Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
I have been a school Governor at Herne for 11 years, and have been Chair for 7 years. I am currently a Local Authority Governor and I sit on the Resources committee and the Teaching and learning Committee and am frequently involved with the Head teacher and Leadership team on local authority and educational matters that involve the school. I enjoy mountain biking, motorcycling and reading. I initially volunteered to be a school governor so that I could be involved more in the education system and be able to make decisions which are in the best interests of the children and young people at Herne Junior School. My role has since evolved with time and experience and responsibilities include ensuring that the school has sound and efficient leadership and governance. My background is telecommunications and I have spent many years abroad predominantly in South East Asia so not only do I bring my own knowledge and skills to the role, but in ensuring that we all work as a team makes for far more effective decision making and hopefully a well-run and successful school.
Local Authority Governor
Chair of Governors
Teaching and Learning Committee
Finance Building and Resources Committee
Leadership and Management monitoring
LA school meetings
I have been a governor of the school since 2008 and am currently one of the governors appointed by the Parochial Church Council of St Martin in Herne Church. I am chair of the school’s Resource committee. This includes the Finance Committee which is responsible for scrutinising the school’s budget and we undertake this every six weeks at our regular committee meeting. We review the monthly monitoring reports prepared by the school’s business manager and endeavour to ensure best value for contracts and services. Our reports are then presented to the next full governor’s meeting. Annually, in May, we will review with the head teacher and business manager the budget for the financial year commencing on the 1 April. We are particularly responsible for ensuring that money spent is referable to the School Improvement Plan.
The committee also scrutinises spending plans for the school buildings (both from income and capital) and reviews annually the school’s on-going maintenance and health and safety programme.
I have lived in Herne for nearly 28 years and I am a regular member of the congregation of St. Martin’s Church. I am now retired but was formerly a solicitor and a partner in Furley Page, working in the commercial property and planning team of the real estate department based in our offices in Canterbury.
I am a past president and current treasurer of the Rotary Club of Whitstable.
The only weakness, to which I admit, is that I am (still) a season ticket holder at West Ham United F.C. However, nobody’s perfect.
Vice Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor appointed by PCC
Chair of Resource Committee
Health and Safety monitoring
Member of the Head Teacher Appraisal committee
Member of Siams committee
I joined KCC’s Clerking Service in March 2011 and became Clerk to the Governing body for Herne Junior School in March 2012. I previously worked for KCC in Adult Education and Social Services but wanted to work part-time with more flexibility. My role is to support the Governing Body in their administration. I prepare for and minute GB meetings, maintain the GB records, source and provide information where necessary and hopefully help to make things run more smoothly. It is a varied and enjoyable post and they are a very friendly group of people to work with. Having two daughters who are teachers it also is helping me to understand a little more clearly what goes on in their working lives.
My name is Frances Ventham and I am a Foundation Governor nominated by the PCC at St Martins Church, where I am part of the ministry team. I co-ordinate the children’s groups on a Sunday and also have 30 years’ experience running local Brownie Packs. I have been a Governor at Herne Juniors for 8 years and have in the past been a Teacher Governor in Canterbury My professional background has been as a Junior School Teacher and until retirement as the Education Officer at Canterbury Cathedral.
My responsibilities as a Governor include monitoring Mathematics and Music throughout the school. It is a privilege to be part of the Governing Body, having the opportunity to support and make a positive contribution to the school.
Maths, numeracy monitoring
Teaching and Learning Committee
I have been a governor for more than 30 years, firstly at Hampton Primary School where I had a particular interest in Special Needs, and also at Herne Bay Infant School where I as Chair of Governors for 10 years, involved in all aspects of governor responsibility, and spent a great deal of time as a voluntary classroom helper. I stood down from the governing body at Hampton in 1996 to become a Foundation governor at Herne Junior School where I have since been a member of various committees and for several years was Chair or Vice-Chair of Governors. Currently I have responsibility with monitoring English throughout the school, and also serve on the Finance Committee.
I am an active member of St. Martin’s Church serving as warden, or deputy warden, and having previously acted as a long-standing Sunday school teacher and been very involved with church music.
My sisters and I are past pupils of Herne School. Three of my grandchildren have now moved on to secondary school with one left at the Juniors.
Teaching and Learning Committee
Head teacher Appraisal committee
English and Literacy monitoring
I am a parent governor and have been a governor at Herne Junior School for around twelve years. I have three lovely daughters aged 11, 15 & 18. They have all benefited from being part of the nursery, infant and junior school. I enjoy being a school governor and helping to ensure that the best opportunities exist for all of the children.
My professional career involves the assessment and underwriting of risk and I am qualified as a Chartered Insurer. In view of this I take an interest in health & safety within school. I am involved in monitoring teaching & learning, leadership & management, health & safety and finance. In addition to these roles I carry out monitoring with regard to safeguarding.
I am pleased to be part of the school community and value the opportunities I have to support the school.
Finance Building and Safety Committee
Safeguarding including pupil voice, Leadership and Management monitoring
Health and Safety monitoring
I have recently been appointed as the co-opted Governor at Herne Junior School. I joined the school in September 2015 as a teacher in Year 3 and currently I am teaching in Year 6. I am the Computing lead within the school, with a responsibility to oversee the curriculum and enhance children’s learning about different technologies including iPads.
I am passionate about helping children achieve. I am proud to be part of the Herne community and look forward to my role as a Governor.
I am a foundation governor nominated by the PCC of St Martin in Herne Church.
My professional background until retirement was working within the National Health Service.
My governor responsibilities are:-
Teaching & Learning Committee
Headteacher appraisal Committee and
I enjoy having the opportunity to support and make a positive contribution to the school.
I believe that all children deserve an outstanding education that allows them to develop as confident young people in a caring, supportive environment.
I joined the Governing Body in November 2016 as a parent governor. I have two wonderful children, my daughter has now moved on from Herne Juniors and my son is in the upper school. We have lived in Herne Bay for the last 12 years and I worked at a local primary school for 9 years. In 2013, I became the Headteacher at a primary school in Canterbury. In 2018 I moved to become the Headteacher of a school in Margate. I am passionate about ensuring that children’s experiences during their primary years are rich, rewarding and exciting.
Teaching and Learning Committee - Chair
I am the staff governor on the Herne Governing body. I have been a teacher at the school for just over 7 years, having joined in April 2013. During my time at Herne, I have been School Council leader, PSHE leader and am currently PE Co-ordinator. I recently started teaching in Year 6.
I believe the role of a governor is to help steer the school in the right direction. I feel proud to be a part of the Herne community.
My Name is Jodie Harris I am married with four children two of which are now adults. I currently have a child in year five at Herne Juniors and a nursery aged child.
I have lived in Herne Bay for 37 years and in Broomfield for the past 17 years.
I have recently joined the team of governors as foundation governor. I regularly attend St Martin’s church to worship with my family, I also help at St Peters toddler group weekly during term time and sing in the church choir
I am looking forward to giving something back to our community by volunteering my time as a school governor and learning as much as possible about the role so I can help ensure that Herne Junior School is a happy, safe and educationally thriving school for both children and staff.
Professionally I have worked for the NHS for 20 years as a healthcare professional. I recently graduated as an Associate Practitioner in community nursing. Currently I am working in a GP Practice as a Lead Clinical Associate Practitioner.