Hurst Green and Northiam schools have joined and formed the ‘Quercus Federation’ from 1st September 2016 they came under the jurisdiction of a single Governing Body.
John Crouch – Local Authority Governor – Chair of Governors
At the inception of the Quercus Federation in September 2016 I was elected as the first
Chair. Previously I had been Vice-Chair at Hurst Green for six months having joined
their Governing Board in September 2015.
I have a background in education having: trained to teach, too many years ago; been
married to a teacher for nearly 30 years; and having spent the last 10 years of my
working life as Operations and Communications Manager at Robertsbridge Community
College, where for 6 of those years I was a Staff Governor.
I have a varied career history in business, industry, education and child care, which
helps enormously when dealing with complexities of governance of our schools. I am
also the Clerk to Governors for two other primary schools in the area and work closely
with the Governor Services team in the Local Authority.
I am encouraged in my role of Chair by an enthusiastic team of fellow governors which
includes chairs from two other Governing Boards.
Pippa Green – Parent Governor (Northiam) – Vice Chair
I have had children at Northiam since 2009 and have witnessed the school’s journey
from special measures to it’s present stable and good position. I am committed to our
school, our village and our community.
Whilst my employment history is not in education, I have a great deal of experience of
project management involving time and budget constraints. I was also chair of the
committee that runs Northiam Nursery, a committee run charity, responsible for staffing,
salaries, budgets etc. for two years. In my professional life I have gained experience of
working as part of a team and respecting the opinions of my colleagues. In recent years,
I have set up my own landscape architectural practice, which has given me experience
of managing time and financial constraints.
With three young children and my own business there’s not a lot of free time to be had,
but I enjoy travel, walking, music, cooking and a good book!
Kim Weatherly – Parent Governor(Hurst Green)
Honey Clarke – Co-opted Governor
Judith Butler – Co-opted Governor
I am a barrister and have been practicing for 25 years. For the first 10 years I
specialised in both Criminal and Family work. I conducted many criminal cases
involving child offenders and victims which was my specialist area. For the past 15
years and ongoing I continue to specialise in Family work – this involves acting for
husbands and wives on the breakdown of marriage, parents, children and the local
authority. My cases involve issues relating to vulnerable and abused children as well as
children from more privileged homes affected by the separation of their parents. In
conducting children work I have been required to read child welfare reports, SEN
reports, psychiatric reports and work with agencies such as schools and CAMHS.
I am also qualified as a mediator.
I have lived on the Kent/Sussex border since I was 10 years old save for 10 years whilst
gaining my degree and my first years as a barrister. I attended Northiam Primary
School for my last term in Year 6 as my father was at that time the newly appointed GP
I have 3 children one of whom is now at University and two in secondary school.
Jacqueline Harding – Co-opted Governor
I currently have a granddaughter attending Northiam Primary School. I have had
previous experience on Governing boards at both Ninfield Primary School and
Claverham Community College in Battle as a parent governor.
I have always been passionate about supporting the local schools and community, in
particular helping children to achieve their full potential.
I have been serving as a Parish Councillor for Northiam Parish Council since May 2015.
I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to become a part of the Quercus
Federation governing board for both Northiam Primary School and Hurst Green Primary
Judith Koral – Co-opted Staff Governor (Northiam)
I came to work at Northiam as the teacher for Chestnut Class in January 2014 at a time
when the school was in special measures. I have been part of the school’s journey from
special measures to its present position. I am committed to the school.
During my teaching career I have had experience in working in a variety of different
types of schools in a variety of roles including setting budgets. I have also been a Staff
Governor at three of the schools, with particular responsibilities for Teaching and
Learning and Assessment.
Outside school, I have continued to be involved in music, which is where I started my
working life, and I am currently secretary for Senior Ice Hockey at Streatham.
Emily Sparrow – Staff Governor (Hurst Green)
I am the Year 1 and 2 teacher at Hurst Green C.E Primary School. This is my third year
teaching. I will have been at the school 2 years at the end of the current academic year.
I am currently the Art and Design and Technology subject leader. I went to Canterbury
Christ Church University, where I studied Primary Education.
Rev. Annette Hawkins – Foundation Governor
I am the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hurst Green and St Mary, Salehurst in the United Benefice of Salehurst, Hurst Green and Robertsbridge.
I started my working life as a nurse, I then took a degree in Education and went on to work in project management, initially for a small local charity and afterwards for a national charity as the development manager and local authority childcare consultant for East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.
I am married and have four adult children and five grandchildren.
Keith Cheetham – Associate Governor- Executive Head Teacher
Kevin Tomasetti – Associate Governor – Executive Head Teacher
Allison Flack – Associate Governor – Head of School (Hurst Green)
Julia Bray – Associate Governor – Head of School (Northiam)
Lynsey Larkin – Clerk to the Governors
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