Turnfurlong Junior School


Every school is legally required to have Governors who are volunteers drawn from the parent, staff and local communities. Governors bring with them life experiences as parents, carers and employees, and they are legally responsible for the school budget and pupil achievement. They form part of the school leadership and meet with senior and middle leaders to discuss the performance of the children and safeguarding, how learning is organised (the curriculum), and how the budget is used to sustain high standards. As employers the governors must be assured that all employees are trained and their professional needs and well-being are supported.
 In July each year governors and school leaders discuss the performance of the school and the priorities for the following year, and this informs the school improvement plan for the following year. During the school year leaders and governors monitor progress against this plan. All this requires meetings between governors and staff, many which are short and informal. Each term there are two formal meetings to bring information together, and reports of these meetings are published on the school website.

The Governing body acts as a corporate body.  

Introducing our Governors

Martin Baxter - Chair of Governors

I joined the Turnfurlong Governing Board in 2012 and became the Chair of Governors in 2016 following a career in schools and work on local and national education projects. I led two school improvement services and inspected primary, secondary, special schools and teacher training for Ofsted. Following that I became a headteacher, worked at UK national level on two school improvement projects and in four countries at government level to support their national curriculum and assessment.

I believe that it is important to help local schools and I want to draw on my experience to support continuous improvement at Turnfurlong Junior School. It is a dynamic place in which to learn,  it promotes a positive and inclusive attitudes, establishes a strong base for learning beyond the school, and encourages all children to be ambitious and make a positive contribution.  The challenge is to sustain all the strengths of the school at a time of significant change and financial uncertainty.


Jo Divers - Headteacher

 It is my absolute pleasure to be the Headteacher of such a dynamic and amazing school, it is a very exciting place to be and everyone is committed to achieving the best outcomes for all children. 


Ed Macklin- Day - Staff Governor

 I am the teacher representative for Turnfurlong Junior School.  I have been a teacher for almost 19 years and am passionate about seeing our children develop and learn.


Neil Esslemont - Associate Governor


Rachel Hardern  - Parent Governor

Grace Hudson - Associate Governor

This is my first year as Associate Governor of TJS.  I have a son in Year 3 and took the decision to become a Governor because I wanted to help support one of our excellent local schools and to become more involved with my local community. I have over 20 years experience in HR and Recruitment and more recently within higher education.  I very much look forward to supporting the school and hope to make a positive contribution to the education of the children.  I am also the Local Authority Governor for Turnfurlong Infant School.


Raquel Bheekharry - Parent Governor

I am new to being a parent governor. I am a nurse consultant with 20 years experience in the healthcare setting. I have a particular interest in physical and mental wellbeing in schools and a passion for inclusion.  I am committed to assist the governing body, teaching staff and parents with the continued improvement needed to expand and develop an exciting and fulfilled environment to all our children at TJS.


Sandeep Chandi - Local Authority Governor

With over 15 years in the financials sector I hope I can bring some of the skills and attributes to best serve the needs of the Governing board, benefit Turnfurlong Junior School and most importantly our children.

​Nidhi Mehta - Co-opted Governor

I am a certified Auditor and a qualified Packaging Engineer with over 10 years of working experience in various food and pharmaceutical industries. I am a full time mum and Councillor for Aylesbury Town Council.  I like to pursue interests related to social causes and supporting the local community.



Jo Cayless - Clerk to the Governors


The governing body works within the following committee structure:

  • Resources (Finance and Personnel with responsibility for Health and Safety)
  • Teaching and Learning (with responsibility for community)
  • Pay Review Committee
  • Hearings Committee
  • Appeal Committee
  • Headteachers Performance Management
  • Complaint Committee
  • Individual Roles on behalf of the governing body include:
  • Development Governor:               
  • SEND
  • Pupil Premium 
  • Safeguarding /Child Protection
  • Health and Safety
  • The governing body have also chosen to establish year links to enable us to get to know the school and children in an informed way.

The above structure enables the governing body to fulfil its role.

Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 7PL

01296 489264