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Meet our Governing Body

Nine Acres Governing Body

The governing body's main tasks are to set the strategic direction and improvement of the school, support and challenge the school, and hold the school to account for the standards and quality of education it achieves.


Contacting the Governors


The governing body is always keen to hear the views of anyone interested in the welfare of our school.  Messages can be left at the school office by letter. If you have a complaint, please look at the policy on the website. We encourage you to speak with the school in the first instance.


Interested in being a Governor?


The role of a school governor is demanding but very rewarding and it is a good way to give back to the local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Contact the office if you wish to find out more.


Mr Chris Douglas

Chair of Governors/Parent Governor

“Hello, my name is Chris Douglass and I am currently the Chair of Nine Acres Governing body. As a parent with one child at Nine Acres, I have a vested interest in the continued success of the school.
I became a Governor to help make a difference and a positive contribution to the education and inspiration of our children, which is ever more important in this technology driven world.
A vital part of my Governor role is oversight of the Pupil Premium, additional funding to assist the progress of those children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, who need the most support right from the beginning of their school career.
I firmly believe a good education is paramount. The best start we can give our children, to empower and enable them to make the right choices and deal with all that a fast paced modern life can throw at them.
Should you wish to, I can be contacted in writing via the school office.”

Mrs Elizabeth Dyer

Head teacher

Having worked across both the Primary and Secondary sector, I have a clear vision of education for the children of Nine Acres. We work closely together as a Governing Body to ensure that we continue to drive through improvements that mean each and every child receives the best possible education. It is a priviledge to be the Headteacher at Nine Acres Primary school with the children at the heart of every decision that is made.

Mr Ian Townsend

Vice Chair

Hello, my name is Ian Townsend and I have the privilege of being the Vice Chair of Governors here at Nine Acres primary school. I have been on the board of Governors since Easter 2015 and have enjoyed being part of the schools journey since that time. Among many other roles and activities, I take a lead in supporting and monitoring EYFS and English. I am an experienced primary school teacher myself and use my professional knowledge as best I can to support the Head Teacher, the staff and the Governor’s to give the children of Nine Acres the education they deserve in a safe, caring and nurturing environment where they can develop resilience, perseverance and above all else, success. My daughter is a very happy pupil at the school so when working with the Governors, my first thoughts are always from a parents perspective. The pleasure of serving on the Governors is that the children are at the very heart of every discussion that is had and decision that is made.
As we strive for excellence, we always welcome and encourage your thoughts and feedback and warmly welcome you to come and see what we are doing and where possible, be a part of it.

Mrs Lesley Smith

Staff Governor

My name is Lesley Smith and I work within the school as a Learning Support Assistant.
Since being appointed as a Governor, I have seen the school and the Governing Body change over the years. The one thing that has been consistent during this time is that the Governors have always had the best interests of the children at the forefront of their decision making.
Following the Ofsted inspection, the Governing Body is now working very closely with Mrs Dyer and the School Leadership Team to ensure that the school continues to grow and develop so we reach the best standard of education for all.
I wish your child every success in the years ahead.
Lesley Smith

Mr Richard Crossley


My name is Richard Crossley and I am Clerk to the Nine Acres governing body. I spent most of my early working life in telecommunications engineering and quality assurance, travelling worldwide on a regular basis. My family and I moved to Boston, USA, where we lived for 5 years and a significant part of my children’s education was in the USA. In 2004 we returned to the UK and I trained to obtain a teaching qualification. I worked for 4 years in middle school and, after they were abolished, another 4 years in high school teaching science and ICT. I took early retirement from full time teaching one year ago and I now work as a primary school Learning Support Assistant, spending most of my time providing literacy and numeracy support to children who struggle in those areas. I find this support of young learners very rewarding.In addition to my ‘main’ job, I have acted as Clerk to several governing bodies over the past 8 years. I was also a middle school staff Governor. My interest in governance arose initially out of a desire to become more familiar with the detail of the education system and has developed into a support role that I really enjoy. I provide secretarial support to the Governors, setting agendas and writing minutes. I also provide them with advice on the legal issues affecting school governance. I am involved with the record keeping of the school’s policies and assisting in the recruitment of new Governors and their records on the Hampshire Education web site. Having acted as Clerk for Nine Acres for around 8 months, I am looking forward to helping them on their journey to be a continually improving school.

Miss Rachel Paddon

Assistant Head teacher/SENDCo

My name is Rachel Paddon and I am a staff governor. I grew up on the island and lived here until I left to train as a teacher. When I qualified, I taught in a large primary school in West London for 11 years. I returned to the island in 2005 and happily have been at Nine Acres ever since! Having been part of Nine Acres for a few years, I feel a close bond with the children & families and love working in such an amazing school. I think that Nine Acres has been able to achieve so much because of the courage, commitment & determination of all involved.
I enjoy being a staff governor as it enables me to bring a teachers perspective to governors meetings and the opportunity to be a voice for my colleagues.

Mrs Helen Kalaker


My name is Helen Kalaker and I joined the Governing Body as a parent governor in January 2018. My children have attended Nine Acres over the past 9 years and I have witnessed lots of changes during that time. This prompted me to become more involved with the school and offer support. I work as a Health Visitor and have been involved in the local community for many years. I have an interest in safeguarding and believe that every child has the right to feel safe, happy and be supported to fulfil their potential. I am keen to support the on-going development of the school with the children remaining the focus of all decisions.

Mr Mark Isaacson


My name is Mark Everton Isaacson and I have been a parent governor since March 2019. I have 2 children, 1 currently attending the school who is in Year 5 and my youngest is in Year 1. I studied at Liverpool John Moores University, where I gained a Bsc (Hons) Degree in Science and Football. My responsibilities as a Governor include overseeing the Sports Premium and I am also a Designated Mental Health governor .

Mrs Lisa Vis


I became a co-opted Governor in September of this year. I grew up on the Island and attended both Nine Acres and Medina High School. After leaving the Sixth Form I left the Island to attend Drama School in London.

Although initially trained as an actor, I retrained as a teacher in Further Education, and I worked in Sixth Forms in both London and Hampshire teaching Drama. My family and I returned to the Island 10 years ago as I wanted my children to have a childhood close to their extended family. My current role is in marketing, and I am hoping to use my skills to help the School’s great reputation spread far and wide. I became interested in being a Governor last year after wanting to use my skills to help the community in which I grew up.

Having worked as a teacher, I know how vital a strong Governing body is for the staff and the pupils of any school. I am looking forward to being part of a team that helps all Nine Acres pupils reach their potential.

Mr Ben Britton


I've been a governor since September 2019 and have responsibility for Maths and British Values. My background is in youth work and teaching, including 8 years as a secondary school humanities teacher. I'm now the pastor of a church in Freshwater but wanted to continue contributing to education. I grew up on the island and I believe that well run schools are absolutely essential, particularly in raising aspirations and giving children the best possible life chances, and that's why I became a governor.