GOVERNING BODY OF CASTLEWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Georgina: I joined Castlewood in the academic year 2013 /14 I am the Year 2 class teacher and have subject responsibilities in P.E, and Art and Design. I decided to join as an associate governor as I wanted to learn more about the responsibility of the Governing Body and the running of the school.
Michelle: I joined as a governor in 2017. I live locally to the school and realised very quickly upon moving here the wonderful reputation the school had.
I have been a teacher for sixteen years and I am currently a Deputy Head at an independent school. Being a governor at Castlewood is a very fulfilling role, working alongside like-minded governors who are all in support of the wonderful work of the Head Teacher and her staff. It is a pleasure to serve on the Governing Body of such an inspirational school.
Michaela: I decided to become a Parent Governor as I had been helping in various ways at Castlewood School since my son started in 2013. I have helped with preparing fruit in Key Stage 1, Reading and Phonics, escorting children on trips and assisting with various Supporters of Castlewood School (SOCS) events. I now look after the uniform sales and I am happy for you to stop me and ask questions. As the school only accepts one class per year, we are lucky to have such a family-orientated school community. Hopefully, having a thriving school will encourage happy, well-rounded and educated children.
Paul: I am a Company Director for an insurance business and recently qualified as a Chartered Director. I joined the Governing Body with the intention of providing the right level of support and challenge to help ensure that the great work put in by the Headteacher and her staff continues. I live in Southwater with my wife and two teenage daughters and at the weekend I like to play a variety of sports including football, golf and the gym. I also like to relax through long walks with the family labradoodle.
Janine: I became a Parent Governor as I wanted to put something back into the school where my daughter is achieving so much. I was a secondary schoolteacher for 14 years, so I have some idea how teachers work, and understand some of the challenges which face our students as they leave Castlewood. I left teaching when Caitlin (in Year 6) started school and now work full-time for my husband’s business running a local community website.
Wendy: I joined Castlewood School as a Teaching Assistant in September 2001. I spent the first 10 years in Reception and KS1 and have more recently moved to KS2 . I have lived in Southwater for 26 years and have two grown up children. My main interests are sport, in particular running and I can often be seen running around the village.
Rachel: I was appointed Head Teacher of Castlewood from January 2017 and therefore sit on both of the Governing Body committees. I have been a staff governor in my last two schools and enjoy working with Governors in order to ensure the strategic direction for the school is clearly understood by all and impacts positively on the outcomes for all.
I believe passionately in ensuring that all children leave primary school with good literacy and numeracy skills and ready to continue to become successful lifelong adult learners.
Mary: I was appointed as an LEA Governor in July 2013 and I have lived in the village since 1998. My twins Jessica and Jack who are now studying at Warwick University and Kings College London respectively both thrived at Castlewood. My commercial experience is in Human Resources within the Financial Services sector and I work as an HR Manager for a Corporate Insurance Brokers based in the South East.
As a parent I have had a real insight into the education process as my children have progressed through Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form provision. I hope that this experience in addition to my HR knowledge will add value to the Governing Body and I look forward to contributing to the continued success of Castlewood School. When I am not delivering food parcels to the children at university I enjoy the company of family and friends and spending time outdoors.
Maria: I am a Parent Governor at Castlewood and have lived in the village for 17 years. I have two children, Nathaniel at Castlewood and Ella who has moved on to Tanbridge House. I am a Languages teacher and have worked as an Ofsted Inspector and for West Sussex County Council as an Adviser in Education. I currently work for a national academy chain as their school improvement leader.
I understand how hard teachers work and hope that in the role of Parent Governor, I can put a bit of time and support into our children's school.
Richard: I am now in my fourth year at Christ's Hospital where I run one of the boarding houses. Along with being a Housemaster I teach economics and coach rugby. Prior to joining Christ's Hospital I have worked in both the state and private education sectors and have held numerous roles including Head of Economics, Head of Year 7 and Assistant SENCo. Outside of school I enjoy long country walks with my wife and our rescue dog. I enjoy all sports especially rugby but stopped playing a few years ago. I also enjoy reading and travelling. I hope that my experience in Education so far will add value to the governing body and I am hoping to learn more about primary education.
Alpesh: I have been part of the Southwater Community all my life. When the opportunity came to be part of the Governing Body, I couldn’t turn it down. With my back ground of working in an independent business, I feel I’m able to contribute to the school and support the Headteacher and her great team. I look forward to supporting the school in the future.
Dave: I have lived in the village since 2011, and I pastor the Elim Family church which currently meet at the Village Hall. I was a prison Chaplain for 10 years, with extensive experience working with families being held in the immigration estate. I am a great believer that a good education gives a crucial foundation for life, and I hope that my experience in pastoral matters, and as a father to three young children, will complement the school's already thriving reputation.
Roger: I am married with three adult daughters and I have lived in Southwater since 1998. I worked in the Oil & Gas industry for forty-two years, most recently managing projects in Russia & Kazakhstan, and retired in July 2017. One of my two grandchildren is at Castlewood and is thriving there. I am a passionate believer in providing children with the best possible start in life through education and am very impressed with the ethos displayed at Castlewood and by the high standards set at the school. Having now retired I wish to put something back into the community and will hopefully make a contribution to the continued success of the school. I have a variety of leisure interests, including football, cycling, travelling, music and reading.