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A Governing body:

  • Works in conjunction with the Head Teacher
  • Conducts their work mainly through committees and meetings lead by members of the governing body, with guidance  from the Head Teacher and the relevant paperwork
  • Makes decisions collectively as a team, specific committees or individuals

School governors:

  • Ensure a high standard of educational attainment
  • Oversee the school budget, including staffing and pay levels
  • Maintain a balanced curriculum, particularly that the National Curriculum and Religious Education are taught
  • Review and question reports on test results and pupils continuing achievement in National Curriculum assessments
  • Partake in the appointment of senior staff (including the Head Teacher) and govern staff conduct and discipline
  • Accept widespread responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Formulate targets for pupil achievement
  • Draft action plans after an Ofsted inspection

You can read more about the role of a Governing Body in the Dfe Governors Handbook. The DfE have also compiled a 'Competency Framework for Governance' which you can read here.

All of the governors at The Flying Bull Academy are appointed by Chichester Academy Trust. For information of the names of any committee the governor serves on, positions of responsibility and their term of office please click here

Unless explicitly detailed alongside the name of the governor, the governor has declared no business or financial interests that impacts The Flying Bull Academy.

The representatives of the Governing Body are:


 Michael Swann - Vice Chair (Local Authority)
Michael Swann  - Chair
(Appointed by the LGB)


I was born and brought up in Portsmouth and was inspired to volunteer as a school governor by a number of friends and family members, who work or have worked in education. It’s a responsibility I have found hugely satisfying and rewarding, and I am proud to be a part of the community here at the Flying Bull Academy. I have worked for the housing department at Portsmouth City Council for eleven years, specialising in homelessness prevention, supported housing and safeguarding vulnerable individuals and families. My spare time is spent indulging my passions in life: climbing mountains, brewing beer and cooking food from around the world, and cheering Pompey on from the Fratton End!

Mr D. Hewett-Dale
Deamonn Hewett-Dale


Deamonn is also on the board of Directors of the University of Chichester Academy Trust. His husband also works at The Flying Bull Academy.

James Hallett (Co-opted)
James Hallett
(Appointed by the LGB)


Originally from London, I have lived in Portsmouth for nearly four years, where I have been working in scientific research at the University of Portsmouth.

I have greatly enjoyed my time at Flying Bull so far, so much so that it has inspired me to become a school teacher. I look forward to seeing Flying Bull achieve even more in the near future.

Mrs L. Metcalfe
Lynne Metcalfe 
(Appointed by the LGB)


Hello, my name is Lynne Metcalfe, Portsmouth born and bred. I have been a governor for 10+ years. I am employed at the academy as Lead TA and look on governorship as a way to give something back to it.

I enjoy the challenge and attending the Governor’s Forum has been interesting. I look forward to helping the school become ‘Outstanding’. I am quite often mistaken for my sister, Mrs Churchill!

Lynne’s sister, son and daughter work at The Flying Bull Academy.

Mr L. Needham
Luke Needham
(Appointed by the LGB)



My name is Luke Needham, I have lived in Portsmouth for most of my life. I have 5 children with two of them still attending The Flying Bull Academy. They enjoy it thoroughly. 

I am passionate about attendance and believe that every single child should be able to access our education system. I feel that school is not just a place to learn Maths and English but is also a place where children can grow socially and emotionally and are guided to be the best that they can be. 

Luke’s wife works at The Flying Bull Academy.






Bill Webber (2)
Bill Webber - Vice Chair
(Appointed by the LGB)


I worked for over forty years in telecoms and IT, beginning as an apprentice and rising to a senior management position, in no small part due to a very good grounding through junior and senior schools which stood me in very good stead as I continued my studies into adulthood. Part of my role, in those latter years, included the recruitment of apprentices, adult entries and graduates which gave me an insight, and a continued interest, in educational opportunity and attainment.

I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to make the very best of themselves, in a safe and caring environment. This begins, besides encouragement from within the home, from the very first day at school. I decided to become a primary school governor because I believe that is the foundation for children learning the correct values of respect for themselves and others, a desire to continue to learn and achieve the best they possibly can throughout their lives.

Mrs R. Wiggins
Rose Wiggins (Staff)

Rose is also Chair of Governors at Buckland Children’s Centre Advisory Board.


Houria Honey (Parent Governor)

I have lived in Portsmouth for more than 15 years and this seaside city has become my second hometown and its people in all their diversity are my community. The Flying Bull Academy is an important part of that community, refreshed and enriched with new people: teachers, staff, parents and little friends.

With an education background in languages, law and translation, I have specialised and worked as a teacher for more than 25 years both overseas and in the UK. I thought to become a governor at the academy with good wills and intentions to share my experience, bring something positive and constructive to the governing body when needed and try to put in some views as far as curriculum provisions/continuous work practice are concerned. This volunteering position within the education sector suits my interests and skills. I also volunteer for the British Heart Foundation.

I believe that for any school to develop and maintain good standards and for the pupils achieving better and higher, everyone should work “hand-in-hand”, each in their respective position/role as staff, teachers and parents alike. Being a parent and teacher myself, I think that the consideration that teachers deserve and their wellbeing are as important as the wellbeing and happiness of the children.

So, as staff, parents and governors, we should all strive for actions towards the benefit of the school, the development of teachers and the best possible education and outcomes for the FBA pupils.





The following Governors do not have voting rights on any of the governing body committees:


Mrs K. Churchill
Karen Churchill (Staff)
Clerk to Governors

Karen’s sister, nephew and niece work
at The Flying Bull Academy



Mr L. Dallinger
Mr L. Dallinger
Deputy Head (Associate)