Meet Our Governors
Mr David Harbottle
Chair of Governors - Parent Governor - Responsible for Quality of Teaching - Term of Office ends May 2018. Voting Rights
Appointed September 2015
Ms Polly Kitson
Headteacher - Governor as from September 2016. Voting Rights
Mrs Jo Anderson
Newly appointed governor, June 2017. Term of office ends in June 2020
Mrs Fiona Gibbons
Co-opted Governor - Responsible for Early Years, Behaviour & Personal Development and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Term of office ends July 2018. Voting Rights
Appointed July 2012
Mrs Pippa Harder
Staff Governor - Elected by the school staff
Elected staff governor. Term of office ends November 2018. Voting Rights
Appointed November 2016
Mr Peter Klein
Co-opted Governor. Responsible for Finance . Term of office ends January 2017. Voting Rights
Appointed January 2011 as a Community governor, previously a Parent Governor October 2004
Mr Ibrahim El Moghraby
Term of office ends November 2019. Voting Rights.
Appointed November 2016
Mr Wayne Schofield
Parent Governor - Voting Rights
Responsible for Safeguarding. Term of office ends November 2019
Appointed November 2016
Mr Michael Wheeldon
Co-opted Governor. Chair of the Pay Committee. Term of office ends September 2018. Voting Rights
Appointed September 2015
Mr Andrew Tedd
Associate Governor - Responsible for Leadership & Management. No Voting Rights
Appointed November 2010
Clerk to Governors
DAVID HARBOTTLE (Chair of Governors)
I have lived in Loxwood for the past 14 years and my three children grew up with me in the village. Hannah and I were married in 2013 and my stepson is in Rowan class after having joined the school in 2014. Our new family of five children includes James; a Precision Engineer in Sussex, Simon; a Chemical Analyst in Melbourne, Sarah; working in her first job in Redhill following graduation at Reading; Georgia, about to go to The Weald and my youngest is creating a new trail of his own and introducing me to many new ideas and activities.
My early career involved working abroad in the geotechnical industry and later I moved back to the UK where I have worked in construction design and business development with several of the major contractors in UK. I now own and run a small consultancy within this sector covering the south of England. I started two charities supporting the wildlife and Maasai eight years ago and spent the majority of two years in Kenya on projects during 2010 to 2012.
I am a keen canoeist and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be climbing mountains or tending the garden. Time with my family and friends is very important to me and I look forward to being able to join in with new school activities and get to know more of our community.
I was involved with Primary School governorship and parent associations several years ago in Partridge Green and am now very pleased to be able to contribute to the governing team of Loxwood Primary School. We value the wonderful opportunities and environment that the school can give the children and I look forward to being able to help to maintain and improve these for the years to come.
Hi! We moved to Loxwood from London in 2007 and we have one daughter, Matilda, who left the school in July this year to begin the next stage of her education and is now at The Weald School, Billingshurst. My wife Trudy works at the School as a Teaching Assistant. I've been a parent governor since 2011, and Chair since December 2013.
I've worked in learning and technology for over 20 years, spending a lot of time at the BBC. I'm currently writing up a PhD in a related field, supervised by Professor Stephen Heppell, one of the world's most influential thinkers on the future of education. I became interested in being a governor as a result of Stephen's influence, and this gives the school privileged access to him.
I strongly believe that a successful, wholly inclusive, state primary school is at the heart of a village like ours, and take a very active interest in ensuring ALL our children are properly stretched and achieve their academic and creative potential.
If you want to find a bit more about what I do at work and uni, have a look at LinkedIn: http://lnkd.in/yRY8A5
I have been a Community Governor for the last 3 years. I was previously Vice Chair of the Parish Council and am currently a member of the Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. I am a chartered surveyor by training and more recently have become involved with project management work.
My own children are 19 and 21. When they were young I was a committee member of the school PTA and class rep. My youngest is dyslexic and so I understand the journey that parents begin with a diagnosis such as this. He is in his final year at Plumpton College studying agriculture and much to all of our surprise wants to continue his studies next year at Harper Adams University. He was the child who hated school other than when he was on the sports field. My eldest is in his third year at medical school. We never imagined that he would be clever enough to study medicine but a sports injury in his A level year focused his attention on study rather than rugby. Children develop in their own time, but do get there in the end with the right support
Each governor is allocated a class and mine is the Young Explorers. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading with them and seeing them develop and grow in confidence over the last academic year.
I have three children who have all benefitted greatly from their education at Loxwood school. My eldest son Nick is now at Swansea University studying law , Tom is at Colliers college in Horsham and my daughter Emily is at The Weald in year 10.
I became involved as a governor in 2004 and although my children have now all passed through the school, I have continued my governing body membership because it's a very good school and it has been a delight to see the school develop. There have been many improvements in recent years , most notably to facilities which were sadly lacking when we first arrived at the school. It has been very rewarding to have been involved in the development of the school in this way.
I have held a number of senior managerial and financial management roles in my working life and currently chair the School Business Committee which keeps a close eye on the school finances amongst other things.
Loxwood is a great school which provides children with a broad rounded education. Teachers are hard working and professional and there is strong leadership from the top. I am very proud to be associated with the school as a governor and would encourage others to get involved in the life of the school as much as they possibly can.
My skills meet the expertise currently required by the school in the following ways: As an airline pilot, safety is a core function of my profession. As a parent I understand how important the safeguarding of our children is. I have a management degree and my current job also involves HR and strategy.
I have a long term commitment to the school with one child in year two and another starting in 2018. I am frequently around during weekdays, consequently I am able to engage with both parents and teachers during the school day.
I have a sound understanding about how the school and governance operates and I have developed a good rapport with the other governors.
I am married to Melanie and we have two sons, Andrew and Simon, who both benefited from attending Loxwood School. In fact our decision to settle in Ifold, following our relocation from Yorkshire with my job in 2000, was influenced by the excellent reputation of the school. Whilst Andrew, our eldest was only at the school for Year 6, Simon was lucky enough to spend four years at Loxwood. The school provided many opportunities for our children and we both recall attending many events over four very happy years at the school. Andrew subsequently gained a degree at Sheffield University and is now working in a commercial role for a multi-national company in London and Simon has recently finished his Masters at Durham University and is now working towards an accountancy qualification in the City.
I have spent the last 32 years working for two International corporations where I have held senior commercial roles including General Manager UK and Ireland and more recently Head of Sales for Europe. I hope that some of my experiences and business knowledge will complement the skills and backgrounds of the other members of the Governing Body and that I can make a positive influence to the school in my role as Community Governor.
My family and I moved to Loxwood in 2015, just in time for our eldest to start school. He is now in Year 1 with our youngest in Young Explorers. I can't wait to see them blossom and grow in Loxwood over the years to come.
My own primary school education was in Africa, I then spent my secondary school years in Yorkshire and I went to university in Nottingham. My experience of these different environments, styles and attitudes towards education has shown me how important it is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for learning. I volunteered to be a governor to help Loxwood School achieve that for my children and those moving through the school before and after them and I am really excited to be involved.
I have been working for a large corporate for most of my professional career where I have led teams of more than 250 people. A big part of my role is motivating my team members to do their best at work while enjoying themselves, without it encroaching on their personal lives. I also do a lot of coaching and mentoring and I am hoping to bring all of these use all of the experiences to positively contribute to the governor committee and school generally.
My daughter Emma is currently in Year 3, having been at Loxwood since Reception.
I've been involved with the PTA, primarily focused on Treasurer activities, since Emma joined the school.
I'm a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. I worked for many years in Public Practice advising clients of all sizes, from owner managed businesses to international groups. I currently work for a global financial services group as a Corporate Tax Director.
Given my financial experience, involvement in the PTA and interest in the ongoing development of our school, I feel I've got some key skills to add to the Governing Committee.
Governors who have stepped down within the last twelve months:
(Term of Office for Staff Governors 2 years and the Headteacher is when in post, all other governors are 3 years)
Sylvester Vince-Odozi Co-Option Governor October 2016 - June 2017
Judy Kitchener LA Governor April 2004 - March 2017
Steve Holden May 2015 - November 2016
Simon Bates November 2012 - November 2016
Paul Hulstaert July 2013 - November 2016
Carole Winter who was a staff governor September 2012 - November 2016
Tim McMath, Headteacher March 1997 - August 2016
Mike Cope LA Governor November 2002 - December 2015
Nathan Palmer Parent Governor November 2010 - June 2015