Information about our current Board of Governors can be found below:


Rick Keith (Chair)

Rick moved into Shawford 13 years ago but has lived and worked in Hampshire for 30 years. He became a Parent Governor in 2010 when both of his sons still attended the school and was happy to accept an invitation to become a Foundation Governor in 2014. His work at Fawley Refinery keeps him busy but he still finds time to cycle, swim, garden and enjoy the odd Saints game in between taxi-driving duties.

Rick is a Foundation Governor and sits on the Resources Committee.

Keith Whale (Vice chair)

Keith and his family have lived on Otterbourne Road since 1986. All his three children attended Compton School and he is passionate about the pastoral care that children attending Compton recieve. For his day job Keith is the MD of a medical device company based in Basingstoke. For his weekend job he is one of the Lay Readers, (Licensed Lay Ministers) who take the services in Compton, Otterbourne and Hursley Benefice. For his full time job he is grandfather to seven. Keith has a particular interest in children with special educational needs as one of his grandchildren has Williams Syndrome. He is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese to maintain, with the other Foundation Governors, a special focus on the Christian Ethos of our school. 

Keith Atton

Keith has recently joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor and he sits on the Resources Committee. Further information to follow.

Charlotte Bailey (Safeguarding Governor)

Charlotte has lived in the parish for more than 40 years and says her children had ‘a fantastic start’ when they came to this school. She has been a Governor for more than 16 years. She believes her role as a Governor is to support staff in making sure that all the children share in a high-quality education and contribute to a caring community. Her professional background was in primary teaching. She served the community as a City, then County, Councillor for 13 years. She continues to work for various local charities and her hobbies include singing, gardening, cycling, camping and social history. Charlotte is responsible for helping Governors get the training they need to enable them to do a better job.

Charlotte is a Local Authority Governor and a member of the Resources and Curriculum Committees.

Allison Driver

Allison, the Head Teacher, moved from East Devon to take up her headship in January 2009. She has had a varied career, from working on a farm in her late teens, to financial PR in London and then working as a Senior Recovery Officer collecting unpaid Community Charge in East Devon. She qualified as a teacher in 1994, with Music as her specialist subject. Prior to Compton, she taught Years 5 and 6 at Newton Poppleford Primary School near Sidmouth for nearly seven years where she was part of the Senior Management Team and responsible for curriculum development, Music and Science. She was previously Acting Head at a small, rural primary school in the Axe Valley. “Headship tends to take up a great deal of time,” she says, “but I try my best to keep fit by circuit training, spinning and running. I don’t write or play as much music as I used to but love listening to it and seeing live bands. I read as much as I can too and really enjoy going to the cinema.”

Allison is a Staff Governor and a member of the Resources, Curriculum and Admissions Committees.

Jo Goulding

Jo has recently joined the governing body as a Parent Governor.  She has two daughters, one in year 3 and one who is excited to be joining Reception. They have lived in the parish for 9 years.
Jo works in pensions governance and hopes her experience of financial management will be helpful in her role on the Resources Committee. She is keen to support the school as a governor and see it build on its successes.
Jo is a Parent Governor and a member of the Resources Committee.

Fiona Mordecai

Fiona Mordecai represents the teaching and support staff on the Governing Body. She has worked in education for 32 years, as class teacher, specialist music teacher, senior teacher, deputy headteacher, headteacher, booster teacher for Y6 and now as class teacher for Year 3 and 4 at Compton. She is particularly interested in curriculum design – how most effectively to shape the educational experiences children have, and how best to involve the children in contributing to the organisation and structure of their learning. She is currently working part-time, although teaching, planning and researching still fill many hours. Fiona has two teenage sons and enjoys yoga and listening to music.

Fiona is a Staff Governor and a member of the Curriculum Committee.

The Rev William Prescott

William is the Rector of All Saints’, Compton and an ex-officio member of the governing body.  His benefice includes Otterbourne and Hursley, both of which have Church of England primary schools. He is also a governor of John Keble and Ampfield CofE Federated Primary Schools. He is involved in the life of all three, taking regular assemblies and assisting with RE when asked. William came to the benefice in 2008 from Guernsey where he had been a Rector for ten years.  He was ordained in 1993 when he was 36, following a career as a computer systems manager in London. He is married to Alayne, a teacher. They have three grown-up daughters.

William is a Foundation Governor and member of the Admissions Committee.

Jenny Walmsley

Jenny has lived in Compton Street for 26 years. She was Head of Maths and Deputy Head of a local secondary school. Her passion in life has always been maths and she still tutors pupils for A-level and GCSE. She hopes that she can still bring some of her enthusiasm for the subject to the Maths Master Classes she runs for Year 6 before their KS2 exams. She is an active member of All Saints’ Church and takes an interest in the religious life of the school. Her involvement with many local groups integrates her firmly into the local community and her husband is the webmaster for the Compton Parish Council and edits the parish magazine.

Jenny is a Foundation Governor and a member of the Admissions Committee.

John Wilkinson OBE

John is a Foundation Governor. He is a former Assistant Director of Education for Hampshire and has been head of two primary schools. A former tutor/lecturer at Cambridge University’s Department of Education, he was also Chief Inspector of Primary Schools Hampshire and a former national adviser on Primary and Early Years Education. He served on the Winchester Diocesan Board of Education for fifteen years. He lives in Shawford and is a member of All Saints’ Church PCC. Married to Myra, they have two grown up children and seven grandchildren. John was awarded the OBE in 2005 for Services to Education. It is through his ‘Education Uganda’ charity that Compton has links to the Railway School.

John is a Foundation Governor and a member of the Curriculum Committee.

Register of Governors’ Interests

See below:

Register of Pecuniary Interests 2019-20

Governor Meeting Attendance

Governor Meeting Attendance 2019-20

Governor Contact Details 

The Chair of Governors, Rick Keith, can be contacted on