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.

Are you interested in becoming a governor?

Being a school governor means being interested in getting the best education for our students.  Governors can become involved in a range of school matters, which can include recruitment, finance and curriculum.  They also provide a strong link between the school and the local community, and an independent view to support the school on long term development and improvement.

To register your interest or find out more, please email the clerk at

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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


Christine Hansford Co-opted 06/06/2018 05/06/2022
  • Chair of Governors

Malcolm Brand




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

Claudia Cubbage

Staff (Principal)


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

Charlotte Faithfull

Parent 10/11/2020 09/11/2024
  • Safeguarding governor
  • Link governor — Behaviour & attitudes

Jenny Nutt




  • Development and training governor

Stuart Warner

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

Carl Stanton

 Co-opted 25/01/2023 24/01/2027
  • Link governor - Behaviour & attitudes

Mark Badger

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

Mickiela Blake

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

Katie Wainwright

Co-opted 25/01/2023 24/01/2027 TBC
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Register of governor interests - 2022/23

Governor name Name of business* Nature of business Nature of interest Date of appointment or acquisition Date of cessation of interest (if applicable)
Malcolm Brand Harrison Primary School Vice-chair of governors Son holds this position 09/09/2020  
Ian Brewerton Earl of Southampton Trust Charity Trustee 02/09/2020  
Rowner Community Trust Finance Officer   01/05/2013  
Claudia Cubbage Employed  Education Principal 01/09/2015  
Kelly Denton The Thinking Schools Academy Trust Education Employee 01/09/2014  
Charlotte Faithfull Hampshire County Council Education Employee and governor 01/09/2001  
Christine Hansford NIL NIL NIL NIL  
Jenny Nutt Employed  Education Teacher of English and HPL 01/09/2017  
Alec Payne Employed at school Education Head of Communications Faculty 04/01/2022  
Gary Steward NIL NIL NIL NIL  
Stuart Warner NIL NIL NIL NIL  

 * 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 2021/22  

Name Meetings Attended Out of a Possible

Mr I Brewerton



Mr M Brand



Mrs K Denton



Ms C Cubbage



Mrs C Faithfull



Mr A Payne



Mr G Elliott



Mr M Badger



Mr G Steward



Mrs J Nutt

8 10
Mrs C Hansford 8


Mrs S Smith

4 4
Mr R Carpenter 1


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UPDATED: 11 May 2023