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OUR GOVERNORS

Governors at Holy Cross have the following Statutory Responsibilities

  • Working with the Headteacher, to offer a strategic view of the work of our School
  • To support and challenge the Headteacher
  • To hold our School to account for the standards and quality of education it provides and achieves.
  • To monitor, evaluate and review the school’s activities and outcomes

Why do we support and challenge?

  • We have collective / corporate responsibility to do so
  • To uphold the strategic and operational aims of the school
  • To provide moral support
  • To ask appropriate and probing questions
  • Is this the best thing to do?
  • What do we want to do?
  • What are the alternatives?
  • To provide another, maybe alternative, perspective

Why do we monitor?

  • To ensure that plans are being implemented – particularly our School Improvement Plan
  • To provide evidence of success that can be celebrated and built upon
  • To identify quickly where the school is not performing as well as expected
  • To identify priorities for future action
  • To ensure accountability for standards, improvement and maximising pupil progress

Why do we evaluate and review?

  • To enable us to make judgements about results and outcomes, and to take timely, appropriate action.

Our Meetings

The Full Governing body meets each term to carry out formally its statutory duties and to monitor progress towards achievement of the targets contained in our School Improvement Plan (SIP).

MEET OUR GOVERNORS

CHAIR OF THE GOVERNING BODY

Elected Governor: Jan Meyer

I am very pleased to be the chair of governors for Holy Cross CE Primary School.  My background is education, having spent many years as a teacher in London, Somerset and East Sussex and as a headteacher in East Sussex. Since leaving headship I have worked as a school improvement partner for East Sussex and as a diocesan school effectiveness partner for the Diocese of Chichester. I am currently a church schools inspector. Although I am now semi-retired I still have a keen interest in education and am a governor at two other schools. I have two grown up daughters, one trained to be a secondary RE teacher and the other is a lecturer and research scientist at a London university. I love to travel and explore new places around the world and thoroughly enjoy doing some of those adventures in our campervan. My hobbies are walking, yoga, gardening and skiing.

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 Foundation Governor: Angela Hook

Angela grew up in Lincolnshire and went to University of London Goldsmiths College.  She has taught in primary schools in Surrey and Sussex and at the International School of Stockholm.  Angela is married with three grown-up children and three grandchildren and has lived in Uckfield and worshipped at Holy Cross Church, since 1979. She loves being retired, after 18 years teaching at Little Horsted Church of England School and is enjoying the beauty of our countryside.  She is delighted to be part of the community at Holy Cross School.

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 Governor: Liam McDonald



Foundation Governor: Sophie Hazlewood 

Sophie moved to East Sussex from Devon in August 2020, however, grew up in nearby Heathfield. She is a Project Manager who has worked in educational and academic publishing for many years and for the NHS over the last eighteen months. Sophie is married with two children (primary and secondary aged) and lives in Halland along with the family dog Spud. Sophie is keen to get to know her local community and to become involved with Holy Cross Primary School. 

 

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Elected Parent Governor: Darren Butcher

Darren was born and raised in East Sussex and spent most of his childhood in Blackboys. He is now raising his family in Uckfield with his eldest pupil attending Holy Cross. After gaining qualifications at Catering College in Eastbourne, Darren spent time in Australia working at many varied venues including Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Fox Studios. Darren has over 25 years experience in Hospitality with 20 of those years being at a senior management level. Darren enjoys most sports, reading, music and quality family time. He is looking forward to supporting the success of Holy Cross.

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Priest (ex-officio): Rev John Wall

The Rev John Wall has been ordained for 27 years and he has served in five parishes, starting with a Curacy in Crawley, West Sussex.  He began as Rector of Uckfield in September 2016.  He has previously been a governor at four schools, but Holy Cross is his first Church School and he is very pleased to be involved with such a lovely community.  He enjoys doing silly assemblies!

 

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Archdeacon Edward

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 Acting Headteacher: Paul Prest

I have the proven experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and determination to make a difference for the young people and the community I serve. I have worked in a range of leadership positions within the primary, secondary and local authority, always seeking excellence. My passion is teaching and learning and I am well versed in research informed strategies, that make a demonstrable impact on the outcomes for our young people. I am delighted to have the opportunity of leading Holy Cross forward and am looking forward to the challenge.

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Staff Governor: Charlotte Travers

Charlotte started teaching at Holy Cross CE Primary School in September 2016 after spending two years teaching at a large two form entry primary school in Hastings. Charlotte has had experience in teaching all year groups from Reception to Year Six in many different areas including inner-city London, Hastings and rural East Sussex. Currently, Charlotte teaches in KS2 and is Deputy Head at Holy Cross. She leads the improvement and development of English, Science, Design and Technology, Computing and Early Years throughout the school. In her spare time away from school, Charlotte enjoys walking her bouncy Labrador across the Sussex countryside.

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Staff Governor: Alfie Mason

Alfie has lived in Uckfield for 35 years and his family have served Uckfield and Sussex for 30 years through their successful family run printing company. Alfie joined Holy Cross CofE Primary school in 2016 as the caretaker and joined as a staff member in 2021.

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 Clerk to the Governing Body: Christine Howell

I have lived in Uckfield for over 20 years, and have two teenage sons.  I have worked in various educational establishments for a number of years.  In my spare time I enjoy photography, walking, crochet, and I have a real passion for travel and wildlife.

 

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GOVERNOR DETAILS

Membership of the Governing Body 2021-22

* meeting attendance figures based on total number of Full Governing Body Meetings and

Committee Meetings that the named Governor was eligible to attend during the academic year 2020-21

# denotes member who served during last 12 months but is not a current member of Governing Body

+ denotes person also in attendance at meetings, who is not a member of the Governing Body

Governor

Position

Term of

Office

Appointed by

Declaration of

Business/Pecuniary

Interests

* Full

Governing

Body Meeting

Attendance

2020-21

Jenny Barnard-

Langston

Chair

Foundation Governor

08.10.21 to

07.10.25

Diocese of

Chichester

To be confirmed

Not in Office

#Sandra

Marjorie Boniface

Chair

Foundation Governor

 

17.02.15 to

31.08.21

(Resigned)

Holy Cross PCC

Nothing to Declare

Attended 8 out

0f 8 meetings

Darren

Butcher

Parent Governor

13.10.20 to

12.10.24

Parents

Nothing to Declare

Attended 6 out of 7 Meetings

Catherine Jane

Dart

Headteacher

(ex-officio)

From

26.09.16

ESCC Employee

ESCC Employee

Attended 8 out of 8 meetings

Dr Robert

Edward

Mackenzie

Dowler

Foundation Governor

15.10.21 to

14.10.21

Diocese of

Chichester

Member of Tenax School’s Trust

Member of Diocese of

Chichester Academy Trust

Ex Officio school governor at St John’s Crowborough

Not in Office

#’Graham

Harrison

Associate Member

26.10.19 to

23.07.21

Governing

Board

Nothing to Declare

Attended 1 out of 8 Meetings

Sophie

Hazelwood

Foundation Governor

11.10.21 to

10.10.21

Diocese of

Chichester

Married to the Bishop of

Lewes

Not in Office

Governor

Position

Term of

Office

Appointed by

Declaration of

Business/Pecuniary

Interests

* Full

Governing

Body Meeting

Attendance

2020-21

Angela Mary

Hook

Foundation Governor

Training Link

Governor

20.11.17 to

19.11.25

Holy Cross PCC

Nothing to Declare

Attended 8 out of 8 meetings  

#Margaret

Louise Kane

Co Vice Chair

Parent Governor

10.10.15 to

04.10.21

Parents

Parent of children attending Holy Cross

Primary School

Attended 7 out of 8 meetings

#Nick King

Foundation Governor

27.04.21 to

11.11.20

Diocese of

Chichester

Nothing to Declare

Attended 0 out of 3 meetings

Alfie Mason

Staff Governor

05.10.21 to

04.10.25

Staff

Water Bailiff – Sussex &

London

Not in Office

Liam

McDonald

Vice Chair

Foundation Governor

13.10.21 to

12.10.21

Diocese of

Chichester

Nothing to Declare

Not in Office

#Paul Sparks

 

Co Vice Chair

Authority Governor

 

28.03.17  to

31.08.21

ESCC

Local Councillor

Attended 7 out of 8 meetings

#Jillian

Thornton

Foundation Governor

27.04.20 to

06.10.21

Diocese of

Chichester

Nothing to Declare

Attended 4 out of 8 Meetings

Charlotte

Travers

Head Teacher (Ex

Officio)

From

05.10.21 

ESCC

ESCC Employee

Attended 8 out of 8 Meetings

Father John

Wall

Priest

(ex-officio)

26.09.16

n/a

Priest at Holy Cross

Church

Attended 8 out of 8 meetings