Governing Body

Harrow Way has always aimed for a partnership with parents, school staff, and members of the local community. The governing body’s main tasks are:

  • to ensure that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • to hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Mrs T Hampton
Mrs T HamptonChair of Governors
I was brought up in Andover and am proud to say I was a student at Harrow Way School. As I live and work locally, I want to support and give something back to the community and would like to do all I can to ensure Harrow Way becomes the first school of choice for all its catchment families. My son is currently a student at the school.

I have been a Governor at Harrow Way School since 2010. I was appointed a Parent Governor initially and am now a Co-Opted Governor. I am Chair of the Students and Curriculum Committee and Vice Chair of the Governing body.

I currently work in education and therefore have an insight into the very challenging political and financial issues facing all of our schools. I also know that being a parent affords me a view from both sides of the fence, which gives me a rounded view of school life.

Mr D Burrows
Mr D BurrowsVice Chair of Governors
Originally from Yorkshire I moved to Andover in 1999. I became a Governor mainly because both my children are students at Harrow Way and I wanted to play an active part in their educational welfare.
My background is in electrical engineering have served 30 years in industry. I currently am Managing Director for a group of engineering companies based in Romsey.

My aim is to support the Head Master and the staff at Harrow Way to ensure that the school provides a safe educational platform for each student to attain the best start they can during their short time at school.

Mr A Thomson
Mr A ThomsonVice Chair of Governors
I was educated at Portobello High, a 2000+ pupil, comprehensive school in Edinburgh. This gave me an excellent start in life and enabled me to go to University (in the days before fees and loans). I want Harrow Way’s pupils to get the same opportunity I was given to achieve academic (and sporting) success. I am a resident of Saxon Fields.

After 25 years in the Army I now run an infrastructure company that delivers all the Army’s facilities in Tidworth, Bulford and Larkhill. I therefore take a keen interest in the school’s infrastructure and the cleaning, catering and repair services it receives. As a company director I wish to ensure the school is run on a sound financial basis. I am also a Governor of a Scottish University.

Mr M Serridge
Mr M SerridgeHeadteacher
I am the Head Teacher at Harrow Way Community School. I have been in post since September 2012, having previously worked at Eggar’s School, Alton Hampshire. This was graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas on 2 occasions by Ofsted. I have been a qualified Ofsted inspector, a specialist leader of education (SLE) and a data consultant for the SSAT. I have worked in 3 Hampshire Schools over a period of 25 years.

Harrow Way was inspected in July 2013. Ofsted commented that “The Head Teacher has high expectations of the school, which is shared with staff, students, governors and parents. His aspirations for student permeate the school and are shared by senior and middle leaders, who support his commitment and vision. These factors contribute significantly to the schools very strong capacity for further improvement.”

Mr P Wilkins
Mr P WilkinsParent Governor
I am the Parent Governor representative of the Governing Body, which I joined in 2006. My children have been students at the school and I currently have a child studying at the school. I am Chair of the Performance, Planning and Development Committee and a member of the Students and Curriculum and Finance and General Purposes Committees. I am also the Anti-bullying Governor, which provides the board with a link into the fantastic work the school undertakes to ensure all of our students feel safe and know they have somewhere to go if they need help and support.

I live and work locally and want to do all I can to support the school in providing the best possible education to all its students within a safe, tolerant and happy environment.

Mrs S Grover
Mrs S GroverGovernor
I have lived in Andover all my life and am happy to say I was a student at Harrow Way School. I live locally and work for the Ministry of Defence. Both my children have been students at Harrow Way and the eldest is now a teacher in a local primary school and my other daughter is currently at Winchester University studying to become a teacher.

I have been a Governor at Harrow Way School since 2001. I was appointed a Parent Governor initially and am now a Co-Opted Governor. I am Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

My role within the MOD is within the finance department so I understand the issues facing public sector departments and the squeeze on budgets. The processes within both departments are very similar.

Due to both children still being involved within education, allows me to have a good insight into what is happening and the impact certain initiatives are having also having been a parent allows me to have balanced view.

Mr M Dovey
Mr M DoveyHealth & Safety Link Governor

I have lived and worked in the Andover area for over 30 years. I am a Production Engineer by qualification and spent much of my later career as a Programme Manager in the MOD with responsibility for multi-million pound projects. I am also the Chairman of a small maintenance company looking after a block 4 flats in the Christchurch area.

In 2012 I took early retirement and now work as a self employed gardener in and around the Andover area. With fewer responsibilities, more time, and a desire to put something back into the community I became a School Governor in 2014. I am a co-opted Governor and sit on the Finance and General Purpose Committee where my financial management skills and my knowledge regarding Health and Safety can be used to best effect.

Mr G Davis
Mr G DavisCo-opted Governor

As an ex-pupil myself and now employed by the school since 2003 as IT Network Manager, I have a long history with Harrow Way and have worked with the previous three Head Teachers.

My job sees me working closely with staff across the school, a wide cross section of students, the SLT, feeder (and other local) primary schools, the local authority and external agencies. This work gives me a very broad insight into the functioning of Harrow Way and informs input I’m able to provide as a staff governor. I also work with young people leading outdoor education activities in Hampshire outdoor centres and with a computer gaming company where I help to provide technical infrastructure for the largest gaming festivals in the UK.

I am committed to helping ensure that Harrow Way’s students are provided with the best possible individual opportunities, be they academic, practical or extra-curricular.

Mr M FowlerCo-opted Governor

I have a keen interest in education having been involved professionally both in the UK and abroad. I have been based in the Andover area for 12 years, recently serving 5 of them as an authority appointed governor for a local secondary special needs school.

My academic background is scientific. I am Fellow of the Geological Society. My interests include many aspects of contemporary science and the promoting of PUS [ Public Understanding of Science].

I spent 10 years in international relief work – field managing aid programmes centring on education, primary health care and humanitarian emergency relief. My work included postings in Zambia, South Sudan, Kenya, Aceh [tsunami relief] and Darfur.

I have also managed mineral exploration projects in Africa. I have two sons who attend Harrow Way.

Children have a right to quality education and I believe governors should do all they can to support this goal.

Ms S Burningham
Ms S BurninghamCo-opted Governor

I joined Harrow Way in September 2016 and became a co-opted Staff Governor in the summer of 2018 and the Governor with responsibility for Development and Training in the Autumn of 2018. I am part of the Students and Curriculum committee as well as the full governing board. I run the Learning Resource Centre and Library which operates to support teaching and learning across the curriculum. My background in education includes supporting 2 to 7 year olds as well as 11 to 16 year olds and I have held various positions in Recruitment and Training and Development in retail and hospitality.

My voluntary experience includes being a Parish Councillor in West Sussex and a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

Mrs S Taplin
Mrs S TaplinCo-opted Governor

I moved into the Test Valley area over 20 years ago and have lived in Andover for the last 15 years. I have one child at Harrow Way with another hopefully joining in the next couple of years.

I am a Learning & Development Consultant working for a local business in the HR Department, which involves competency based training as well as interventions to achieve desired outcomes within teams across the UK

Having recently joined the Board of Governors I am very much looking forward to working on the ‘Staffing’ and ‘Students & Curriculum’ Committees. I have a particular interest in encouraging girls to continue with STEM subjects along with why our children choose the options they do and the long term goals they have at this point.

Mrs S Grover
Mrs S GroverGovernor

I joined in 2018 as a co-opted governor following a request in the school newsletter for new people. I have only been involved with the school for about a year but have been impressed by the school’s pastoral care and the staff enthusiasm and dedication so evident in school events and shows.

My own upbringing and education was in London, I went to Southampton University and then qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1981 at the Maudsley Hospital. I am married and have 3 grown up children and a teenager in year 10 at Harrow Way.

With nearly 40 years experience working in mental health in the NHS and as a foster carer for Hampshire County Council, I am very concerned by the rising levels of anxiety, low self-esteem and in some cases, serious mental health issues in school aged children. In my role as a governor, I am keen to support the school with well-being initiatives and am a member of the student and curriculum committee.

Mrs A CarrottClerk to the Governors