The local governing board at Upper Shirley High school is a committee of the Hamwic Education Trust Board, and has three key functions: • Helping to set the strategy for the school • Holding school leaders to account for school performance • Stakeholder management, including parents, pupils, staff and the wider community

Details of the constitution of the board and its role are documented in the Hamwic Terms of Reference for Local Governing Committees, and the Scheme of Delegation.

Contact Details: To contact the governing board please email: or

If you wish to raise a complaint, please refer to the school Complaints policy which sets out the process to follow.

Our governors:

NameRoleAppointment & term of officeBiog.Register of Interests
Sonal MehtaChair of GovernorsCo-optedSonal has two children at USH and works for Lloyds Register.None
Link role: Finance, Premises, HR16/06/22 – 15/06/26
Jacqui Westbury-HoggVice Chair of GovernorsCo-optedJacqui is a lecturer in Social Work and is currently our longest serving governor.None
Link roles: SEN (lead), Pupil Premium (lead), Disadvantaged pupils, Staff and Pupil Wellbeing30/11/20 – 29/11/24
Chris SykesEx-officioHeadteacher USH None
Tora Mitra GanguliLink role: CurriculumCo-opted 18/10/23Tora has worked in STEM around the world and is currently at BAT. Tora is keen to ensure that STEM teaching and curriculums are both informative and stimulatingGovernor at Bassett Green Primary School
Professor Zheng-Tong XieLink role: Health & SafetyCo-optedTong is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Southampton UniversityNone
03/11/21 – 05/02/23
06/02/23 – 05/02/27
Michael RoeLink role: SafeguardingCo-optedMike is a consultant paediatrician at University Hospital Southampton, and is the hospital lead on safeguarding and child protectionNone
18/01/23 – 17/01/27
Paul WebberLink role: Careers EducationParent governorPaul is a secondary school teacher, and has previously been a governor at Wordsworth Primary schoolNone
06/02/23 – 05/02/27
Laura StarkeLink role: Disadvantaged (Lead), SEN, PPGParent governorLaura is an SEN teacher at another Southampton secondary schoolNone
06/02/23 – 05/02/27
Robin DoultonLink role: Teaching & Learning/CurriculumCo-optedRobin teaches secondary Science at another Southampton school.Spouse employed by another Hamwic/JEP school.
08/03/23 – 07/03/23
Saarah Azam Staff Governor
08/02/24 – 08/02/28
Saarah is a teaching assistant at USH with a background in primary teaching and tutoring
Sara Babahami Co-opted None
25/02/21 Resigned w.e.f. 22/09/23
Bhavini GoldmanLink role: Teaching & Learning/CurriculumStaff governor None
11/11/22 – 31/12/2023


Upper Shirley High School Local Governing Committee - Declarations of Interest