Our Governors

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.


  • C. Douglass

    Chair of Governors/Parent Governor

    “Hello, I have been a Parent Governor at Nine Acres since November 2013 and currently have two children attending the school. I have also been Chair of Governors since August 2015.

    As part of my Governor role, I am responsible for the oversight of the Pupil Premium money, which the Government allocates as an additional payment to assist in enhancing the progress of those children who come from a disadvantaged background.

    My day job is in the Maritime Industry, and I currently work in the logistics sector.

    I firmly believe 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 modern life can throw at them is essential. “

  • E. Dyer


    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.

  • I. 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.

  • M. Sizer -Green

    Co-opted Governor

    My name is Mike Sizer-Green. I joined the governor team at Nine Acres in February 2017. I came to be a governor through my involvement in organising and sustaining volunteer projects at the school. I wanted to build on that cooperation and success by serving the school as a governor and I am now responsible for the monitoring of safeguarding and of British Values.

    I am employed as the manager of the Wessex Cancer Trust support and advice centre in Newport. I am qualified to teach in the post compulsory education sector and spent an academic year lecturing at the IOW College. Prior to that I was a police officer for 18 years and before that I served in the Royal Air Force for 13 years, spending a considerable amount of my service overseas.

    I have a passion for education and continued personal development. I hold a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and I having recently been awarded an MSc in Leadership and Management from the University of Portsmouth.

    I am a keen sportsman and love challenge. I swam the English Channel in 2006 and the Gibraltar Strait in 2014.

  • L. Smith

    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

  • R. 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.

  • R. Paddon

    Assitant Head/SENCo

    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.

  • H. Kalaker

    Parent Governor

    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.

Nineacres Governors FGB Meeting Attendance Sept. 2018 – July 2019


Beth Dyer (Head)             9 meetings attended out of a possible 9

Chris Douglass (Chair)    9 meetings attended out of a possible 9                                                    

Lesley Smith                      8 meetings attended out of a possible 9

Ian Townsend                   7 meetings attended out of a possible 9

Mike Sizer-Green            7 meetings attended out of a possible 9

Rachel Paddon                  8 meetings attended out of a possible 9

Helen Kalaker                    7 meetings attended out of a possible 9

Mark Isaacson                   2 meetings attended out of a possible 4