Meet Our Governors

The Governing Body of Loxwood School consists of five parent governors; one local authority governor; one staff governor; one Headteacher and four co-opted governors.
Our full membership consists of 12 committee members.
The Term of Office is for three years and this instrument of government came into effect on the 1st September 2015. 
As of December 2018, the committees of the Governing Body are:
Learning Committee
Andy Tedd (Chair)
Lizzie Maclean
Ele Cushing
School Business Committee
Jo Anderson (Chair)
Peter Klein
Pippa Harder
Roger Newman
People Committee
Fiona Gibbons (Chair)
Wayne Schofield
Beth Evans
I El Moghraby
The Chair of Governors David Harbottle and the Headteacher Polly Kitson, sit on all committees
How to contact the school governors......
If you have a question or general enquiry, we would really like to hear from you.
Our dedicated governor email is
We look forward to hearing from you.
David Harbottle
Chair of Governors
Register of Pecuniary Interests September 2018
Governors have completed the annual requirement to declare any relevant business interests and any relationships between governors and school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.
Mr A Tedd has declared that his wife, Mrs T Tedd is a Teaching Assistant at the school.
Mr D Harbottle has declared that his wife, Mrs H Harbottle is a Higher Teaching Assistant at the school.
There were no other declarations of interest.
  • Mr David Harbottle

    Chair of Governors - Parent Governor - Responsible for Quality of Teaching - Term of Office ends May 2021. Voting Rights

    Appointed September 2015

  • Ms Polly Kitson

    Headteacher - Governor as from September 2016. Voting Rights

  • Mrs Jo Anderson

    Parent Governor

    Appointed June 2017. Term of office ends in June 2020

  • Mrs Ele Cushing

    Co Option Governor

    Newly appointed December 2018. Term of office ends December 2021. Voting rights.

  • Mrs Beth Evans

    LA Governor Term of office ends March 2020. Voting rights

    Appointed March 2017

  • Mrs Fiona Gibbons

    Co-opted Governor - Responsible for Early Years, Behaviour & Personal Development and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Term of office ends July 2021. 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

  • Mrs Lizzie Maclean

    Co Option Governor

    Newly appointed December 2018. Term of office ends December 2021. Voting rights

  • 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 Roger Newman

    Co Option Governor

    Newly appointed December 2018. Term of office ends December 2021. Voting rights.

  • Mr Wayne Schofield

    Parent Governor - Voting Rights

    Responsible for Safeguarding. Term of office ends November 2019
    Appointed November 2016

  • Mr Andrew Tedd

    Associate Governor - Responsible for Leadership & Management. No Voting Rights

    Appointed November 2010

  • Mr Ibrahim El Moghraby

    Parent Governor

    Term of office ends November 2019.
    Voting Rights Appointed November 2016

  • Mrs Hannington

    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.


JO ANDERSON (Chair of School Business Committee)

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.


ANDY TEDD (Chair of Learning Committee)

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:


FIONA GIBBONS (Chair of People Committee)

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 am married to Rev Greg and we have a soon-to-be 3-year old attending Loxwood Pre-School. We moved to the area a few years ago and, having completed a secondary languages PGCE in our first year of marriage, I was keen to be involved in our local school from the start.

I have loved visiting Year 2 weekly across three cohorts now, mainly supporting children with their reading, but also helping with forest school, being part of invigilating their SATs and assisting with other day-to-day classroom subjects such as Maths.

I have had teaching experiences both in this country and abroad in France and Uganda, so I am familiar with several different school environments. I have experienced first-hand the importance of a strong school vision and am excited to be a part of putting that vision into practice in this school through my role on the board of governors.

Having recently joined the Loxwood Pre-School Committee, I am keen to strengthen relationships between the pre-school and primary school with the purpose of easing the transition for children progressing from one to the other.

As the local vicar's wife and devoted member of the village church, I am also keen to maintain the strong link we have between the local school and church.
I also bring to the table some business skills, having worked in Publishing (selling children's books in fact!), prior to starting a family.

Finally, I am eager to use my own recent experience of mental health problems following the birth of our son for the benefit of children with mental health concerns in Loxwood School. Mental wellbeing and support is at the forefront of current educational affairs, and so I am passionate about ensuring that we are adequately supporting children in this area at Loxwood School. 



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.



I have lived in Loxwood with my husband, Richard and our three children since 2011. We absolutely love the village and all that it offers! I am currently a Reception class teacher and have 16 years’ experience of teaching across Early Years, Key stage 1 and 2.  This year I’ve started my Level 2 Counselling Skills qualification with the intention of beginning my masters next September. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to offer my support to Loxwood School and I’m looking forward to spending time with the staff, children and parents, as well as getting to know the school better.      



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.


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.




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)


March 2019

Dylan Swart    Co Option Governor  December 18 - March 19

July 2018

Michael Wheeldon  Co Option Governor.

June 2017

Sylvester Vince-Odozi  Co-Option Governor  October 2016 - June 2017

March 2017

Judy Kitchener  LA Governor  April 2004 - March 2017

November 2016

Parent Governors:

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

August 2016

Tim McMath, Headteacher  March 1997 - August 2016

December 2015

Mike Cope LA Governor  November 2002 - December 2015

June 2015

Nathan Palmer  Parent Governor November 2010 - June 2015