The Governors of Upper Shirley High are committed to working with the Headteacher and Staff to provide a high quality education for all pupils.

Our role is to monitor, challenge and support the school at a strategic level. Governors meet once per month and focus on a range of areas including standards, finance, safeguarding and strategic planning.

Our governors are:

Sonal Mehta -  Local Governing Body - Lloyd's Register, Implementation Programme Manager, University of Southampton

Chair of Governors

Chris Sykes - Headteacher at USH, Ex-officio

Bhavini Goldman - Subject Lead of English at USH

Sara Babahami - Local Governing Board - Geospatial Skills & Professions Lead, Geospatial Commission - Cabinet Office

Link Governor for Parent Voice

Jacqui Westbury-Hogg - Local Governing Board - Social Work Lecturer 

Link Governor for Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Professor Zheng-Tong Xie - Parent Governor - Professor in Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS), University of Southampton 

Link Governor for Health and Safety

Dr Michael Roe - Local Governing Board - Consultant Pediatrician, University Hospital Southampton

Liz Irving - Clerk

Correspondence Address for Chair of Governors -  c/o Upper Shirley High, Bellemoor Road, Southampton, SO15 7QU or email using the button below.

Contact us

The Hamwic Governance webpage can be accessed at

Governor Meeting Attendance 2021-2022

Governor Terms of Office September 2022

Parent Governor Nomination Letter and Nomination Form

Governor Register of Interest December 2022