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Governance

The Governing Body at Ifield Community College

All Governors including Angela Daniels, Chair of Governors can be reached by using the following contact details:

Ms C Brown
Clerk to the Governing Body
C/O Ifield Community College
Crawley Avenue
Crawley
West Sussex RH11 0DB 

Email at ClerktoGovernors@ifieldcc.co.uk  Alternatively letters can be posted to ICC where they be forwarded on to the Chair.

The Full Governing Body (FGB) consists of 12 Governors and 1 Associate Governor:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 5 Co-opted Governors - 1 vacancy 
  • 4 Parent Governors - 
  • 1 Local Authority Governor 
  • 1 Associate Governor - Richard Boyle

There are six meetings throughout the academic year, with additional meetings as necessary. In addition, there is a Finance Committee which meets three times a year and a Pay Committee which meets once a year. 

What is the role of the Governing Body

School governors are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education within a safe, stimulating and highly professional environment.

To ensure effective governance we focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • 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 Headteacher, 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 Headteacher 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.

Register of Governors' Business  and Pecuniary Interests 2021-22 

Governor name and post Register of Business (or Pecuniary) Interests Declarations

Rob Corbett,

Headteacher

None

Angela Daniels, 

Chair of Governors

None

Andrew Spiers,

Vice Chair of Governors

None 

Dave Birkenhead, 

Staff Governor

None

Ritchard Burrows,

Co-Opted Governor

None

Amanda Parsonage,

Parent Governor

None

Samad Hussain, 

Co-Opted Governor

None

King Abeyie,

Parent Governor

None

Simon Gaule, 

Co-Opted Governor

None

Charlie Bright,

Parent Governor

None

Meet the Governors 

Angela Daniels 
Co-Opted Governor and Chair to the Governing Body
Finance Committee Member
Link Governor to Mr Laundon, Safeguarding

Awaiting personal statement 

Rob Corbett
Headteacher
Finance Committee Member
Member of the Health & Safety Working Party

I am Rob Corbett, Headteacher here at ICC. I started in September 2014 and have loved being part of this fantastic school community.

I was previously Headteacher at Tideway School in Newhaven for five years and Deputy Headteacher at Oakmeeds School in Burgess Hill with all my experience previous to that in London schools. I have a firm belief in education serving the local community and we strive to be the school of choice for local parents.

I believe schools should be a warm, welcoming and positive environment where students are supported and encouraged and there is honest, open dialogue with parents. I strive at all times to do the very best for the students here both now and for their futures.

David Birkenhead
Staff Governor & Health and Safety Governor
Link Governor to Paul Hambling, Director of Exams and Communication
Chair of the Health & Safety Working Party

I am the staff representatives on the board of governors. I joined the geography department of ICC in 2004, and later moved across to my current position in science 4 years ago. 

I am one of ICC's qualified mindfulness practitioners and has taken an active role in an Oxford University study to look at the mental well-being of teenagers. 

I am the lead ICC representative on the Ardingly Ifield Solar project that has seen the team travel to Belgium, France and Australia. This has involved building a solar-powered car every Saturday with some of our students. They are currently designing a flat pack car for use in developing countries. 

I live locally and i believe strongly in the community aspect of ICC. I can be seen walking his dog in the many green spaces in and around Crawley. 

Ritchard Burrows
Co-Opted Governor
Finance Committee Member 
Link Governor to Mr Pittaway, Assistant Headteacher - Curriculum and Assessment

Amanda Parsonage
Parent Governor 
Member of the Health & Safety Working Party 
Link Governor to Mr Ward, Director of Sixth Form

I have been a parent governor at ICC since 2019. I was born in Crawley and have lived here all my life. I have two children at ICC and one due to start in Sept 2020.

I have worked in both primary and secondary schools and have recently graduated from university to gain my degree and a PG Cert in children mental health.

My hobbies include drawing, running and taking my two dogs out for walks.

Dr Andrew Spiers 
Co-Opted Governor
Vice Chair to the Governing Body 
Finance Committee Member 
Member of the Health & Safety Working Party 
Link Governor to Mrs McIver-Wren, Deputy Headteacher - Quality of Education, Teaching & Learning

Andrew is a retired Director of Science & Technology at Ardingly College and now helps manage the Ardingly-Ifield Solar Car project. This is a collaboration between the two schools, building solar cars. Initially the cars were raced across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide in 2015 and latterly the team competed again in 2019. Now the team are building a solar powered car supplied as a flat pack and able to provide off grid electricity.

I was educated at King’s College, University of London obtaining a degree in Chemistry and after passing examinations in theology becoming an Associate of King’s College. Iwas awarded a tutorial scholarship obtaining a PhD in Physical Chemistry. I then joined GEC (Hirst) running a research group developing radiation hard integrated circuits for military and space applications. During this time, I was an advisor to the Government’s Alvey initiative overseeing four research projects at Cambridge, Oxford, King’s and Ulster universities. After leaving GEC I ran several major overseas high-tech construction projects for the Overseas Marketing Corporation, before setting up my own company designing and supplying equipment for the pharmaceutical and high vacuum industries. After the birth of my second child I retrained as a teacher obtaining my PGCE from Sussex University. I joined Ardingly College as Head of Physics becoming Director of Science and Technology in 2013. In my tenure the number of science lessons increased by over 50% and I had a dramatic effect on improving results and increasing the number of students studying science.I was awarded STEM teacher of the year in 2016 and was honoured with an MBE for ‘services to education’ in 2018, an award for which I was nominated by his students.

Samad Hussain
Co-Opted Governor 
Finance Committee Member - Chair 
Link Governor to Judith McManus, Business Manager

I am part of senior management in a large organisation that provides audit and other professional services to government departments. In my current role as well as my role on governing body, I remain eager to contribute to society and am determined to enable the best use of public money.

I am able to bring my experience of communication and interaction at senior stakeholder level in large organisations, and I am confident that my skill set is valuable to the governance framework and processes at schools. I am highly experienced in Audit, Finance and Accountancy, which will allow me to assist with audit and financial matters from a governance perspective. I am also experienced in information technology and its wider implications to businesses and organisations, skills that I feel will help me contribute to discussions about how ongoing or planned IT system implementations may be suited to the specific circumstances of an educational institution.

The pandemic has changed, at least temporarily, the way that educational institutions operate and there are varying implications on children and different households. I am excited, in these testing times, to support the educational staff and help improve the processes and systems that will pave the way in applying the most effective methods of educating our young.

King Abeyie 
Parent Governor
Link Governor to Rob Corbett, Headteacher - Overall effectiveness, Leadership and Management

My eldest child recently joined ICC, and I’m hoping to use my experience as a Civil Servant to support, challenge and drive ICC to become an excellent school. Alongside my day job, I also Chair my Departments Social Mobility Network with the aim of providing opportunities for those in the most deprived places across the UK. I have over 10 years’ experience in finance, telecoms and retail industries. With that said, I don’t think I have any special skills beyond an ability to make time, a willingness to listen, learn and a focus on delivering continuous improvement. I would genuinely relish the opportunity to contribute to ICC and the wider community. 

Simon Gaule
Co-Opted Governor
Member of the Health & Safety Working Party
Link Governor to John Lowe, Assistant Headteacher - Staff Development & Wellbeing

As a father of three and having lived in Crawley since I was eleven. I attended Ifield Community College as a student, as have all my children and have witnessed the growth and improvement.

Having worked within a number of professional roles including the Care industry, security and as a joiner I feel I bring a breadth of knowledge across a diverse social and ethical background.

Currently, I work at ICC, as the Cover Coordinator and have an in–depth understanding of how the school and staff operate. I am committed to improving the education and welfare of all pupils and staff as well as to equal opportunities and the promotion of diversity at ICC. 

I am privileged to be involved with the award-winning (TES) Solar car project. Helping students to work on car in question, taken students abroad and recently a tour of our country. Most recently hosting an inaugural, prestigious car rally here at ICC.

I am passionate about my community and the future of the next generation. I believe that, now more than ever, the future is uncertain and the youth of today will shape the world of tomorrow. To be a part of that process here at ICC and help both the individual and the collective to achieve, would be an exciting honour.

Charlie Bright
Parent Governor
Link Governor to Elaine Murphy-Dunn, Assistant Headteacher -Personal Development. 

I am a trustworthy person who is eager to learn new skills. I am into my seventeenth year of my railway career, working for Southern and now Gatwick Express. 

My hobbies include football coaching, where I am currently the manager/coach for Redhill u-18's. I am very passionate to help young people and help guide them on the right path. 

Along with my coaching I have been a member for the Redhill Football Club Committee for the last seven years, undertaking many roles and responsibilities meaning I have some idea on how meetings and working parties work. 

I am very keen in helping shape the future of the school, with Mia and other family members at ICC and being a former pupil myself. 

2021-22 Full Governing Body and Finance Committee Meeting Dates

Full Governors' Meetings

autumn

spring

summer

 

Thursdays 6pm

30th September

11th November

20th January 2021

10th March 2021

12th May 2021

16th June 2021

 

autumn

spring

summer

Finance Committee 

Meetings

Thursdays 5:30pm

4th November

12th January

2nd March

4th May

Finance Committee and Terms of Reference

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

Finance Committee (3 governors are required for the meeting to be quorate).

Mr Samad Hussain - Chair 
Mr Rob Corbett
Mrs Angela Daniels
Mr Ritchard Burrows 
Dr Andrew Spiers 

Finance Committee Terms of Reference 2021-22

Governor Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in the governing body at ICC, at present there two vacancies. 

1. Parent Governor 

Letter 
Nomination Form 
Disqualification Form 

2. Local Authority Governor. For more information, please email the Clerk to the Governors  at ClerktoGovernors@ifieldcc.co.uk

For more information if are interested in becoming a Governor, please see the following links. 

Becoming a school Governor
So you want to a school Governor?
Your personal development and involvement in Governance