Newick Church of England Primary School

'Life in all its fullness' John 10:10

Our Governors

Message from the Chair 

The Governing Body at Newick is committed to doing all that it can to ensure that children here achieve the very best they can.

Governors are often referred to as “critical friends”, and our role is to support and question on all aspects of school life. We are involved in recruiting staff when the need arises. We also keep an eye on the school budget, the state of the building, and attendance & welfare as well as, most importantly, the curriculum. We work together as a team, sharing the load by focussing on our individual roles and  coming together at regular Full Governing Body meetings.

Governing Bodies represent all parts of the community: Parents, Teachers and Support Staff, Community Governors who represent local organisations and businesses, as well as the Childrens’ Services Department. We are all volunteers, but it is very satisfying to know that we are playing our part in the development of the school and supporting children’s learning.

Usually Governors are asked to sign up for four years, which means that we are on the lookout for new Governors from time to time. We advertise, when new parent governors are needed, in the school newsletter and have an election. The teachers and staff have their own election.

Governor Information 

Governor Structure and Attendance November 2021

Meeting Minutes 2021-2022

Governor Meeting Minutes July 2021

Governor Meeting Minutes May 2021

Governor Meeting Minutes March 2021

Governor Meeting Minutes February 2021

Governor Meeting Minutes December 2020

Governor Meeting Minutes July 2020

Previous Minutes



Governor Profiles

Mandy Watson

I am very pleased to have become the Chair of Governors at Newick. I have lived in the village for 15 years and have seen three of my grandchildren experiencing all the marvellous opportunities our school has provided for them. I look forward to seeing the school continuing to succeed and develop. I have spent many years as a teacher and Headteacher in England and in Africa and with five grandchildren now I have a special interest in education across all phases. Since 2016 I have worked as a Diocesan Senior Schools Improvement Advisor in Sussex. I was previously an Education Adviser in London for 13 years. I have been a school governor since 2006 in East Sussex and in London. My hobbies are walking, (preferably in the mountains or by the sea) and reading. I am particularly excited about our new school library project!

Chris Barnes

I have been a Governor at Newick since 2012, four years as a Parent Governor and three years as an Associate Governor.  Prior to my appointment as a school Governor I was Chairman of the Newick Pre-School. I have lived in the village for 12 years. I have three children the youngest of whom is at Newick School. My two eldest children also both went to Newick School where they had a fantastic time, they are now at local secondary schools. I'm an engineer by professional training and I'm currently the Chief Executive of a software and technology business in the transportation industry. As a result, I'm passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and how we inspire the next generation of children to follow careers in these subjects.

Sue Berry

My role is to build a strong governance function to support the Head and the executive team. I live in the village. All three of my children went to Newick School. I was also a Governor of Chailey School for six years. I trained as a teacher in the late 70s at a time when there were too many teachers. I then re-trained in HR. I have led the human resource function in several firms, heading up and driving organisational improvement and change across chemicals, aerospace, education and charities sectors in four continents. Currently I work as a management consultant. I am an alumna of Newcastle University, De Montfort University and the Open University in education, human resource management and psychology & economics. I am a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and have Qualified Teacher Status.

Jon Tivey

My primary role as a Parent Governor is to bring a parental perspective to the issues discussed within the Governing Board. Living in the village and with children at the school, I am wholly committed to helping the school continue to build a safe and creative learning environment that provides children with the opportunity to flourish personally as well as academically. Professionally I am both a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Environmentalist, and my experience of working in estates management and construction has proven invaluable in my role as Vice Chair to the Finance and Premises Committee, in addition to Health & Safety Lead Governor. As an active member of the community I am passionate about ensuring the work of the Governing Board and the profile of Governors is effectively communicated with parents and the wider community, and am always happy to have a chat.

Rob Boswell

Our three children loved their time at Newick C of E Primary school and being a governor allows me to give something back. I thoroughly enjoy being part of a Board of Governors which helps (and challenges) the School to continue to provide the same experience and opportunities for today's pupils. It is insightful to see the effort and dedication of the staff and the Parent Community to maintain the School's standards. My working background is in Finance and Property so the Finance Committee was the obvious sub-committee when I joined over 13 years ago - committee structures have evolved over time and I am Chair of the Resources (Finance, Premises & Personnel) Committee. In my spare time I play golf as much as possible and with a young golden retriever we spend a lot of time on Ashdown Forest.

Caroline Smith

I have lived in Newick for 40 years. I taught within the Primary Sector and in Special Education, including at Chailey Heritage. Our village is a special place and the school is an important part of that.  I go into school regularly to volunteer in class and attend collective worship. As well as being a Foundation Governor, I support St Marys Church as the Safeguarding Officer. I have a variety of other interests. I am a member of Newick Badminton Club, the Horticultural Society and Chailey Commons Society. Also, I enjoy walking and support Mid Sussex Healthy Walks, as a participant and Walk Leader.

Diane Reeds

I became a governor in January 2020 so I'm new to this exciting new role. I have been a teacher for 33 years. Firstly in Derbyshire, then moved to Newick 18 years ago where I then taught at Newick Primary School on a supply basis until my retirement 2 years ago. I got to know the school, staff and pupils very well and have seen many changes over the years. I have two daughters who both flourished at Newick. My eldest graduated from university and now has a wonderful job performing at Disneyland Paris. My youngest is currently in her 3rd year at Reading university. I love living in Newick and currently work part time in The Pantry. I am always wanting to support our local community was delighted to be appointed as a EYFS governor at the school.



Our governors attended Careers Day. They acted as the 'Dragons' for Year 6 Dragons' Den. The children gave presentations to the governors who had the difficult decision of whether to invest in their business idea.