Our Governing Body and Governor Information
Our Clerk to Governors is Mrs Monika Gregory
|Chair of Governors
|Vice Chair of Governors
|School Improvement Plan
|Safeguarding Deputy (inc KCSiE monitoring)
|Voice (Pupil, Staff and Parent)
|HIS Link and Transition
|Marketing and Comms
|Chair of Resources Committee & Finance
|Health and Safety and Facilities
|Appointment to be ratified
|Appointment to be ratified
Mike Thomas and Stephen Jasper serve as Associate Governors
David Barnes - Chair Of Governors
My wife and I moved to Fleet in 2010 to start our family. Our eldest daughter has just left Heatherside Junior School and our youngest daughter is at Heatherside Infant School. I joined HJS as a Governor in 2019 to support the leadership team in ensuring that the children continue to prosper to their individual full potential in a supportive, safe and well-resourced environment.
I work in a leadership role within sales and marketing in the technology sector and also involved in the Executive Committee of one of Fleets Scout Groups.
Michael Thomas - Associate Governor
Hi, I’m Michael Thomas and I joined the HJS Governing Body as a Parent Governor in September 2016. I have one son here at Heatherside Juniors.
I have worked within the educational sector as a senior manager delivering PFI Contracts for many years, I felt that becoming a member of the governing body gave me the perfect opportunity to support our already excelling students and teaching teams by sharing my experience and knowledge of delivering and managing successful school estates to HJS.
Joining the teaching staff at Heatherside in 2012 and working here for the past eleven years has been a wonderful experience for me. Children and adults alike are friendly and positive and I feel very lucky to be working with such an enthusiastic group of people. Having been welcomed so warmly and made to feel a valued part of this successful team has encouraged me to become more involved and to try to improve the pupils’ learning opportunities even further. I am a great believer in happy children being the best learners but also that life skills and independence for our youngsters are invaluable. I currently work in year six, but have experience of all year groups, including infants and nursery. Therefore, I hope to use my hands on experience of our education system to highlight and promote the children’s needs.
I joined Heatherside Junior School as a Learning Support Assistant in 2009. In this role I worked with children across all year groups who needed extra support with their speech, language and communication skills. Having become a full-time class teacher in Year 4 last, I thoroughly enjoyed being part of a wonderful and supportive team. I am now continuing my teaching career in a different Hampshire School but wanted to remain part of Heatherside Junior. I believe that mutual respect, hard work and kindness result in a positive environment conducive to learning and success. I have an interest in raising young people’s self-esteem and their wellbeing. Happy people achieve great things!
I am a civil servant, currently responsible for a large, multidisciplinary team of analytical and science professionals all working to help the UK reduce waste and increase recycling at the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs. This includes, designing, delivering, monitoring and evaluating national policies and strategies, ensuring they are based on robust evidence and analysis. I am an economist by profession and accredited member of the Government Economic Service, studying it at both undergraduate and doctoral level. I bring strong leadership experience, numeracy skills and an ability to provide independent scrutiny in a supportive manner. I've previous experience as a charity trustee at University of Birmingham's Guild of Students. I have two young children, live very locally to Heatherside Juniors, and have been living in Fleet for the last 4 years.t
My husband and I have lived in Fleet for over 30 years and our three children all attended local schools. I have recently retired from teaching at an Infant school in Frimley where I was the SENCO for several years. I am a strong advocate for inclusion and I have joined HJS as a Governor to help support the leadership team in enabling every child, including those with additional needs, to reach their full potential.
I am a junior school teacher at Greenfields Junior School, Hartley Wintney and I’ve worked in education for the past 14 years. With this in mind, I have a secure understanding of the education system. I also recognise the challenges that teachers and schools face which I hope will allow me to support with a focus on maintaining excellent outcomes for all pupils.
My eldest son is currently in Year 5 and a daughter in Year 3, with a younger one who will also be attending Heatherside Junior School over the next 8 years. I love being part of the Heatherside community and I firmly believe that the children in our local area deserve excellent educational provision.
Heatherside Juniors is a wonderful school which promotes the best for young people, which I am proud to be a part of.
Stephen Jasper - Associate Governor
I became a Parent Governor in November 2018. I have three children all who have attended Heatherside Junior School, my youngest has now left Year 6. I am an Accountant by training but work in the communications industry on finance and IT operations and projects. I felt I should help out at the school that all my children attended and bring some of my time and skills to help HJS improving pupils outcomes and deliver a fantastic environment for students, teachers, staff and parents
I moved to Fleet with my husband, Owen, 25 years ago and my three children have all grown up in Fleet attending local schools. I am a lifelong learner and look forward to supporting the school in its efforts to make a difference. Everyone has a talent and a broad range of experiences gives your child the best chance of realising their potential. A former teacher, I now work for a not-for-profit company redesigning processes and implementing digital systems for everyone to access and use to make life easier. I have a passion for the theatre and enjoy the outdoors with my family and dogs.
I am happily married to my lovely wife Angela. We are proud parents of two children: our son, who holds a degree in Politics and contributes to the Ministry of Defence, and our daughter, a Music graduate from the Royal Conservatoire in Birmingham. With a keen eye for fostering innovation and a knack for problem-solving, I am poised to collaborate with the SLT to find creative solutions that elevate the school's overall effectiveness. My experience stems from many years heading up a variety of departments (such as I.T., facilities, H&S, procurement, maintenance, corporate etc.) in a large national UK business.
I joined the Governing body in October 2021. My youngest son is in Year 6. My interest in education stems from my degree in Education and Psychology. I have previously been a Governor at a local infant school where I was involved with a variety of aspects of school strategy including the curriculum, finance and ensuring every child makes progress. I am currently employed as a Systems Manager in the Pension industry. I lead the delivery of bespoke projects primarily focusing on workflows and data migration. My expertise is in project management, data analysis, budgeting and performance management.
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I joined Heatherside Junior School in 2009 as an E.C.T. It very quickly became clear to me that our school is special. The children are polite, well-mannered and very enthusiastic learners. They have a genuine love of learning and enjoy the rich curriculum that Heatherside has to offer. I have been fortunate enough to work in all year groups and have developed my knowledge and understanding of the curriculum across the whole key stage. I have enjoyed every moment of being a part of this school community. The staff always pull together and are truly supportive of one another. We recognise each other’s strengths and celebrate our successes, in both our personal and professional lives. We root for each other. The school culture at Heatherside is one based on trust, respect and enjoyment. It promotes the wellbeing of staff and children. The children develop a growth mindset here that gives them the skills they need to go on and be successful. I have an interest in further developing learning opportunities for our pupils and deepening my own understanding of school leadership.
I joined the Governing Body, as a Parent Governor in October 2021. I have lived in Fleet for the past nine years and I have two daughters, one in year 6 and one in year 4. I am a Chartered Accountant with over ten years’ experience, initially in practice and subsequently in a FTSE 100 listed company. I am currently taking a career break to raise my young family. Providing a parent’s viewpoint, I look forward to being both challenging and supportive of Heatherside Juniors, to help ensure that every child achieves their full potential.
I have two sons, my eldest is currently in Year 1 at Heatherside Infant School and we hope that both he and his younger brother will complete their primary education within Heatherside Schools community. I am extremely passionate about playing an active role within this school and to be able to give something back this is wonderful community over the coming years. As a governor, I look to draw upon the skills, knowledge, and experiences I have gained in my education through to PhD and in my career within a global clinical trials within the pharmaceutical industry. I also volunteer as a STEM Ambassador to promote science education and fostering a culture of curiosity and discovery among young students.
Elaine Greaney (Vice Chair)
I work as an engineering manager in the Space industry. I have one child at Heatherside Junior school and one who left to move to secondary school in 2023. I became a parent governor in 2020.
I am enjoying representing the Heatherside parents and supporting the school which has had such positive impact on my children and our local community.
I have been part of the Heatherside Community for the last 23 years as a childminder and with my children having attended both the Infant’s and Junior’s. I have always wanted to become more involved in the schools but unfortunately work restraints and family life have not allowed. Now I feel I am in position to be able to support and learn more about the leadership of the school; and hopefully my knowledge and skills will be of value. I have particular interest around safeguarding and child protection; and to ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and caring environment.