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Locks Heath Junior School

‘Where Children Come First’

Meet our Governors

Within our school, the Governing Body team comprises of  staff, nominated and elected people from our community.  Below are the Non Staff Governors on our current Governing Body:

Mrs Helen Churchill * - Chair of Governors

Mr David Payne - Vice Chair of Governors
Mrs Jane Buckton *

Mr Gavin Sadler *

Mrs Emily Payne *

Miss Abbie Whitehead

Mr Ben Ayling *

Mrs Catherine Hayes *

Mrs Helen Protheroe *

Mrs Helen Stone *

Mrs Rebecca Tinsley *



* indicates currently have children at our school.

Staff Governors are as follows:

Mrs Natasha Farrell - Headteacher
Mrs Debbie Clarke - Staff Member

Mr Richard Bailey - Staff Member

Mr Paul Blake - Associate Member

Other key allocated Governor roles:

Forum Rep - Mr Payne
Special Needs - Mr Payne & Mrs Churchill
Child Protection - Mrs Buckton


Mrs Jackie Finney - Clerk to the Governing Body

Meet Our Governing Body


Mr Gavin Sadler

I have been a Co-opted Governor approaching 3 years of a 4 year term and am Vice Chair of the School Improvement Committee.  My step-daughter currently attends Locks Heath Juniors as did my step-son who has since transitioned to secondary school.  I have a further two children who will be attending the junior school in the future.  I currently work in the private sector in Learning & Development and want to make the experience and skills I have available to the school so that every child gets the best educational experience possible.  I am able to challenge the school's performance. yet ensure that through this process, I am also able to offer the right level of support.  Having moved into the local area, it also allows me to give more to the local community and the school as a whole.


Mrs Jane Buckton

I joined the Governing Body in February 2016 as a Co-opted Governor.  Both of my sons are currently enjoying life at Locks Heath Junior School, with the eldest due to move up to Brookfield School in September 2019.

My motivation for becoming a Governor is simple; I want to be part of the school community and make a positive contribution towards creating a happy and safe learning environment which develops the 'whole child'. All children are different and have their own individual needs and we have a responsibility to help them reach their full potential.  The years they spend at Primary school will shape their futures so it is vital they get the best start possible.

My current Governor role are Chair of School Improvement Committee and Development and Training Governor.

In my professional life, I am an HR Manager for a Contract Logistics company based in Hedge End and have a particular passion for helping people to achieve and develop in their roles.  I have a range of experience that I can bring to the Governing Body, including defining and executing business strategy.

In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my husband and boys, going on long walks exploring new places and gardening when I get the time and the sun is shining!


Mr Richard Bailey

I am Year 3 Leader at Locks Heath Juniors and a Staff Governor.  My background has always been  education and I studied for my teaching degree at Winchester University many years ago.  I was keen to become a governor to help support the high standards and running or our school so that the children get the best of their education with us and go on to be model citizens in our community.  My degree is in drama and this has aided in bringing some theatrical flair to our school both in my classroom but also across various events shared with the children.  I am proud to be part of the school's Governing Body so that I can liaise with different stakeholders to enhance the rich opportunities, curriculum and learning that our school offers.

Mrs Catherine Hayes

I have lived in Southampton area for over 20 years after coming here for university.  My background is in HR and I have worked in various sectors including call centres, insurance companies and I currently work for a technology organisation in Southampton.  I am a parent of two with one at the Junior school and the other in Infants.  I am delighted to be a member of the governing body and my aim is to be that critical friend to the school to work constructively and help forward the success of our school.