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 (Safeguarding)
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.
Sarah-Jane Ashworth – Local Authority Governor
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!
Stephen Heaps – Co-opted Governor
I spent 20 years in the finance industry and was lucky enough to live, work and travel all over the world. I returned to the UK in 2007 and shortly after met my now wife, Victoria, when we were both living in Leamington Spa. We moved to Crondall in 2015 and our children Henry and Alice both currently attend the school. I’m a chartered accountant and a chartered financial analyst, currently working with four small businesses, acting as their part-time Finance Director. Outside of work & family, skiing is the passion and I’m crazy enough to have heli-skied in Canada, New Zealand and in the Himalayas. However, these days skiing is more about food, wine and trying to keep up with the children.
Seijal Bhagani – Parent Governor
I have lived in Ewshot since 2014 with my husband and two children, Kylan & Milana. I am a working mum, juggling my day job as a Global Operations Risk Manager with everything else that comes with daily life – yet the chance to be a part of supporting our local school as a Parent Governor was too good to pass up. I grew up in a small town called Rugby in Warwickshire and moved to London to study a BSc in Mathematics at Kings College London followed by an MSc in Operational Research & Performance Management at Aston University. Since then, I lived in and around London until finally settling in Ewshot village – which we love immensely. I love to travel and see new places as well as running in my spare time.
Rob Wilson – Parent Governor
I grew up locally and have lived in Crondall for 8 years. I am married to Jenny and we have 3 children – Tom, Izzy and Ollie. Both Tom and Izzy attended the school and Ollie is currently there. I work in Guildford as a Partner in a law firm, specialising in healthcare law – mainly working for the NHS. When I am not at work or brokering peace agreements between the children I can often be found running (rather slowly) around the Crondall countryside with Noggin our Irish terrier.
I come from a family of teachers – my sister teaches in a state primary school in Bristol. I have seen how my children have flourished in the nurturing environment of the school, and want to give something back as a parent governor to try to make it the best school it can be.
We currently have Vacancies for one Local Authority. Please contact the school office if you are interested in becoming a Governor.