Waterfield Primary School is part of The Collegiate Trust. The Directors of the Trust have delegated the oversight and leadership of Waterfield Primary School to the Local Governing Body (LGB), made up of parents, staff, LA and Trust representatives. Click HERE to find out more about Scheme of Delegation.
The governors of Waterfield Primary School work closely with the whole school team to ensure that the children have the best possible education we are able to offer them and that each child is supported to reach their potential.
Governors work in varied roles across our school; responding to priorities identified in the School Development Plan and to ensure statutory compliance.
All governors are strongly encouraged to visit the school, at least twice a year, whilst the school is in session, to watch the children and staff as they go about their daily business. This gives governors a greater understanding of what goes on in school and an insight into the ‘full on’ nature of working with young children.
To be advised Chair of Governors/Trust Governor
Mr James Purveur
Karen is a longstanding and well respected member of staff. Her current role as Inclusion Manager and SENDCo also combines with that of Designated Safeguarding Lead for Waterfield Primary School.
Karen passionately supports children and their families: fostering community links and liaising with external agencies giving our school community cohesion and visibility in our local area.
She is passionate about inclusion and believes every child should be given the tools and opportunities they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Marie has a background in childcare, with most of her experience coming from being a nursery nurse.
More recently Marie has gained a lot of knowledge regarding special needs / educational needs, as she has a child with autism.
Marie has a very long history with Waterfield, having attended herself as a child and all three of her children have gone through Waterfield, her youngest is currently in year 5 and her eldest is at university.
Marie strives for all children to be all they can be despite any obstacles that might arise.
Claire has worked within schools for 14 years with varied roles, experience, and a wide range of qualifications to support the education and care needs of children and young people.
Claire’s experience has mainly been with children, young people and adults with special educational needs, challenging behaviour, medical need, disabilities and mental health conditions.
Claire was a young carer for her disabled younger sister which Claire feels has given her invaluable insights, personal experiences, and knowledge of the challenges parents/carers face when trusting others to care for their loved ones.
Claire is passionate on educating children and young people on acceptance of others, life skills, personal awareness, and children/young people feeling valued throughout their school experience.
Claire is a single parent to one son at Waterfield; which she feels gives her a realistic understanding of the processes, support, practical challenges, provision available to students, parents, and carers.
Claire is positive, creative, and caring. Claire feels strongly that all children and young people should feel happy, accepted, valued and confident in their own abilities whilst enjoying their experience in education.
Trust Governor/Vice Chair
Sarah-Jane is a Waterfield parent whose own love of learning began as a child at Waterfield when big hair and leg warmers were all the rage. She has an arts degree from the OU, 20+ years’ experience working in finance / IT, and is a firm advocate for all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Maths). Supporting children with SEN is particularly close to her heart, and she is always happy to talk about the EHCP process with anyone who needs help.
Clerk to the Governing Body
Jeanne joined the team as Clerk to the Governors in May 2018. Jeanne has worked in private sector Financial Services for 20 years, managing Banking Operations support functions including Finance, Operational Planning and Service Management. Jeanne is excited about this new role as she is keen to learn more about education and to contribute to raising standards in schools.
Jeanne also works for another academy in The Collegiate Trust, managing Finance & Admin at Gossops Green Primary.