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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 been involved in business in Hampshire for the past 30 years. I trained as a journalist and worked for the Portsmouth News before joining `Hampshire Police as a civilian press officer progressing to become Head of Media and Corporate Communications. For the past five years, I have run Briscoe French, an award-winning public relations agency based at Universal Marina providing traditional and digital PR services to a wide range of businesses throughout the south.
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and also a governor of Fareham College and a Trustee of The Rainbow Centre for Conductive Education in Fareham.
My daughter attended Sarisbury Junior School from 2010 to 2014, and I have been a governor at the school for six years.
I work with the Year 6 teachers and the English / Literacy co-ordinator as part of my role on the governing body – I enjoy supporting and challenging the staff to ensure we continue to provide the highest standards of education for our pupils.
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 full-time mum of three boys. Before I gave up work after having my third son I worked in shipping for one of the worlds largest RORO carriers, dealing with colleagues and customers globally in a variety of roles. I am a very keen photographer and am currently trying to build that as a career that can work around my family.
I became a parent governor with the school in April 2015 once my eldest son had started at the school and we moved join to the area. Having been a governor at their previous school for four years I was keen to carry on the role. My eldest has now moved on to senior school and I have a son in Year 5 and a son in Year 3 at Sarisbury. I am currently the Year 4 link governor and enjoy working closely with the year group to ensure we are reaching the school’s objectives and delivering an excellent education to all our pupils. I also enjoy helping with guided reading sessions in Year 3 and Year 4.
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.
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.