Having spent over 30 years in the field of education within a range of roles including class teacher, deputy head teacher, mathematics adviser, OFSTED inspector and headteacher, I believe I bring wide experience and skills to a school governing body.
Since retirement as head teacher in 2014, I have devoted some of my time to voluntary work. Currently I am a volunteer in the out-patients department at the Princess Royal Hospital and for the past two years Chair of Trustees for the Mid-Sussex special needs charity Kangaroos.
I believe passionately in giving every child the very best opportunities at school so they can develop into well rounded young people with the confidence to achieve their own personal aspirations in life.
As a governor, I see the role as supporting the head teacher and staff in achieving the very best outcomes for the children at the school from a strategic perspective.
I was a Parent Governor for two terms and my children have now left Handcross Primary. I have lived in Pease Pottage for over 20 years and before that in Crawley for most of my life. I am married to Rachel, a psychiatric nurse. I am a trustee of Broadfield Community Centre and Broadfield Christian Fellowship and heavily involved in the running of both. I also volunteer with the Easter Team, which supports homeless and disadvantaged people in Crawley. Following my graduation from Loughborough University I worked in IT in London for many years and now have a small business specialising in website hosting and design and computer maintenance. I love music and enjoy singing and playing the guitar. I am keen to play a part in helping to maintain and improve standards at this excellent school.
Victoria AbbottParent Governor
My eldest daughter Bella joined Handcross Primary School in 2015, she is now in year 6. Harriet is in year 3 and Matthew is in year 1. Having lived in the village for 14 years I understand the position this educational establishment has on shaping our children's future and the future of our local community.
I am a paediatric nurse by profession, initially specialising in children's emergency medicine and later, taking on further MSc study for my current role as Nurse Consultant and Head of Safeguarding.
Clare BaileyParent Governor
I currently have three girls at our wonderful school, across all key stages. Livvy is in year 4, Isla in year 1 and Rose is at the new nursery provision. I feel passionate about the positive development of our school for both children and families alike.
I have been childminder, locally for the past 6 years but have recently returned to study and embarked on a BSc Midwifery degree at University of Brighton with the long term ambition to become involved in healthy schools programmes across the county.
Henry BrennanCo-opted Governor
Amanda CorreiaCo-opted Governor
Having been apart of the school in so many ways, and watched it grow over the last 11 years, I see the governor role enabling me to stay part of the 'Handcross Primary School team.' I feel my experience and knowledge as a parent of the school can help when seeing through the eyes of the parents.
My working at the school means I have a good knowledge of the operational side, the staff and children. Living in the area means I get to know what is going on in the community and this is all relative to the school environment.
I am also now working for West Sussex County Council in the Pupil Entitlement team, so I have a greater depth of background in education to offer.
Anne CozensCo-opted Governor
I taught at Handcross for 20 years until I retired in 2018 and am delighted to continue my link with this wonderful school through my role as governor.
Currently, I work part time in a primary school, supporting a child with autism and then running an after-school club.
I believe passionately that all children should receive a high quality, rounded education that will enable them to reach their potential and as chair of the Curriculum and Learning Committee I am privileged to be able to support the work of the school.
Mrs C StoneStaff Governor
Mrs C Stone
This is Mrs Stone's second term as Staff Governor. She currently teaches Year 6. She is also the Deputy Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & Prevent Lead Deputy.
Mrs S DaviesAssociate Member
Mrs S Davies
Mrs Davies is our SENCo. Shas been appointed as an Associate Member in September 2021 and currently sits on the Safeguarding and Curriculum & Learning committees.
Dr Nicola WarrenLA Governor
Dr Nicola Warren