Welcome from our Chair of Governors
Welcome to Walberton & Binsted CE Primary School, our beautiful, well-equipped village school set in wonderful grounds. I have been Chair of Governors since October 2014, having previously been Co-Chair with Diana Levantine.
I am so pleased that at Walberton our Christian ethos encourages kind, thoughtful, responsible behaviour and provides a supportive community where everyone’s contribution is valued. The wonderful warmth that permeates the entire school from happy and polite children never ceases to lift my heart, no matter how many times I visit the school! I know that the entire team at our school understand the importance of every day in each child’s life, and we believe that all our children have the right to the best possible learning experiences during their time with us.
The day-to-day running of our school and the co-ordination of the planning and development is the responsibility of our Headteacher, Mrs Brockhurst, supported by the leadership team. The delivery of the curriculum is the responsibility of our teachers, supported by teaching assistants.
To monitor the effectiveness of our school we, as a governing body, ask questions, review the impact of policies and practice, and assess the progress being made against plans and targets. It is of a great help in these tasks that we are fortunate enough to have a well-informed and dedicated governing body with governors who take a genuine and active interest in all aspects of school life. Our governors come from all walks of life and therefore bring a diverse mixture of skills and experience which really helps us to not only support our Headteacher and her staff but also to challenge them.
Chair of Governors
What do our governors do?
Our governing body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a high quality education for every one of our pupils. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, we set the school’s aims and policies.
Key roles of governors:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
Find out more about becoming a governor
If you are interested in becoming a school governor you can find more information from these websites:
Please meet our Governors:
Mrs Jill HoskinsChair of Governors
Mrs Jill Hoskins
I have been a Governor at Walberton for 10 years and Chair of Governors for 5 years. My own daughter spent 7 very happy years here, and if she were 4 years old again I would, without hesitation, choose Walberton again for her.
I am particularly interested in providing a varied and vibrant curriculum and have a strong interest in the Arts, as I believe the Arts play a vital (but often underestimated) role in our children's education. I especially love dance and am involved in running the school's Dance Club, and actively promote as many theatre experiences for our pupils as possible.
For most of my working life I have run my own businesses and so am used to having to turn my hand to anything and everything, the phrase Chief Cook and Bottle Washer comes to mind! So I feel exceptionally fortunate to have a team of very dedicated Governors who bring a wealth of experience, from a wide range of backgrounds, to the Governing Body. Although being a Governor can be challenging, working together with such a strong team also makes it immensely rewarding.
Mr Richard HineVice Chair of Governors and Chair of Resources Committee
Mr Richard HineI am married to Helen and we have three daughters, two guinea pigs and a golden retriever. Our youngest daughter has recently left the school and thoroughly enjoyed the variety of topics, opportunities and experiences offered throughout her learning journey. Our middle daughter left Walberton a few years ago to join Bishop Luffa and our eldest daughter has just completed a Masters degree in health psychology.Having spent 35 years working for a global organisation I have recently taken early retirement (or is it a gap year) to focus on more domestic tasks and to spend more time with my family.The role of Governor provides a great opportunity to develop an understanding of how schools operate and how I can work with my fellow governors to contribute towards the continued development of all aspects of school life.
Rev Tim WardEx Officio Governor
Rev Tim Ward
I am a vicar of Walberton at St Mary's Church. I was a parent at the school for nine years. Before being a vicar I taught History at secondary level and now I like to teach about the local History of the Battle of Britain to year 6. I have been a governor of 5 schools and involved in schools' ministry continuously for 27 years including assemblies and after school clubs. Until recently I was vice chair of an Academy Trust. I am also a sixth form chaplain at Bishop Luffa school.
Mr John WilesFoundation Governor
Mr John Wiles
My wife and I have lived in Walberton for nearly 30 years and I retired from a career in aviation 10 years ago. I am a regular churchgoer and play the guitar in the church music group. Our vicar, Tim Ward, asked me if I would like to become a foundation governor at the school in 2011 and it has been a real privilege to be a part of the school governance team ever since. Our own children all enjoyed their primary education at Walberton and we have always been impressed by the caring environment at the school which nurtures and encourages the children.
As a foundation governor I particularly care about the Christian ethos of the school, whilst still being concerned with good educational results. I also have responsibility for all the data which is available from the school and from external websites and attend progress meetings with staff at school so that I can present an accurate picture of the school's academic standards to the governing body.
Mrs Madeleine CrawleyCo-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Resources and Safe Guarding Governor
Mrs Madeleine Crawley
I have two children, one of whom has just left Walberton and Binsted whilst the other child is in Year 6. Both children have thoroughly enjoyed their journey through the school so far and I have no doubt will continue to do so. I am very lucky to be able have flexible working hours which has allowed me to help out in the children's classes, go on school trips and assist at PTA events.
My husband and I run an organic sheep, beef and arable farm in Slindon which keeps us fairly busy. I am also a qualified Veterinary Surgeon and after a few years in practice, I worked as a veterinary advisor for 12 years. Currently, I carry out a bit of consultancy work but most of time is now spent on the farm.
I became a Governor so that I could understand more about my children's education and the school in general as well as enabling me to positively contribute towards the running of the school. It has been, and continues to be, a real privilege to work with such a great team of governors and teaching staff who make this school the happy, safe educational hub it is!
Mrs Catherine TilzeyParent Governor
Mrs Catherine Tilzey
I have two at children at Walberton and Binsted CE School. I value the school community and I feel very fortunate that my children are afforded such a beautiful and established school setting. They are both happy and settled.
I have worked for West Sussex County Council in children services since 2002, including managing a children's home that was graded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. I am currently a manager working to recruit foster carers to provide homes for vulnerable children. My key motivating factor in work and life is about making a difference for children. I lead a group of dedicated staff, to be child focussed in all that they do to support recruitment of foster carers. With the specific aim to support children to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives.
I feel passionately about the importance of Education and attainment for all children and I feel strongly about children being equipped and having all the opportunities they need to reach their full potential. In my work settings I have seen how children grow and blossom through their relationships with teachers and the difference that success in Education can have for children. I believe in inclusion for all pupils having worked in my career directly with children with additional needs and from diverse backgrounds.
As a parent at school and as a professional working in children's social care I feel I have a valuable insight and perspective into the needs of children and families in our community.
Mr Lee TurnerParent Governor
Mr Lee Turner
I'm Lee, I have two children who currently attend the school and one due to start in 2022. I grew up in the six villages area, the son of a local Police Officer, before joining the British Army where I spent several years living on Army bases around the UK and abroad.
After leaving the Army I joined Sussex Police, where I still work many years later. I spent over 10 years in uniform, including a period spent covering Walberton and Arundel. I then decided to specialise and became a Detective Constable on the Safeguarding Investigations Unit helping vulnerable adults and children who have been the victims of sexual/physical abuse and high-risk Domestic violence.
Working in this role has allowed me to better understand the risks our children are exposed to in modern life both online and in person. It has also given me strategies for ways we can keep our children safe.
Having children at the school I was keen to see what safeguarding takes place and how our children are taught to stay safe themselves. This is incredibly important and, in my experience, the earlier it is taught, the better. Becoming a Governor was a natural extension of my work as it puts me in a unique position to offer my experiences with safeguarding to the school and as a parent reassures me that our children are safe and are being taught how to keep themselves safe.
I was also keen to gain a broader sense of how the school runs and the impact this has on our children. The curriculum, how decisions are made, and why etc. I have enjoyed my start as a School Governor, I hope to learn and develop throughout my time in this role and assist in continuing to help the school to run as efficiently as it can - offering the very best to its pupils.
Mrs Lorna EarleParent Governor
Mrs Lorna Earle
I have two children at Walberton and Binsted CE Primary school, both are really happy and settled at the school. I joined the governing team as a parent governor in October, 2019.
I am a qualified teacher for both primary and secondary age ranges. I chose to begin my teaching career in primary school and loved it! Now I tutor on teacher training programmes at the University of Chichester where I am a senior lecturer in primary education. As such, I keep an up to date and working knowledge of the curriculum expectations, legislations and inspection frameworks relevant to primary schools.
I have a real passion and enthusiasm for education and believe my personal experiences as a parent, combined with my professional role, gives me a valuable and varied perspective.
Ms Nicola EdwardsTeacher Governor
Ms Nicola Edwards
I thoroughly enjoy being part of such a fantastic family at Walberton and Binsted Primary School. I began teaching after completing a Bachelor of Education at Plymouth University, working in Felpham before moving to the school. Since being a teacher here, I have taught in lower key stage 2, led Religious Education and now support a variety of subjects as part of a curriculum team.
I am now on the governing board as the staff governor where I hope to contribute to the growth and development of the school to facilitate the best possible learning experiences for our pupils. The Governors are an important part of our school community and support everyone immensely so it is a privilege to be a part of the team. I look forward to sharing ideas from a teacher perspective and continuing to contribute to the wider school community.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing netball and spending time with my nieces and nephews! I love making learning a fun experience for the children and watching them grow and learn in so many different ways.
Mrs Jenny ChallisClerk to the Governors
Mrs Jenny Challis
I joined as Clerk for the Governing Body in March 2019. This is my first role as a Clerk so I am learning as I go, but really enjoying working as part of the team. I have 3 children (2 currently attend Primary School in Felpham, and the other attends Secondary School in Barnham). In my spare time I enjoy walking our dogs along the beach, and playing netball.
Mrs Laura BrockhurstHead Teacher
Mrs Laura Brockhurst
As Headteacher, I feel very privileged to be an active member of the Governing Body. I have been a Governor here at Walberton and Binsted for 8 years now, and in my many years of teaching and leadership, I have not yet met a team that work so hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who works and attends the school! They have lots of energy and a wide variety of experience and backgrounds to support the many discussions and meetings we have around school improvement. It is a real pleasure working with members of our Governing Body to continually 'drive' the school forwards.
I consider everyone in the school to be my extended family. There is a real warmth and caring ethos where everyone gives the time to get to know our children in the school, including their families, so that we can best support their learning and individual journeys through the school.
My aim is to provide a varied and inspiring curriculum for our young citizens so that they feel equipped and prepared for the wide world ahead of them. I wish for every child to ask big questions, to try new things and learn from their mistakes, to explore and extend their learning and knowledge, doing this with others both willingly and co-operatively.
Nothing pleases me more than a happy child who has come to me to share something new - it makes my role even more rewarding!
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