Waterfield Primary School is part of The Collegiate Trust. The Directors of the Trust have delegated the oversight and leadership of Waterfield Primary School to the Local Governing Body (LGB), made up of parents, staff, LA and Trust representatives.
The governors of Waterfield Primary School work closely with the whole school team to ensure that the children have the best possible education we are able to offer them and that each child is supported to reach their potential.
Each governor committee has defined roles to support the school e.g. discussing the policies that the school has reviewed.
All governors are strongly encouraged to visit the school, at least twice a year, whilst the school is in session, to watch the children and staff as they go about their daily business. This gives governors a greater understanding of what goes on in school and an insight into the ‘full on’ nature of working with young children.
Mrs Chris Crunden
Chair of Governors
Chris is retired from an extensive career in education, where she has worked in a variety of schools in London, West Sussex and Oman, where she taught in an English speaking school for expatriate children. Her experience spans teaching in Primary and Secondary schools as well as successfully leading a church primary school as Headteacher for 11 years. Chris has also worked for West Sussex, supporting teachers to teach reading in schools. Chris has been a governor, for 15 years in total, at two previous schools. Mrs Crunden can be contacted at the school, Waterfield Primary School Waterfield Gardens, Bewbush, Crawley, West Sussex. RH11 8RA firstname.lastname@example.org
Clerk the Governors
Jeanne joined the team as Clerk to the Governors in May 2018. Jeanne has worked in private sector Financial Services for 20 years, managing Banking Operations support functions including Finance, Operational Planning and Service Management. Jeanne is excited about this new role as she is keen to be learn more about education and to contribute to raising standards in schools.
Parent Governor & E-Safety Governor
My name is Charlie Pitcairn-Hill and I am one of your newly elected parent governors.
I am 34 years old and have lived in Crawley all my life, started in Broadfield and moved to Bewbush to start a family after I got married. I am constantly amazed and excited about what I hear the latest school topics are that my 2 children tell me about when I get home, or the planned building works that I read in the newsletter that are designed to improve our school for all.
I've always been impressed by the passion and commitment of the staff and parents. Potential has always been there and I hope we can now over the next few months and years start to realise that potential and make this school as good as it can be. I am proud of how far the school has come in the last five years after a lot of work has gone in, and I’m looking forward to see what the next five years will bring.
My hope is to help bridge the gap between parents and the school, so we carry on moving forward as one team, dedicated to improving the quality of the school experience for all of the children, staff and parents.
Gordon Smith is the Chief Executive of The Collegiate Trust, which runs Waterfield Primary School in Crawley and Riddlesdown Collegiate in Croydon. Prior to this he was a Headteacher and Principal for 14 years and has been a senior leader in schools for 18 years. His passion and success is in delivering great academic learning alongside exciting and inspiring enrichment programmes that develop all aspects of children’s and young people’s qualities and characters. Gordon went to a comprehensive school in the north-east of England before becoming the first member of his family ever to go to University then training to teach.