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. 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 Sarah Church
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Church was appointed as Clerk to the Governors in January 2022, having clerked for several schools from 2005 -2018 when she was appointed to a different role at Riddlesdown Collegiate. She returns to clerking after a four year break after leaving her role as team leader of the Information Management Team following a house move and relocation. Mrs Church started her working career at the Department for Education in 1980 and held various roles during her career, including Assistant Parliamentary Clerk and spent many long evenings (and nights!) supporting Ministers during debates and education bills before leaving in 2007 to look after her family. In her spare time, Mrs Church enjoys long walks with her rescue dog, crafting, especially knitting and sewing, cooking and gardening.
Mrs Annie Macfarlane
Chair of Governors / Trust Governor
Mrs Macfarlane became a governor at Gossops Green Primary in April 2014, and has been Chair of Governors since 2019. The role of being a governor is extremely important to Mrs Macfarlane; she very much enjoys supporting the school, and is fully committed to helping the team at Gossops Green to ensure all our pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum and school experience. She has four children, and her youngest three all attended Gossops Green. She is the Operations Manager at a Financial Advisers in Dorking, where she has worked since 2007. She has also previously run her own business, and also volunteered as Treasurer of a local Scout Group.
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 was born and raised in Crawley. He joined the Governing Body at Gossops Green as a Parent Governor in 2006 when his children attended the school. He graduated from the University of Brighton with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic and Computer Engineering, and is an engineering manager for a local flight simulation and airline pilot training company where he has worked for over 35 years. When (a lot) younger, he 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.
Miss Katie Roberts
Miss Roberts was a teaching assistant at Gossops Green for 6 years and has a deep knowledge and understanding of early years development and phonics as well as training in speech and language interventions and special educational needs. She now currently works as a science technician in a secondary school and has a keen interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). She is currently studying towards a BA(Hons) in Biology.
Miss Roberts currently has 2 daughters at Gossops Green and hopes she can give back to the school through her work as a Trust Governor.
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. 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 Richard Banks
Mr Banks has lived in Crawley and the surrounding area since he moved here from Scotland in 2004. His daughter started at Gossops Green 2 years ago and there are plans for his youngest to also join the school. Mr Banks works full time for NHS England as a Senior Business Manager where his team is responsible for the improvement of Mental Health Services within the South East. Mr Banks manages a team of project managers, analysts and business support colleagues. He has seen first-hand the difficulties faced for children (and adults) during Covid and lockdowns with the increased demand on Mental Health Services.
Mr Banks particularly enjoys cooking and spends his weekends taking his daughters to their various clubs and spending time with family.
Mr Paul Powers
Mr Powers was a previous student at Gossops Green Primary School and now his two boys attend the school. Having worked in a secondary school for 13 years, he understands the difficulties schools go through financially and also appreciates that many children need additional social or emotional support; becoming a governor is his way of helping the school in any way he can.
His experiences in a local secondary school led him to become involved with a nationwide men’s charity, which supports young men aged 18-25 to turn their life around and away from a life of crime and prison. He has personally mentored 2 young men and supported them in becoming positive members of the local community, helping them rebuild relationships with important people in their lives. He is now involved with a men’s mental health group, supporting them to break through some of the stigma that men suffer.
Mr Powers also run a small photography business, so spends a lot of his weekends capturing memories for other families. He enjoys camping with his family and spending as much time as possible outside in nature or by the sea.
Mrs Danielle Williamson
Mrs Williamson first joined Gossops Green Primary School in 2014, working in Year 3/4 as a fresh-faced class teacher. She stayed teaching in Lower Key Stage 2 for six years, and thoroughly enjoyed her additional roles as a Phase Leader and Leader of English. In 2020, Mrs Williamson was appointed Assistant Principal, and took on an exciting new role teaching Year 2 for several years. She also became a Staff Governor that year. Mrs Williamson is dedicated to driving the success of staff and children in collaboration with the school community, including a devoted governing body.