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 Co-Chair of Governors are Anita Colpus and Nigel Turner. 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.
Anita Colpus: Co-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.
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.
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.
I was invited to join Sandcross School Local Committee in May 2018. I live in Reigate and knew Sandcross School many years ago when I was working in the local area, as a speech and language therapist.
My professional experience of Safeguarding was when I was a senior manager in a special boarding school, and helped children communicate their ideas and concerns.
I enjoy attending school events and always receive a warm welcome from everyone at Sandcross.
Charlotte Holgate: Staff Governor
This is my first term of office as a staff governor for Sandcross School. I started working at this school in September 2017 and currently teach in Year 1.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.