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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

As a state maintained community school, Felbridge Primary is locally managed by a governing body. The following groups are represented on the governing body - staff, parents, the local education authority and the local community. The role of the governor, in any category, is voluntary.

The governing body work in partnership with staff to develop the school. They meet regularly, working hard to achieve the very best education for all pupils at the school.

Parent governors are elected by their fellow parents and represent their views. If you would like to help the school by becoming a governor, please get in touch with either Co-Headteacher to find out what is involved. All governors are supported by induction and further training opportunities to support them in the role.  

 

Chair

Jenna Duffett (Co-opted Governor)

Term of office ends 03.10.22

Focus: Mathematics
Member of Finance Steering Group
Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

2017/18: 7 out of 8

2018/19: 9 out of 9

Vice Chair

Aldo Gualtieri (Parent Governor)
Term of office ends 13.11.21

Focus:  Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development  Member of Finance Steering Group

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

  2017/18: 5 out of 8

  2018/19 5 out of  9

Headteacher


Yasmin Ravandi (Staff)

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

 2017/18: 6 out of 8

 2018/19: 7 out of  9

Staff Governor

Eliot Law 

Term of office ends  10.02.23

Subject Leader for Maths, PE and SMSC development.

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:  

  2018/19 4 out of 5

Parent Governors


Aldo Gualtieri (see above)
 

Sarah-Louise Knott

Term of office ends 11.02.19 
Focus: Safeguarding & SEND, English
Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

 2017/18: 7 out of 8

 2018/19 4 out of 6

 

Sarah Sanders

Term of office ends 29.04.23 
Focus: 
Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

  2018/19    2 out of 2 

 

Co-Opted Governors

 

Jenna Duffett (see above)

Julie Nicholson   

Term of office ends 09.12.22

Focus: Data, Finance

Chair of  Finance Steering Group
Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

  2017/18: 4 out of 8

  2018/19 7 out of  9


Rupert Barnes    

Term of office ends 27.09.21
Focus: Mathematics

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

  2017/18: 7 out of 7

  2018/19 7 out of 9

 

 


Local Authority Governor


Eddie Erasmus  

Term of office ends 24.01.2022
Focus: Premises

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

  2017/18: 4 out of 5

  2018/19 6 out of 9



 

Governors during the last 12 months:

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Marsden (Co-Opted Governor)

Resigned 19.01.19
Focus: English

Member of Finance Group
Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

 2017/18: 7 out of 8

 2018/19: 1 out of 3

 

Laura Oliver Assistant Headteacher (Staff)
Term of office ended 11.02.19

Subject Leader for Writing & SENCo
Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

 2017/18: 7 out of 8

 2018/19: 4 out of 4

 

Pauline Keetley   (Parent)

Resigned  20.07.19

Focus: Safeguarding & SEND

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

  2017/18: 2 out of 8

  2018/19 3 out of  9

 

 

Andrea Trigg (Staff)

Retired: 23.07.19

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:

 2017/18: 8 out of 8

 2018/19: 6 out of 9 

 

 

Clerk to the Governors Helen Rodgers
 
Contact details for governors are available either through the school office or via the staff noticeboard.

 

GOVERNOR PROFILES


The following are short profiles of the members of the governing body of Felbridge Primary School which will hopefully provide an insight into everyone’s background and also an indication of the diverse skills and experiences we collectively represent.

 

Jenna Duffett (Parent Governor)

Chair of Governors                                                                    
 

With a child at Felbridge Primary and one that has just completed her education here, I very much enjoy working in partnership with the school as a parent governor and an active PTA member.  I am a Chartered Financial Planner with 17 years’ experience in financial services and a Director of my own business.  My core skills are in finance, and I also manage a team that requires HR skills.  As a Director, corporate governance is key to my responsibilities and I have found that the governance of a school is not much different in skill requirement and compliance requirements.  I wanted to be involved with the school as I firmly believe in good education for children, but also ensuring that children are equipped for all aspects of life at school. 

 

 


 

Yasmin Ravandi Headteacher (Staff Governor)                                      
 

Headteacher at Felbridge Primary School from September 2019, having been Co-Headteacher since September 2015 and the deputy headteacher for the previous 7 years, following a relocation from London. I had previously worked in North London, in a 3 form entry Junior school. I have been very happy at Felbridge and have loved working in the school and wider village community. I am proud to lead, together with my co-head and dedicated staff team, such a happy and welcoming school. We work hard to help prepare our children for their ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ and strive to ensure our children, ‘Achieve more than they thought possible’.

 

 
Julie Nicholson (Co-Opted Governor)                                                            
 

I have been a member of the Governing Body since 2014, with a specific focus on finance and data.  I am accountant by training and worked in the financial services sector for 30 years both as a consultant and as an executive within the banking industry, before becoming a non-executive director.  I have a number of voluntary roles as Treasurer to a couple of children-focussed charities, my local tennis club and also the parents' association of my daughter's school. I am married with six children, the youngest of whom are now teenagers.  Outside of work I am a keen tennis player and enjoy skiing, theatre and music. 

 

 

Eliot Law (Staff Governor)                                                                           
 

Felbridge Primary School has been a huge part of my life and upbringing. Starting as a pupil at the age of 4, a part time job as a cleaner at 16 to now a class teacher! It is safe to say I feel passionately about Felbridge Primary school and the children that are educated here. My background is mainly in sports coaching, specifically football at Brighton and Hove Albion before studying to become a primary school teacher at Plymouth University. I became a staff governor in 2019 for the opportunity to support a school that is so close to my heart. In my spare time I play squash, cricket and watching the mighty Norwich City.

 

 

 

 
Aldo Gualtieri (Parent Governor) (Vice-Chair)                                                                  
 

Both my children have been at  Felbridge, and one is currently in year 4.  I am also an ex pupil and have the most wonderful memories of this place that I hold dear to my heart. When we first moved back I was so pleased that my children were able to attend Felbridge Primary, and when the opportunity came to apply for a position as governor, I jumped at the chance. I have been a governor for over three years now and have enjoyed contributing to the continuing success of the school. I currently run two businesses and have worked in education as a P.E teacher for a special needs school. One thing I have noticed about Felbridge is that everyone that is involved with these brilliant children are amazingly committed to guide and create the best outcomes for their future. I hope that I have, and can continue to, help make Felbridge and its pupils a continued success in the future. 

 

 

 
Sarah-Louise Knott (Parent Governor)                                                            
 

I have 2 children at Felbridge, and have been a parent governor since February 2015. I have over 15 years’ varied experience the construction and education sectors, where I have held positions in project/programme management and in teaching, training and facilitation. I spent some years lecturing in strategic, organisational and project management, and most recently has moved back into practice, as part of the programme management team for a large development in east London. I have a great deal of experience in understanding and balancing the needs and expectations of resource-constrained stakeholder groups – none more complex, formidable and precious than children! I have recently helped to refresh the school’s vision, mission and values statements, and I feel privileged to play a small part in helping the school community to fulfil these aspirations.


Eddie Erasmus (Local Authority Governor)

This is my first role as a School Governor.  I trained as a teacher in South Africa and have mainly worked in special needs education, both as a teacher and IT manager.  I currently work at Young Epilepsy in Lingfield as Head of IT and as an independent IT consultant for other organisations.  I have been involved in national initiatives to develop and implement new technologies in education and to assist children and young people to make better use of technology to support their learning.
I am looking forward to being able to contribute to this excellent school and hope my contribution will be of benefit to the whole school community.

Rupert Barnes (Co-opted Governor)

I've lived in Blindley Heath for twenty years and was delighted to be appointed a Governor in September 2017. I have run an IT consultancy for over 30 years and we have been involved in a number of education projects including Advanced Skills Teachers, Newly Qualified Teachers, PSHE, pupil self-help and governance.  I have a particular interest in politics, education and equal opportunities.
 
 I have a firm belief in my old school motto: "a Child's mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled". In addition to running a business, my roles have included programming, system design and project management. 

I hope I can make a useful contribution to the governing body and the school. I am married with two grown up children, one grandchild and a poodle named Prudence. I enjoy skiing, triathlon, swing and ballroom dancing, singing and playing the saxophone.
 
Sarah Sanders (Parent Governor)

 

I’m a parent of a child currently in year 4 and have always enjoyed helping at the school; from painting a tree on the wall for class R to listening to children read, assisting on school trips, coordinating the library and helping with PTA events. 

 

I am hoping that becoming a parent governor, and getting to grips with the behind the scenes workings of the school, will be an even more rewarding way to help the school and its pupils continue to be a success and I feel privileged to be able to do so.

 

I have been a stay at home Mum for a number of years now, but in my working life I was an in-house Designer for a highly respected Investment Bank, working with people at Board level to achieve effective branding and communications. I am also a trained Journalist and I hope all these skills and those that I will undoubtedly learn on this journey will prove useful to the school. 


Helen Rodgers (Clerk to the Governors)
 

I am a qualified Company Secretary and worked in London for 15 years including 13 years at a large retail bank. I started as a clerk to the governors at a primary school in Uckfield in 2009 and now act as clerk to a number of local schools which I find rewarding and gives me the flexibility to spend time with my family. 

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