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 to find out more about Scheme of Delegation.
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 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.
Harryhas worked throughout EYFS, Key Stage One and Two both in the UK and in Singapore. He has worked as a member of the leadership team across a wide range of settings, specialising in the leadership and management of curriculum change.He cultivates a strong belief in the value of lifelong learning, the equality and rights of every child and understands the crucial rolethat building our children’s future has on the world of tomorrow.
Prior to his career in educationHarrystudied Medicine and worked as a Junior Doctor. Following his true passion of education across the world and time as Deputy Headteacher in East Sussex, he joined Waterfield for the Summer Term of 2019 as Principal. His passion for creativity and belief in all children being given the opportunity of educational excellence compliments his role within our school and The Collegiate Trust.
Local Authority 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.
Sofia previously attended Waterfield school as a pupil. After successfully completing her time in school Sofia went on to graduate in Politics and International Relations and has decided to return to Waterfield as a governor.
Sofia has been working in Higher Education for the last 3 years working in the Careers Service department.
Sofia chose to return to Waterfield as a governor as she believes strongly that every child matters and every child deserves an education. Sofia hopes that she can help strengthen the futures of every child and help make the future bright for Waterfield.
Nazah is a mum of 3, and all her children have been through Waterfield with her youngest being in Year 5.
She has been working at Waterfield School for 4 years now and has always been based in KS1. She enjoys it very much as she works with some amazing people who have the same passion and high expectations as she does.
Before coming into education she was a PA for a European Sales Director. Her name originates from Morocco and she speaks fluently in Arabic / Moroccan dialect.
She decided to join the Local Governing Body as she has huge passion for Waterfield School. Her expectations are high and she believes 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 is the Office Manager at Waterfield Primary School and has 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 joined as a parent governor in May 2018.
She has contributed over the years throughout the school from nursery to year 6 as a parent helper and as part of the PTA .
Louise is a carer for a friend’s son who has some learning difficulties, and she enjoys their time together.
Louise loves Waterfield School which is why she has become a Governor. She hopes to help , support and share any ideas which may enrich the school.
Claire has worked for a range of organisations in the public sector for nearly 20 years including housing associations, local and central government as well as the Ombudsman and Police.
Claire hopes her experiences of scrutiny and local authority engagement will help in providing Waterfield Primary with an involved and committed governor.
Claire has lived very close to the school for 10 years and her daughter is a pupil.
Anthony Vander Willigen
Anthony retired in 2018 after 50 years working as a Professional Engineer. He is a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador. Most of his working life was spent abroad, mainly in South and East Africa. An early appointment was as Head of the Mechanical Department at a Zambian Technical College. He has held senior management roles in several companies and has a strong financial background. More recently he set up his own Engineering Consultancy and he also worked in the south of France on a major international scientific project for clean power production. He is also a hands-on person, having worked with school pupils on various STEM projects including the assembly of Goblin cars.
Craig retired in 2017 after a 45-year career in finance including 26 years in the City and 7 years as Company Secretary for a Leatherhead-based charity providing education and other services to people with physical or learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries that enable them to increase their independence and achieve their goals in life.
He was previously a Governor for 16 years until 2013 at Northgate Primary School here in Crawley including 5 years as Vice-Chair and 4 years as Chair. He is also an Examinations Invigilator at Millais School in Horsham.
Craig is married with two daughters, both of whom are teachers – one at an East Grinstead Primary school and the other at a Dorking Secondary school – and they both keep him updated with developments in the profession!
He chose to return to being a Governor to help provide the best possible education for pupils.
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 learn more about education and to contribute to raising standards in schools.