Message from Mrs Sarah Francis and Mr Ben Lander, Co-Chair of Governors ....
We are immensely proud to be Co-chairing the Governing Body of this wonderful school. The job of a Governing Body is to work with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure pupils get the best education possible. We have the responsibility for ensuring clarity of vision and strategic direction, holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school; overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
We are a mixture of parent governors, school staff, co-opted governors and local authority representatives. The governors have a variety of skills and backgrounds that provide the school with a wide range of expertise and support. What unifies us is our strong commitment to the school and its pupils.
This is a happy school where staff are committed to doing their best for every child. We as governors are hugely proud of our school. It is clearly evident that both the staff and children also feel proud to be part of our school, and this is represented in everything they do. It is an absolute privilege to work with such a dedicated group of staff and governors, who are continuously striving to improve outcomes for all the children.
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Mrs Sarah Francis - Parent Governor and Co-Chair of Governors Mr Ben Lander - Co-opted Governor and Co-Chair of Governors
(vacancy) - LA Governor
Mr Dave Nanson - Co-opted Governor
Mr Nick Hornby - Co-opted Governor
Mr Gary Parkes - Parent Governor Mrs Elaine Fowler - Staff Governor Mrs Gloria Powell - Co-opted Governor Mrs Caroline Sugden - Co-opted Governor Mrs Julie Holloway - Headteacher (opted in)
Mrs Sarah Francis
I am originally from Hertfordshire but have lived in the Pagham area for about 12 years now. My background is in Financial Services. I worked in retail banking for many years as a Financial Advisor before moving into Commercial Finance.
I have two children, Adam who is 9 and Tom who is 7. When Adam was born in 2007 I gave up my job in London and have since worked part time in a bookkeeping role. Both my children have attended Rose Green Infant School and I have been a regular parent helper here since 2011. In addition I am currently Treasurer for the school’s PTA and am actively involved in all our fundraising events.
I am also a leader for the Beaver section of Aldwick and Pagham Sea Scout Group, another role I really enjoy.
As a Parent Governor I am able to bring the parental perspective to my role. I can offer enthusiasm, commitment and a genuine interest in education, particularly ongoing inclusion strategies. In addition, I think my existing knowledge of the school and experience working alongside staff will help me to deliver an effective partnership with the leadership team and other governors, to enable us to continue raising standards and improving outcomes for all our children.
Mr Ben Lander
I was born and brought up along the South Coast in Worthing and my role as Branch Manager for O2 is what brought me to Bognor Regis 12 years ago. Before this I had spent a few years in retail for MVC and Mothercare, and also in Security for Marks and Spencer and Gatwick Airport.
I am employed full time as the Children, Youth and Community Worker at Aldwick Baptist Church prior to which I did a similar role at Felpham Methodist Church for 3 years. Whilst in Felpham I worked closely with Bishop Tufnell Infant and Junior Schools. At Aldwick Baptist Church, with the help of many volunteers we open our doors as much as possible and aim to provide a loving environment right at the heart of this wonderful community.
I am married to Stephanie and have 2 daughters, Darcie (10) and Faith (7). We also have a Chihuahua named Lottie and a Guinea Pig called George!
I feel privileged to be on the team of Governors at Rose Green Infant School, in the role of Community Governor. Alongside my full time role as Community Worker at the church, I hope that I can have a positive impact on the school and the community. I love working with children and families and am thankful every day for the opportunity to do so.
Mr Dave Nanson
I was born and grew up in Birmingham where, upon leaving school I started my first career as an apprentice in automotive engineering. I spent the next 19 years in this industry working for global engineering company GKN. I specialised in the design of driveshafts and transmission systems for vehicles, subsequently moving “up to ladder” to become project manager for various car manufacturers and later global account manager for Land Rover products. Meeting my wife on a holiday to Brazil in 1999 (on the same tour as me and not Brazilianl), we married in 2001, my first child, Toby, was born in 2002, with Kiera following in 2004.
One year after Toby was born we decided that my jetting around Europe and my wife on the commuting run to London every day, required a change to a more family orientated lifestyle – cue the move to the coast and Bognor Regis. Here I re-trained to my current profession of driving instructor, and my wife becoming a senior lecturer at Chichester University in the secondary maths teaching department, thus allowing the family lifestyle we craved. It did however, give me some time to fill! I did this by getting involved with the PTA (later becoming Chair) and ultimately becoming a Governor – both at the Infants and Juniors. This was mainly driven by the realisation that I had a huge interest in child education and wellbeing, and that I wanted to play a part in developing the schools to even greater achievements.
Whilst no longer a PTA member (as I have no children at the Infants now), the development of the school is still a top priority for me, especially given the current pressures being exerted on the education system.
I wish you all a very happy time at Rose Green Infant School.
Mr Nick Hornby
I have lived in Pagham for nearly 10 years and have been a resident in and around the Bognor area for the past three decades so am familiar with many aspects of the town and surrounding parishes. My daughter enjoyed three wonderful years at the school and my son started in Reception in September 2016.
I have worked for WSCC for 22 years and am currently a Supplies & Accommodation Project Officer, within Economy Planning & Place, with experience of project managing the furniture, fittings and equipment within the Capital Building Programme (including the new classrooms and library at the school in 2013!) and School ‘Self-help' projects. I believe my professional experience with purchasing within the Authority and working with schools throughout this period will bring an essential quality to the Governing Body. I am therefore committed to the post of Co-opted Governor for the duration of my 4 year tenure and beyond, looking forward to the personal adventure and the shared challenges to come.
Mr Gary Parkes
Originally from Nottingham, I qualified as a teacher in 1995. Moving to London at this time, I worked in a range of schools in many different boroughs. I relocated to the Chichester area in 2000 and began working in West Sussex schools. Between 2011 and 2017, I held the position of Headteacher in a one-form entry primary school in the Rother Valley. I currently work in teacher training at the University of Chichester.
My youngest daughter Charlotte is currently enjoying learning in Year 1 and as parent governor I am interested in supporting the Headteacher, Mrs Holloway and her staff by asking questions, reviewing practice and fully engaging with the life of the school. My aim is to make a positive contribution to ensuring the highest quality experience and best outcomes for all of our children.
Mrs Elaine Fowler
I have been fortunate enough to have been a teacher at Rose Green Infant School for 17 years now. At the present time I am teaching in year two, but during my time at the school I have taught in all of the year groups. Consequently I feel that I have a firm understanding of both the emotional needs of our children and the academic expectations that we have for them during this fundamental stage in their educational development. My other roles and responsibilities include leading the English curriculum across the school and the Key Stage One curriculum in particular.
I used to work in the retail industry in Human Resources before taking a career break to have my two daughters. Once they were old enough I returned to work as a Teaching Assistant, initially in the London Borough of Bromley and then in West Sussex where we relocated in 1991.
I returned to higher education and obtained my BA in English with (Qualified Teacher Status) from Chichester University. I love my job and enjoy the challenges that it provides. At Rose Green Infant School we are always looking for ways to improve the environment and experience that we offer the children. Several years ago I was fortunate enough to be awarded an MA in education from the University of Sussex. This degree focused on school improvement and staff development, which has been particularly beneficial in my role on the school leadership team. We are a very committed staff of which I am very proud to be a member. I am looking forward to working with everyone in the future to continue to develop the school for the benefit of all of its participants.
Mrs Gloria Powell
Having retired from Rose Green Infant School in 2014 I was honoured to be asked to become a Co-Opted Governor this year.
As I have worked within schools since 1989, latterly as School Business Manager and Clerk to the Governors, I sincerely hope I have an understanding of what goes on and the role of a Governor!
I have been married for a very long time to a now retired teacher who also spent 12 years in a Governor role within two local primary schools so I also have his experience to draw on.
I have two sons who are now in their mid to late 30s and they have given us three wonderful grandchildren. My daughter-in-law is also a teacher so education, education, education all the way.
My days are spent walking the dog, administering the membership of The Folly Fellowship and taking part in events, cuddles with the youngest grandchildren (oldest is a teenage boy, say no more), travelling around the country seeing family etc etc.
I have just taken on the role of Link Governor so it will be my job to ensure that your Governing Body undertake relevant training to keep up-to-date with all aspects of their duties.
Mrs Caroline Sugden
I am very much part of the Rose Green Infant School community as I started working here in September 2001 after I had graduated from The University of Reading with a BA (Ed) in Mathematics (maths was always my favourite subject at school!).
Over the years I have enjoyed teaching in all three year groups and I have become more and more involved in the leadership of the school. I really enjoy working with the fantastic and committed staff team as well as the children, families and members of the local community. I also lead the Key Stage One moderations across the Felpham and Bognor locality which has enabled me to support teachers from other schools as well as here at Rose Green Infant School. In 2014 I completed my NPQSL with the University of Winchester and am currently studying with them again to gain my NPQH.
I took on the role of co-opted Governor from September 2017 and this has given me the opportunity to support the school through another dimension as a governor as well as my role of deputy head teacher of which I am in my eighth year.
I live in Angmering and have two children; Toby aged 10 and Tilly aged 7. We enjoy spending time at our beach hut in Littlehampton as well as camping in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.