John Crouch – Local Authority Governor – Chair of Governors
At the inception of the Quercus Federation in September 2016 I was elected as the first Chair. Previously I had been Vice-Chair at Hurst Green for six months having joined their Governing Board in September 2015.
I have a background in education having: trained to teach, too many years ago; been married to a teacher for nearly 30 years; and having spent the last 10 years of my working life as Operations and Communications Manager at Robertsbridge Community College, where for 6 of those years I was a Staff Governor.
I have a varied career history in business, industry, education and child care, which helps enormously when dealing with complexities of governance of our schools. I have also been a Clerk to Governors for two other primary schools in the area and work closely with the Governor Services team in the Local Authority.
I am encouraged in my role of Chair by an enthusiastic team of fellow governors which includes chairs from two other Governing Boards.
Pippa Green – Parent Governor (Northiam) – Vice Chair
I have had children at Northiam since 2009 and have witnessed the school’s journey from special measures to it’s present stable and good position. I am committed to our school, our village and our community.
Whilst my employment history is not in education, I have a great deal of experience of project management involving time and budget constraints. I was also chair of the committee that runs Northiam Nursery, a committee run charity, responsible for staffing, salaries, budgets etc. for two years. In my professional life I have gained experience of working as part of a team and respecting the opinions of my colleagues. In recent years, I have set up my own landscape architectural practice, which has given me experience of managing time and financial constraints.
With three young children and my own business there’s not a lot of free time to be had, but I enjoy travel, walking, music, cooking and a good book!
Kim Weatherly – Parent Governor (Hurst Green)
I have strong links to Hurst Green School both my children are currently at there and before then they were at Little Acorns Nursery.
My employment is in finance. I was the treasurer for Little Acorns for a couple of years before it merged with Hurst Green School.
I am passionate about supporting our local schools and would like to use my gained knowledge within my field of employment to support them to reach their full potential.
Honey Clarke – Co-opted Governor
I am a mum of two girls and passionate about supporting the community, I joined the Board of Governors in December 2018, bringing my expertise as a HR consultant of over 20 years. I am a qualified coach and Fellow of the CIPD.
I am passionate about children’s development and education and helping to create an environment where everyone will flourish. I have recently worked with a charity helping young people build key skills in order to secure employment and has also worked with employer groups to create new apprenticeship standards and apprenticeship training programs.
Judith Butler – Co-opted Governor
I am a barrister and have been practicing for 25 years. For the first 10 years I specialised in both Criminal and Family work. I conducted many criminal cases involving child offenders and victims which was my specialist area. For the past 15 years and ongoing I continue to specialise in Family work – this involves acting for husbands and wives on the breakdown of marriage, parents, children and the local authority. My cases involve issues relating to vulnerable and abused children as well as children from more privileged homes affected by the separation of their parents. In conducting children work I have been required to read child welfare reports, SEN reports, psychiatric reports and work with agencies such as schools and CAMHS. I am also qualified as a mediator.
I have lived on the Kent/Sussex border since I was 10 years old save for 10 years whilst gaining my degree and my first years as a barrister. I attended Northiam Primary School for my last term in Year 6 as my father was at that time the newly appointed GP in Northiam.
I have 3 children one of whom is now at University and two in secondary school.
Jacqueline Harding – Co-opted Governor
I currently have a granddaughter attending Northiam Primary School. I have had previous experience on Governing boards at both Ninfield Primary School and Claverham Community College in Battle as a parent governor.
I have always been passionate about supporting the local schools and community, in particular helping children to achieve their full potential. I have been serving as a Parish Councillor for Northiam Parish Council since May 2015.
I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to become a part of the Quercus Federation governing board for both Northiam Primary School and Hurst Green Primary School.
Judith Koral – Co-opted Staff Governor (Northiam)
I came to work at Northiam as the teacher for Chestnut Class in January 2014 at a time when the school was in special measures. I have been part of the school’s journey from special measures to its present position. I am committed to the school. During my teaching career I have had experience in working in a variety of different
types of schools in a variety of roles including setting budgets. I have also been a Staff Governor at three of the schools, with particular responsibilities for Teaching and Learning and Assessment.
Outside school, I have continued to be involved in music, which is where I started my working life, and I am currently secretary for Senior Ice Hockey at Streatham.
Emily Sparrow – Staff Governor (Hurst Green)
I am the Year 1 and 2 teacher at Hurst Green C.E Primary School. This is my third year teaching. I will have been at the school 2 years at the end of the current academic year.
I am currently the Art and Design and Technology subject leader. I went to Canterbury Christ Church University, where I studied Primary Education.
Rev. Annette Hawkins – Foundation Governor
I am the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hurst Green and St Mary, Salehurst in the United Benefice of Salehurst, Hurst Green and Robertsbridge.
I started my working life as a nurse, I then took a degree in Education and went on to work in project management, initially for a small local charity and afterwards for a national charity as the development manager and local authority childcare consultant for East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.
I am married and have four adult children and five grandchildren.
Keith Cheetham & Kevin Tomasetti – Associate Governors – Executive Head Teachers
Orthus Educational Consultancy are Kevin Tomasetti and Keith Cheetham, together we have 65 years of outstanding teaching and effective leadership experience. We have successfully led 8 schools between us and specialise in improving schools that have previously been judged as Requires Improvement or Inadequate.
We believe in a teamwork approach to school improvement enabling school leaders to achieve even greater success by using our skills and expertise to maximise the potential of the school.
Our most recent Ofsted success, as executive headteachers, was at St. Michael’s, Playden CEP School. We moved a school that had been rated inadequate by the Local Authority to a school deemed to be good in all areas by Ofsted. This feat demonstrates the detailed and effective working knowledge we have of the Ofsted process. It also shows that we have an effective working knowledge of how to improve schools in a short period of time. The Ofsted letter stated:
“In a short space of time you have instilled confidence in both staff and parents to support school improvement because you visibly uphold your own high expectations of others.”
“You have quickly improved the quality of teaching across the school.”
Allison Flack – Associate Governor – Head of School (Hurst Green)
Julia Bray – Associate Governor – Head of School (Northiam)
Lynsey Larkin – Clerk to the Governors
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