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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


By working in partnership with the school, the governors will endeavour to provide a bright, welcoming and colourful school where children feel valued and are treated as individuals and where staff feel safe and valued and enjoy coming to work. A school where educational and behavioural standards are high and where each pupil is encouraged to achieve to the best of his or her ability in order to reach their full potential. A school where excellence is recognised and celebrated and also where those with special educational needs are supported and valued. A school which develops and sustains links with the outside community and business world and with local churches under its Christian ethos. A school where everyone involved – governors, teachers, support staff, children, parents and guardians – feel part of a family.

Chair of Governors: Mark Hitchcock

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 29/04/16 to 28/04/20
Mark Hitchcock is a parent governor and joined the governing body in 2016. His family moved to Hethersett in 2008 and he is a manager at the University of East Anglia.

His background in teaching and education management and is currently a school inspector in the private sector and a youth coach for Hethersett Athletic Football Club.

He joined the governing body to contribute to ensuring current and future pupils receive the best education possible.

Vice Chair of Governors: 

Dale Henri

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 01/11/15 to 31/10/19

Dale lives in Hethersett and has 2 children at the school. He became a parent governor in November 2015 as a member of the Curriculum & Standards committee, the Finance & Staffing committee and has governor oversight of the school’s Pupil Premium policy.

Dale’s background is in accountancy and marketing and he has a business masters degree from the UEA. In his spare time Dale is a football coach for a Hethersett Athletic youth team.


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Tim Brown

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:  13/07/16 to 12/07/20 

Jane Budge

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 21/04/15 to 20/04/19

Jane joined as a co-opted governor in May 2015 and chairs the Finance and Staffing Committee.  She is a languages graduate and qualified accountant who has worked for Aviva since 2002, mostly in finance but more recently in business transformation and programme management.

 Jane lives in Cringleford, has two daughters currently at university, and enjoys rowing, cycling and tennis.

Bob Crawley

Parent Governor

Term of Office:  19/11/17 to 18/11/21

Graham Hayes

Foundation Governor 

Term of Office:  15/09/2017 to 14/09/2021

Staff Governor

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Rev Derek McClean

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 08/07/14 to 07/07/18

Derek is the Rector of the Hethersett Benefice (this includes Hethersett, Great Melton, and Little Melton), and took up his post as a Foundation Governor in October 2013. He currently has two children at the School.

Before training at Ridley Hall (Cambridge) to become a Priest, he was a Secondary School Teacher for 14 years. He trained to teach RE with English at Queen's University, Belfast, before being appointed to his first post in London, and then moved to the Midlands. For 10 of his 14 years, he was a Middle Manager, being both a Head of RE, and, then, a Head of Humanities. At different points he was also an Assembly Coordinator, and responsible for the whole school delivery of PSHE as additional responsibilities.

He is the Designated Governor for Safeguarding, and, in his role of Parish Priest, leads one assembly each week.

Derek is also a huge fan of all things Sci Fi and Fantasy.

Matthew Parslow-Williams
Headteacher Governor

Term of Office: 23/04/14 to 25/04/19

Matthew is the school’s Headteacher.

Melissa Rollison
Parent Governor

Term of Office: 17/01/18 to 16/01/22

Melissa joined the governors as a Parent Governor early in 2018.  She is a member of the Finance and Staffing committee and her son attends the school.
Melissa is an HR professional working at a local Housing Association. In her role as parent governor she is keen develop her understanding of the complexities of running a school as well a contributing to the important primary transition project. 

Clare Searle

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 03/12/14 to 02/12/18

Clare joined the governors as a Parent Governor, Autumn term 2014.  She is a member of the curriculum committee and has two children at the school.

Clare is a Primary School teacher who works within the Achievement Strand (education) of Children’s Services, NCC.  She works with reception classes and pre-school settings that have received an RI or Inadequate judgement form Ofsted, to improve outcomes for children.  She is experienced in safeguarding and multi-agency work in supporting children and their families.  In her role as parent governor at HJS she is keen develop her understanding of the KS2 curriculum and foster the potential of all our children.

Clare is passionate about children accessing learning outdoors and is a forest school leader L3.  She enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits with her children in the local community. 

Duncan Slack

Authority Governor

Term of Office: 17/10/15 to 16/10/19

Duncan is a Local Authority Governor. He is a member of the Premises Committee.


Foundation Governor 

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Parent Governor Vacancy

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