Our Governors

Our Governors


PHILLIP RATCLIFFE – Chair of Governors

I have been a resident in Romsey for 20 years, and both our children have come through the Cupernham Infant and Junior schools.  I have been on the Junior School Governing Body for the past 15 years and for the last 10 years as Chair.   I have recently joined the Infant School Governing Body to support them as they transition to a refreshed Governing Model with new members from across the community.

As a Governor I have seen  first hand not only how much the children enjoy both schools, but also the challenges and complexities of modern day teaching, and how our teachers and schools need support and challenge.

Our collective aim is to ensure all children have an enjoyable and fulfilling start to their time in education, not just setting them up as they move to new schools but also making sure they have fun whilst learning.


HANNAH WILKINSON – Parent Governor

I am mum to 2 boys, one who is currently at Cupernham Infant school and the other won’t be far behind!

I am also a clinical psychologist, specialising in children’s development and mental health. Recently I have been leading on transforming assessments for young people with suspected autism and I am passionate about improving services for young people.

I hope that the skills I have gained in understanding young people’s needs and changing services accordingly will be a valuable addition to the school’s Governing Body.



JANICE TURNER – Parent Governor – Science

I’m a mum to 2 girls, one is currently at Cupernham Infants and the other is due to start this year!

I’ve always had a love for science and engineering and initally worked as an engineer moving into project and product management. Recently, I’ve been working with technology start-ups bringing new products to life and in my spare time I design board games!

I’m hoping the skills I’ve gained in business and my love for science and technology is a valuable addition to the governor team, helping to make Cupernham Infants the best school it can be.



JANET BURNAGE – LA Governor – Creativity Governor 

I have a long association with Romsey having completed my secondary education here. I have lived in Romsey since 1984 (with a short time away) and now live a few metres from Cupernham School.

I am the Test Valley Borough Council and parish councillor for the Cupernham ward – many of the children who attend Cupernham infants live within the ward and it was this that sparked my interest in the school.  Gaining an Open University degree late in life also made me realise how important the first few years of education are.  As a governor I would like to do what I can to support the school experience for the youngest pupils and make sure they are given every opportunity to have a strong start in their education.



JANE FLOOD – Co-opted Governor

I am really excited to be connected to a local infant school in a different capacity; having been a teacher in a variety of roles for the past 25 years I am keen to continue to be involved in a local primary school.

I am currently a lecturer and academic tutor at Bath Spa University working with PCGE SCITT students as they train to be teachers across all phases, although my particular interest is in Early Years education.

I hope my experience in infant schools over the past 25 years can support the governing body to ensure Cupernham Infant School continues to develop and thrive so that all children and families have the best possible start to education and develop a life long love of learning.



JAMES THOMPSON – Co-opted Governor

My daughter is a pupil at Cupernham Infant School, and hopefully my son will be attending in a few years time.

I have lived in Romsey for the last 7 years and have a background in finance.  I am hoping my skill set will be useful, especially in this area. I’m looking forward to working with the other Governors to try and help the school achieve it’s goals.