Arundel Court Primary Academy & Nursery is an academy within the University of Chichester Multi-Academy Trust.
The governance within the University of Chichester Multi-Academy trust is undertaken by members, trustees (sometimes called Directors) and governors of individual academies. Click here to read more about UNICAT Governance.
The governors can be contacted via the school office.
Duties of the governing Body
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
- Set the aims and objectives for the school
- Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board. New to governance? Read more about being a governor in Welcome to Governance.
How to become a governor
How do I become a governor?
If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor there are a number of ways of finding schools that have vacancies:
- You can contact Arundel Court Primary Academy on 02392 824 893 or email us at email@example.com to ask if we need a new governor at our school
- You can contact your local council e.g Portsmouth City Council
- You can use the Inspiring Governance website
- Visit the UNICAT 'Become a Local Governor' page.
Meet the Governors
Revd Charlotte Hetherington – Chair of Governors
Revd Charlotte Hetherington joined Arundel Court as a Governor when she took up a post in the local parish as Associate Vicar with the care of St Faith’s, the church so close to the school. She was a teacher before she was a vicar. Now retired from full-time ministry she is delighted to continue her involvement with the school and the journey to excellence with the Chichester Academy Trust. She is married, has three grown up children, and a growing number of grandchildren.
She brings experience, commitment and her knowledge of the community to the Local Governing Body.
RevD Charlotte Hetherington can be contacted via email.
Mrs Karen Stocks – Head Teacher
Karen has worked in Education for 25 years including 12 years as
the Headteacher at Arundel Court. She is filled with pride for the
school and says that she has the best job in the world. Having a
father in the forces meant the family travelled a lot, she was born in
Nottingham and her first school was in Singapore, but she has lived in
Portsmouth since the tender age of 11. She is married to Craig and
has a Golden Cocker Spaniel, Lucy. Karen has represented England
and Hampshire at junior and senior level Tenpin bowling until just
recently when her knees gave up!
Mrs Natasha Mcknight – Clerk to the Governing Body
Mr pete shone
Pete has been associated with Arundel Court for over 18 years providing IT support and consultancy services. He started his IT career with Arundel Court as the schools IT support technician. Later he started a business with two of his closest friends, now exclusively supporting primary schools across the south coast region.
Away from work, Pete has a keen interest in volcanology and geology and tries to travel as often as possible to visit volcanoes and mountains around the world, coaxing his wife to join him. Although this hobby has had to take a bit of a pause for the after starting a family and has two girls.
Other interests include 20th century military history, cinema, American football (Buffalo Bills fan) and enthusiastically collects Star Wars Lego.
Dr Susannah Smith
Mr Brian GREEn
Brian came to Portsmouth 21 years ago to obtain a degree at the university. He fell in love with the city, its people and its history so he decided to settle here permanently. He has been a teacher in Portsmouth for 15 years with 8 of them being at Arundel Court.
In his younger days, Brian played rugby to a national standard and actually played many times against the legendary Jonny Wilkinson – Brian was often on the losing side! He was also a member of a successful band that performed gigs alongside some very famous recording artists.
Outside of school Brian regularly plays bass guitar and drums, he is a passionate armchair viewer of all sports, especially cricket and he is completely obsessed with Lego.