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.

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

The representatives of the Governing Body are:

Chair – Gynette Parke (Parent)



Vice Chair – Michael Swann (Local Authority)


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!



Deamonn Hewett-Dale (Head teacher)


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

Mr D. Hewett-Dale


James Hallett (Co-opted)

Originally from London, I have lived in Portsmouth for nearly three 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.



Lynne Metcalfe (Co-opted)

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.

Mrs L. Metcalfe


Debbie D’Apice (Co-opted)

I was born in Portsmouth and grew up in Horndean, leaving education at 16. I have been a Civil Servant for 35 years working for the Inland Revenue, now HM Revenue and Customs. I moved back to Portsmouth aged 20 and have lived in Buckland for most of the last 30 years. I like the simple things in life – walks along the seafront, spending time with family and friends, reading and picnics.

Debbie Morgan (2)


Luke Needham (Co-opted)

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.

Mr L. Needham


Bill Webber (Co-opted)

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.

Bill is also an NHS governor.

Bill Webber (2)


Judith Turner (Parent)



Rose Wiggins (Staff)

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

Mrs R. Wiggins


Shelley Urquhart (Parent)

I have lived in Portsmouth for 10 years and in Buckland for the last 3 years. I have 2 children at Flying Bull. I work from home now, which is better for our family situation.

I love the fact that I can be involved with my children’s education and I am on hand to be able to support with activities at school. I have only been a governor for a short time, but I am enjoying it very much.



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

Clerk to Governors – Karen Churchill (Staff)


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

Mrs K. Churchill


Jerry Goddard (Director of Standards and Chichester Academy Trust (CAT) Link)



Samantha Cantini  Deputy Head (Associate)

Mrs S. Cantini


Lee Dallinger  Deputy Head (Associate)

Mr L. Dallinger

Governors secure area