Welcome from the Governing Body 

 On behalf of the whole Governing Body I would like to welcome you. 

The Governing Body consists of nine members, all from various parts of the local community and together with a wealth of experience. We offer support to the Headteacher and the Leadership team in strategic decisions made by the school and to help to shape the vision of the school to ensure that our students receive the best possible educational experience. 

Details of our meetings can be found in the Governors’ section of this website. 

Over the last few years we have overseen improvements in teaching, examination results and student behaviour and well-being. Our aim is that these improvements continue, and the school is judged to be good by OFSTED in the near future. 

We are an inclusive school and are very proud of the academic success of our students and will do everything we can to support students in developing their academic and vocational skills.  

Martin Edge 

Chair of Governors 

David Dixon

I have been a Governor at Heritage High School since November 2021. Currently a Bolsover District Councillor and Parish Councillor for Barlborough Ward. I am also a Parish Councillor for Clowne North Ward.

Started my working life in the steel industry in Sheffield as an Apprentice Electrician before moving on to Control Systems engineering and automation in many industries ranging from nuclear, automotive, mining, power generation, food and oil & gas. I have worked in many parts of the UK and the world during my career from Europe, Sudan, Libya, UAE, Saudi, and Iran. I finally retired some 6 years ago before getting involved as I am now, in local politics.

Martin Edge

Martin is a lifelong resident of the Clowne area and a Newcastle United fan. Martin has recently retired from an almost forty-year career in primary education, having spent a wonderful 23 years as Headteacher at Clowne Junior School.

During that time, Martin saw a huge amount of change in education and steered the school through a range of initiatives and challenges. The successes Martin achieved were all based on having very strong links with parents and the local community.

When Martin retired, he wanted, indeed needed to continue to contribute actively to the children and community that gave him such a wonderful career. Martin is fully committed to doing his very best to support the development the of school and further improve the outcomes for all our young people.

Will Fletcher

I am a relatively new resident to Clowne, having moved here in June 2021. I bring with me a wealth of experience in governance, both as an experienced charity trustee and as a former governor and later Chair of Governors for a primary school in Newham, East London.

Since graduating I’ve built a career in the voluntary sector. I currently work for the Jo Cox Foundation and have previously worked for the Mix (a digital advice and support charity for young people) and Diversity Role Models (an LGBT+ education and anti-bullying charity).

I’m a strong believer in young people and looking forward to contributing to help ensure that Heritage High School gives them the best possible start in life.

Amy Haslam

I am a busy working mum of three who now all attend Heritage.  I have an inquisitive mind and a passion to raise the standards of the educational provision of the school.  I am familiar with the frustrations of having a child with SEND and am keen to drive this agenda. I also have desire to see more parents involved with their children’s education.  I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 26 years and currently help provide innovative medicines to the NHS. Alongside that I also run my own beauty business, as the saying goes if you want something doing give it to a busy person.

Hannah Matthams

I have been a local resident for all of my 42 years. In that time, I was raised in Creswell, have been a Whitwell resident for 12 years and is my choice of village to raise my children, and was schooled at KS3 level in Clowne. This gives me great insight into the climate and politics of each. I am the organizer of Whitwell Playgroup which means that I am in early contact with many, many families as their little ones begin their education journey. I am also Chair of Friends of Whitwell Primary School which means that I continue my involvement with families of our fabulous children through my fundraising role and creating wonderful ways for school life to be full of memories made and peer bonds built. I am a parent elected governor at Whitwell Primary School and I gained this position because the parents of the village understand and trust in my commitment and vision for doing the best by term and their children. I have also been a very successful trade unionist. This has played very well with my ideas that through dialogue comes change and improvement, also that policy and procedures are intrinsic in making these improvements possible.

I am very passionate about the youth in our local communities and how best to support, educate, advocate for and guide them through the very different times presented to them in which to navigate their teenage years. I think that most children do well when and where they can and a confident change in attitude from ‘wont’ to ‘can’t yet’ would also work with some. There is a way into every young person and I can imagine very little more rewarding than working hard and finding it.

Bethan Patterson

As an ex pupil of the school I feel that I have an insight into how the school has grown and changed to suit the evolving needs of the local community.

After my time as a student at Heritage, I continued to focus on my education. This saw me move to Leeds to complete both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Design.  I have held various creative jobs while at university including designing and painting for parts of the Louis Vuitton group. Since moving back to the local area I have worked in creative roles which support British manufacturing.

I have a long association with the local Scouting movement and continue to assist with fundraising and community activities. This interaction with younger people has helped me develop and understand the good this support can do within the community.

I have a strong belief in giving all children the opportunity to reach their full potential. If I can contribute to that, even in a small way, I would feel that I have returned some of the benefits gained by attending this school.

Gill White

I have worked at Heritage since September 2003, arriving here after 16 years at a Doncaster secondary school.

As Head of English here until summer 2019, I have witnessed all kinds of change at Heritage, with the new building and new leadership teams bringing the most significant changes. My current role in school, as well as teaching English to all year groups, enables me to manage our programme of support and training for Early Careers and trainee teachers as they begin their new careers.  As one of the longest serving Heritage teachers, I care passionately about the lives of the students in this area, and hope that this role with the governing body will provide more opportunities for me to support and encourage young people.