Handcross Primary School

Safe, Happy and Aiming High

Headteacher: Mrs Gillian Pedersen



Governors

Behind the scenes, there is a hardworking team of Governors committed to making Handcross Primary School as good as possible. Many of them are parents who are often available at the beginning and end of the day. If you have any concerns, you are very welcome to make an appointment to meet with a Governor at any time. Our Governing Body operates with 4 committees and consists of 10 members as follows:

Mrs J Elliott   Mrs Sue Fowler    Lin Stockwell
Mrs Jan Elliott
Co-opted - Chair of Governors

‘I was co-opted onto the Governing Body of Handcross Primary School in April 2014. I became Chair in September 2014. My association with the school had begun 9 years earlier when I was employed as bursar, and then business manager, a role I carried out until retirement, when I moved out of the village. I believe free education is the birth right of every child and at Handcross we are committed to making this the best possible for each and every child in our care. As Governor, I see my role as supporting and challenging the leadership in the school with the aim of ensuring this provision is the best it can be. I am proud to continue my association with this amazing school.’

 
Mrs Sue Fowler
Co-opted - Vice Chair

‘I joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2007 shortly after my first son Joshua started at the school. In my time as a governor the school has undergone many changes. The building has doubled in size to match the local need for more primary school places. Primary Education has continually developed. I am currently a Co-opted governor and chair the Children and Learning Committee (monitoring all aspects of the curriculum, teaching and assessment). I work full time as a Police Officer which gives me many transferable skills most notably in the Safeguarding committee on which I sit as chair. I am passionate about sports and played Volleyball at a National level. Two of my children ride ponies competitively and I am an active committee member in the local branch of the Pony Club. I have seen all four of my children thrive here. Three have now left the school, all demonstrate high levels of self-motivation, self-esteem and an open attitude to their continued learning and this school has played a huge part in developing their belief that anything is possible if you are prepared to work hard enough for it.’

 
Lin Stockwell
LA Governor

‘In 2015 I was elected as a Councillor in High Weald ward for Mid Sussex District Council. Here I am Chairman of the Leader, Resources and Economic Growth scrutiny committee and also serve on the Audit committee. Additionally I am the Armed Forces Community Covenant Champion for Mid Sussex. Before retirement I worked for Lloyds Banking Group in Credit Risk Finance, specialising in bad debt on the unsecured lending book. I live in Scaynes Hill and have one adult son who is an accountant. After my election I asked if I could become a Local Authority School Governor and was offered a number of school to which I could apply. I very much liked Handcross Primary School and, following a visit, submitted my application. Luckily for me I was accepted and now serve on the Finance Committee and the Children and Learning committee. While I have no previous experience of being a governor I hope I bring a wealth of other skills that will enable me to make a success of this role and serve the school to the best of my ability.’;

Stephen Laing   Elaine Duarte   Caroline Ikin
Stephen Laing
Co-Opted Governor

‘I was appointed a co-opted Governor for the school in July 2015, and am a member of the finance and premises subcommittees with particular oversight of health and safety. My back ground was originally in international insurance, and now I run a software company in Sussex working closely with school administrators in the field of asset registers, and accredited by the National Association of School Business Management. My interests include classical music, wine, wood working, travelling in Asia, and supporting Newcastle United Football Club. I moved to Cuckfield in 1988 and now live near Warninglid. It is very gratifying to be associated with Handcross and the high standard of care it provides to all children in the school.’

 
Elaine Duarte
Co-Opted Governor

‘When I retired from teaching I wanted to stay in touch with education in some way, so I found Handcross Primary through a volunteering website. I was delighted that the school co-opted me as a governor and am part of the Finance and Staffing as well as Children and Learning Committees. I have watched the school grow over the last eight years, and feel very proud of what they have achieved. Most of all I enjoy coming in to watch occasional lessons or to talk to some children.  My qualifications include an MA in Education and NPQH, I speak French and Spanish and am enjoying travelling and lifelong learning in my retirement.’

 
Caroline Ikin
Co-Opted Governor  

‘I have been a governor at Handcross Primary for five years and have two children at the school.  I chair the Children and Learning Committee, am a member of the Premises Committee, and I review the school’s Travel Plan.  I worked as a curator at a national museum, then for the National Trust, before becoming a freelance writer, and have had three garden history books published.  I am now studying for a PhD, having been awarded a scholarship to pursue my research.’

G Parker - Parent Governor   Kevin Gordon    
Gareth Parker
Parent Governor

‘My name is Gareth Parker and I am the father of Florence Parker in Caterpillars. I became a Parent Governor last academic year although I have been a teacher for 10 years and I am currently an Associate Headteacher for GLF Schools, a large Multi-Academy Trust based in the South East.  My job allows me a clear insight into the strategic planning needed to both maintain and drive forward to high standards in the primary sector. I have also been a Teacher Governor at previous schools and this combined with my experience as a senior leader in many primary schools allows me contribute to our governing body with a clear strategic vision. Whilst my experience as a teacher is important and clearly useful, my main motivation is to ensure that Handcross Primary School is a fantastic place for our children to go to each day. Nothing is more important to me than my daughter and I will continue to work hard to ensure that Handcross remains a safe, happy and supportive place where children who try their best are celebrated, where talent is nurtured and where life-long friendships are formed.’

 
Kevin Gordon
Parent Governor

 

   

Staff Governor - Mrs Charlotte Stone

Headteacher - Mrs Gillian Pedersen

Clerk to the Governors - Mel Vallance

THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BODY

The main responsibility of the school’s Governing Body is to support and challenge the head teacher to improve the education of the children.

At Handcross, the Governing Body is composed of 10 people.  They are:

The functions of the Governing Body are:

The Governing Body meets its statutory duties through a series of meetings and visits to the school. The formal meetings are of both the full Governing body,  which meets at least 4 times a year, once at the start of each school year and at the end of each term, and of the committees which also meet at least once per term. Governors are required to sign a Code of Conduct which sets out the expectations and duties required from Governors. An Annual Statement/Report is prepared each year summarising the previous academic years’s achievements.

Governor’s Details and Register of Interests: 

Instrument of Government

Committee Structure

Governor Statement/Annual Report 2016-17

You are welcome to contact our Chair of Governors, Mrs Jan Elliott, via Mrs Mel Vallance our Clerk to Governors at the School:

The Governing Body of Handcross Primary School (Confidential)
FAO Jan Elliott (Chair of Governors) or Sue Fowler (Vice Chair)
Handcross Primary School
London Road, Handcross
Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6HB
email: office@handcross.w-sussex.sch.uk
Tel: 01444 400291
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