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Members of our Governing Body
I am a parent and safeguarding governor at SJS. I am married with two sons, my eldest son attends Brookfield and my younger son attends SJS in YR 6. I have lived in the area my whole life and have strong links with the community and I am committed to its preservation.
I work for a local authority in the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub team; here I practice a shared commitment to improve the lives of children and young people in Hampshire and to make Hampshire an even better place in which to enjoy a good childhood. I am committed to keeping children safe, being healthy, enjoying life, achieving to the best of their ability and making a positive contribution towards their lives.
My role within the governing body is that I can support teachers and staff by making sure that there are effective systems in place to keep vulnerable children safe and then to report back to the governing body about how effective this safeguarding is. As a parent governor, I can represent the views or wishes of the parents of the children to the SJS team. Being a Governor is a hugely rewarding role and I love being part of the team.
I have lived in Swanwick for the past 30 years. I have two children, both of whom enjoyed four happy years at Sarisbury CE Junior School. One is now grown up and living abroad, the other studying at college and preparing to go to University.
I work part-time for St Paul’s Church as an Administrator and I am a worshipping member of St Paul’s Church. Previously I have worked in variety of roles in the public and private sector.
I am a Foundation Governor at Sarisbury Junior and enjoy my role on the Governing Body. I am the Link Governor to Year 5, a member of the Child & Curriculum Committee and currently chair the Performance, Personnel & Pay Committee.
I am a class teacher in Year 6 at Sarisbury Junior School as well as the English and Science Subject Leader. I am in my 4th year of teaching at Sarisbury and encourage children to be creative in their learning and to ‘be the best they can be’ in all curriculum areas. Prior to working at Sarisbury, I worked in a support role as a Learning Support Assistant and before that as a Chemical Analyst for a pharmaceutical company.
As a co-opted governor, I can offer my fellow governors a different perspective on teaching and learning and I enjoy sharing the day-to-day aspects of life at Sarisbury with them. I value the opportunity to contribute to the wider life of the school in my role as governor.
I am a Parent Governor and my daughter attends Sarisbury Junior School and is currently in Year 4. I have been a Governor for the school for about a year now and I work as Year 3 Link Governor and also SEN Governor.
I currently work as an Underwriter for a small broker but prior to having children, I worked within Fostering Agencies and the Children and Families team at the Local Authority, whilst studying Child Psychology.
Being part of the Governing Body has given me a good understanding on how schools run and what support is given to our children in the community. I enjoy supporting the school’s growth and development and I am very proud of where we are now and where we are going.
I am a chartered accountant with over 10 years of experience in senior financial positions, both in industry and the public sector. Prior to training to be an accountant I worked within IT, taking some time out between to go on a Raleigh International expedition to Chile.
I have a strong interest in Science and Mathematics and Music, which were integral parts of my education. I play the Trombone and Piano and enjoy sports. I recently took up running at the start of 2019 and joined Holly Hill runners and now regularly do Whiteley Park run. When I can I try to commute to work by bike.
Rev Sandy Matheson
I moved to Sarisbury Green in 2003 when I became the vicar of St Paul’s. I have been a governor in four schools including being the ex-officio governor of Sarisbury Junior School since 2003. As the local vicar, I’m involved in a number of ways with the school including regular Collective Worship with our Open the Book team and also welcoming the school to services at St Paul’s each term.
Before becoming a vicar, I worked in Sales and Sales Management in IT and Telephony. This provided opportunities to develop skills in sales, marketing, personnel and finance. I am also a foundation governor at Cornerstone CE Primary School.
Local Authority Governor
I have been a governor at SJS for ten years, three of those as Chair of the Governing Body. I am married and have two children both of whom are former pupils at SJS. I became a parent governor when my son was at SJS and am now the Local Authority Governor on the Governing Body.
I am retired having worked for twenty-six years as an analytical chemist and manager in the water industry. During this time, I developed my skills in finance, human resources, health and safety, quality assurance and project management. I am a chartered chemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Currently I am Chair of the Governing Body and have previously been Chair of the Resources and Finance Committee and the Health and Safety Governor. I also support the school as the link governor for maths, and a member of the Personnel, Performance and Pay Committee.
My working life has been quite varied since leaving university. For ten years I was a director of a facilities management company which was a very busy role. Tasks ranged from financial forecasting and budgeting to recruitment and staff management. Life is thankfully much quieter now running an office furniture business with my husband.
I currently attend night school learning restoration and re-upholstery of antique furniture which I hope to branch into as my knowledge and skills improve.
I enjoy dog walks, reading and have more recently joined Holly Hill runners which is fast becoming my favourite hobby.
I have been a Co-opted governor with the Junior school since 2017. As part of my role on the committee, I am the year 3 link governor and enjoy seeing the children’s journey through the school. I am passionate about helping to maintain the high standards of our amazing school which I feel our children are fortunate to attend.
I am a Co-opted Governor at Sarisbury Junior School and have two children; one in Year 3 at the juniors and one in Year 1 at Sarisbury Infant school. I became a Governor when my oldest son started at the juniors in 2018, as I wanted to help and support the school to meet its goals.
I have a background in marketing and writing and have worked in a variety of large organisations from publishers to marketing agencies. My most well-known employer was the Ordnance Survey (OS), where I worked for almost 10 years, promoting the business and its products to consumers and to other organisations.
I left my role at OS in 2017 in order to spend time with my children and to re-train as a soft tissue therapist. I have now qualified and plan to build a therapy business in the coming years. I also plan to continue writing on a freelance basis. Being self-employed allows me to carry out my role as Governor and have a healthy work-life balance!
I am very much looking forward to contributing to the future of Sarisbury Junior and being part of the Governing Body.
Sarisbury CE Junior School
Co-opted Governor @ Brookfield Community School
I have spent 29 very happy and enjoyable years in education at several different schools in a variety of contexts and in a number of leadership positions; the past 17 of which have been as Headteacher at Sarisbury CE Junior School.
Alongside my governor responsibility as Head at Sarisbury, I have been a co-opted governor at Brookfield School for the past eight years and have thoroughly enjoyed being able to contribute to the wider strategic direction of the school most of our pupils transfer to. It has been very rewarding to be part of the governing body and gain a valuable insight into the fantastic range of opportunities on offer at Brookfield and the high aspirations the school has for its students.
I’m a ‘fairly’ new part of the Sarisbury Green community after having moved here from Luxembourg in April 2011. My daughter joined SJS part-way through Year 3 and the sense of belonging and joy she found in the school was an important part of us settling in so well in the area.
I grew up on the island of Jersey and met my wife at university in Warwick, whilst I was studying English Literature. Since then I’ve trained as an accountant and now work in Whiteley for the same financial services administrator I worked for in Jersey and Luxembourg – it’s given me a decent grounding in management, finance, and a bit of leadership experience. My passion is really the written word still, so I’m especially excited to assist where I can with the school’s literacy programme.
Both our daughters attended SJS throughout their junior education and our son is currently in Year 4. I enjoy family time, reading, film, music and walking the dog during any downtime!