Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor
Background experience: I am a career banker having worked in London, Toronto and Edinburgh in various investment and corporate banking roles with exposure to a range of industry sectors. I am a Church Warden and a member of the Buxted and Hadlow Down Parochial Church Council and the Uckfield Deanery Synod where I sit on both Standing Committees and a variety of sub committees. I am a volunteer mentor for the Princes Trust and have worked with many youths to establish businesses and grow as individuals.
Interests: I currently have one child at Buxted School and one in secondary school in Uckfield. The provision of a safe school environment for all children to grow and learn in is something that I am keenly interested in fostering. The teaching of Christian social, moral and ethical standards is something that I am passionate about and I strive to maintain close links with the founding parishes and the local community in addition to the broader Chichester Diocese.
Governor responsibilities: Currently Chair of the Board of Governors, active on the Finance and the Ethos Committees.
Vice Chair of Governors - co-opted member
Background Experience: Prior to having my family I worked in London for the finance and commodities industry. I have two children at Buxted School and one at secondary school.
Interests: I became a governor because I wanted to be more involved with my local school and to gain a greater understanding of this important part of my children’s educational journey. I think it is important that we have a culture of openness and constant improvement at our schools and that the talents and efforts of our pupils and staff are nurtured, valued and celebrated.
Governor Responsibilities: I have been a governor for over four years and my initial area of responsibility was finance and resources. I am involved in all areas of governance including strategy, Christian ethos and finance.
Background Experience: I come from a small village in the north east of England and attended a C of E Controlled School as a child. Later I became both a member and then Chair of the Governing Body of that school.
Interests: I became a Governor following my appointment as Rector of Buxted and Hadlow Down in October 2016. Previously I had been working in various Eastern European countries for the last 20 years, combining working as a diplomat with leading Church of England worship wherever I was posted. I am really happy to have the opportunity to support the excellent initiatives that are in place in the school. In my free time I enjoy all sports, including walking and running, and discovering the beauty of Sussex and the surrounding areas.
Governor Responsibilities: Member of the Ethos Committee. I am in very regular contact with pupils, parents, and staff including leading collective worship, where families and friends are welcome, every Wednesday afternoon in Buxted school. I will support any and every initiative where the school and the church can work together.
Background Experience: I have had a long career in Further and Higher Education, culminating in Director of Curriculum encompassing several disparate departments, from level 1 to degree courses.
Interests: I am interested in how we learn. I think all learners should be challenged and encouraged to deliver their full potential. The learning environment should provide academic, artistic, cultural and physical experiences that foster lifelong enthusiasm and enjoyment of discovery in learners. Learners should be encouraged to develop self-confidence and discipline, alongside respect and understanding for other cultures, traditions and people. I am always keen that the young mind should be broadened and deepened to become aware that there is more to know, something extra to find out. There is little more rewarding than to see a nurtured, young intellect blossom into full expansive maturity.
Governor Responsibilities: Currently Vice-chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Previous Chair of both the Finance and Resources Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee. Member of the Pay Committee, the Strategy Group and the Equal Opportunities Working Group. I am the Governor responsible for Safeguarding and Inclusion and also for Gifted and Talented learners. Champion of SEN.
Background Experience: I worked as a journalist for five years before training to teach English to 11-18 year olds. I have been teaching GCSE and A Level for 14 years. I am currently KS5 subject leader for English at Heathfield Community College.
Interests: As a secondary school teacher, I am passionate about education and particularly the value of an excellent primary education to a child’s academic and social development. I am trained to deliver the Outstanding Teaching Programme and am particularly interested in the role outstanding teaching can play in children’s personal development and in fostering a life-long love of learning. I am keen to support the staff and children at both schools to reach their full potential in a rich and rewarding environment. I have co-chaired Buxted PTA and some years ago I led the successful public campaign to have the footpath to Buxted School widened and the speed limit reduced. I am a member of the Buxted Community Hall Trust.
Governor Responsibilities: Joint Communication Governor. Member of Teaching and Learning Committee.
Background experience: : I am the reception teacher at Bonners CE Primary School. I lead the foundation stage across the federation which allows me to be part of both schools. I also run the library at Bonners with the help of Year 5 students.
Interests: Being a foundation stage teacher I am particularly interested in cross curricular learning and learning through hands on experiences. Within my teaching I try to instill a love of learning and exploration. I have recently started my leadership journey completing the University College of London Early Leadership course and I am currently participating in the NPQML programme.
Governor Responsibilities: Staff Governor
Background experience: I am a Chartered Accountant and have been in business for over 25 years. Whilst I have a finance background I have also been involved in all aspects of people management in running my own businesses.
Interests: I became a parent governor because I wanted to become involved in my children’s school and I am currently enthusiastically learning about school governance and all the responsibilities that go with it.