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.
Information about current governors can be found here: Current Governors
Information about governors who have left within the last twelve months can be found here: Governor Retirements and Resignations
Karen Frost (Clerk to the Governing Body)
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. The super power in my life is my Christian faith.
Susan Sayers (Headteacher)
I am delighted to have joined Herne Junior in January 2023 as the new Headteacher. I am an experienced Headteacher, having worked for Surrey across Woking, Runnymede and Godalming for many years. I now live in East Hants and wanted to be nearer to my home in Grayshott. I have been Headteacher of CofE and Community schools. My experience includes working for the Local Authority and Diocese on a wide range of areas, from Governor Training and School Improvement to Curriculum & Assessment. I have acted as Interim Headteacher for schools in difficulty and have been a Local Leader of Education for Surrey. As Executive Headteacher, I have formed several new schools from large Federations or mergers. I have also founded an Umbrella Trust which has gone on to be a successful Multi Academy Trust and been a Trustee of a mixed MAT. I have also worked as an Ofsted Inspector. I am a committed Christian and, as such, believe that serving our community is important. I am a Trustee of The Peace Building Charity and am involved in the development of a Charitable Trust which provides grants to children and staff in CofE schools. My philosophy of teaching is built upon a very simple premise: happy children learn best! The children in our care are key to everything we do. Their time at our school is short, precious and cannot be repeated. We must do everything in our power to get it right for them, academically, spiritually and pastorally. Our children have the ability to be extraordinary - with our help and support!
Peter Bisset (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.
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?!
TJ Fagbayi (Parent Governor)
As individuals, we each have a part to play for the children in Petersfield and we can all use our skills and experience to help them thrive and reach their potential. My professional background is within the criminal justice system and my expertise is within public protection and child safeguarding policy. Safeguarding is not just about keeping our children safe, it’s also about helping them to develop into adulthood and achieve better outcomes in their lives. I believe that being a parent governor gives me an opportunity to contribute to improved outcomes for the children at Herne, this includes my own children. It also gives me an opportunity to challenge and support the head teacher, and the wonderful teaching staff we have at the school.
When I’m not governing I am a husband and father of two. I am a qualified FA football coach and I manage one of the youth teams at Petersfield Town Juniors youth FC, which is a huge passion of mine. If I had a super power it would be winning football matches for my beloved Arsenal and Petersfield Town Tigers. It is an honour to serve as a parent governor at Herne and I feel privileged to be undertaking the role.
Clare Nash (Co-opted 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!
Claire Edmondson (Staff Governor)
For as long as I can remember, teaching has been my dream. I cannot recall wanting to do anything else. I have always looked up to my teachers and the job that they do. They inspired me in so many ways and I am extremely grateful to every one of them!
My teaching career started at the age of just 16 when I started my first job as a gymnastics coach in Farlington, working at the club I attended myself. This served to confirm my passion of helping others to learn and fuelled my dedication to getting the grades I needed to attend university, earn my degree and have a classroom of my own.
I have been teaching at Herne for the last 6 years, since graduating from University. It has become my family and I could not imagine a greater place to spend my days! Children are at the heart of everything we do. Not only do we support their learning, but we also aim to encourage the children to be their best selves, no matter their hopes, dreams, passions or abilities.
By joining the Governing Team as a staff representative, I hope to be able to support the already amazing work achieved and ensure the children get the very best out of their 4 years at Herne.
“A good education is the foundation for the future.”
Matthew Hurst (Co-opted Governor)
I recently joined Herne Junior School as a Learning Support Assistant in Year 4. I've been immediately welcomed into the Herne community of both staff and pupils.Prior to that, I worked in Corporate Banking for over twenty-five years and hope to use some of that experience to the Governor role.I've seen how education can change people's lives and the ethos within the school both supports and nurtures a love of learning.When not at school I'm a keen cyclist and walker, never happier than on a long climb either on two wheels or two legs.
Stuart Mackenzie (Co-opted Governor)
I have lived in Petersfield my entire life and once attended Herne Junior School where my daughter is now in Year 4. I have a core belief that everyone has the ability to discover their full potential, given the right environment and motivation, and I want to help support the good work that the staff of the school are doing.
My background has been in IT since 1995, initially in supporting hardware and software, followed by software development and now as a Team Manager/Coach for three teams in my current company.
I hope my experience will stand me in good stead to help guide the direction of new initiatives, within the school, and to monitor if those initiatives are giving the intended benefits.
Vicki Pringle (Parent Governor)
I am a parent member of the Herne Governing Body and my sons are in Years 4 and 5. Being a Governor is a new challenge for me, having previously been a secretary of a local pre-school committee and volunteered for over four years to hear readers at Petersfield Infants and Herne. The continuity of reading with the same children over a long period of time allowed me to see firsthand the positive impact that the school community can have on individual children. This inspired me to get more involved!
Herne passionately promotes 'the Harmony Values' and I believe these values are central to the success that the school has in our children's emotional development and education. As a Governor I hope to help shape the future of the school whilst supporting our incredible staff team.
Outside of being a Governor I am a dentist and have worked in general dental practice for over twenty years. I enjoy family time with my husband and boys, I run to keep fit, sing in a choir, play the piano and read in every free moment I have.
Maria Martin (Parent Governor)
My family is deeply rooted in this town, having served fish and chips to the locals at "Nicky's" for the last 35 years until my dad retired. Living in the centre of town steeped in so much history is a real privilege. From nursery through to junior school my children have been educated here and our school-run commute is on foot.
In the early part of my career, I was a journalist working for a daily newspaper in Cyprus. It was a fantastic opportunity and I enjoyed interviewing government ministers and celebrities. I then transitioned into the marketing world where I worked more than a decade in marketing software. Currently, I support my husband's local business, which enabled me to follow my passions.
I am an advocate for ocean conservation and part of the PADI scuba world. I love blogging and creating infant books on nature. It is my hope that my passion for our children's welfare, love of books, deep connection to this community, skills in marketing and content writing and advocacy for conservation, diversity and equality, will serve this governing body well.
Herne Junior School is an amazing school, I'm looking forward to any support I can give as the school evolves.
Naomi Ward (Co-opted Governor)
I am a Coach and Facilitator supporting Leaders in the Education and Charity sectors. With over 1000 hours of coaching in the public sector, I have expertise in creating rare spaces of stillness, rest and emergence of fresh ways of being, thinking and doing. In my current role at Making Stuff Better, I work with Principals in the International School sector, in 1:1 coaching, leadership development and coaching training.
Before my coaching career, I was an English Teacher and School Leader in South London for 15 years, sharing my love of language, poetry and drama with my students. Witnessing how systems under pressure can cause suffering is inspiration for supporting individuals and teams to develop generative and joyful ways of working together in service of a shared purpose.
I have lived in Petersfield for ten years and all three of my children have gone to Herne. I'm an avid learner, aspiring writer and I love to run on the local trails in the beautiful South Downs.
Katherine Maynard (Parent Governor)
As an Occupational Psychologist, I spend my working life supporting businesses with the assessment and development of their employees. It is this love of psychology and the study of behaviour at work that has led me to join the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. Seeing the links between education and employment is particularly motivating for me - at a time of such unprecedented change, I really want to contribute to ensuring that every young person gets the development they need to prepare them for the many and varied opportunities that await them in the world of work.
I have two sons - one in year 3 at Herne and one due to start school next September. Like many others, my spare time is mostly spent playing Mummy Taxi for football, rugby and Beavers, but when I do get some time to myself I enjoy the theatre, trying my hand at different crafts and travelling.