Message from Mrs Ann Gwenlan, our Chair of Governors ....
As Governors we are often asked by parents and others “ What exactly is a Governor and what do they do?” I received a very big challenge when asked by Mrs Sugden to give a talk in Assembly to our Year 1 and 2 children on just that topic. It really made me think of our roles and responsibilities and to put it in such a way that children could understand. I thought that it might be useful to do a short article to be put on our school’s website so here it is.
“Governors are very important, working with our Headteacher Mrs Holloway and Mrs Sugden, and all your class teachers and helpers, in making our school a lovely place to come to every morning and enjoy learning.
Governors chose Mrs Holloway as our Headteacher to lead Rose Green and with her we make sure that our school has enough money to buy your reading books, your pencils and paints and all the things you use to learn and play with.
We have to work with your teachers to make sure that you are being taught to read, write and do maths, that you enjoy learning about our world and how to care for it, that you learn respect for each other and that you leave our school loving to learn and ready for the next steps in your journey.
Together with your teachers we make sure that you are kept safe in school and that you enjoy your playtimes as well with the lovely equipment that you have in your outside areas. Governors have to make sure that the school roof does not leak when it rains hard and that there are no dangerous things in school that could hurt you.
Everything that Governors do are done together with Mrs Holloway and your teachers and do you know something? ...... Governors cannot just walk into your classrooms if we feel like it – we have to ask permission if we can come in and today I shall be asking your teachers if I can visit very soon to see you working in your classes.”
Please click here for full details of the Governing Body
Mrs Ann Gwenlan - Chair of Governors
Mr Barry Mack - LA Governor and Vice Chair
Mr Dave Nanson - Co-opted Governor
Mr Nick Hornby - Co-opted Governor
Mr Ben Lander - Co-opted Governor
Mrs Angela Munn - Parent Governor
Mrs Sarah Francis - Parent Governor Mrs Elaine Fowler - Staff Governor Mrs Maria Corbould - Staff Governor
Mrs Ann Gwenlan
I have been a governor at Rose Green Infant School for 15 years and Chairman of Governors for 14. My association with the school goes back 35 years!! My own two daughters attended the school, my nieces and nephews and now my own grandchild who is in Year 6 at Rose Green Junior School after three very happy and successful years at the Infant School. A second grandson started in September 2015.
My background is in Local Government and I worked for many years in the Education Department of the Local Authority. Whilst my children were small I trained in Management Accountancy and began working at home for small businesses in the area. When my children left home for University I worked for 6 years as a Bursar in West Dean School just outside Chichester. Besides the financial duties of the job, I was also Clerk to the Governors there and became interested in the Governance of Schools. When I decided to relinquish my post there and concentrate on my own business in accountancy at home I was asked to join the Governing body at West Dean. I was also approached by Aldwick Parish Council to consider becoming a governor at Rose Green. I agreed to both but in time the duties at Rose Green when I was elected Chairman made it difficult to continue at a school some distance away so I decided to concentrate solely on our school here.
I really love being a governor although it is a big commitment and it is important that we build the skills and competencies to do the job well. High calibre governors are essential in our schools today and we are very fortunate in Rose Green to have a dedicated team of governors who play a vital part in driving school improvement and transforming our school in partnership with our outstanding staff.
I am very proud to be part of the school team who all have a strong and caring ethos and commitment to our children with a genuine desire to achieve the very best for them. There is a very positive “can do” culture where praise and encouragement prevail and self-esteem is high.
As governors there is a constant focus on maintaining and improving standards of attainment to enable all our children to achieve the best that they can be.
The governors are often in school and some of us hear your children read and help in other ways and if you see us in school please speak to us – we like to make ourselves known to our parents and to hear their views on the school and their children’s learning. It is a delight to be recognised by parents “old” and “new” and to know that I have had some input into their child’s learning and enjoyment of school.
Mr Barry Mack
Barry was born in London and started coming to Bognor Regis for holidays in the late 1960s.His father-in-law, a publican, owned a caravan on the Mill Farm Caravan site in Nyetimber.Now retired, he worked for over 40 years for the Ministry of Defence in London, Chichester and Portsmouth.Most of his career was spent as a Budget Manager while the last five were in Human Resources.
Barry moved to Bognor Regis in 1977 with Denise (his wife) and two children, Simon and Paul.He continued to travel to London for the next 15 years when he had the opportunity to work with the Royal Marines in Portsmouth.After that he worked with Royal Navy and Royal Engineer bomb disposal divers, again in Portsmouth.Finally, he worked with the Royal Military Police in Chichester and, on the closure of Rousillon Barracks, he moved with them to Portsmouth where he also came into contact with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force police. Since retiring, Barry has done voluntary work,First, at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum where he worked mainly in the stables with the Shire horses.
At present he has one grandson at the school (in Reception Year). His wish to become a school governor comes from his love of learning and a desire to have a hand in encouraging and teaching the future generation. As a Local Authority Governor
at RGIS he has taken on the position of Vice Chairman of Governors and
chairmanship of the Finance & Pay Review Committee.
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.
Mrs Angela Munn
Originally from Cardiff, I have lived in Aldwick since 2000. My daughter started at Rose Green Infants in 2013 and my son will follow in her footsteps in 2016.
I have a range of qualifications in early years education, and having headed up a large, Ofsted 'outstanding' nursery, I understand how to implement successful educational strategies.
In recent years, I have worked alongside my husband in our IT and photography companies. I trust that my experience in both education and business will help me to carry out my role as a Governor effectively.
I believe that by working as a team towards a common goal everything is possible. As an elected Parent Governor I am committed to serving Rose Green parents, staff and pupils for the long term.
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.
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.
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.