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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 previous 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.


Teresa Kopec, Parent Governor


I am a busy mum of 2 who moved to Winchester from London in March 2020. My daughter started in the Bumblebees class at Lanterns, progressing to Ladybirds and is currently in Butterflies.  As an experienced teacher in post 16 and Adult Education, currently on a career break, I am very passionate about all aspects of education. I hold the belief that all children should have the opportunity to access good quality learning and support.  In March 2022 I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor to use my experience to help, support and inform all stakeholders. In my spare time I enjoy regular trips to the beach and exploring what the surrounding area of Winchester has to offer.


Robert Boulter, Parent Governor


Bio coming soon!



Governor Impact Statement

Governing Body Committees