Our School Governors

Governors are the strategic leaders of the school, and have a vital role to play in making sure that every child gets the best possible education.

The purpose of a maintained school governing body is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.
There is a strong focus on:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that money is well spent.


Rudgwick Primary School’s governing body currently consists of 10 core members and 1 Associate Member; they are made up as follows:

2 Parent Governor

1 Local Authority Governor

2 Staff Governors (including Headteacher)

5 Co-opted Governors

1 Associate Member

The Governing Body meets 6 times a year alternating between Curriculum and Standards meetings and Business meetings. We retain one smaller committee which is Staff and Finance.

Updates from full governors meetings are made available in the school’s weekly newsletter and the minutes of meetings are available to view at school should you wish to.

Meet The Team

David Buckley

Co-opted (Chair of Governors)

I have been a Governor for several years. I am a Co-opted Governor and have a particular interest in pupil performance. I have been involved in teaching mathematics throughout my professional career.

Sharon Mellors


I am a Co-opted Governor and the Early Years Governor. I am also the designated governor for Safeguarding. I am a Primary Teacher, was a childminder and am now teaching at the school. I am a parent at the school and a member of the PTA.

Mike Flower

Local Authority

I joined the Governing body in July 2018. I am a semi-retired pharmaceutical quality manager, now self-employed. I am a local history volunteer at Horsham Library. I have two grand-children at the school.

Jane Thomas

Parent Governor

I am a very recent addition to the Governors. I have two children at the school and a background in HR, Media and Marketing. My special interest is in enhancing communication.

Serena Nicholls


I have been headteacher at Rudgwick since January 2018 and thoroughly enjoy working alongside such  talented and committed groups of staff, governors and families.  I have been teaching for 25 years in schools in London, Hampshire and West Sussex.

Edward Nice


I joined the Governing Body in 2016 as a Co-opted Governor. I am a Chartered Financial Planner and work in Guildford. I live in Rudgwick and have two children art the school.

Martin Lundy-Lester


I became Governor at Rudgwick Primary School in 2014. As father of two children here, i feel passionate about the role that the Governing body plays in ensuring the core principles of the school are upheld and I love being part of the strategic function that we collectively play. I've lived in the village since 2004 and my professional background is in banking, compliance and property.

Kate Mayo

Clerk to the Governors

My role is to support the governors in carrying out their duties. My son is a pupil at the school and I have been the clerk since 2016.

Joy Roland

Co-opted Vice Chair

I joined the Governing Body in 2016 as a Parent Governor. I am a parent to two children currently at the school. I am the Vice-chair of the Full Governing Body, the SEND Governor, the C0-Chair of the PTA, and a primary school teacher.

Hayley Edwards


I am Deputy Headteacher and was nominated by the teachers and teaching assistants as staff governor. I have been a Rudgwick Primary School for several years now and love the close community feel of the school. My interests outside of the school include music and art.

Fiona Bull

Parent Governor

I joined the Governing body in 2018 as a Parent governor and have two children at the School. I am a Primary Teacher and Link Governor for Rudgwick Primary School.

Steph Grant

Associate Governor

I have been a member of the Governing body for 20 years. I am currently an Associate Member. I served as  Chair of the Premises Committee (not a current committee) for many years and continue to support the Headteacher with premises Health & Safety checks. For 11 years I was a Teacher's Assistant at the school and I now work 3 lunchtimes.

Please find our Governors report for 2018/19


* Governors are required to declare any business or pecuniary interest that they may have in the school, any other governance in which they participate and any relationships to staff within the school.

Clerk to the Governors:  Ms Kate Mayo

For details about the most recently published information about Governor attendance, download the PDF here. Please note this information is for the previous academic year, not the current one.

So what did you do on Residential?

I asked.

“I was a turtle.”

“That’s nice” I said hesitantly, …”that’s unusual”… “erm, …why a turtle?”

“For protection”

This was said very definitely and again I hesitated to get clarification. I got the impression my informant thought that this was obvious. I briefly had images of Ninja Turtles (all of them called Leonardo, as that’s the only one I can ever remember) living in the sewers of Sayers Croft. (Does Sayers Croft even have sewers? Probably not). Perhaps there are man-eating sharks in the Pond Dipping pool… or ferocious crocodiles in the marshes…

It soon became apparent (through a brief but energetic display involving a couple of baking trays as shields), that they had indeed been a ‘turtle’; whilst learning Roman Troop manoeuvres. This was one of the many challenges the Year 5's experienced on their Residential Trip at the end of last term. The entire three days were packed full of tasks and opportunities that were designed to stretch the children out of their comfort zones and out of comfort in general; den building, archery, rope work, bouldering, orienteering, Blind fold trails, maze work, night-walks and more.

As a parent I am a bit surprised at how they fitted it all in. I am challenged to get just three children out the door in any reasonable time. But I am assured that all 26 children were up at the crack of dawn and raring to go despite the weather. Unfortunately, our troops had more than their fair share of rain. But the heavy downpours did not dampen their spirits and its sounds as if they had an amazing and inspiring time.

This is apt as this term Rudgwick Primary are focusing on their core value of Inspire. Its an obvious value for any school to choose and can be overused in school motos etc. What is harder, is for a school to show in tangible ways how they can encourage their children to dream, to stretch themselves and to take risks. As Jim Rohn says "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary”.


So how can a school do this regularly? One way is through providing role-models from guest speakers. The last few weeks have seen visits from the Book Nook as well as visits from Zoo Lab,  who brought along animals for Year 2 children to handle. The class were extremely excited and enthusiastic hugging corn snakes and African land snails, tortoises (though not of the Ninja variety).

Through giving the children new experiences: such as creating a Minibeast Hotel out of pallets and tubing, as part of the Forest School club. Year one visited Arundel castle and showed off their knowledge of crenulations (this poor governor had to look that up in a dictionary!)

As both a parent and a Governor, it makes me so proud that Rudgwick continues to live out these values. Exploring, testing, trying and taking risks. Ultimately it is about giving the children access to new experiences and setting ambitious tasks for the children in their learning. When they are truly inspired their learning takes hold of their imaginations…  

After the residential my roman Soldier lost no time in instructing her brothers in battle tactics. This resulted in all three chasing round the kitchen table (to the sound track of Gladiator blaring out) riding steeds which ranged from an old hobby horse to a feather duster....

Children… I salute you!


Rudgwick Primary School

Tates Way, Rudgwick
West Sussex

RH12 3HW

Tel: 01403 822151

Inspire  -  Believe  -  Achieve