Stephen Hardy - Joint Vice Chair of Governors
I’m Steve Hardy and have been a foundation governor of the school since March 2018 and joint vice chair since September 2018. I am on several committees in the school, including Finance and Curriculum and help as a governor to support the staff and leadership in a number of other areas to enhance and improve school life to enable the children to flourish during their time at the school.
Having worked for almost 40 years within the Microbiology department at the University Hospitals of Leicester, I am now retired and apart from grandchildren, enjoy a number of activities including participating in park runs, following the Leicester Tigers and local history including the archaeology of Leicestershire. As a committed Christian, I am secretary of a local Evangelical Baptist Church on St Matthew’s Estate and help to support those living in the area seeking employment. I am also involved in supporting Somali children with English conversation classes.
My motivation for becoming a school governor was to give something back to the community where I grew up and to contribute some of my own work and church life experience to the school and governing body.
I am always happy to meet and talk with parents and look forward to meeting you at school events in the future. If you wish to contact me, please do so through the school office - I will be pleased to hear from you.
Andy Parker-Bates - Parent Governor
Being a parent of two children at Church Hill C of E Junior School, I welcomed the chance to become a Parent Governor when the opportunity arose at the beginning of 2019.
With a career in Engineering and Marketing, I cannot claim to have any detailed knowledge of Education but have found that my experiences at work enable me to ask relevant questions and provide ideas and support that help the teaching staff and school Management Team to take the decisions that make a real difference for our children.
Although my work takes me all over the country, I find that the requirements of being a Governor are not too time-consuming, as meetings are usually in the early evening. I am a member of the Finance and Curriculum committees and also have a special focus on Music and English teaching within the school.
For me, one of the highlights of being a Governor is the ability to spend time in school interacting with teachers and children. It is during these times that you really get to see the passion of the staff and the enthusiasm of our children.
I’m often in the playground after school and more than happy to chat with, and answer questions from parents, so please stop me and say “Hello”.
Vinesh Patel - Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor since March 2018 and am currently on the Curriculum Committee. My personal experience as a governor is an enjoyable one.
My motivation for becoming part of the governing body was to support the school’s drive in helping every student and member of staff to achieve their full potential. Being a governor has given me a good understanding of how schools work and the support is given to our children.
I am a father of two children that attend Church Hill C of E Junior School. I have been working within the energy industry for the last 22 years where I have been based in several departments.
Mandy Green - Foundation Governor
Hello! I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in September 2020 and took over the role of Governor for Anti-Bullying, Maths, and SEND. I also sit on the Curriculum standards and pastoral sub- committee.
My full time job is a Family and Children’s worker for St Michael & All Angels Church here in Thurmaston, and St Hilda’s Church in East Goscote. This involves running toddler groups, Messy Church, occasional church services, Sunday school, and other children and family events in these communities. I visit schools to take assemblies and run a number of craft clubs. I come into Church Hill to run Buzz club twice a week which is a lunchtime craft club with a Christian theme. Over the last 18 months I have had contact with over 100 pupils at Buzz Clubs. I am also on various committees, including both church PCC’s, Diocesan & Deanery Synods and The Diocesan Board of Education.
Prior to my current role I worked in a school for over 11 years as an Associate Teacher. This involved teaching, working for the SEND team and supporting children with individual needs. I referred pupils to outside agencies where appropriate, supported teachers, gathered information and assisted with IEP’s, EHCP’s and Element Three Funding applications. I also delivered interventions to support children’s progress, especially in the area of Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
Having enjoyed working in schools previously I was honoured to be approached by Mrs Kirk when she asked me to become a Governor and after considering the commitment and number of meetings involved I was very pleased to accept. I am enjoying being part of a school family again and working with the other governors and teachers. It is a pleasure to come into school and work with the children not just at Buzz club but hearing them read, supporting other events (I love attending Christmas plays and other performances), observing lessons and taking assemblies. I have been able to attend a number of training courses to support my role as Foundation Governor and look forward to a continued relationship with the school, staff, parents and pupils.
I live with my husband and two grown children. My other baby is our cat called Sky who is very sensitive and spends most of her time indoors shedding fur everywhere. In my spare time I enjoy reading, relaxing with the family or catching up with friends over a meal. If you see me around school or the village, please speak and introduce yourself. I am a very sociable person and love meeting people. If you wish to contact me at any time, I will always be pleased to hear from you.
Lisa Morgan - Community Governor
During my career I have worked in inner city schools, schools in challenging circumstances, outstanding schools and schools in rural settings. I have also been fortunate to be part of a team who opened a new school and took it to outstanding as well as working with schools changing from maintained to academies. For the last ten years, I have had the privilege of working in a variety of roles in school leadership including time spent as a SENCO and Headteacher. My most recent position involved working with a group of schools across a large geographical area encompassing secondary, primary and special phases for a multi academy trust with a focus on school improvement.
I have also completed a considerable amount of work on setting up and organising new sixth forms. In addition to this range of experience I also have a BA, MA and the NPQH. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in school and I enjoy using the experience I have gained to work much more widely across a larger range of schools in all sectors and phases in Leicestershire.
I also enjoy being a governor at Church Hill C of E Junior School. I feel very proud and privileged to be part of the governing body.
Shereen Kirk - Headteacher
I have been the Headteacher and on the Governing Body at Church Hill for 12 years. Prior to joining Church Hill as a class teacher in 1998, then to become Deputy Headteacher in 2004 and finally as Headteacher in 2007; I worked in Nottinghamshire for 10 years; then for over 8 years in several schools across Leicestershire and Leicester City, covering the whole primary school range from Reception to Year 6.
I am passionate about the importance of education, particularly primary education. I believe that it is vital that our children are given the best possible start in life by having a thorough grounding in basic skills as well as an understanding of the world around them. Their primary school days should be stimulating, exciting and above all happy and should give them an appetite for lifelong learning which will enable them to be successful in life.
It has been a privilege and hugely rewarding working with governors, staff and children at Church Hill over the years continuously improving the school. I am totally committed to providing the children in our school with the best education and opportunities that I can working together with the whole school community. As part of the Governing Body, I provide key information to Governors and am accountable to them for the effectiveness of the school. I am a member of all the committees. I have responsibilities for safeguarding, evaluating the effectiveness of the school and developing the Learning Improvement Plan. I feedback to the Governing body termly by way of a Headteacher’s report. I am lucky to work with a supportive Governing Body who are keen to help the school improve and grow.
The children are an absolute delight who never cease to impress me with their determination, hard work and positive attitude to school.
I am very proud to work at Church Hill with a dedicated staff team committed to providing the best for the children. We work hard to ensure that Church Hill Junior School is a place where children become enthusiastic learners, coming to school each day expecting it to be challenging, relevant, creative and fun! As a former pupil at Church Hill, I am proud and have relished the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of developing Church Hill into the great school it is today.
My husband is my 'rock'- we have one son and three wonderful grandchildren. At home, I enjoy reading, gardening, visiting the theatre and music.
Manisha Sudera- Assistant Headteacher
Hello! I am the Assistant Headteacher at Church Hill C of E Junior School and have been on the Governing Body for the last 5 years. My main areas of responsibility within the school are Safeguarding, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum, Assessment, Pupil Premium and the line management of staff. Prior to joining as Assistant Headteacher, I worked as a Senior Leader in a large primary school in Stamford where I became accredited as a Specialist Leader in Education for Maths, Curriculum and Assessment. This allows me to work across schools to drive improvements in education- something I am very passionate about across our local community and beyond. I have recently completed my qualification in Headship which I am extremely proud of.
It has been a privilege and hugely rewarding to work with governors at Church Hill over the years to continuously improve the school. On the governing body, I am responsible for sharing key information about my areas of responsibility within the school, allowing governors to ask key questions to further improve the systems in place on a more strategic level.
At home, I love spending time with my two sons and husband who all keep me very busy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, swimming, interior shopping for my home and going out for dinner!
I look forward to seeing Church Hill grow over the coming years as a result of the dedicated staff, governors, pupils and parents. If you ever have any questions or suggestions, I’m always happy to listen and help.
Diane Brown- Assistant Headteacher
I am the Assistant Head Teacher and Staff Governor at Church Hill C of E Junior School. Having been a member of the governing body for four years, I have enjoyed seeing the school flourish. My main areas of responsibility include the role of SENDCo, Head of Year Three, Teaching and Learning, Inclusion, Curriculum Planning, Modern Foreign Languages and I am a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. I am particularly passionate about supporting children with Special Educational Needs/ Disabilities and their families. I am a qualified SENDCo and dyslexic specialist as well as being the Lead Practitioner for Autism at Church Hill. Previously, I worked in a small school, Holywell C of E Primary School, in rural Cambridgeshire. Whilst there, I was a Leading Literacy Teacher for Cambridgeshire and music specialist.
In my spare time, I continue my love of music, playing the violin, piano and guitar. I love theatre, reading and travel, especially with my family, having been a member of an international twinning organisation. I have written several short, narrative poems and one illustrated picture book for children, which are published for Kindle users.
Please feel free to contact me regarding any issues or worries you have, no matter how big or small. Supporting the children and families of Church Hill is always a privilege.