Governing board

Why do we have a governing board? Who are our governors? Governor meeting attendance Register of governor interests Contact us 

Why do we have a Governing Board?

School governors and trustees play an important role in leading our schools.  All schools are required to have a Governing Board, our purpose is to:

  • Set the strategic vision and direction, approve the budget and hold the senior leadership team to account.
  • Help the college to set high standards by planning for the college's future and setting targets for college improvement.
  • Keep the pressure up on college improvement.
  • Be a critical friend to the college, offering support and advice.
  • Help the college respond to the needs of parents and the community.
  • Work with the college on planning, developing policies and keeping the college under review.
  • Exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Principal and staff.
  • Not intervene in the day-to-day management of the college unless there are weaknesses in the college, then has a duty to take action.

You have not allowed cookies and this content may contain cookies.

If you would like to view this content please

Apply to be a parent governor

We are currently seeking applicants for the opportunity to join our school governing board.  Successful applicant(s) will:

  • join a friendly and dedicated team;
  • be supported to develop useful new skills and knowledge;
  • work with school leaders to assist children and young people to fulfil their aspirations;
  • give something of significant value back to our community

To apply please download and complete the application form download and email the clerk at

CLOSING DATE: Friday 19 October 2023

Back to top

Who are we?

We have Full Governing Board meetings monthly (excluding December, April and August).  We also have a Staff Pay and Performance Management Committee and a Governors Discipline Committee.

The Henry Cort Community College has a Governing Board made up of 12 people from several backgrounds.

  • 7 co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Board
  • 2 parent governors - elected by the parents.
  • 1 staff governor - elected by the staff
  • 1 is appointed by the Local Authority (Hampshire County Council)
  • At The Henry Cort Community College the Principal is automatically a member of the Governing Board



Start date

Current Term of Office Ends


Mark Badger

Local authority 22/02/2023 21/02/2027
  • Chair of Governors
  • Link governor - Health & safety

Malcolm Brand




  • Vice-chair of Governors
  • Link governor — Finance and policies

Mickiela Blake

Co-opted 25/01/2023 24/01/2027
  • TBC

Claudia Cubbage

Staff (Principal)


  • Principal
Kelly Denton Parent 01/03/2022 28/0/2026
  • Link governor — Quality of Education
  • Link governor — Pupil Premium & EAL


Christine Hansford Co-opted 06/06/2018 05/06/2026
  • Link governor - Quality of Education
Graeme Johnston Co-opted 17/05/2023 16/05/2027
  • TBC

Jenny Nutt




  • Development and training governor

Carl Stanton

 Co-opted 25/01/2023 24/01/2027
  • Link governor - Behaviour & Attitudes
  • Link governor - Pupil Premium

Katie Wainwright

Co-opted 25/01/2023 24/01/2027
  • TBC

Stuart Warner

Co-opted 21/07/2022 20/06/2026
  • Link governor - Leadership & Management
Back to top

Register of governor interests

Governor name Name of business* Nature of business Nature of interest Date of appointment or acquisition Date of cessation of interest (if applicable)
Mark Badger NIL NIL NIL NIL  
Mikaelia Blake NIL NIL NIL NIL  
Malcolm Brand Harrison Primary School Vice-chair of governors Son holds this position 09/09/2020  
Claudia Cubbage Employed  Education Principal 01/09/2015  
Kelly Denton The Thinking Schools Academy Trust Education Employee 01/09/2014  
Christine Hansford NIL NIL NIL NIL  
Graeme Johnston NIL NIL NIL NIL  
Jenny Nutt Employed  Education Teacher of English and HPL 01/09/2017  
Carl Stanton Hampshire County Council Education Employee    
Katie Wainwright NIL NIL NIL NIL  
Stuart Warner NIL NIL NIL NIL  

 * Including: Governor elsewhere, related or married to member of staff or employed at school

Back to top

Governing board meetings attendance during academic year 2022/23  

Name Meetings Attended Out of a Possible
Mark Badger 4 4
Mikaelia Blake 4 6
Malcolm Brand 8 9
Ian Brewerton (Left) 4 4
Claudia Cubbage 9 9
Kelly Denton 9 9
Charlotte Faithfull 7 9
Christine Hansford 8 9
Graeme Johnston 2 2
Jenny Nutt 7 9
Carl Stanton 3 4
Gary Steward (Left) 3 5
Katie Wainwright 3 5
Stuart Warner 8 9
Back to top
UPDATED: 9 October 2023