Meet our Governors
Mr Martin Tomlinson MBE - Chair of Governors
My two children attended JYS some years ago, and I have been on the JYS Governing Body ever since. I work for West Sussex County Council as the Outdoor Education Adviser within the Education & Skills Department, and am an experienced and qualified teacher and youth worker (with a number of national qualifications for the instruction of adventurous activities). I am fortunate to have been able to work closely and alongside expert colleagues in the world of education.
I am a magistrate on the Sussex Western Bench and a Trustee to the Cobnor Activities Centre on Chichester Harbour. I have been very involved in all of our successful Ofsted inspections since 2001 and I am particularly proud of the school and its talented children and staff.
Janet Medlam - Governor
I have lived in the Chichester locality for 40 years and have been actively involved in primary education for most of that time. I have worked as a teaching assistant and gained HLTA status. I also gained a degree in Learning Support with Associated Special Needs which led to me holding the post of SENCo for five years. This is an area of school life that I am passionate about.
Until recently I worked for Aspire Adult Education delivering the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools QCF qualification for teaching assistants; this involved me visiting a broad range of schools across the county to observe my students and gave me a valuable insight into how schools work.
I am very pleased to be part of the Governing body of Jessie Younghusband School, working with the Governors and staff to support the excellent work that makes Jessie Younghusband such a special school.
I’ve been at JYS since 2015, when I moved from my previous school in Worthing to become the Year 6 class teacher here. I am a Staff Governor, acting as a link between different groups of people. I help provide the governing body with an insight into the day-to-day running of the school and also relay any relevant information from governor’s meetings back to the staff.
My son is in Year 1 at JYS.
My professional background is in Education. I have experience across the primary years as a teacher and 12 years of leadership experience as a Deputy Headteacher. I have always been very passionate about my involvement in children’s education and found it incredibly rewarding. I have been involved with Governing Bodies for most of my teaching career.
I look forward to bringing my professional experience to the role of Governor at JYS and actively supporting the school to ensure the best opportunities for the children and school community.
I am a lawyer with many years of experience in crime, youth, family and mental health work. I have previously been both a parent and a co-opted governor at schools attended by my own three children. I now live in Chichester with my wife and my daughter - who is a Teaching Assistant at Jessie Younghusband School. I believe the most important thing we can do as a society is to give our children the best educational start possible; as well as provide a safe, happy and inspirational environment for them to learn in. I want to play my part in supporting Jessie Younghusband with the outstanding work they do.
As a parent of a daughter in Year 1, I am very pleased to be a Parent Governor, actively working with the other Governors to ensure that our children enjoy every possible opportunity to succeed in a safe, inspirational and supportive environment.
A former officer in the Royal Navy, I have considerable experience in managing, leading and participating in teams, working on numerous projects ranging from setting strategic direction to managing day-to-day activities. I also have an understanding of some of the issues faced by our Service families and have an interest in seeing that their particular needs are represented.