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Sarah Merewood - Chair of Governors


I am Sarah Merewood and I have been Chair of Governors at Wickham since July 2017. I have been a Governor for the past 4 years as well as a parent to two children at the school. I am a resident in Knowle so have an awareness of the local area and all stakeholders in the community.


I wanted to be a governor to make a difference to the life chances of the children that attend the school, using my professional experiences and skill set to support the development of the school. It has been a privilege thus far to work with the school staff, children and parents to enhance the learning opportunities for the children, creating a happy environment for everyone.

Thomas Rae - Vice-Chair


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Victoria Betts - Chair of Achievements Committee


I work for Hampshire County Council in Services for Young Children as a District Advisory Teacher with a specialism in Early Years. My team and I  support all of the preschools, nurseries and schools in East Hants and Havant district which really means that I have the highly  privileged job of visiting lots of different settings and picking up ideas and then sharing them with others. I love the variety that my role gives me and after a career in teaching spanning Year R,  KS1 and KS2, I feel that I have great experiences to share which help others to develop their own practice.


I wanted to become a governor at Wickham Church of England Primary school as I wanted to make sure that I continue to  have a good knowledge of all Key stages in the primary phase. Secondly, as someone who lives in the village and who attended the school in the 70s, I feel that I have a real connection with the school and want to give something back to my community.

Since I became a governor in 2015, I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that the role has offered and am constantly impressed by the amazing children in our school and the commitment that the fantastic staff team show to raising outcomes for all.

Sue Roger-Jones


I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Portsmouth.

My family and I have lived in Wickham since 1975 and we are very much involved in the local community.

Having taught in the Primary sector for over 25 years and then running my own business I felt I had the skills to volunteer to become a governor.

I maybe the senior member but I am still passionate about our school and the way children learn. As Governors we have to be strategic, take our responsibilities seriously and face up to challenges especially with shrinking budgets.

It has always been my ambition to provide the very best of education for all our children to achieve their full potential in a safe, happy and caring environment.


Sabrina Gwynn


Having graduated from Bristol University with a Maths degree I served as a Police Officer in Warwickshire for five years until I married and moved to Hampshire.  I was then a Business Analyst at IBM for a few years before my two children came along.  When they had both started school I joined the family firm A.E.Roberts Ltd, grower of fruit trees and soft fruit bushes then based in Wickham, and took over responsibility for Finance and Human Resources. 


I sing in the choir at St Nicholas Church, Wickham, and I am also a member of the Parochial Church Council.  When a vacancy arose in 2011, I agreed to become a Foundation Governor as I was keen to do more for the community and to promote the relationship between church and school.  Most of the time my children were at school things seemed to happen seamlessly and I did not appreciate how much went on behind the scenes involving staff and governors.  I am full of admiration for teachers and support staff and as a governor I want to do all that I can to enable the children to get the best possible education and to demonstrate the school’s Christian Values.

Richard Melly


After a full career in the Royal Navy, followed by a decade working in the City of London, I retired in 2016. Since then, I have taken on a number of commitments both as a Trustee and, in the case of the School, as a Governor. With relevant experience in project management, finance and human resources, I have the time to devote to the School's affairs and very much enjoy my involvement. I am married to an ex-teacher and have two grown up daughters, one of whom is a primary school teacher.

Janet Sinclair


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Astra Hughes


I joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in March 2018. Having lived in Wickham all my life I am passionate about the local community and hope that being involved in this way helps me to ensure the best outcomes for all children in the school and help develop our thriving Hampshire village. 

I work at a local Council in Democratic Service and also help to run a family business as well as being an active member of the Community. 

Richard Wyld


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Rachael Wilkie


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Dean Searley


I am a recent addition to the Wickham Governing Body, joining as a parent Governor in April 2019.

As an Assistant Headteacher at a large Secondary School in Gosport I have knowledge of Education Post 11 years old wanted to bring some of that experience to the Governing Body.

I have two children who are pupils at the school and I am passionate about the education they receive and want to try to support the School to be an Outstanding place of learning which ensures every child can be the very best they can be both academically and holistically.

If you see me in the School playground please do say hello!