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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
West Sussex RH11 0DB 

Email at  Alternatively letters can be posted to ICC where they be forwarded on to the Chair.

The Full Governing Body (FGB) consists of 12 Governors:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 5 Co-opted Governors  
  • 4 Parent Governors - 1 vacancy, see below for information
  • 1 Local Authority Governor - vacancy 

We warmly welcome Mr Samad Hussain, Co-opted Governor and Mr King Abeyie, Parent Governor to the governing body. 

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 Interest 2020-21

Register of Governor Interests 2020-21


Meet the Governors 

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


Rob Corbett

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 
Link to John Lowe, Health and Safety

For the past six years I has been one of 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
Link Governor to Mr Pittaway - Curriculum and Assessment

Amanda Parsonage
Parent Governor 
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 university to gain my degree and a PGCert in children mental health.

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

Stacey Worsell 
Parent Governor
Link Governor to Rob Corbett, Headteacher - Vision & Values, overall effectiveness, leadership and management, teaching staff 

Dr Andrew Spiers 
Co-Opted Governor
Vice Chair to the Governing Body 
Link Governor to Mrs McIver Wren, Deputy Headteacher - Quality of Teaching

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.

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

Andrew is married to Chrissie a retired University lecturer, and they live in the Ashdown Forest, enjoying their rural retreat.

2021-22 Full Governing Body and Finance Committee Meeting Dates

Full Governors' Meetings





Thursdays 6pm

30th September

11th November

20th January 2021

10th March 2021

12th May 2021

16th June 2021





Finance Committee 


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; we have one vacancy for a parent governor. Nominations are to be submitted by Tuesday 16th November 2021. 

Parent Letter
Nomination Form   
Disqualification Declation Form 

Interested in becoming a Governor, please see the following links. 

Becoming a school Governor
Your personal development and involvement in Governance