GOVERNING BODY OF CASTLEWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL

Our Governing Body consists of 12 members and operates with a committee structure. We currently have one vacancy for a Co-opted Governor.

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 2016/17: 3/3 (FGB), 5/6 (Resources), 5/6 (Q&S)

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."

Michelle Catterson

Authority Governor, appointed on 13th July 2017. Term of Office is 4 years. Sits on the Quality & Standards Committee, Pay Committee and the Resources Committee. She sits on the Head Teacher's Performance Management Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. Attendance n/a.

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 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 and is the Health & Safety Governor. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2017 - 0/1 (FGB), 2/2 (Resources), 2/2 (Q&S)

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 Firkins

Co-opted Governor, elected by governors - appointed on 16th November 2017. Term of Office is 4 years. He sits on the Resources Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

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 Hewins

Parent Governor, elected by parents - appointed on 17th October 2016. Term of Office is 4 years. She sits on the Quality & Standards Committee of which she Vice Chair. She sits on the Head Teacher's Performance Management Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2016/17 -  3/3 (FGB), 5/5 (Resources), 5/5 (Q&S). 

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.

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. She is the Link Governor. There is a pecuniary interest to note; Wendy's husband is Chair of the Governors and Trustees of Southwater Junior Academy.

Attendance for 2016/17: 3/3 (FGB), 5/6 (Resources), 6/6 (Q&S)

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 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

Head Teacher

Attendance for 2017: 2/2 (FGB), 4/4 (Resources), 4/4 (Q&S)

Rachel: 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 and is Chair of the Pay Committee. She leads the Head Teacher's Performance Management Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2016/17: 1/3 (FGB), 2/6 (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. Maria is Chair of Governors, Chair of the Quality & Standards Committee and sits on the Resources Committee. She is a Safeguarding Governor. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2016/17: 2/3 (FGB),  5/6 (Q&S)

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 Sharkey

Co-opted Governor, elected by governors - appointed on 1st January 2017. Term of Office is 4 years. Richard sits on the Resources Committee and the Quality & Standards Committee. He is the Pupil Premium Champion Governor. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2017: 1/2 (FGB), 4/4 (Resources), 3/4 (Q&S)

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.

Dave Taylor

Co-opted Governor, elected by governors - appointed on 1st January 2017. Term of Office is 4 years. Dave sits on the Quality & Standards Committee. There are no declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note. 

Attendance for 2017: 2/2 (FGB), 1/4 (Resources), 1/4 (Q&S)

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 Wells

Co-opted Governor, elected by Governors- appointed on 1st January, 2018. Term of Office is 4 years. Roger sits on the Resources Committee and the Quality & Standards Committee. There are no  declarations of business or pecuniary interests to note.

 Previous Governors

Lauren Brown was a Staff Governor until July 2015.

Andy Guy was a Parent Governor until March 2017.

Gillian Knight was a Co-Opted Governor until July 2017.

Nicola Brown was a Parent Governor until July 2017.

Sarah Speed was a Parent Governor & Chair of Governors until Dec 2017.

Adam McGinniss was a Co-opted Governor until February 2018. 

 

 

 

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