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

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.


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.

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Fairley Allan


I am a recently retired Special Needs Teacher who worked with children with Autism. I'm especially interested in making sure that all children have the opportunity to make progress and are included in the success of the school. 


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.


Terry Ryan


I am delighted to have joined the school in September 2021 and to have the opportunity to work alongside such committed, creative and dedicated staff and Governors across the school.  Prior to becoming Headteacher at Rudgwick I have been an Acting Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Inclusion Manager and Assistant Headteacher in schools in London and within West Sussex.

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Helen Marks


I joined the Governing Body in January 2022, having recently moved to Rudgwick.  I believe the school is at the heart of the community and I hope to use my professional background in HR and coaching to support the school in delivering a positive experience for every child. 


Tom Hewitt


As a software engineer, former musician, dad-of-three, car owner, and amateur home improvement enthusiast, I believe education never ends. I'm particularly interested in ensuring the school delivers a broad, rich and exciting curriculum that gives every child the opportunity to find their lifelong learning passion. I've been a Governor since January 2022.

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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.

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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.

Please find our Governors report for 2021

Please find our Governors report for 2022


* 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.