At Herne we have elected governors representing the local community, parents and teachers. The role of the Governing Body is to support the running of the school at a strategic level and they each give their time voluntarily to do this.
There are various committees that oversee areas of the school operation. We are bound by a strict code of conduct and practise to ensure that the job is done well.
Meet our Governors
Mary Fair (Chair of Governors)
Education, in one way or another, has always been a part of my life. I trained as a Primary School teacher and taught for twelve years. After a career change to become a Company Secretary, I replied to an advert which invited people to become Community Governors. That was in 1993 and since then I have had different roles in Suffolk and one in North London. I feel it a privilege to be able to play a part in ensuring that every child receives the best possible education. It is especially good that I have been co-opted as a Governor at Herne Junior because I enjoy being able to contribute to the community in which I live.
When not ‘governing’, I focus on my husband who is also retired, my two daughters who live locally and my three grandchildren. I play an active role in Petersfield’s Salvation Army. My piano-playing ability is also used weekly for other Community Group activities. The super power in my life is my Christian faith.
Tony Markham (Headteacher)
I’ve been a governor as a staff representative since 1990 in four of my previous schools and, in common with most headteachers, assume the role of a governor as Headteacher at Herne. I was seconded to the school in 2006 when it needed support and have loved being a part of Herne ever since.
Being challenged by a vibrant and supportive governing body always keeps me on my toes and between us we never lose sight of why we are involved at the school; the well-being and success of the children. I also strongly believe that families have a huge part to play and the school’s engagement with parents, carers, grandparents and others is vital to support the children’s care.
I also know that the success of any school is down to the way all staff are supported and encouraged. We work hard to make sure the whole team works in harmony to the benefit of the children.
My wife and I are foster carers and were drawn to this role because of the number of times we would see children pass through our schools, knowing that some young people needed so much more than just a place to learn. We have cared for children and young people from the ages of 6 months to 18 years old (not to mention five of our own children!)
In my spare time I love to run, get involved in DIY projects and spend time with my wife. I am an avid motorcyclist (just the two bikes at the moment!) and volunteer for SERV Wessex as a blood runner.
If I could choose a superpower, it would be to have the ability to assume the very best expertise for any given task or role the time that it’s needed (a bit like ‘Joe 90’ and his special glasses!)
Becky Abrey (Parent Governor)
I have had a career in education for over 15 years and I passionately believe strong governance and leadership of a school can make all the difference to children’s progress of learning to shape their future.
It’s so rewarding to see the link between my children’s experiences at school and their overall development and to see how this is achieved through the eyes of a governor supporting the leadership team and other school staff.
I chose to become a Governor at Herne because I have two children currently at the school, I attended the school myself along with my two brothers, and my mother taught at the school – so I very much feel a strong connection with Herne and truly believe it is an exceptional school.
When I’m not ‘governing’ I work as a Vice Principal in a Further Education College, so that keeps me pretty busy! When not doing that I love to spend time with family, travel and get out and run when I can.
If you could have one super power what would it be? Omnilingualism – the ability to understand and speak any language… would beat my Franglais hands down!
Bob Ayer (Co-opted Governor)
At the outset I was appointed to the Governing Body by the Local Authority.
Being the son of a soldier my early years were nomadic but the various schools I attended are all remembered with pleasure. I have a strong belief in the importance and value of Education. One of my children and my grandchildren went to Herne and TPS and subsequently University.
In addition to being a Governor I was a Petersfield Town Councillor and continue as a District Councillor. My running days are over but I now cycle the roads and lanes of Hampshire.
Peter Bissex (Co-opted Governor)
A Governor role appealed to me because we lived in Africa as a family and were always involved in the village schools our children attended. It was the natural thing to do on settling back in the UK. Managing a school has similarities to the aid projects I managed.
Seeing successive generations of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed children getting a great start in life at Herne. Especially seeing them surprise themselves by what they can do is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a Governor.
'Rearing a child is the work of the whole village, not a family' is an African expression, I would add, 'educating a child is the work of the whole community, not a school', which is why I chose to become a Governor at Herne.
When not ‘governing’, I enjoy expedition sea kayaking, mountain biking, The Petersfield Society, The Green Party, Scouts; lots of things now I'm retired.
Super powers always seem to meet their kryptonite. We all have the power of doing. Start off doing anything and surprising things happen.
Amanda Burchett (Parent Governor)
I have been in education for a long time- as a pupil obviously but then as a teacher and parent. I saw a governor role as the chance to become involved with a part of school life which I wanted to know more about.
The most enjoyable thing about being a governor for me is being part of such a thriving, forward looking school. (Also winding up my children every time there is a school disco that governors have been invited to lead a special dance.....)
When I am not 'governing' I teach in a local primary school. I also enjoy running and trying to keep up with my children on bike rides. If I could have one super power it would be the ability to fly.
Sarah-Jane Dyer (Staff Governor)
My daughter started at Herne 9 years ago and this is when my connection with the school began. I volunteered as a parent helper which ultimately led to a paid position as an L.S.A. 6 years ago. My youngest son is due to leave in September so over the years I have gained valuable insight into seeing the school from two different perspectives – as a parent and a member of staff. It was for this reason that I decided to become a Governor as I felt I would be able to represent both of these elements. It is a challenging role with additional responsibility but is an opportunity to try and put a fresh perspective on understanding both simple and complex processes that happen behind the scenes in the day to day running of a school.
I like spending time with my family when we are all getting along in perfect harmony – (Walton’s style) so consequently spend a lot of my spare time shopping or at the Gym!
If I had a Super Power I would love to have a limitless amount of Empathy and Patience!
Simon Griffin (Co-opted Governor)
Having a Governor role means making real decisions that we hope will improve the educational experience for all the children at Herne. Seeing work Herne has done improve results for our disadvantaged children. Being involved in the many improvements that the school has implemented successfully over the last 5 years. Seeing the school grow in its journey towards becoming outstanding. Getting to know the staff!
When I first became a governor both of my children were at the school. I was always impressed by the education they had at the school and in particular the ethos of the school and the leadership team. Herne has always been a friendly and caring school. It was this connection that made it an easy decision to choose Herne.
When I’m not ‘governing’ I work! My job as a soil scientist takes me to lots of beautiful places in the UK and beyond. My spare time is spent mountain biking around Petersfield area and coaching Petersfield cricket U13 team.
My superpower would be the ability to turn invisible, but only when people aren't looking. Being able to understand any Government education literature. Who writes that stuff?!
Clive Hutton (Co-opted Governor)
I am a retired Charter Electrical Engineer, and have been a Governor in several Secondary and Primary schools for almost 40years.
All children deserve an education to the highest standard possible, and my aim is to help ensure every child achieves to their maximum ability.
If I had one superpower, it would be to make all those children with special needs attain the same level as their peer group.
At leisure I enjoy travel. Tinkering with my old Austin Seven, playing the Ukulele (how sad!) and trying to speak French.
Olivia Johnson (Teacher Governor)
I started working at Herne just under 5 years ago as an NQT at the very start of my teaching career. I was totally blown away and inspired by the colourful displays; friendly staff and children; beautiful grounds and the general positive atmosphere at Herne. Throughout my time here, I have worked in almost all year groups, apart from Year 3. This has allowed me to gain a great insight into many of the exciting opportunities our children experience during their time at Herne.
A Governor role appealed to me because I like being actively involved in the decisions that affect our school and I enjoy being able to bring new ideas to the table. Being able to voice my opinion on matters affecting the school, staff and most importantly the children here at Herne, is a big responsibility. It is really important that the staff at Herne are represented by a member of the teaching team. They can share ideas or suggestions with me that I can then take to meetings. It can be challenging at times but I believe it is an invaluable role which comes with its rewards. It is also really exciting when you are able to see how the decisions and ideas discussed at ‘Governor meetings’ come into action.
When I am not being a Governor or class teacher, I enjoy keeping fit and healthy. I also enjoy baking and spending time with my family, friends and furry, ginger cat Alvin. If I could have one super power it would be the ability to teleport to other places so I could see the wonders of the world and explore exciting destinations.
Pauline Judge (Co-opted Governor)
Herne Junior School has always been a special place to me. I worked here as the “School Secretary” and was privileged to meet so many interesting parents, teachers and, of course, the children. As I am now retired, the role of governor has opened up many opportunities for me to keep my brain active and to enjoy meeting more teachers, teaching assistants and even more children. Over recent years I have popped into school regularly to listen to Year 3 readers. They say the funniest things sometimes, keep me feeling young (!) and it is wonderful to watch them progress throughout the year.
I freely admit that I am “tennis nuts” and love being on court especially when the sun is shining. I also go to the gym and enjoy gardening. My husband and I like going on long walks and spending time with our three grandsons.
David Martin (Parent Governor)
I am relatively new to the Petersfield area and would like to feel that I’m making a social contribution to the community, most noticeably in supporting the school with educating our children and help with its continuing success. Being a parent is important to me, and I believe that a good education and strong family values is the cornerstone of a child’s development into adulthood, and one in which we all play our part as responsible parents.
Although I have limited experience in the role of a school governor, or the detailed workings of the education system, my profession as a building services consultant means I have contact with a number of schools but on a different level, namely related to the operational facilities and management of buildings. This involvement means I am aware of the financial pressures schools currently face.
My partner is also interested in children’s education and has voluntary experience in teaching pre-school children. She has also been a regular bookworm reading partner to a number of children at my son’s previous primary school and fully supports my role.
Our family enjoy cycling in South Downs National Park and days out at the beach. I started to learn to read music a few months ago, although my music reading skills leave a lot to be desired!
Clare Nash (Parent Governor)
All three of my children have attended Herne Junior. My two boys are now at TPS, and so this leaves only my daughter in year 3. The children enjoyed their time at Herne and I have been impressed with the school for a number of reasons. First, the sense of community and the friendliness of the staff. Second, both boys left Herne with a good grounding ahead of their time at TPS. For these reasons, I decided I would like to get more involved in the school in a different way (as I was previously a member of the PTFA), hence my desire to become a governor. I enjoy learning new things and it assists in my current role at another secondary school.
My pastimes include going to the cinema, sport and keeping the house and family running. If I could have a superpower, it would be the ability to travel in time forwards and backwards.
Maureen Page (Co-opted Governor)
I am a Director at Butser Ancient Farm which is an experimental archaeological site welcoming visitors and educational groups. Amongst other things I am responsible for the education programme there. My background is in education and I want to use my experience in education to help with my tasks as a Governor. My own daughters attended Herne and I became a Parent Governor, but I have continued since then in many roles gaining valuable experience and skills along the way. I feel strongly that Herne Junior School is an important part of the Petersfield Community and I am pleased to be able to support learning for our young people.
One of my roles is Subject Link Governor for French, but my super power would be to speak every foreign language, so that I could communicate with everyone!
Dr Anna Sampson (Co-opted Governor)
We moved to Petersfield in 2013 and my daughter started at Herne. She is coming to the end of her time at the school, but my son is now a pupil. Herne is a friendly and welcoming place, and we have been impressed throughout with the excellent teaching, caring atmosphere and great staff.
Becoming a governor seemed a good way to get involved and give something back to the school. Now, finding out more about the governor role and attending the various meetings, committees and training, I realise just how important the governing body in a school is in helping determine the strategic direction of the school, holding the head teacher to account and ensuring financial probity. I am keen to contribute to the governing body and bring my experience from a very different work environment and organisation to help the governing body in its role. The governors are a friendly and committed group, and it is enjoyable getting to know them.
Outside of being a governor, parent and work, I enjoy being outdoors in this lovely part of the world, walking, running and gardening. If I had one super power, it would be to be able to fly!
Phil Shore (LA Governor)
Having been a School Governor at the Petersfield Infant School when my son was attending there, I was then privileged to become a Governor at Herne Junior School. Acting as a School Governor has given me a fantastic opportunity to have an impact on education and positively influence children’s lives and where appropriate provide critical challenge and support to the leadership team of Herne Junior School with the ultimate aim of driving up standards.
Supporting and contributing to the success of Herne Junior School I find very rewarding. In my spare time the little we all have with a busy family life I like to run, watch football and go to the cinema.
If I could have one Super Power, there are so many I would like to have but to choose one then I guess it would be to time travel.