Thank you for looking at the governors’ website information. You may be reading this information as a parent considering our school for your child and, on behalf of all governors, I sincerely hope that you choose Cottage Grove Primary School. Our school is proud to be judged by Ofsted as a good school and governors know that everyone who is connected with Cottage Grove works hard to ensure that it improves continuously. If you are already a parent and would like to know more about what we do and why schools have governors, I have given a brief overview of our work and responsibilities below. I hope you find this useful and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Sally Taylor

Chair of Governors

Who Are We?

Anna Limpens

I am a Parent Governor and my daughter is in Year 3 at Cottage Grove. We live a short walk from the School and have been part of the local community for 12 years.

My role as a Parent Governor is to bring a parental viewpoint to the Governing Board as this helps them in making good decisions and working with the parent community. My responsibilities also include being the Year 3 Link Governor, SEND and Health & Safety.

I work at the University of Portsmouth as a Course Leader and Lecturer in Computer Games Production. I have worked in education for 22 years and am passionate about technology and IT, so it’s always exciting to see the amazing provision and work that the children do at Cottage Grove!

Lorna Preston

I was born, and currently live, in Southsea. After moving to Milton as a child (a long, long time ago), I went to Meon First and Middle Schools, then on to what was then Great Salterns Secondary School. After completing ‘A’ levels at Portsmouth College, I took a year out of studying and worked in a Lab before starting my Maths degree at the University of Surrey in Guildford. Following a time of study and sports, I moved on to the University of Exeter to learn how to teach Maths. After a decade of teaching in several schools in the South, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts in the U.S. and stayed there for almost 20 years.

Sport is a passion of mine… I reached county level in netball and volleyball in the U.K. and was lucky enough to join a competitive sailing team that raced all over New England. I also enjoys watching most sports as well as continuing to follow my favourite Boston sports teams: American Football (Go Pats!) and Basketball (Go Celtics!!).

I loves to travel, with trips all over America, and have spent several months a year in Melbourne, Australia. I am looking forward to more adventures with my family but since getting a rescue dog called Lady at the end of 2021, I will need to explore closer to home for a while!

I am looking forward to my role as a Governor for Cottage Grove, with particular responsibilities for Year 5 monitoring and Assessment.

Nathalie Gunn

I am Cottage Grove parent and Portsmouth resident for over a decade after moving to Portsmouth to gain my BA Honours Degree in Creative & Performing Arts at Portsmouth University.

I am a professional performer working with Children’s Theatre Company – Black Hat Theatrical, New Apollo & People & Stories, I also works a director and producer. I am the lead singer of a function band called The Spoils and perform as an events singer specialising in vintage and musical theatre. I also work as a vocal teacher and as Outreach Co-ordinator for Portsmouth Young Creatives.

Emma Maynard

Lorna Fletcher

I have been working at Cottage Grove as a class teacher for 9 years and currently lead Modern Foreign Languages across Key Stage 2. During this time I have been fortunate to be part of an inspiring school community that demonstrates excellent commitment and dedication throughout. As staff governor, I hope to help maintain and develop education at Cottage Grove for the future generations of pupils. In my spare time I enjoy pottering in my garden and enjoying country walks with my dog.

Sonia Banks

I am now retired, widowed and living back in Southsea. Upon leaving School I took a secretarial course and spent many years as a PA to several senior business people. After the birth of my daughter I returned to college for three years as a mature student and studied hotel management.

Upon graduation I purchased and managed various restaurants and hotels around the country, culminating in becoming Bedfordshire’s Business Personality of the Year 1996. Retiring from this industry I took up paid work within the voluntary sector and the charity that I ran was nominated and subsequently presented with the Award for Voluntary Service 2006

Although I have always taken a keen interest in education, my only close contact has been through that of my daughter, although I was a Governor of a primary school when Emma was in junior school here in Southsea.

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