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.

Click HERE for information on the Governors.

Information about the Directors of The Collegiate Trust can be found at www.tct-academies.org.

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. 


Gordon Smith

Trust CEO

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.


Mrs Chris Crunden

Chair of Governors/Trust Governor

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 ccrunden@waterfieldschool.co.uk


Mrs Linda Harvey

Executive Principal

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Justin Moss

Deputy Headteacher & Inclusion Manager & Advisor to the Governing Body

Justin has been working in primary schools since 2001. He has taught in a variety of schools throughout West Sussex and has been part of Senior Leadership Teams for nine years.  He has been Deputy Head Teacher at Waterfield Primary for six years. During this time he has worked closely with the Head Teacher to achieve a Good Ofsted in 2016. Justin currently leads Inclusion across the school, which includes Pupil Premium and is a qualified SENCo. He leads Key Stage One and Early Years. He has also led a range of initiatives including working with the charity Sustrans to be a Bike It school. Just has worked closely with governors in different schools for 10 years.


Dawn Martin

Trust Governor

Dawn has now been a school governor for more than twenty years, initially as a Parent Governor at her own children’s primary school in the 1990s, then for sixteen years as Headteacher of West Sussex primary schools and, since her retirement, at Waterfield Primary School.  In that time, she has seen many changes.  Dawn remains passionate about the power of education to improve life chances and provide positive opportunities and choices for children.  She is committed to doing her best to support the team at Waterfield to achieve the best possible outcomes for the pupils and families in their community.


Nazah Elkhattabi

Staff Governor

I’m a mum of 3, my children have been through Waterfield and are still going through with my youngest being in Year 4.

I have been working at Waterfield School for 4 years now and have always been based in KS1. I enjoy it very much as I work with some amazing people who have the same passion and high expectations as I do.

Before coming into education I was a PA for a European Sales Director. My name originates from Morocco and I speak fluently in Arabic / Moroccan dialect.

I decided to join the Local Governing Body as I have huge passion for Waterfield School. My expectations are high and believe that there is potential in every child and that everybody deserves a great start in life no matter who they are or what their background is.


Hilary Wright

Staff Governor

Hilary Wright is the Office Manager at Waterfield Primary School and hasd worked at Waterfield for over 20 years, starting as a 1:1 support assistant and then moving into the office, initially to take on the role as Bursar and then Office Manager.
Both of her children went through Waterfield First School moving on to what was Ifield Middle school and then ICC.
She has seen many changes at Waterfield over the years and has decided to join the Governing Body to help continue to build the best possible education and experiences for all of our children.


Louise Philps

Parent Governor

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Rob Corbett

Trust Governor

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Tawny White

Parent Governor

Tawny has lived in Crawley for 6 years, she has two children her oldest currently attends Waterfield .   Tawny undertook a BA(hons) degree in Sociology at Goldsmiths UCL and a further Post graduate diploma in Housing Law.   Employed as a Neighbourhood Operations Manager for a locally operating Housing Association, Tawny has nearing 20 years experience working within residential property management specialising in Social housing and community cohesion. Through the opportunity to become more involved in the school through the position of parent governor Tawny hopes to be more involved in the school and improving the futures of all the children  who attend. 


Vacancy

LA Governor


Vacancy

Trust Governor


Jeanne Alexander

Clerk to the Governing Body

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.