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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section.


The Governing Body would like to say a warm welcome to Whiteheath Junior School.  As Governors, we all care passionately about our school and work in partnership with the Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and Teaching staff to act as a ‘strategic partner’ to:

  • strive for the highest educational standards and promote best practice
  • put the welfare and needs of our children at the centre of everything we do
  • sustain the inclusive ethos of our school and maintain a strong relationship with parents and the local community


Led by our Chair of Governors, Mr Jim Edgecombe, the Governing Body meets regularly to monitor and continually improve all aspects of school life including the curriculum, personnel, finance, school policies, resources as well as standards of education and achievement. 


In accordance with the Government's requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the School Governing Body are:

1) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2) Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

3) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


There is a Full Governing Body Meeting each term with separate meetings of the following sub-committees:

  • Teaching and Learning - including assessment, curriculum, special education needs, safeguarding and associated policies
  • Finance and Resources - including premises, health and safety, personnel, GDPR and associated policies


Meet the Governors for 2018-19

Jim Edgecombe – Governing Body Chair
Sarah Jay-Bennett – Vice Chair (LA Governor)
Michelle Kenny - Head Teacher
Ashleigh Garland – Staff Governor
Natalie Anwar - Associate Governor

Kerry Quantrell - Associate Governor

Sarah Ovens - Associate Governor

Michael Spooner - Co-opted Governor

Kate Boulter (interim)  - Clerk to the Governors

Simon Blackwell - Parent Governor

Alison Percy - Parent Governor

Donna Merino - Parent Governor

Rena Drone - Co-opted Governor

Tamie Needler - Associate Governor


Governors can be contacted via the school office. However, if you have any specific issues regarding individual pupils or members of staff, these should be raised with the Head Teacher in the first instance.

Annual Governance Statement 2018-19

Updates from the Governing Body



Donna Merino

My name is Donna Merino and I am a parent governor at the school since 2017.  I was off work for a while and wanted to do something valuable with my time, so I decided to become a governor.  

I currently work in data analytics at a leading supermarket and I am hoping that my skills and knowledge will prove useful within the school.

My motivation for wanting to be a governor was that I wanted to help shape the decisions that affects the pupils, parents/careers and staff alike. I want to give back to the community in which I live and have decided to take up volunteering at the school.

I enjoy being a governor, as I am gaining new skills like understanding how a school is governed. I currently sit on the teaching and learning committee and find that I am learning a lot about the curriculum and how it should work for our pupils at the school. We share best practices and investigate how the policies are working within the school. I also work with a great team of governors who challenges and ask the right questions at every opportunity as we are there to support the school. 

In my spare time I am a netball coach and player to which I enjoy to the fullest.


Tamie Needler

My name is Tamie Needler and I am a mum of two; I work as the Practice Manager for a local Wealth Management firm. I decided to become a Governor as I have over 20 years’ experience in financial markets across the globe, encompassing a wide range of roles from operations and business development, to sales and trading for multi-national firms, and believe that my finance skills and experience are useful in maintaining and improving the excellent standards already set by the school.

I am the Health & Safety Link governor and enjoy being able to contribute to the vision, ethos and direction of the school.


Jim Edgecombe

I am a retired civil servant living in Uxbridge, where all my children went to school.
I have been a governor of various schools, primary and secondary, in the Borough of Hillingdon for over 20 years.
I have continued to be a governor because I feel that people who are not educational professionals should have a significant say in the operation of our education system.
I enjoy being a governor because I can see how our children take advantage of what our schools offer not only in academic learning but in wider areas.


Rena Drone

My name is Rena Drone and I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2018. I am currently a Director at an investment bank in Equity Sales and also a Director of a property management company which I co-founded. I graduated with a MSc (Hons) Economics and am also a chartered management accountant (ACMA). In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit as well as fund raising.

I know first hand the importance of education, for me it was a way out of financial hardship. Ultimately the reason I became a governor is because I want to help the school achieve its aims and invest in the learning and development of children and young people. Another one of my key reasons for becoming a governor at Whiteheath Junior School was to get more involved in the community where I spent most of my childhood and teenage years. For so many families, the school is the centre of the community – they go there more often than any other place. I think it’s important for schools to have input from those of us who aren’t directly involved in the education system – we become links between the two, opening up more possibilities for the school and wider community.
Being able to serve this school and the community is highly rewarding and a huge privilege. I also see this position as an opportunity to develop new skills - learning and development doesn't end when you leave school!


Michael Spooner

My name is Michael Spooner and I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2016.

I decided to become a governor because I wanted the opportunity to be able to help support a local school in my community, by providing perspectives considering my HR experience and also to learn new skills and knowledge myself. In the role of governor I’m keen to understand our school in greater depth and drive forward new ideas and insights to ensure continuous improvement.

I am a HR professional working in the private financial sector and specialises in strategy, leadership and respect & inclusion.

I enjoy being a governor at this great school and feel privileged to be able to do so.


Alison Percy

My name is Ali Percy and I am a parent to 3 children - a son who has just moved on from Whiteheath, and twin daughters in year 4.  Alongside being a parent, I also manage my own business as a qualitative market researcher, which I love as it means I can spend lots of time being nosy about other people's lives! 

I joined the governing body in January 2018 because I've seen how the positive environment of Whiteheath has encouraged my children and their peers to develop and grow in confidence, and I wanted to support the school in continuing to offer a wide range of experiences to its students.  It’s important to me that our school environment is one where our children feel safe to be children still, to play, to grow and to make and learn from their mistakes and I enjoy working with the fantastic team at Whiteheath in maintaining a healthy, happy place for all our children.


Simon Blackwell



Sarah Jay-Bennett

My name is Sarah Jay-Bennett and I am the Vice-Chair of Governors here at Whiteheath Junior School.  I am the Local Authority appointed governor and work for Ealing Council in the schools' service as a School Partnership Coordinator.  I am mum of 3 and live in Harefield.

I very much enjoy being a governor, particularly at Whiteheath Junior School, and find the work of the school to be exemplary.  Being a governor has given me greater insight into how different schools operate, and it has been a privilege to be part of the Whiteheath journey.  It is wonderful way to give back to the community and know that you play a part in shaping the future for children who attend Whiteheath.