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Vigo Primary School

Opening a World of Learning and Opportunity

Meet Our Governors

Marty Johnson, Chair

I have lived in the Andover area since 1963 and have three grown up children.  I joined the Governing Board at Vigo Infants School as a Co-opted Governor in 2015.  Previously I worked at Andover College for thirteen years both as a Lecturer and as an LSA specialising in working with SEND students. I have also worked at a local Primary school for two and a half years.  I became Chair of the Governing Board at the beginning of the Autumn term in 2018 when Julie Bray was appointed Head Teacher.  I feel very fortunate to be part of the school during this exciting time, when as a Governing Body, we will be focussing on developing and supporting improvements, ensuring every child will achieve their learning potential and enjoy a high quality education.


Sara Falk, Vice-Chair

I joined the Governing Board of Vigo Junior School in December 2014.  I am passionate about improving education in Andover and sit on the governing boards for John Hanson and Smannell Fields School.   I am also part of a team that set up a local charity called Kids on Track which runs activity clubs during the holidays and after school.  I have four teenage children but before that I worked as a Management Consultant. 


Andrew Murray

I was co-opted as a Governor in December 2019 but I have lived in the area close to Whitchurch since 1997.  I am a chartered accountant who has worked within small and medium sized businesses since leaving one of the major accounting practices.  My current role is as group finance director for a small group of travel and leisure companies and my responsibilities include all finance, HR and IT areas.  I am a trustee of a two charities including Fine Cell Work a charity and social enterprise which enables prisoners to build fulfilling and crime-free lives.  I have two grown up children and my knowledge of the education sector is patchy but even at my age I am still willing to learn.  

Jemma Perkins

I joined Vigo FGB in March 2019 as a co-opted governor.  I have no direct experience in education but I have two sons who recently graduated from UK universities and I live in the local area. Through personal circumstances I am passionate about the mental health and well-being of our children. I believe in developing self-awareness and building resilience in children from an early age to ensure they will be robust enough to face the challenges of the modern world ahead.  I am looking forward to taking a special interest in the teaching of English within the school and continuing to evaluate the overall School Improvement Plan along with the FGB.

Leah Tucker
I have lived in Andover all my life and I have three children, two of whom are at Vigo.  I joined the GB in September 2013.
I have a Diploma in Early Years and have worked with children since leaving college in 2000.  At the present time I am a child minder but before meeting my husband and having my own children, I worked as a nanny.
I have a great understanding of Early Years education and I am also trained to Level Four in Safe Guarding.  I am a Safe Guarding Governor and I am also on the Pay and Curriculum committees at Vigo.

Sarah Cleary-King

I am a teacher governor and I was voted in by the staff at Vigo last year.  I have really enjoyed finding out how the school operates from a different point of view and representing the staff.   Before becoming a teacher i worked in National Air Traffic Services as a pseudo pilot helping to train trainee air traffic controllers.   I have lived in Andover for 9 years now and before that lived in many different places across the country.  I came to work at Vigo in 2015 but was teaching in Basingstoke before that since 2011.  I have always been based in Key Stage 1.  I live with my husband and I enjoy singing, watching rugby and quiet nights in.



Jackie Sharp

My name is Jackie, I have lived in Andover for most of my life after my parents settled here when my father left the army.

I am really interested in anything to do with Human Resources and finance which set me in good stead for when I started my own cleaning business.

My history with Vigo School goes as far back as the late 1980's when I volunteered in the classes along with organising netball games whilst waiting to go to college.

My daughter and great nephew currently attend Vigo.

I am extremely passionate about a great education and believe that every child should be encouraged to be the best they can and to have fun whilst doing so.

I love my role as chair on the Friends of Vigo and having now become a Parent Governor I am excited about the future of the school.

Annabel Dunlop

I moved to the Andover area in September 2020.  I have three primary school aged children.  Since having children I have become passionate about education and children's wellbeing.  I am thrilled to have been appointed a governor at Vigo and look forward to contributing to the school's ongoing success.

I practised as a solicitor (specialising in Professional Conduct and Regulation) in London for ten years before having children.

From 2015 to 2019 I served as a governor at my children's school in London, with a particular interest in teaching & learning and faculty development & welfare.

My family were on a posting in Argentina 2019-2021 where I also served as a governor at our children's school.

Lucy Starbuck Braidley

I joined the FGB in Summer term 2021.  I  have over ten years' experience working in Hampshire primary schools - including Vigo where I held the post of English Lead and Year 5 Lead.  I left Vigo to go to work for the National Literacy Trust, where I run national reading for enjoyment programmes and became a governor shortly afterwards.  I am passionate about increasing social mobility through improving literacy and work corporate and government funders to improve school library provision and reading engagement on areas of financial disadvantage across the UK.  I currently focus on assessment and early years on behalf of the governing body.

Serena Blackburn

I live a few miles outside Andover and was keen to become a school governor having had almost 30 years experience in education.  I am a qualified teacher and taught for many years in London primary schools, however, after having my own children I decided to return to work teaching English and Drama on a part-time basis.  Three years ago I retrained at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Trust and now work as a SEN teacher at schools in Winchester and London.  I am a co-founder of a local charity, Kids on Track Andover and was also a governor at John Hanson School.  I became a co-opted governor in 2020.