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.
Ms Kelly Cardoo
Clerk to the Governors
Ms Cardoo joined the team as Clerk to the Governors in September 2020. She has been clerking for over 5 years in a variety of schools across the South East.
Mrs Annie Macfarlane
Chair of Governors / Trust Governor
Mrs Macfarlane became a governor at Gossops Green Primary in April 2014. The role of being a governor is extremely important to Mrs Macfarlane; she very much enjoys supporting the school, and also the volunteering she does within the school. She has four children, and her youngest two both attended 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.
Mrs Sarah Dunne
Mrs Dunne first joined Gossops Green Primary School in 1996 as a student teacher, working in Years 4 and 6. In 2001, Mrs Dunne returned to Gossops Green as a Year 6 teacher and subsequently spent the next 20 years working in every year group in the school and loving every moment of it! She was appointed Deputy Principal in 2013 and appointed full Principal in September 2021. The school, the community and the children have been Mrs Dunne’s whole career and she is determined to continue to deliver an outstanding education and learning experience, with the support of a fantastic teaching team and dedicated governing body.
Mrs Noreen Aslam
Mrs Aslam 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. Mrs Aslam 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. She enjoys putting her skills to use in her role as a Governor.
Mr Toby Bartholomew
Local Authority Governor
Mr Bartholomew 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. Mr Bartholomew joined the Governing Body at Gossops Green as a Parent Governor in 2006 when his children attended the school. When (a lot) younger, Mr Bartholomew 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.
Mr Gordon Humphrey
Vice Chair / Trust Governor
Mr Humphrey 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, Mr Humphrey 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, Mr Humphrey hopes his business experience will help the leadership team, teaching staff and pupils in the school’s next exciting stages of development.
Mrs Helen Lake
Mrs Lake 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.
Mr Paul Marshman
Mr Marshman was born in Crawley when it was created as a new town and has seen many changes as it has grown and established itself. He 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. Mr Marshman 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.
Mr Gordon Smith
Mr 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. Mr Smith 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.
Mrs Rachel Turner
Mrs Turner has two boys, both of whom attend Gossops Green Primary School. She became a Parent Governor in March 2019 as a way of giving something back to the school, with the added bonus of experiencing leadership and Governance in a different environment. She thoroughly enjoys being involved with our school, both as a parent and as a Governor and will continue to support pupils, parents/carers, staff, school and Trust in the best way she can.
Mrs Turner was born and raised in Crawley and works full time as a Clinical Services Manager for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, where she is responsible for 6 specialist services. She qualified from the University of Brighton with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2007 and has worked in a variety of NHS and private settings. She has previously been employed as a support worker with adults with learning disabilities, volunteered with children play schemes, supported a local badminton juniors’ club and worked in a reptile shop! In her (limited) spare time Mrs Turner enjoys spending time with friends and family, DIY, Escape rooms, pole fitness, providing professional development sessions for local football coaches and (very slowly) learning to play her bass guitar.