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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.
Each governor committee has defined roles to support the school e.g. discussing the policies that the school has reviewed.
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.
Gordon Smith is the Chief Executive of The Collegiate Trust, which runs Waterfield Primary School & Gossops Green in Crawley in addition to The Quest Academy, Gilbert Scott Primary, Courtwood Primary and Riddlesdown Collegiate in Croydon. Prior to this he was a Headteacher and Principal for 14 years and has been a senior leader in schools for 18 years. His passion and success is in delivering great academic learning alongside exciting and inspiring enrichment programmes that develop all aspects of children’s and young people’s qualities and characters. Gordon went to a comprehensive school in the north-east of England before becoming the first member of his family ever to go to University then training to teach.
Mrs Chris Crunden
Chair of Governors/Trust Governor
Chris is retired from an extensive career in education, where she has worked in a variety of schools in London, West Sussex and Oman, where she taught in an English speaking school for expatriate children. Her experience spans teaching in Primary and Secondary schools as well as successfully leading a church primary school as Headteacher for 11 years. Chris has also worked for West Sussex, supporting teachers to teach reading in schools. Chris has been a governor, for 15 years in total, at two previous schools.
Harryhas worked throughout EYFS, Key Stage One and Two both in the UK and in Singapore. He has worked as a member of the leadership team across a wide range of settings, specialising in the leadership and management of curriculum change.He cultivates a strong belief in the value of lifelong learning, the equality and rights of every child and understands the crucial rolethat building our children’s future has on the world of tomorrow.
Prior to his career in educationHarrystudied Medicine and worked as a Junior Doctor. Following his true passion of education across the world and time as Deputy Headteacher in East Sussex, he joined Waterfield for the Summer Term of 2019 as Principal. His passion for creativity and belief in all children being given the opportunity of educational excellence compliments his role within our school and The Collegiate Trust.
Local Authority Governor
Dawn has now been a school governor for more than twenty years, initially as a Parent Governor at her own children’s primary school in the 1990s, then for sixteen years as Headteacher of West Sussex primary schools and, since her retirement, at Waterfield Primary School. In that time, she has seen many changes. Dawn remains passionate about the power of education to improve life chances and provide positive opportunities and choices for children. She is committed to doing her best to support the team at Waterfield to achieve the best possible outcomes for the pupils and families in their community.
Jack is Founder and Managing Director of events business PNE, who put on learning and networking events for public sector senior leaders. One of PNE’s event brands is focused on Multi Academy Trusts, so day-to-day Jack is in contact with some of the country’s thought leaders in MATs. He is extremely passionate about improving education and brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to the role of governor. Jack is also a dedicated father to three young girls.
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.
Louise joined as a parent governor in May 2018.
She has contributed over the years throughout the school from nursery to year 6 as a parent helper and as part of the PTA .
Louise is a carer for a friend’s son who has some learning difficulties, and she enjoys their time together.
Louise loves Waterfield School which is why she has become a Governor. She hopes to help , support and share any ideas which may enrich the school.
Anthony Vander Willigen
Anthony retired in 2018 after 50 years working as a Professional Engineer. He is a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador. Most of his working life was spent abroad, mainly in South and East Africa. An early appointment was as Head of the Mechanical Department at a Zambian Technical College. He has held senior management roles in several companies and has a strong financial background. More recently he set up his own Engineering Consultancy and he also worked in the south of France on a major international scientific project for clean power production. He is also a hands-on person, having worked with school pupils on various STEM projects including the assembly of Goblin cars.
Sheena Tooke – Trust Governor: Sheena is a professional with more than 30 years of human resource management experience, the last 18 years have been in in small to mid-size companies in industries including healthcare, technology, and financial services. She has notable experience in employment law, strategic planning, performance management, management coaching and deeply passionate about Equality & Diversity. She holds an MBA from The Open University Business Schools, A Master of Laws in Employment Law in Context from De Montfort University and is a Fellow member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow member of The Chartered Management Institute.
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.