deserving an excellent education, and in my role as governor, I can be instrumental in the implementation of this.  I am at present a writer, as well as serving on the governing board of Hove Park Secondary School.


Lisa Marshall,  Co-opted Governor

Having joined the governing body as a parent governor over 4 years ago, I was delighted to be able to continue as a community governor when my daughter left.    I have learnt so much in my time as a governor and have found it very rewarding to work with the whole school community to ensure that all our children have a really positive early learning experience.

Mark Drayton, Co-opted Governor

 I live locally and have worked in Brighton & Hove in the public and community sectors for the last 20 years, previously at the Brighton Resource Centre, assisting many community groups in terms of production of literature, fundraising, training and advice and most recently for Affinity Sutton Housing for over 12 years as a Resident Involvement Officer. I am now an independent case worker for the trade union movement.  I have also been a governor at Queens Park School and trained as an early years teacher, so am passionate about education and the educational opportunities afforded to the children at Hove Junior school. 

Dr Mike Lawson, Co-opted Governor

I started in my co-opted governor's role in early 2016. I’m really enjoying getting to know the governing body, the staff, parents and pupils, the school and the governance systems. Currently I’m a member of the safeguarding committee, and a Curriculum link governor for English. I also work for the local mental health trust as a consultant forensic Clinical Psychologist. 

Ian Nicholls, Co-opted Governor

I am a new governor at Hove Junior having been a governor at West Hove Infants for four years. I have two children at the junior school in years 3 and 5. I have lived locally for about 10 years and work in Brighton for the Civil Service. I also volunteer for the scouts and am treasurer of the 3rd Hove.

Jo Corbett, Parent Governor

I was delighted to have been elected as a parent governor in April 2016. I have one son at Hove Juniors Portland Road, and an older son who started secondary school in September 2016 and previously attended Hove Juniors. I work at the University of Brighton where my role involves policy and strategy development and implementation, planning, financial management and stewardship, people and change management and service delivery. I have worked in higher education for 17 years and recognise the importance of early positive school experiences and the impact those experiences have in shaping children's learning aspirations later in life.

Louise Wilkinson, Parent Governor

I’m really pleased to have been elected as a parent governor in 2017. I have a son at Holland Road and a daughter currently at nursery. I’m looking forward to getting to know the school, staff and pupils better and helping the school meet its challenges and provide a positive education experience for everyone. I have a strong interest in mental wellbeing and believe it should be high on the agenda of all the decisions taken to ensure we are giving every child the best possible chance to thrive

Maddie Southern,  Headteacher

Nicole Essex, Head of School - Holland Road (Associate Member)

Sarah Shaw, School Business Manager

Charlotte Freeman, Clerk to Governors