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.
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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


Mr Mark Badger

Local authority Governor 17 May 2023 16 May 2027
  • Chair 
  • Link Governor - Leadership & Management
VACANCY Co-opted Governor      
VACANCY Co-opted Governor      

Mr Malcolm Brand

Co-opted Governor

17 Jul 2023

16 Jul 2027

  • Link governor - Finance

Mr Chris Anders

Interim Principal


  • Principal
Mrs Kelly Denton Parent Governor 01 Mar 2022 28 Feb 2026
  • Vice Chair
  • Link Governor — Pupil Premium
Mr Graeme Johnston Co-opted Governor 17 May 2023 16 May 2027
  • Link Governor - Behaviour & Attitudes
  • Staff Wellbeing

Mrs Jenny Nutt

Staff Governor

28 Nov 2022

27 Nov 2026

  • Development and Training Governor
Mr Andrew Osborn

Co-opted Governor

22 Nov 2023 21 Nov 2027
  • Link Governor - Personal Development
Mrs Claire Robinson Parent Governor 19 Oct 2023 18 Oct 2027
  • TBC

Mr Carl Stanton

Co-opted Governor 25 Jan 2023 24 Jan 2027
  • Link Governor - Safeguarding
  • Link Governor - SEND
Mr Michael Turner Clerk    
  • Clerk

Ms Tina Woodcock

Co-opted Governor 27 March 2024 26 March 2028
  • TBC
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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  
Malcolm Brand Harrison Primary School Vice-chair of governors Son holds this position 09/09/2020  
Kelly Denton The Thinking Schools Academy Trust Education Employee 01/09/2014  
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    

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

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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
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UPDATED: 9 Jan 2024