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The Governing Body at Ifield Community College


Angela Daniels is the Chair of Governors and can be contacted by email at  Alternatively letters can be posted to ICC where they be forwarded on to Mrs Angela Daniels,  Chair to Governors. 

The Full Governing Body (FGB) consists of 12 Governors and one Associated Member:

  • 4 Parent Governors ( There are currently two positions vacant)
  • 2 Staff Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (Vacant, pending on the decison of West Sussex County Council)
  • 5 Co-opted Governors 
  • 1 Associated Member

 There are 11 meetings throughout the academic year, with additional meetings as necessary. In addition there is a Finance Committee which meets four times a year. 

 What is the role of the Governing Body

The governing body is responsible for overseeing the conduct of the school.  It is the school’s accountable body who work with the Principal on the following: 

  • ​Provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and performance manages the Headteacher, agreeing the school development plan which includes setting targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures
  • Monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Principal, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school development plan
  • Reviews the school self-evaluation process and actively participates in the school development plan and any Ofsted reports. In addition it holds the Principal  to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available when required
  • For governors gain knowledge of how the school operates they need to receive training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know the school community, for example through visits to the school during the school day
  • Governors work together as a team, under the leadership of the Chair of the Governing body. All of our governors are required to adhere to a Code of practice.


 Governor Details

Governor Personal Statements 



Angela Daniels -  Chair of Governoring Body

Co-Opted Governor

Area of responsibility - Safeguarding

Also on the Finance Commitee


Mr Rob Corbett - Principal

Staff Governor

Also on Finance Committee 

I have been Principal at ICC since September 2014 and absolutely love my work here.
I was previously Headteacher at Tideway School (now Seahaven Academy) in Newhaven for five years, Deputy Headteacher at Oakmeeds Community College in Burgess Hill (now Burgess Hill Academy) for six years and was Assistant Headteacher at Woodbridge High School in north-east London for three years. All were diverse, co-educational comprehensives giving me a wide range of senior leadership experience. I had worked at two other London Schools prior to these teaching Maths and Physics.
I have worked, almost continually, with governing bodies since 1998 when I was elected staff governor at Shene School where I was the Head of Maths. Experiencing school governance at four previous schools has helped shape the approach we have taken to governance at Ifield to ensure the governing body hold the staff, particularly myself, to account for the schools' work.  We strive to ensure the governing body has all the information and contact it needs to do so efficiently and effectively.
In September 2014 the school was in a difficult situation and I am very grateful to all the governors who have been involved in seeing it's improvement to be a successful school which secures good progress for all our students. We continue to strive to improve further.

Shahbaz Hussain - Parent Governor 

Area of responsibility - Quality of Teaching

4 year term of office, expires 9th June 2018

Chair of the Finance Committee


Micheal Peters - Parent Governor

Area of responsibility  - Assessment, Reporting and recording

4 year term of office, expires 7th February 2021


Ritchard Burrows - Co-Opted Governor

Area of responsibility - Outcomes

4 year term of office, expires 28th April 2019 

Also on the Finance Committee

 I am a branch manager with Barclays. It is through Barclays commitment to supporting schools that I was introduced to ICC, despite living in Crawley since I was 12. I'm proud to have been a governor since 2015, and look forward to helping the college develop and evolve. 

Justin Mitchell - Co-Opted Governor

Area of responsibility - Business Manager

4 year term of office, expires 14th January 2020

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor on 14 January 2016. I am a Chartered Engineer working in IT and Electronics in London and I support the school in its STEM subjects. I am the governor liaison with the school business manager and before that I was the governor liaison for attendance. I know the importance of ensuring every student gets a good education and preparing them for adult life.

Dr Graeme Pedlingham - Co-Opted Governor

Area of responsibility - Sixth Form 

4 year term of office, expires 11th October 2020

I am a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sussex.I am Head of the Sussex Foundation Years programme across most subject areas at the University, as well as being a Director of Recruitment and Admissions. I have worked with a number of educational charities and taught in a range of secondary school settings throughout London and the South-East. I am currently leading projects on increasing access to Higher Education, supporting students with mental health difficulties through teaching, and managing student transitions.

Having lived in West Sussex almost all of my life, and with strong personal and professional links to the area, I am delighted to be able to contribute to the supportive, positive and successful environment at ICC for students and the wider school community. My interests include cricket and late-nineteenth century literature.'


Dave Birkenhead - Staff Governor

Area of responssibilty - Health and Safety

4 year term of office, expires 1st July 2018

I have been a member of staff at ICC since 2004, both as a geography teacher and now in the science department. This is my first term as a governor, and I currently am responsible for health and safety; as well as monitoring off site visits on behalf of the governing body.

As well as being a follower of Crawley Town Football Club, I am also treasurer for Horsham Fairtrade Steering Committee.

Debbie Williams - Co-opted Governor

4 year term of office, expires 5th October 2021


I have been a member of staff at ICC since November 2002, where I was first employed in the Adult Education Centre in the evenings, while my two daughters were young.  In January 2004, I joined the Support Staff team, becoming a Finance Assistant in the school office & then gaining promotion to Bursar in September 2013.  In September 2015, I became HR & Student Services Manager, dealing with advertising our vacancies, new recruits & those staff who leave us for pastures new.  This is my first term as a Co-opted governor, & I am excited & proud to become more involved.

As well as being a busy mum, I like to go to the gym regularly & I also enjoy running, although I think my marathon days are now over!


Morag Knox-Crawford

Associate member - non voting

  Two Parent Governor Vacancies


 2017-18 Meeting Dates


  Autumn Spring Summer

Full Governors' Meetings

Thursdays 6pm

7th September

5th October

2nd November

7th December

4th January

1st February

1st March

19th April

3rd May

7th June

5th July


 Finance Committee and Terms of Reference

In addition to the Full Governoring Body meetings there is a Finance Committee which meets four times a year.

Finance Committee
Mr Shahbaz Hussain (Chair)
Mr Rob Corbett
Mrs Angela Daniels
Mr Ritchard Burrows 



Finance Commitee Terms of Reference


Not less than three Governors, plus the Principal. In addition, the Chairman of Governors shall be a member ex-officio (i.e. by virtue of the office), with the right to vote.


Three governors. In the absence of the Principal, his/her representative may attend as adviser/observer.


Not less than once per term.

Terms of Reference:

The committee will be generally responsible for advising the governing body on all financial matters, including the monitoring of those delegated to the Principal. Specifically, the committee will be responsible for the following:

1. Draw up annually a three-year financial strategy, having particular regard to the IPD.

2. Prepare a draft three-year budget plan for the approval of the Governing Body.

3. Approve arrangements for the audit of funds received other that for the LA.

4. Advise the governing body of any matters arising from the audit of the college’s accounts

5. Generally monitor the college budget

6. Liaise with the Staffing Committee as necessary

7. Advise the governing body as necessary on any other financial matters

Click here for a printable copy.

If you wish to contact a member of the governing body or have a general enquiry then contact the Clerk to the Governors, Ms Brown at 

If you are interested in becoming a Governor please see our current vacancies, click here.