Gossops Green Primary School is part of The Collegiate Trust. Information about the Directors and Members of The Collegiate Trust can be found at www.tct-academies.org. The Directors of the Trust have delegated the oversight and leadership of Gossops Green Primary School to the Local Governing Body (LGB), made up of parents, staff, LA and Trust representatives. Non-staff governors are entirely voluntary and yet carry high levels of responsibility, following expectations which are outlined HERE. We are very grateful that we have such a committed and professional team at our school.
The register of interests for Governors across The Collegiate Trust, can be found HERE and Annual Reports and Financial Statements can be found HERE.
Information about the Governors at Gossops Green Primary School can be found below.
Clerk to the Governors
Kelly joined the team as Clerk to the Governors in September 2020. Kelly has been clerking for over 5 years in a variety of schools across the South East.
Chair of Governors / Trust Governor
Annie became a governor at Gossops Green Primary in April 2014. The role of being a governor is extremely important to Annie; she very much enjoys supporting the school, and also the volunteering she does within the school. She has four children, and her youngest still attends Gossops Green. She has been a Communications and Office Manager at a Financial Advisers in Dorking since 2007, and in addition to that, at the beginning of 2017, started her own business locally.
Trish joined The Collegiate Trust as Principal of Gossops Green Primary School in April 2018. Prior to this, she was Executive Headteacher for Courtwood and Gilbert Scott Primary schools in Croydon. Originally from Brighton, Trish has been teaching in primary schools for 20 years and has a background in working with children with special needs.
Noreen has lived in Crawley for the majority of her life, having moved here from Huddersfield. She studied at local schools and colleges and knows the area well. She is a busy mum with two daughters at the school. Noreen graduated from university with a BA (Hons) in Business with Psychology and then went on to undertake various analyst roles; presently she is employed within the insurance industry and has 12 years’ experience as a Fraud Intelligence Analyst. Noreen enjoys putting her skills to use in her role as a Governor.
Local Authority Governor
Toby is an engineering manager for a local flight simulation and airline pilot training company, where he has worked for around 30 years. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a member of the Chartered Management Institute. Toby joined the Governing Body at Gossops Green as a Parent Governor in 2006 when his children attended the school. When (a lot) younger, Toby swam competitively for Crawley Swimming Club, won a number of local, regional and national competitions as a member of Crawley Town Life Saving Club, and played Water Polo for Crawley and Sussex.
Vice Chair / Trust Governor
Gordon moved to Sussex in 1983 for a summer job at Gatwick Airport…and never left! He is now the Managing Director of a Crawley based international logistics company and is also on the Board of the International Air and Shipping Association, a global network of almost 50 companies. Away from work, Gordon has volunteered in a number of different community projects including working at a homeless shelter and helping set up and run a successful youth football club in Horsham. Elected as a Governor in May 2016, Gordon hopes his business experience will help the leadership team, teaching staff and pupils in the school’s next exciting stages of development.
Helen moved from Poole to Crawley in 1984 when she took up the position of class teacher at St Andrew’s School in Furnace Green. She remained there until she took early retirement in 2017, teaching mainly in UKS2. During her time at the school, her responsibilities included subject leadership in maths and languages. She is a member of St Andrew’s Church where she plays guitar and sings in the worship band. She is also a member of the Lighthouse Project and helps to run the club at the school on Tuesday lunchtimes.
Paul was born in Crawley when it was created as a new town and has seen many changes as it has grown and established itself. Paul was educated in Crawley before starting a career in IT Mainframe Technical Support and Project Management. Both his children attended Gossops Green School in the late 1980s and during this time he was a parent governor and was also actively involved in fund raising. He has maintained an interest in the school and his grandson now attends. Paul has retired from full time employment and he has taken on the role of Trust Governor where he hopes that his experience will help the school to continue to grow and flourish.
Gordon Smith is the Chief Executive of The Collegiate Trust, which runs four primary and two secondary schools in Crawley and 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.
Rachel has two boys at Gossops Green Primary School. She became a Parent Governor in March 2019 with the aim of giving something back to the school, as well as experiencing leadership and Governance in a different setting. She thoroughly enjoys being involved with our school, both as a parent and as a Governor and will continue to support the pupils, parents, staff, school and Trust however she can.
Rachel was born and raised in Crawley and works full time as a Quality Improvement Lead for SECAmb (South East Coast Ambulance Service). She qualified from the University of Brighton with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2007 and has been employed in both NHS and Private settings. Rachel has previously worked as a support worker with adults with learning disabilities, volunteered with children play schemes and worked in a reptile shop! In her (limited) spare time Rachel enjoys pole fitness and learning base guitar.
Lisa has been working in education for 17 years, mainly working in schools in Maidenbower, Crawley and, until joining Gossops Green, she had been working with special needs children. She joined Gossops Green in 2016 and has been working in EYFS ever since. She has one son at the school and absolutely loves her job! In her spare time, she enjoys camping, being in the garden and spending time with her family.