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The Chair of the Governing Body of GFM Education, Mr Cris Beswick, can be contacted at the following address:-

Chair of the Governing Body
GFM Education
Bay House School & Sixth Form
Gomer Lane
PO12 2QP

Financial Statements

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Being a member of the Primary Phase Committee is interesting, worthwhile and is rewarding.

The Primary Phase of the GFM, includes Gomer Junior and Rowner Junior. Our Primary Phase Committee support and challenge the school. Their most important role is to look at the primary GFM offer through the lens of the primary learner.

Why do we have a Primary Phase Committee? The Primary Phase Committee doesn’t manage the school – this is the role of the Senior Leadership Teams of any primary GFM school, but the Primary Phase Committee does oversee the development of the school, with the main aim being to always provide a high standard of education for all pupils, of all abilities. The Primary Phase Committee have a duty to report to The Board. Our GFM Chief Executive, Ian Potter, attends Primary Phase Committee meetings too. It is not unusual to see our governors in school, supporting a variety of events and attending meetings.

What do you need to be a Primary Phase Committee member? Well firstly, you don’t need to be an educational professional! Training is provided by a variety of sources to bring you up to speed in your role as a governor and when you join the Primary Phase Committee. If you have skills from outside the world of education that are relevant, then you may find yourself in a unique position to contribute, but more than anything else a commitment to the school and the well-being of the pupils will help you to become an effective  Primary Phase Committee member.

Please click here to see the Primary Phase Committee Terms of Reference.

Meeting Dates: 2020-2021

  • Wednesday 30 September 2020
  • Wednesday 09 December 2020
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021
  • Wednesday 09 June 2021
  • Wednesday 05 July

The Primary Phase Committee Membership

Chair: Mrs Sue McAdam

Executive Head Teacher: Mrs Georgina Mulhall

Primary Head Teacher: Miss Kerry Payne

Primary Associate Head Teacher: Mrs Karen Digby

Safeguarding Governor: Mr John Jack

SEND: Mrs Sue McAdam

Finance and Capital Resources Governor: Mrs Elodie Gardner

A KS2 teacher: Miss Kerry Sharpe

An Early Years/KS1 teacher when required

A KS2 Parent/Carer Governor: Mrs Michelle Gates and Mr Andrew Morris

Pupil Premium Governor: Mr John Jack

An Early Years /KS1 Parent/Carer Governor when required

Information About Our LGC Members

Mrs Elodie Gardner (Finance and Capital Resources Governor)

‘I am a military wife and Mum to a gorgeous 15 year old. My understanding of the services encouraged me to help with the running of the Services Club; I really enjoy the club time with the children. Interestingly, I am most passionate about the stage and following a degree in Performing Arts I was naturally keen to be involved in the after school Drama Club at Gomer. Our most recent production was great fun and I am always proud of how well the children perform. My ‘can do’ attitude has seen me work with a fabulous team of parents/carers supporting a range of fund raising activities for the school through our FROGJS (PTA) work. It is fair to say I am partial to animal print and am currently most keen on my leopard and tiger print shoes!’

Mr John Jack (Safeguarding & Pupil Premium)

I have now lived in Gosport for over 20 years after being drafted to this area whilst serving in the Royal Navy.  I now work for Hampshire County Council. I am married with a son who went to Gomer Junior and is now a student at Bay house. My interest in education started when my son started at Gomer Infant School. I helped on the  PTA progressed to becoming a Governor.  I believe that it is important for children to enjoy their education.

Mrs Sue McAdam (Chair of Primary Phase Committee and SEND)

I grew up in Gosport and attended Bay House School before going to University in Hull. I returned to work as a civil servant at Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port then moved away, living and working in different parts of the UK as well as overseas. I moved back to Gosport last year so I am now introducing my husband John to the joys of our town and living by the sea. I am still in the civil service and work as a HR Business Partner dealing with people across the UK. I have had a lifelong interest in education and am keen to ensure that children are facilitated through the school journey, enabling them to deliver to the best of their capabilities.  My father was the Head Teacher of Rowner Junior School for many years so I am delighted to now have another link with this school. I look forward to working closely with the teachers and staff to deliver the best quality SEND education for children in any GFM primary school. In my free time we are currently making our house our home with the help of our two (very!) fluffy cats.

Mrs Georgina Mulhall (Executive Head Teacher – Primary Phase GFM)

‘I am the Executive Head Teacher of the GFM Primary phase and based at Gomer Junior School having worked in education since the year 2000, teaching in a variety of settings ranging from nursery through to secondary. Primary practice is being cascaded across the GFM with a focus on the TES award-winning gSTEM as a catalyst for cross-MAT working. Primary GFM practice has a clear focus on a balanced and broad curriculum, rich with opportunity. Alongside being a full-time teacher, I am Mummy to two young children; term time living is very busy! Living locally enables me to enjoy a variety of water sports in Stokes Bay and participating in a variety of community events.’

Miss Kerry Payne (Head Teacher Rowner Junior School)

‘I am very proud to be the headteacher of Rowner Junior School (RJS) having previously been the deputy headteacher of RJS and an acting deputy headteacher of a large primary school in Medway, Kent. I grew up in Gosport, having attended Bridgemary School and Fareham College I moved to Kent to attend Canterbury Christ Church University College where I completed both my degree and Masters degree in education. My two young children keep me occupied and very busy in my spare time!’