Turnfurlong Lane, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 7PL

01296 489264

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

Nidhi Mehta -  Chair of Governors/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.


Grace Hudson - Vice Chair / Foundation Governor

I became a Governor of TJS in 2021 because I wanted to help support the school in its continued success and contribute to its strategic direction. In 2023, I was elected as co-Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee.  Since 2014 I have been working within the education sector. and have gained experience of working in both special and higher education settings. I am now working at Aylesbury High School and feel that my background has given me an understanding and appreciation of education from all aspects. I am also the EYFS  & Local Authority Governor for Turnfurlong Infant School.


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.



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.


Justin Byrom - Parent Governor 

I own and run my own IT business, specialising in web application development, supplying solutions to major clients in various sectors for over 20 years. I am married with three fabulously entertaining kids and a very barky dachshund! I am a keen Arsenal supporter and also enjoy gardening and long walks with friends and family. I also maintain an active interest in spaceflight. I have visited Starbase, Houston Space Centre and Kennedy Space Centre in US recently. I also enjoy giving presentations and talks on my passion for spaceflight to schools and other gatherings. I am also a member of the Parent Forum at TJS.

Kate Atkinson - Parent Governor

I have recently joined the TJS governing body as a parent governor. When my son joined the school in September I relished in the opportunity to be a part of a nurturing and diverse school that places such emphasis on well-being as well as education. As a primary school teacher myself; I am passionate about inclusion and a positive school experience for children, families and educators. 


Véronique Mathieu - Associate Governor 

I am a parent and a secondary school teacher at The Grange School. My speciality is MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) and on the pastoral side, I am a KS4 head of year.

I am passionate about teaching and learning, always looking for new studies to read and apply in my daily practice to benefit the students. My professional development is about how to deliver hight quality content in the most effective and positive way for the children.   I believe that great education for all students is a cardinal value for a society where caring, being able to be our best and moving forward together are valued. Being a governor is one more opportunity for me, to stand for these values.


Helen Hutton - Foundation Governor

I am an experienced health and safety professional working in the public sector for a large transport provider. I currently specialise in health and safety management and I have a passion for ensuring health, safety and environmental improvement in our daily lives. I am keen supporter of childrens’ self improvement through education and learning. I am keen to bring these skills to the governing body at TJS.
I have a passion for education and as a school governor I would relish the chance to help contribute towards our childrens’ future.
I have a background in science subjects at higher education/degree level, people management, business management and project management, and previous experience in a number of roles including as a volunteer Special Constable in the met police. My hobbies outside work are getting out into the countryside with the children, cooking and travelling.


Jacob Donnelly - Local Authority Governor

I am honoured to have been elected as the Local Authority Governor. I have a background in IT, specifically in the field of Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, I have always had a passion for education and helping young people reach their full potential. I am also a proud parent of two young children, which has only strengthened my commitment to providing quality education for all students.

As a governor, I am committed to working with the school's leadership team, teachers, staff, and parents to ensure that our students receive the best possible education. I believe in promoting a safe and supportive learning environment, and I am committed to fostering a culture of excellence, where students are challenged to reach their full potential.



Sarah Rosling - Clerk to the Governors



Governance Information

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.

Structure & Responsibilities 2022-23

Declaration of Interests 2022-23 (awaiting update)



Attendance Record 2021-22

Attendance Record 2020-21

Attendance Record 2019-20