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Lanterns Nursery School and Extended Services

A Hampshire Maintained Nursery School

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Governing Body

Meet the Governing Body


As a maintained nursery school, all the services offered by Lanterns are overseen by the governing body.   


Governors are strategic leaders within schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.  Governing bodies have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Lanterns Governing Body is constituted to include two parent governors, a local authority governor, a headteacher, a staff governor and up to seven co-opted governors. Each governor takes on a specific role to monitor key governance areas, including safeguarding, curriculum, and special educational needs (SEN).


The Lanterns Governing Body will be operating using a flat governance structure in 2022-23. 

Mini Biographies


Briony Allder, Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor


I became the Chair in October 2021, having joined initially as a parent governor, and absolutely love being part of the Lanterns Governing Body. In my day job I am a co-Director of a medico-legal business and bring 15 years experience of working in the public sector as a senior manager, in both operational and strategic roles, to the governing body. I have seen my daughter thrive during her time at Lanterns and I am committed to ensuring that the nursery school offers all children the opportunity to achieve their full potential. In my spare time I enjoy reading and creative pursuits.


Sarah Paterson, Co-opted Governor


I've been a Governor since 2017 and I'm currently the Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee.  I am a qualified Lawyer so am able to support the Governing Body and the School in this area.  Our youngest daughter attended Lanterns on a SEND place and I had to give something back having seen how she was nurtured and thrived in this exceptional school, and I love every minute of it.  


Sarah Bailey, Co-opted Governor


I first became involved with Lanterns Nursery School when my son and I attended an outreach group for children with social communication disorders. After that, my son attended Grasshoppers (Lanterns’ specialist SEN class) and I fully understood the invaluable service that Lanterns provides to the local community. In my co-opted governor role and a member of the finance committee, I use my previous work experience in busy marketing departments to help to ensure financial efficiency within the nursery. In my spare time I spend lots of time enjoying the countryside with my family.



Governor Impact Statement

Governing Body Committees