GOVERNING BODY OF CASTLEWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL

Our Governing Body consists of 13 members and operates with a committee structure. 

Georgina Allan

Staff Governor, elected by staff - appointed on 15th September 2016. Term of Office is 4 years. A member of the Resources and Quality & Standards Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2015/16: 2/3 (FGB), 5/6 (Resources), N/A for Q&S (Georgina did not sit on Q&S for 2015/16)

Georgina: I joined Castlewood in the academic year 2013 /14 I am the EYFS class teacher and have a 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 running of the school.

I completed my degree and PGCE at Leicester University. I am currently studying for a Masters degree in teaching and learning. I have predominantly focused on Mathematical understanding and learning from ages 3 – 18. I am currently undertaking some of my own research which focuses on mathematics in the Early years. I hope to share this research to help support schools in our locality."

Nicola Brown

Parent Governor, elected by parents - appointed on 31st October 2014. Term of Office is 4 years. Chair of Resources Committee, Chair of the Pay Committee and the Health & Safety governor. Nicola also attends the Quality & Standards Committee meetings. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2015/16: 2/3 (FGB), 6/6 (Resources), 6/6 (Q&S)

Nicola: I have been a Parent Governor since October 2010. My son Theo is in Year 5 at Castlewood and my older son Connor left in 2013.I have lived in Southwater for 18 years and been working in education for 17 years. I previously worked at Collyers in Horsham, and presently work as the Management Accountant at Christ’s Hospital School. In my spare time I enjoy running and watching both my sons play football.

Michaela Coshan

Parent Governor, elected by parents - appointed on 27th March 2017. Term of Office is 4 years. Sits on the Quality & Standards Committee, and the Resources Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance: N/A for 2015/16. 

Janine Hewins

Parent Governor, elected by parents - appointed on 17th October 2016. Term of Office is 4 years. Sits on the Quality & Standards Committee, and the Resources Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance: N/A for 2015/16. 

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 4) started school and now work full-time for my husband’s business running a local community website.

 Gillian Knight

Co-opted Governor, elected by governors - appointed on 1st July 2015. Term of Office is 4 years. Gillian sits on the Quality & Standards Committee, the Resources Committee and the Pay Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2015/16: 3/3 (FGB), 4/6 (Resources), 4/6 (Q&S)

Gillian: I am a Co-opted Governor and came to Castlewood through the West Sussex scheme which pairs schools which need governors with people who want to help. I am a  retired primary school teacher. I worked in several local schools over the years and now I feel I would like to put something back into the system and use my experience to support the development of Castlewood. I am involved in several local organisations in my home village, for example the Local History Society and the Community Partnership. I have two grown up daughters who live and work locally.

Wendy Mason

Co-opted Governor, elected by governors - appointed on 1st July 2015. Term of Office is 4 years. Wendy sits on the Quality & Standards Committee and the Resources Committee. There is a pecuniary interest to note; Wendy's husband is Chair of the Governors and Trustees of Southwater Junior Academy.

Attendance for 2015/16: 3/3 (FGB), 6/6 (Resources), 6/6 (Q&S)

WendyI 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 and Year 3. 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 Nunns

I was appointed Head teacher of Castlewood from January 2017 and will 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 Page

Co-opted Governor, elected by governors - appointed on 1st July 2015. Term of Office is 4 years. Mary is Vice Chair of the Governing Body, she sits on the Quality & Standards Committee and the Resources Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2015/16: 3/3 (FGB), 5/6 (Resources), 3/6 (Q&S)

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 Roberts

Parent Governor, elected by parents - appointed on 17th November 2015. Term of Office is 4 years. Chair of the Quality & Standards Committee and Vice Chair of the Pay Committee. There is a pecuniary interest to note; Maria works for West Sussex County Council as an Education Advisor. 

Attendance for 2015/16: 2/3 (FGB), N/A (Resources), 6/6 (Q&S)

Maria: I am a Parent Governor at Castlewood and have lived in the village for 10 years. I have two children at Castlewood, Ella and Nathaniel. Both my husband and I are teachers, although I've worked as an adviser within West Sussex Learning Service since 2001, supporting schools in a variety of ways. 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 Sharkey

Co-opted Governor, elected by governors - appointed on 1st December 2016. Term of Office is 4 years. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance: N/A for 2015/16

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.

Sarah Speed

Parent Governor, elected by parents - appointed on 17th November 2015. Term of Office is 4 years. Chair of the Governing Body, and a member of the Quality & Standards Committee and the Resources Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2015/16: 3/3 (FGB), 6/6 (Resources), 6/6 (Q&S)

Sarah: I have been a Parent Governor since November 2011 and have two children, Samuel and Matthew, who have both thrived at Castlewood. I work for a Global motor manufacturer consulting on all elements of business management. One of my greatest achievements was completing a law degree (in my adult life!) with The Open University. As a family we enjoy almost any aspect of outdoor life, and we have a variety of family pets to keep us busy! Since becoming a governor I have learnt a lot about the education process. I take collective responsibility for ensuring every child in our school achieves their full potential, and a personal responsibility for ensuring I contribute to this process.

Dave Taylor

Co-opted Governor, elected by governors - appointed on 1st December 2016. Term of Office is 4 years. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance: N/A for 2015/16

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.  

 

Previous Governors - Lauren Brown. 

Lauren was a staff governor up until July 2015, when she left on maternity leave.

We currently have a vacancy for a Local Authority Governor. A nomination has been put forward which will be taken to next CLC meeting in June 2017.

 

 

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