Meet the Governors
Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability and have an important part to play in raising school standards. To ensure the Governing Body has the relevant expertise to carry out its core duties effectively, governors have been appointed with different skill sets. In addition, it is important for governors to be familiar with the school and its community. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body, so individual governors do not act independently. Governors are appointed for a period of four years and may seek re-election if eligible. There are different categories of governor, but once appointed, governors are of equal standing.
Meet the Governors below
Debbie Williams (Chair)
I have loved being involved in Fryern School since my daughter started in 2006. When my son started at the school I became a Parent Governor and later became a Co-opted Governor in 2015.I have been in Retail Management for 19 years, a Guide Leader and I chair a local Scout Executive Committee. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the local and Fryern community and am excited at being part of Fryern Schools’ continued development in providing a well-rounded education for our children. I remember my school years with fondness and I am passionate that our pupils will look back on their years at Fryern with fondness too.
Natalie Jerams (Vice Chair)
I have two children currently at Fryern and also attended the school many years ago myself. I was elected as a Co-opted Governor in 2016. I work for Hampshire County Council within Internal Audit as an Audit Manager and my background is auditing systems and processes within schools and the wider Children’s Services Department. I wanted to become a Governor in order to share my knowledge and experiences with the school and for me to gain a better understanding of how the school operates. I am enjoying working with the school and helping support the school in anyway I can whilst also developing new skills and knowledge myself. Fryern really is a great school and I feel lucky to be a part of it both as a parent and a Governor!
Angela Morrow (Head Teacher)
I became Headteacher of the Fryern Federation in September 2010 having worked in Hampshire and Portsmouth schools for many years. The headteacher, by nature of its role, always works as a member of the school’s governing body. My vision for Fryern is that it is respected and admired as a school of excellence because learning is irresistible; children develop a lifelong love of learning and every child flourishes. Fryern with its ethos founded on Rights, Respect and Responsibilities is a very special place in which to work and learn.
Sarah Roberts (Deputy Head)
I was elected as a co-opted governor in 2015 having previously been a staff governor. It is pleasure to be part of governing body who work together to ensure that children leave Fryern well prepared for the opportunities ahead of them. I passionately believe in providing children with the best opportunities to reach their potential, in an environment they will enjoy.
Nicky Board (Business Manager)
I have been involved with Fryern schools since my children started here in 1996, firstly as a parent governor and since 2000 a staff governor. I enjoy being part of a governing team that continues to support our pupils’ learning and helps them to achieve their best. I am proud to be a staff member in a school that gives ALL children a safe and caring environment in which they can grow into lifelong learners and confident individuals.
Melanie Hawkins (Year 2 Teacher)
My name is Melanie Hawkins and I have been a Governor for at least 10 years. I work in the Infant school as a Year 2 teacher and maths manager. It is with great pride that I have been a teacher for over 30 years and have seen a great many changes in that time. I have taught in many different schools and in many different places but I have been at Fryern for the longest as it is such a happy place to be and work.
I joined the Fryern Governing Body in May 2016 as a co-opted Governor. I have over 15 years of experience in Senior Management roles, dealing with Governance and Compliance reviews and issues daily. I have extensive knowledge of Disability matters and anything to do with the Equality Act 2010 and how that translates in a workplace and/or school environment. My son is currently in the school, and as an active member of the Chandlers Ford community, i’m happy to utilize my knowledge and experience for the school’s benefit. In my spare time i love cooking Greek food and can be found grabbing a coffee or two in the local cafes!
I have three children currently at the school, my youngest just started in September. Aside from being a governor , I enjoy being an active member of the Acorns PTA and work locally running an engineering company. I was elected as a parent governor in 2016. I became a governor so that I could understand how the school works and to be able to support and encourage the positive development of all of our children during their primary education to help them reach their full potential.
I come from a family with lots of teachers so I have been discussing education for as long as I can remember. I studied education at university which allowed me to explore education in a broader context. After leaving university I worked as a primary school teacher and my role as P.E. coordinator meant that I worked with children throughout the primary school as well as having my own class. After the birth of my first child I decided to move into childminding, which entailed working within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. My daughter started Year R in September 2015 and having worked in other schools, I could appreciate that Fryern did an awful lot to support its pupils and their parents. This is why I was keen to volunteer as a governor for the school. I became a parent governor in February 2016 and I have found it fascinating to hear about the exciting new strategies the school employs to ensure its pupils can successfully engage with their learning. It has been great to come into school and be able to speak with the teachers and the children and see how enthusiastic they are about their learning and their school.
I became a governor in 2013 when my eldest son started school in Year R. I love how Fryern actively promotes such strong links with the community. I am also an assistant head in a Southampton school so I am passionate about working with children. I now have 2 sons across the schools, and being a governor is my chance to give something back to the place that works so hard for my children. I feel privileged to be in this position and enjoy playing my part in ensuring that Fryern continues to keep up its high standards of education and care.
In 2012, when we came to the Chandler’s Ford area, four of my children started their education at Fryern with hardly any understanding of the English language. In autumn 2017, my youngest son will be the only one still remaining at the junior school. All the teachers and staff have put in a lot of effort to help them settle into their classes, make them feel safe and communicate with them. This is a good example of how the Fryern Schools try to provide a positive learning environment for children of all abilities and backgrounds, in order for them to flourish.
Ever since, I have been active in the school by regularly volunteering my time listening to readers and helping in class activities/ on trips. I have always been actively involved at my children’s schools as I believe in giving back to the community if you can. In 2015 I became a governor, which really helped my understanding of the education system and the primary curriculum. It is a privilege to be able to work with the school towards its aim to provide a good education and lots of opportunities to grow for all children and where possible help the school a little in becoming an even better school.
I became a governor at Fryern Infant School over 20 years ago continuing in the role when the two schools federated in 2009. My two children came to this school and I now have grandchildren whose ages range from 7 to 19 years old, three of whom have been to schools in the local area. Prior to my retirement I spent 30 years working in education as a primary school teacher, in Hampshire’s Inspection and Advisory Service, at the University of Winchester and as an overseas consultant. I now Chair the Curriculum and Standards Committee.
In becoming a school governor I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with the schools at Fryern. I am passionate about the educational opportunities we offer children. I want to be part of a team that not only supports children in their learning, helping them achieve their personal best but also to support the staff in the continual changes that we face in this complex world of Education.
Children, parents and staff recognise me as ‘Bike It Ray!’ but may not realise that I also became a Governor in 2016. Fryern School Federation, local to my home, was the very first ‘Bike It’ school that I started working with when I joined the charity Sustrans. From the outset, I could see how passionate the school was about the health and well being of its children and staff. Having spent many years as a manager in retail, I understand the importance of strong leadership, high standards and excellent customer care. I see a great opportunity for me to support the school team in delivering all of these elements for the benefit of the children and their parents.
I have had a varied career, from Baker to Caretaker! I am a practical person who likes DIY/construction, travel, adventure, cooking, music, church & family. Also, surprisingly, along with the travel, I found I have a gift for learning languages. Only 26 years after leaving school. During my time as a caretaker I joined the school’s board of governors, as the non-teaching staff governor, for 4 years. So, when the opportunity to serve on a governing body at Fryern arose, I took it. I am a co-opted governor & want to see Fryern Federation & its’ children thrive. I have been married for 44 years. Have 3, grown up children and 7 grandchildren. Even better, in 3 weeks’ time I am going to retire. From paid work that is.
I believe that it is right to provide the best for our children so that they grow educationally, physically, emotionally, ethically & personally into well educated, rounded & grounded people, who will take their place in society, both giving & receiving to & from their community. That’s why I am doing governance.
I have been a governor at Fryern schools for over thirty years. My background is in local government, working with children and schools and as a senior manager. My working life always involved the provision and promotion of books and reading . I come into school regularly as a volunteer to help children with reading and comprehension. I value the kind and friendly atmosphere at Fryern and the emphasis on making school interesting and enjoyable by offering a broad curriculum. I believe access to arts, sports and the chance to take part in public performances are as important for children as success in academic subjects.