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Meet the Governors

Role of the Governing Body 

The Governing Body of a school is akin to the board of directors of a company. It provides leadership at a strategic level, acting as a “critical friend” to the headteacher who is responsible and accountable to it for the operational day-to-day running of the school. The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Setting the vision and strategic direction of the school
  • Holding the headteacher to account for its educational performance
  • Ensuring financial resources are well spent

The Governing Body is accountable to Ofsted for its effectiveness, and consists of members elected from/by parents and staff, members appointed by the Local Authority and members appointed from the local community.

The Governors 

Steve Leniston: Chair 

Steve is 64 years old, married, and moved to Emsworth when he retired as a British Airways pilot in 2005. He has two grown up daughters, and was a parent governor at their middle school in the 1990's, including four years as Chair. After moving to Emsworth, Steve wanted to get involved with the local community, and a request for governors at Emsworth Primary School seemed to fit the bill. He has now been a governor here for eight years. Steve’s leisure interests include sailing, tennis and golf; he has also taken on an allotment, so plenty of fresh air and exercise! 

 Graham Fishwick: Vice-Chair 

Graham is married and has 2 children who are both at Emsworth Primary School who are both thoroughly enjoying it and thriving. A recent joiner to the Governors, Graham decided to become a member so that he could be involved in the school and help in some way. He is a qualified Financial Adviser currently studying to become chartered level and has lived in Emsworth for the past 5 years or so. When not working, Graham spends his time studying, running and spending time with his family, including a very energetic spaniel called Freddy.

Eloise Dodgson: Co-opted Governor

Eloise has been a parent governor at EPS for 8 years and has a daughter in Year 5 and a son at senior school – both have loved being at EPS! She chose the school because of its inclusive nature and happy, caring environment and has seen it go from strength to strength. Her work history includes housing, personnel and teaching aerobics. Since having children Eloise embarked on a full time course at Portsmouth University and gained a first class honours degree and masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is a volunteer puppy socialiser for Hearing Dogs which the family really enjoy. Passions are travelling, walking and live bands. 

Simon O'Hea: Co-opted Governor 


Simon has lived in Emsworth since 1992. He is interested in giving children the best possible start in life and also in giving something back to the Community. That’s why he is delighted to be serving as a Governor of the School. Up to his recent semi- retirement Simon had been working in the communications and marketing fields for a local company and as a German to English translator. His interests include singing, cycling and sailing.

  Paul Curtis: Co-opted Governor




Paul is a retired solicitor, married with two children and four grandchildren, and has lived in Emsworth and area for over thirty years.

He is delighted to be a Co-opted Governor and in a small way help the School provide children with education and a learning experience that is the best it can be.


 Claire Johnson: Parent Governor

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Claire joined as a parent governor when her daughter joined the school in Year R. Claire is keen to understand the workings of primary school education and to hopefully give something back to the school as a whole by fulling the strategic role of the governing body. Claire also enjoys helping in the classrooms and assisting on school visits when work allows. Having worked with Autistic children and children with behavioural problems in the past Claire is particularly interested in the provision for disadvantaged children.

Matthew Wadsley: 

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Melissa Frost: Parent Governor

Anna Stratton: Parent Governor 

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Anna has a son and daughter who both thrive at Emsworth Primary School.  She loves the friendly and welcoming nature of the school and the fact that all children, and their parents and carers, are made to feel welcome and valued.  Anna is a primary school teacher at a Portsmouth school and became a parent governor to use her experience to help challenge and support EPS and because she loves seeing how other schools work and sharing ideas.

Emma Heaseman: Parent Governor

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Rachel Ballard: Co-opted Governor

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