Your time could help keep Gosport school running

Carole Gratton
Carole Gratton

For Stand Alone

Millions of pets face an Unhappy Blue Year, says PDSA

Forget Blue Monday  millions of pets face a Blue Year unless their owners take steps to end their stress, obesity and loneliness, according to leading pet wellbeing charity PDSA.

The warning comes on Monday 15 January  hallmarked as Blue Monday  where short,  dark days, empty pockets and dwindling New Years resolutions all add up to create the most melancholic day of the year. But PDSA is urging pet owners to spare a thought for the pets who face another year of loneliness and boredom going far beyond the joyless January blues.

Pictured : Andra Petrov with her beagle, Elvis

Picture : Habibur Rahman PPP-181201-152058001

Pupils walk to school as part of Portsmouth council challenge

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At our school the relationships forged between the governors, headteacher and staff are based on trust, openness and transparency, writes Carole Gratton, chairwoman of governors at Elson Junior School in Gosport.

Governors at Elson Junior School provide support and hold the headteacher and other senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement, behaviour and safety.

Recently a vacancy has arisen at the school for a community governor.

A community governor is a person appointed by the governing body, who lives or works in the community served by the school, or who, in the opinion of the governing body, is committed to the good governance and success of the school.

We are a friendly and welcoming group and although our meetings follow a formal agenda, we aim to keep a light touch.

This opportunity may very well suit a retired person with time on their hands.

Full training is available.

If you are interested and would like to know more, contact the school office on (023) 9258 3754 to arrange a meeting with the chairwoman of governors. Alternatively go to the governor services website at