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A Governors Statement of Intent



As Governors we endorse the Schools` vision and will do everything we can to ensure  that  ALL  of our pupils leave us ready to take the next step in their education


Our pupils will  be  ready  academically and  socially  having realised their full potential regardless of the challenges they face


We will work with the staff to provide a first class education for our children of which the Community is proud 


We will work closely with the Leaders of our school providing support and constructive challenge



John Bicker : Chair of Governors


John joined the Governing Body in Easter 2019 in order to provide support and experience.  He is also Chair of Governors for Bethany Junior and St Clements and St John`s Infant Schools.  Now retired, his working career was in Retail Management for a variety of Blue Chip and private companies locally and nationally.  John has been a Governor for about 20 years as a Local Authority and Foundation Governor (Appointed by the Diocese) in Infant Junior and Primary Schools.  He is married with 2 daughters and 2 young grandchildren, the latter keeping him both fit and challenged.


Riina Stoddart : Co-Opted Governor : Governor for Inclusion


I am a Co-opted Governor and the Governor for Inclusion.  I have been working in education since 2006 and I feel passionate about Heathlands Primary Academy and the community it represents.  I am committed to the development and the future of the school; making sure we provide the best possible environment, challenge and opportunity for our children to be successful.   


Tracy Williamson : Co-opted Governor : Safeguarding Governor


My name is Tracy Williamson and have been a Governor since November 2017 - initially as a Parent Governor.  In April 2022 I became a Co-opted Governor.  I have been the Safeguarding Governor since September 2019.  I am a life-long local resident and enjoy being active in the community.  I attended Bournemouth School for Girls before embarking on a career in retail, which ultimately led me to running my own business. I currently work for West Howe Community Enterprises.  My daughter has attended Heathlands since 2016.  I knew that I wanted to support her learning journey, and the school, in any way I could. My hope is that I can make a positive contribution to the school by supporting and challenging the school leaders to ensure that the children achieve their full potential. 


Declan Turner : Co-opted Governor : H & S Governor


Hi, my name is Declan Turner but most people call me Dec.  I am the Health & Safety Governor.  I joined the British Army when I was 16 and served in Germany and the UK including 3 tours in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.  I’m now retired but I spent 40 years in the computer industry, including running my own business and working in several local schools, both teaching ICT to primary age children and being Network Manager in both primary and secondary schools.  I’m proud to be serving as a Governor at Heathlands and hope to be able to assist in driving the school forward to a bright future.


Jeremy Stanyer : Co-opted Governor


I am Jeremy Stanyer, I live in Poole but work in the New Forest. My job is managing investments and looking after pensions and savings for individuals, companies and charities.  I have done this for  most of my working life.  I have two school age children at schools in the local area having recently moved from the north of Scotland back to the warmer weather in Dorset.  I am committed to Heathlands Primary Academy and will do everything in my power to contribute to its development and place in the community.


Nichola Magnum-Taylor : Co-opted Governor


My name is Nichola Magnum-Taylor.  I am a qualified Probation Officer and have worked for the Probation Service since 1998.  Most recently my role has involved managing a team of Probation Officers that are responsible for servicing the Courts.  Alongside this job, I previously volunteered for the Youth Service.  Outside of work I have 2 children who keep me very busy.  I feel passionate about education and the opportunities it can provide and feel privileged to be serving as a Governor for Heathlands Primary Academy and Pre-School.  In this role I am dedicated to helping the school provide a happy learning environment that can achieve the best outcomes for all its pupils.



We are very proud of our hardworking Governing Body who actively support and hold the school to account. Our governors have an excellent understanding of their roles and take them very seriously. If you would like to know more about the Governing Body or becoming a Governor at Heathlands, please contact our Chair of Governors. 


Our Chair of Governors, Mr John Bicker, can be contacted via the School.

Local Governing Body


Chair               John Bicker

Vice Chair       Vacant


Riina Stoddart

Tracy Williamson

Declan Turner

Jeremy Stanyer

Jill Turner

Nichola Magnum-Taylor

Janine Harries


Safeguarding Governor

Tracy Williamson


Inclusion Governor

Riina Stoddart


Health & Safety Governor

Declan Turner


Headteachers Appraisal Committee

John Bicker




Scheduled LGB meetings:

Governor Attendance 2021/22

CLP Scheme of Delegation