Meet the Governors

Meet our Governors. Governors are a very special part of our school.

The purpose of the Governing Body is to work in partnership with the school to provide the best possible educational experience for its pupils.  Governors can be contacted via the school.  Letters and emails are forwarded to the chair upon receipt.


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I have been a parent governor at Craneswater Junior School for several years and recently took the role of vice-chair. My working background is information technology, have worked for a large computer company for 28 years. I live in Southsea with my wife and two children (both now at secondary school), who went through Craneswater school themselves. I was impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff who are committed to both excellent teaching and the allround development of the children, providing a nurturing environment in which they can grow into happy, confident and caring young people. I am keen to help the school along this path and continue to deliver the same opportunities to children in the future. My main leisure interest is scuba diving (but only in warm water!).

I moved back to Portsmouth (my hometown) in 1993 after a 15 year teaching career in East London. I was making a shift from Primary School Teacher to University Lecturer and wanted to stay involved with schools in some way and becoming a Governor at Craneswater seemed a great way to do that. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone and the fact that I am still here reflects how much I feel a part of the school and its development. What I really like about Craneswater is the happy atmosphere and the range of activities that go on in and outside of the classroom; especially the school play!
When I am not at Governors meetings or lecturing at the University, I help to run Cinema Number 6 in the Dockyard ad can also be found supporting Pompey at Fratton Park.

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I live very near the school and all my three children attended. They have since moved on - one each at university, college and senior school.
I originally became a parent governor for the usual reasons - I wanted to make sure my children were at a good school. They all had a great time at Craneswater and I felt I should carry on as a Community Governor. I have responsibility for health, safety and safeguarding. I am also chair of the resources committee. These roles relate to my job as a manager with BT where I have worked locally for many years. In my spare time I enjoy what Albert Road has to offer, trying to play golf and sadly, watching Portsmouth FC.

I run my own antique shop in Castle Road, Southsea and have been buying andselling antiques since leaving City Boys School. My daughter, Maddie, was the first connection to Craneswater, followed by my son, Harvey, in 2008. During Harvey’s time at Craneswater I ran the school football team which I thoroughly enjoyed. Football is a passion of mine – I am a coach for Meon Milton Youth Team and have a season ticket to Fratton Park. My wife, Sam, has worked as a teaching assistant at Craneswater for seven years. My wife and I are passionate about the school and its good reputation and I wish to be part of the school’s continued success.

My name Dr Enamul Hoque. My wife is Kamrunnaher Siddika. I have two children, Shajid currently at year 6 at Craneswater Junior and daughter, Sabiha student of Goldsmith Infant at reception class. I got PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Postdoc from the University of Portsmouth. I am a parent governor for Craneswater Junior. I contribute at the Full Governing Body meeting so that its highest potential is achieved. My special responsibility is training liaison for the governing body. I am also a local authority governor for the Goldsmith Infant. I enjoy working for the community. My hobby is travelling and love the Nature. My e-mail account: and skype: enamul_uk

First of all I'm married to Ryan and mum to a daughter in year 4, and another at Southsea Infant School, who will hopefully also come to Craneswater Junior School. I've been a Governor for about 5 years and Chair of Governors for about 2. I've a PhD in Marine Biology and am passionate about science and the natural environment. I'm also a scuba diver and when I have time I teach diving at the University of Portsmouth Sub Aqua Club. I've worked for IBM for 13 years now and am gradually tailoring my job away from pure technology more towards management and hopefully encouraging sustainability within IBMers. I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home when I need to, which helps if I want or need to pop into the school. I live very locally, love Southsea, and love and feel very proud of Craneswater Junior School and all its achievements, whether academic or otherwise. I feel very strongly that the wide variety of opportunities and experiences that Craneswater offers all the children are vitally important in building confidence and helping the children understand the world around them. I've observed for myself the enthusiasm and dedication of the team of staff, not just to their own class but to all the extra curricular activities. Similar enthusiasm and dedication is displayed by the team of governors, and this feeling of the whole community working together for the children gives Craneswater a very special atmosphere

My name is Bev Higson. I am married to Ian and have two children Natasha currently in year 5 at Craneswater and Alex who will hopefully be starting at Craneswater in September 2012. I am a Secondary Maths teacher presently teaching at Springfield School so I have an understanding of education and what Craneswater is preparing our children for. I like the way Craneswater instills a sense of independence in our children by encouraging them to try new things whether this be a trip away from home, like Hooke Court in year 3 or fundraising for Children in Need.

I have worked at Craneswater for ten years. I began working on a one to one basis in Year Four and since that time I have worked with every year group on both a one to one level and as a Class TA. I took on the role of School Librarian in 2009, a role that I have found very rewarding and stimulating. I take an active role in the running of the school; I have been a staff governor for the past three years, and I also sit on the curriculum committee. I enjoy my various roles in the school and seek to constantly improve my knowledge and pass that on to the children I work with. Previous to my time at Craneswater, I worked for four years as a Special Needs Assistant at Wimborne Infant School, also sitting on their school’s Board of Governors.
My particular passion is reading and enabling all children to engage in Reading; there is a book out there for everyone.