MEET THE 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. Click below for more information about our governors.
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 all round 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 and can also be found supporting Pompey at Fratton Park.
After leaving my industrial job in 1995 I became employed at Craneswater Junior School as a Special Needs Assistant. I found working with children in the educational environment easy and rewarding but also challenging. I found the out of school activities the most enjoyable and taught swimming, hockey and gymnastics. I have been on many of the residential trips, Hooke Court, Stubbington and Fairthorne up until 2016. I have enjoyed keeping in contact with the children whom I have seen develop with confidence on these residential visits. I enjoy my role and am very proud of being part of a good team of Governors. This job is made easier by the guidance and support of a great Headteacher and SLT. All staff are helpful and make me feel one of them and this is what makes Craneswater Junior School exceptional.
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 Governor. I have responsibility for health, safety. 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 and selling 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 who attended Craneswater Junior, and my daughter Sabiha. I have a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Postdoc from the University of Portsmouth. I was a parent governor for Craneswater Junior and am now a co-opted governor. I contribute at the Full Governing Body meeting so that the school's highest potential can be achieved. My special responsibility is training liaison for the governing body. I enjoy working for the community. My hobby is travelling and I also love nature.
I have lived in Southsea for 25 years and love the community spirit. Both My children will be attending Craneswater for their Junior school years. Since my first visit to the school I have been impressed by the atmosphere, the teachers are dedicated and nurturing and the children are happy, respectful & thriving, which I believe is a reflection of the hard work from all the teachers, staff & support network. My husband & I run our own business, I also volunteer for Portsmouth Business Support Bank as I feel it is important to me to give back to the community. I thoroughly enjoy being a Governor and I hope I can assist in its development and future success.
I was born and educated in Portsmouth but spent my formative years in London and other areas of the UK. I left secondary school with no real qualifications, but returned to higher education to read Film Studies and then gained an MA in Creative Writing. My varied career includes stints as a chef, a lecturer and for the past 14 years I have been a police officer. I currently work in youth offending and subscribe to a restorative approach in resolving conflict and harm. I have two children at Craneswater and they really enjoy going to the school, and we very much enjoy living in Southsea. I wanted to become a governor in order to support all the good work being undertaken by the teaching staff at the school, and to help my boys. I understand the importance of having a good education and the obstacles that occur when you do not.
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.
I have been involved with Craneswater Junior School for a number of years. All 3 of my children thoroughly enjoyed their time here and have made lifelong friends. I was a Teaching Assistant previously but have been an Accredited Clerk to Governors since 2014 and also Clerk for 3 other schools in the City.
Our vision for Craneswater is to be a school that develops all our pupils as confident, well-rounded, caring young people who learn effectively and contribute to their communities and wider society. We strive to do this through the provision of outstanding teaching in a caring and supportive environment that gives every child the opportunity to achieve their academic, personal and social potential.
At Craneswater Junior School we have a team of governors that work as volunteers to support the school. Their role is to support and challenge the Headteacher, to help set the vision and strategic direction of the school and to ensure that our school is the very best it could be.
Governors have a wide range of responsibilities. These include tasks such as:
Ensuring that the school meets its legal responsibilities
Reviewing and approving the school budget
Making decisions about the school building and premises
Setting school policies
Appointing staff and making decisions about current staffing
Looking at how well groups of pupils are performing and ensuring action is taken if there any concerns
The Governing Body meets at least once every term. A range of subcommittee meetings (Curriculum, Finance and Pay & Personnel) also take place at least once per term. During these meetings we look at a wide range of information to find out how well the school is performing. Mr Jones provides a detailed Headteacher’s report at these meetings but we also look at data and independent reports so that we can make our own decisions about how well things are going.
Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.
If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact us care of the School Office or email us.