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.

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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

Dr Harry Hope


Harry has 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 role that building our children’s future has on the world of tomorrow.

Prior to his career in education Harry studied 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.

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. Justin 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

Nazah is a mum of 3, and all her children have been through Waterfield with my youngest being in Year 4.

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

Staff Governor

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 Philps

Parent Governor

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 .


Parent Governor


LA Governor


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.