Our Governing Body are proud to hold strategic responsibility for our school. The DfE define the Governors' Core Roles as:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of its pupils and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Our Governing Body meet each half term and in addition, two committees meet to fulfil specific duties. We hope you will find the attached documents useful and would welcome your feedback at any time. Governors can be contacted via the School Office.
Dave Merefield joined the Governing Body in December 2016 and his term ends in December 2020. He is a co-opted Governor who serves on the Pupil Outcomes Committee, with responsibility for English. Dave is currently the Chair of our Governing Body.
Dave has two children at our school. He is employed by a major food retailer as the Senior Sustainability Manager where is has accountability for reducing carbon emissions and managing energy throughout the business.
He is keen to use his experience to support the Governing Body and help maintain the school’s reputation – putting the children’s’ learning and development at the centre of all decisions made.
David Small joined the Governing Body in March 2017 as a Foundation Governor and his term as a Governor will end in March 2021. He serves on the Resources Committee and is currently the Vice Chair of Governors.
David has worked as a Solicitor in his own Practice in Chichester for 22 years and hopes to bring some of the experience that he has gained over that career to good use in serving the Governing Body and its committees.
Living locally for nearly 10 years David is aware if the School’s proud reputation and Christian ethos and is keen to be a part of the future of the School and its community.
Hannah Lowry joined the Governing Body in September 2014 and her term as a governor ends in March 2019. She is a co-opted governor with responsibility for governor development and training. In addition she serves on the Pupil Outcomes Committee as Vice Chair and the Christian Values Team.
Hannah is employed as a Children’s and Families’ Leader at Horndean Baptist Church and as such is involved in the community in Horndean. As part of her job, Hannah works in partnership with the rest of the leadership team of Horndean Baptist Church and as such is experienced in making decisions and leading others, a skill she now brings to Horndean C of E Junior School.
Previous to this role, Hannah was an infant school teacher at a Church of England Primary School in Blackpool, where she gained experience in education, children’s progress and leading science. Hannah is actively involved in Horndean C of E Junior School through the reading project, leading acts of worship & RE lessons as well as running clubs after school. She feels it is a real privilege to serve the school and local community, and is thrilled to do this in the capacity of ‘Community Governor’.
Mark Robertson joined the Governing Body in September 2015 as a Parent Governor and his term as governor ends in 2020. He serves on the Resources Committee as Vice Chair and holds responsibility for Health and Safety.
Mark has a keen interest in the governance of the school and is proud of its reputation and standing in the community. The opportunity to act as a parent governor is his way of helping to maintain this reputation and standing.
Heather Smith joined the Governing Body in September 2015 as a co-opted governor with responsibility for finance and currently serves on the Resources Committee as Chair.
Both Heather’s children have/are attending the school, her son is currently in Year 5 and her daughter left in July 2015. She has always been involved with the school’s PTA being the main co-ordinator for the children’s Christmas Shopping Day. This gave Heather an insight into the school and inspired her to support in a more formal way through a governing role.
Heather is a qualified accountant with 15 year post qualification experience. She is currently working for the NHS which brings a wealth of knowledge and challenges that she is applying and drawing on to support and challenge the school. Heather has previous education finance experience working in the Education Finance Team for Portsmouth City Council and auditing schools with West Sussex County Council.
Anna Trevellick was elected to join the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in December 2017.
Anna and her family live within the local community. Two out of three of Anna’s children have or are attending Horndean CE Junior school. Her eldest son went through HJS having had a very positive experience and now attends HTC.
Anna is a qualified Registered Nurse and has worked on the renal unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital for 20 years. She is currently a nurse specialist in the field of living kidney donation. Excellent listening and communication skills with the public and the multidisciplinary team are essential as well as being approachable and having positive attitude. All of these skills she hopes to bring and utilise to the governor team. She also hopes to gain more skills as being part of the school governing body.
Tom Upfield joined the Governing Body in February 2016 and his term as a governor ends in 2020. He is a staff governor and serves on the Pupil Outcomes Committee.
Tom is the Year 6 Leader at Horndean Church of England Junior School as well as being the school English Leader. Within his school role, Tom works in partnership with other members of the Leadership Team and, as a result, plays an active role in School Improvement.
He has been excited to become a governor, joining a team of people with different backgrounds and expertise, all wanting the best for the pupils at Horndean Church of England Junior School.