From the Governors.
Welcome to the Crondall Primary School web site link to the Governors page.
The Crondall Primary School Governing Body consists of Parent, Community, Local Authority and Staff Governors as listed. We are proud to support Crondall Primary School by working closely together as a Governing Body and having close relationships with staff, parents and stakeholders in the community. We strive to continually improve every aspect of the school and achieve outstanding results.
Crondall is fortunate in having a Governing Body that is actively involved in the school. It has statutory responsibilities which include overseeing staff selection and staffing policy, allocation of the budget, maintenance and development of the buildings and school grounds and ensuring the school’s curriculum and Government and LEA policies are effectively implemented. Day to day responsibilities and management of the school are delegated to the Headteacher.
Governors hold a full meeting each half term and also hold committee meetings at least termly. There are two committees — Resource, Pay and Learning Environment Committee — each Governor is required to be a member of at least one committee. The minutes of Governor meetings are ‘open’ documents and can be read at any time during school hours at the school office.
The Governors represent the parents, the school community and the community at large. Should you wish to express a concern, deal with an issue or want information on an aspect of the school your first port of call should be the school office, but of course individual Governors can be readily contacted.
GOVERNOR PEN PORTRAITS
Please see our governors’ pen portraits which give a little more detail about the individuals who form our governing body.
Louise Grant – Chair of Governors
I became a Parent Governor in September 2016 and am thrilled to be able to support the school and help it to continue to be a wonderful place for our children. I live in Crondall and have two children, Luca and Eve. I left my professional life as European Operations Manager for a videoconferencing company when I had Luca, as I knew that conference calls and PowerPoint presentations would not be of interest when I had a lovely bundle to occupy me. However I have been lucky enough to be able to work with my husband through our Marketing Consultancy on projects which have fit nicely around the children. I play the piano and flute and have recently joined a local orchestra with the flute.
Reverend Tara Hellings – Community Governor
Having been brought up in Berkhamsted, Durham then Tring, I read Classics at Oxford University where I met Ed. After graduating we married, and Jasmine and Alfie came along. I taught Classics, Piano and Violin at various schools before undertaking ordination training at STETS in Salisbury. I was ordained deacon in Winchester Cathedral in 2009, then priest in 2010. I served my curacy in Alton, where I was also Multi-faith Chaplain at Alton College, and was appointed Vicar of Crondall and Ewshot in December 2012. I love running, playing tennis, skiing and sewing, and enjoy travelling and meeting people.
Cath Campbell-Barnard – Parent Governor
I was delighted to be elected as a parent governor in June 2018 and am very excited to be given the chance to help Crondall Primary continue to thrive and of course, strive to be the best school it can be. I have two very happy children currently at the school in Years 2 and R and live 5 minutes walk away. I am a lawyer by background, originally specialising in property law and latterly working in-house for a retail company handling their property and intellectual property portfolios. I am currently taking a career break to devote more time to my three children and other enterprises, such as this.
Sarah Weldon-Gamble – Parent Governor
My husband and I have lived around the Farnham area for more than 10 years, with the most recent 5 in Crondall. We raise our two daughters here and both attend Crondall Primary. It’s a lovely place to live and the school is beautiful. We both travel with work and it’s always a relief coming back to the village having missed the peace and quiet, the warm and supportive community feel and wildlife, even the badgers that dig up our garden. I am a Marketing Communications Director at a large computer software company. I am involved in a number of kids coding and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) initiatives and very much believe in the importance of introducing young girls and boys to IT in a fun, inspiring and collaborative way. In my spare time I love catching up with family and friends, hanging out with my girls, being walked by my dogs and trying to look after myself by keeping fit.
Sam Gold – Co-opted Governor
My name’s Sam and I am a true local. I grew up in Rowledge and now live in Farnham, with my family. I’m married and have 3 kids – I have two daughters, aged 14 and 11 and my stepson 11 – all of who are now at Weydon.
I run my own HR consultancy business in Farnham, working with small businesses who don’t have their own HR function but have ambitious growth plans. I help them get the best out of their people – helping their business succeed, navigate through the challenges of employing people – giving them time to concentrate on what they do best – running their business and make sure they tick the boxes and comply with the law.
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and have an MSc in Human Resource Management. I am also a certified Workplace Mediator.
When I’m not working or not running my girls to swim training sessions, I am a keen runner and cyclist.
I live in Crondall with my partner Martin and have a long association with the area, having been brought up in Church Crookham. In fact my immediate family all live locally which means that I’m kept very busy with a gaggle of very young nieces and nephews. I have spent most of my career working in education firstly as a secondary school teacher in Australia and then in a primary school setting in the UK. 5 years ago, I decided that I was ready for new challenges and so joined AQA, an educational charity that awards GCSEs and A-levels. I have held a number of roles at AQA including Head of Curriculum for Portfolio subjects. However, I’m currently on secondment to support our joint venture with Oxford University Press, OxfordAQA. I am passionate about education and am excited to have the opportunity to support our village school. In my spare time, I enjoy urban sketching and sewing as well as exploring new places – ideally those with a warm climate!
We currently have Vacancies for one Local Authority and one Co-opted Governor. Please contact the school office if you are interested in becoming a Governor.