Welcome to our Governors’ section.
We have a very active team of governors who play a hugely important part in the success of our school. Our governors are drawn from different parts of the community and are parents and staff or from the Local Authority, the community and other groups. Coming from a wide range of employment backgrounds, our governors offer a valuable range of skills that help support the strategic direction of the school.
Our Chair of Governors is Andy Course and our joint vice chairs are Nicola Jordan and Anita Colpus. If you would like to get in touch with them, please contact the school office. The full governing body meets every month to review the performance of the school.
The Department for Education describes the three core strategic functions of the governing body as:
When focusing on the welfare and quality of educational provision at our school, our governors consider quantifiable data alongside anonymised reports on any social or emotional aspects of children's development. A key priority is to ensure that the school delivers the highest standards of teaching and learning for all of our children. They check that teaching quality is monitored regularly and effectively, that staff development is implemented and they evaluate strategies being used to improve attainment. Governors are also responsible for making sure that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) aspects of the curriculum and wider school life are being well delivered and that both attitudes and behaviour are good.
The governing body has three other important responsibilities: the financial management of the school, maintenance of the school premises and looking after issues concerning the school’s staff, both teaching and non-teaching.
The financial management role is an important part of the governors’ overall brief to ensure that children in the school receive the best education possible. In seeking to improve the experience of children within the school, the governors’ need to consider how to get the best value out of the resources they purchase. All at Sandcross Primary School work hard to ensure the school site promotes learning in a safe and effective learning environment and governors work with the Senior Leadership Team to carry out safety audits and learning environment inspections to ensure maintenance is carried out and that we are developing the use of our physical resources. On the staffing side, the governing body help to ensure that we have an excellent and well-motivated teaching and non-teaching staff looking after our children. To do that, governors take an active role in the appointment of most staff and ensure that all staff develop their skills through training with their performance being regularly reviewed.
Andy Course: Chair of Governors, Headteacher Link Governor
Now in my third year as Chair of Governors and I absolutely love it. I am a co-opted governor with a keen interest in securing the very best future for Sandcross Primary, its staff and every child and family in the local community that comes to Sandcross. My wife Rachel and I moved to Reigate about 10 years ago. My two older sons have long since cracked on with their own careers and we have two younger sons, one at Parish Church Primary in Reigate and one at West Hill Primary in Leatherhead. My day-job is the Chief Operating Officer of Eversholt Rail - boys with toys - we own and lease about a third of trains in the UK. I am very proud to lead such a great team of governors at Sandcross.
Nicola Jordan ; Vice Chair of Governors, Deputy Headteacher DSL Link Governor
Why have I enjoyed being a Governor for the past 5 years? I love Sandcross. It’s that simple. Originally as a Parent Governor following my son joining Sandcross in Year 3 (now Year 9 at a local secondary school), I also have first hand experience of Sandcross Pre-School through my daughter prior to her going to another local Primary School. I love being involved in my local community and I am driven by the fact that I believe all children deserve an excellent education. I now work locally as a Marketing Consultant having run a London Marketing Agency for 14 years, prior to having my little girl. I am proud to be part of a committed and passionate governing body focused on achieving great outcomes for every child at Sandcross Primary School.
Anita Colpus: Vice Chair of Governors, SEND link Governor
I have been vicar of St Luke’s Church since August 2010 and Sandcross Primary School is in my parish. I have been a governor since 2011 and it is an honour to work with and support a fantastic school. I have a heart for the community and it is a privilege to come into Sandcross and be involved in helping ‘every child find excellence’. I am married to Richard, currently chair of Friends of Sandcross and I have two girls, currently in years 5 & 6.
Dan Feist: Co-Opted Governor
Having been co-opted on to the board of Governors, I am really enjoying the challenge of making sure that Every Child has the opportunity to reach their potential in the best environment for empowering learning. Sandcross is a key hub in the community it serves and creates opportunities for. I have lived in Redhill for the majority of my Life having attended Furzefield, Warwick and Reigate College, where my Wife Emma and Step Daughter also attended before she started at Birmingham University. My Day job is with Essex Cricket where I am the Head of Cricket Operations overseeing the Development of the game through to the logistics of the professional side. Away from work I spend my time coaching Disability Cricket with my local club at Merstham. Teams play a big part in my day to day life and the governors and staff at Sandcross is one of the strongest I have seen.
John Elgee: Co-Opted Governor
I joined the Governing body in 2014 as a co-opted governor. I am a solicitor and have a practice with offices in Westerham and Reigate. I am based in Reigate. I am a member of and am currently the President of Reigate Rotary Club until July 2017. We have had an excellent relationship with the school going back many years. I have lived in Reigate for many years and have many family and friends who live in the borough.
John Adams: Parent Governor, School Business Manager Link Governor
I'm in my fourth year as a Governor at Sandcross but I've been a Governor for nearly eight years having previously served as a governor at Reigate Parish Church School. I've lived in Reigate and Redhill for fifteen years and have three boys who all attend or have attended Sandcross School. I am Head of Marketing for Wickes the DIY firm and have over twenty years of commercial, financial and marketing experience which I've been able to use in my life as a Governor. What I love most about being a Governor is the opportunity to build a strong working relationship with the School Leadership Team. A relationship built on high challenge and high support means that together we can be certain that every aspect of the school set up, ways of working, culture and facilities are 100% focussed on ensuring every child in Sandcross makes incredible progress and achieves their potential. We have an amazing school and i am proud to be associated with it.
Ruth Winchester: Parent Governor
I have two children at Sandcross, Charlie in year 5 and Tom in Year 2. Both are thriving. My husband David and I moved to Reigate in 2004, without giving a moment’s thought to schools for our (as yet non-existent) kids. We were so lucky to accidentally end up near such a brilliant school!
Before having kids, I spent ten fun and frantic years in London as a journalist and editor, but my current ‘day job’ involves a leisurely commute to a studio-workshop at the bottom of the garden, where I work in polymer and silver. I’ve been a parent governor since 2014 and have enjoyed (almost…) every minute.
Danielle Davies: Co-Opted Governor
I joined the governing body at the end of the school year in 2016 as a co-opted governor. I have two children who attend the school and I work for a multi-national professional services company leading a data analytics capability. I am an accountant by trade and spent a number of years providing external audit services to a varied portfolio of clients from FTSE 100 companies to charities. My day job involves people management, strategic leadership, working in a regulated industry and financial acumen, all skills beneficial to my role as school governor.
Kartikeya ‘Kat’ Shukla: Co-Opted Governor
I am delighted to have joined the Governing body in 2016 and my specific area of curriculum responsibility is Mathematics. I am the Managing Director of a UK based multinational technology company with specific focus on Sales, Marketing and Business Development. I am also setting up a technology based start-up in the UK with a very deep community & environmental impact. My daughter studies at Sandcross in Year 4 so I get to see many parents at the school yard during drop offs and pick ups. Next time you see me and wish to discuss or bring something to the attention of the Governors, please feel free to say hello.
Penny Manser: Staff Governor
This is my second term of office as a staff governor for Sandcross School. I have worked at this school for 7 years having previously worked at Reigate School for 11 years. I have 2 grown up children, one of which attended Sandcross School. I have worked for many years in the banking industry and currently have responsibility for budgeting, HR, premises, ICT infrastructure and am a member of the SLT.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.