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Bevois Town Primary School



Welcome to our Governors' section. 

''Governors are absolutely committed to getting the best for

every pupil and know the school's strengths and weaknesses well.''

(Ofsted, October 2018)

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Letter to parents from Chair of Governors: Simon Gibson

Bevois Town Primary School Governing Body 2019-20



Term of Office 

End date

Position Committees Phase Link Responsibilities
Simon Gibson 31/12/20 Chair

Strategy & Resources; HT Performance Review; Standing Appeals

  Trust Gov; H&S; GDPR; SFVS
Katie Stewart 31/12/20 Vice-chair Strategy & Resources; Standing Appeals Y2/3 Safeguarding; Equality & Diversity
Hilary Jackson 10/11/20   Strategy & Resources; Headteacher Performance Review; Standing Appeals Y4/5/6 Pupil Premium
Alison Maybury n/a   Strategy & Resources;    Trust Governor; 
Shalini Mitchell 19/03/21   Standing Appeals YR/1 Attendance; SEND
Katharine Tantillo 25/03/22        


Governing Body Interests 2020-21


Governor Name of Business Nature of Business Nature of Interest
Simon Gibson


-- --
Hilary Jackson -- -- --
Alison Maybury Bevois Town Primary School Education Headteacher
Shalini Mitchell -- -- --
Katie Stewart

Bevois Town Community


Pre-School Committee member
Katharine Tantillo Bevois Town Primary School Education Teacher


Governing Body Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings 2018-19



Gov Type 18/09/18 30/10/18 29/01/19 26/03/19 21/05/19 16/07/19
Zahir Ahmed Co-opted P P P A P A
Jaimie Ellis* Co-opted P P P P P --
Simon Gibson Parent P P P P P P
Florence Harvey Co-opted P P P P P P
Hilary Jackson LA P P P P P P
Shalini Mitchell Co-opted P P P A A P
Katie Stewart Parent P P P P P P
Katharine Tantillo Staff -- -- -- -- P P
P = present              
A= apologies              

* resigned 03/07/19



Simon Gibson

I serve as the Chair of Governors, having been appointed to the role at the start of this academic year.  I  joined Bevois Town Primary as a Parent-Governor in July 2017 and am also a member of the Strategy & Resources Committee.  I joined the Governing Body after my son had just finished his first year at Bevois Town where he thoroughly enjoyed and thrived in the environment created by the excellent staff and children in his class.  Through his year I was able to see how the school dealt with a range of issues in a considerate and effective way, and this has encouraged my passion to be part of continuing to make this a safe, encouraging, fun and successful learning environment for all the wonderful people involved.   I now also have a daughter at the School and both are thriving in the very supportive environment.  My background is varied having worked as a bank manager, a printing business owner, a receptionist at a hospital children’s department and now, with the privilege of being, a full-time dad.  


Hilary Jackson

I became a governor at Bevois Town in November 2013 and was the Chair of Governors from September 2014 to 2018.  I am a member of the Resources Committee.

I was previously a headteacher of a Hampshire secondary school for 13 years until I retired in 2013.  Prior to that I was a modern languages teacher and deputy head at Chamberlayne Park School here in Southampton.  The City has been my adopted home-town since 1987, having met then married an ardent Saints supported whilst we were both working at a lively London comprehensive.

I live in Portswood and was keen to become involved in the community once I had more time; I greatly appreciate the opportunity to contribute as a governor in my local primary school.


Shalini Mitchell

I became a governor at Bevois Town in March 2018. I was born and brought up in India and moved to Germany in 2005 where I then spent two years before coming to the UK in 2007. I have lived within a stone’s throw of Bevois Town since moving to Southampton in 2013 and have always been amazed with the diversity of our town. My husband and I were keen for our son to go to the local school and luckily, he was accepted to start his reception year at Bevois Town in September 2018.

After having worked in a sales role for 10 years, I made the decision to make a career change and work closer to home to have a better work-life balance and this has allowed me to pursue my interests and hobbies such as cooking and spending time with my little family.

I have always wanted to find a way to give back to the local community. I feel that schools are first and foremost community resources, and unless they work with, and are accountable to, their local communities, they cannot be regarded as community assets. This is the reason that I opted to join the governing body as I feel this should include local people. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with the other members of the team in promoting good governance and in supporting the students, staff and parents and the role of the school in the community.


Katie Stewart

I am delighted to have recently joined the Governor team at Bevois Town. I have two children at the school and have always been impressed with the passion of the teachers and the inclusive ethos of the school.

I have a wide background as have been lucky enough to have travelled and worked in a lot of different areas but I’m currently working for the insurer Aviva in their health insurance arm. My favourite job was probably either working in an Imax Cinema – free movies and popcorn – or when I did a season at Butlins which was genuinely like being on holiday for half the year. Outside of work, I’m a lone parent to my children so it can be fairly full on but I make time to follow some passions such as reading, cross stitching and the occasional distance swim. We also have a cat who is clingy but adorable.

I am looking forward to helping our school as I think we’re in a great place to succeed and can only build on our great reputation in the local area.


Miss Tantillo, Year 5 teacher,  is a staff governor and Alison Maybury, the headteacher, is also a Governor.


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