Felbridge Governing Body
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 the Headteacher to find out what is involved. All governors are supported by induction and further training opportunities to support them in the role.
The meetings since the summer term of 2020 were mostly held virtually and governors were not always able to attend through technical difficulties or due to self-isolating.
In September 2020 the Full Governing Body re-organised its meetings and has appointed two main committees; Resources and Teaching & Learning which both meet once a term and the number of Full Governing Body meetings per year is now usually four.
Contact details for governors are available either through the school office or via the staff noticeboard.
Jenna Duffett (Co-Opted Governor)
Co-Chair of Governors
With a child at Felbridge Primary I was elected in 2015 as a Parent Governor and transferred to a Co-Opted Governor in 2018 when I became Chair. I have been a parent of the school since 2009 and have always very much loved the community feel of our school. I was also a member of the school PTA committee for six years. My day job is a Chartered Financial Planner with 21 years’ experience in financial services and a Director of my own business. My core skills are in finance, and I also manage a team of over 20 staff as well. As a Director and Compliance Officer, corporate governance and regulation is key to my responsibilities and I have found that the governance of a school is not much different in skill requirement. I very much enjoy the role as a Governor as I firmly believe in good education for children and ensuring that they are equipped for all aspects of life at school and beyond.
Ron Adams (Co-Opted Governor)
Co-Chair of Governors
I am delighted to be appointed as a Co-Opted Governor at Felbridge Primary School.
Married to Elaine, and with two grown up children, we have lived in East Grinstead all our married life. Our daughter Ruth spent many happy years as a teacher at the school. Now retired, having spent most of my career in the Aerospace Industry where I was responsible for multi million pound contracts providing simulation equipment for the training of civil and military air crews. This will be my second spell as a governor having spent the past four years at a West Sussex Junior School. Until recently retired after 12 years, I was a chair of magistrates sitting in Surrey and Sussex. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf, walking on the forest with our dog and spending time with our two grandchildren. I am looking forward to contributing to the school’s success and ensuring our children receive the best education possible within a safe and happy environment.
Rupert Barnes (Co-opted Governor)
Vice Chair of Governors
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.
Hugh Hogan-Fleming (Headteacher)
I began teaching at a small village school in Dorset, before moving to a large and diverse primary school in Kingston-upon-Thames. I then moved to Surrey, teaching in two Surrey schools in Dorking and Long Ditton, supporting the leadership of the schools as Assistant & Deputy Headteacher and Interim Head of School, before joining Felbridge in January 2021. My interest in working with children stems from a nearly 30-year involvement with the National Children's Orchestra as a player, then member of pastoral staff and now as a member of senior staff on their courses in the holidays. The buzz of performance and the achievement of young people is always exciting and a source of great pride; I also find it hard to resist getting involved with musical events in school! My wife is also a Surrey primary school teacher; we live in Reigate with our two primary-aged children.
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 (Co-Opted Governor)
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.
Petra Edwards (Parent Governor)
As a former student (I was a pupil when the school celebrated it’s bi-centenary in 1983!) Felbridge Primary School holds a very special place in my heart, and now even more so that my son is a student at the school. Because of this association I am committed to ensuring the continued growth and development of what is, in my view, one of the best primary schools in the area. Education is hugely important to a child’s development and the quality of primary education is fundamental. Giving a child the skills and support to learn, and to develop their curiosity and imagination, can set the framework for their future. As a Solicitor and Notary Public I am pleased to be able to use some of my skills to give something back to the school that gave me such a great start to my own career, and to help it flourish for future generations.
Paddy Mason (Local authority Governor)
I have been a member of the Governing Board since July 2020 and I am Vice Chairman of Teaching and Learning committee. I have over 20 years teaching experience in the independent and maintained sectors and I have held the roles of Director of Studies and Deputy Head. I am also an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, focusing on compliance and educational quality. I currently teach Religious Studies at a secondary school in West Sussex. I am married with two young children. I enjoy football, kayaking and running.
Nicky Everett (Co-Opted Governor)
I feel very privileged to be part of the governor team at Felbridge School. My family have lived in the area for over 15 years & we have two school age children. I’m a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with 20+ years experience in Human Resources. I’m also a trained mentor & facilitator. In addition to volunteering at Felbridge I also do pro bono work through The Cranfield Trust supporting charities with their strategic planning & am currently mentoring CEOs. I’m passionate about equality, fairness & diversity and am very interested in mindfulness and wellbeing. When not doing the above I love doing creative arts, gardening & family activities.
Ian Kelly (Parent Governor)
I moved to Felbridge in 2013 and one of the main reasons we chose this area was the quality of the schools. I currently have three children attending Felbridge Primary and have been particularly impressed by the passion and commitment of all the staff in giving the children the very best start to their educational journey. I am employed as an airline pilot for a major British airline and I look forward to transferring some of my core skills to help further the continued success of the school. In my spare time I enjoy sport, particularly football and fitness training, reading and occasional attempts at playing the guitar.
Marie Clowes (Co-Opted Governor)
I was very pleased to be appointed as a co-opted governor at Felbridge Primary School in December 2021.
I have worked in Finance for 20+ years and have also volunteered as an Adviser at Citizens Advice. We have lived in the area for 22 years and have 4 children, one of whom is currently of school age. When not working, I enjoy walking, reading and cookery.
I believe that an excellent education is the most important thing we can give children and hope that I can contribute towards that being a continuing reality for the children of Felbridge.
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.