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Governors

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:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 4 Co-opted Governors  
  • 4 Parent Governors 
  • 1 Local Authority Governor - vacancy
  • 1 Co-opted Governor vacancy

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.

Governor Details

Register of Governors' Business  and Pecuniary Interest 2020-21

Register of Governor Interests 2020-21

Name Nature of business/interest Details of other educational establishments they govern Any relationships between governors and school staff
Mrs Angela Daniels None None

None

Mrs Phillipa Mallett None None None
Mr Rob Corbett None None None
Mr Ritchard Burrows None None None
Mr Dave Birkenhead None None None
Mrs Debbie Williams None None None
Mrs Amanda Parsonage None None None
Ms Stacey Worsell None None None
Mr Glenn Meads None None None

Miss Malikah Mirza

None None None 
Dr Andrew Spiers None None None

 

Meet the Governors 

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

 

Rob Corbett
Headteacher

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 Mrs McManus, 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. 

Debbie Williams
Co-Opted Governor
Link Governor to Mr Hambllng, Director of Exams and Communications

I first started working at ICC as a Finance Assistant in January 2004, when my daughters were very young.  I feel like I’m ‘part of the woodwork’, as they are now 22 & 20!  I moved into the Bursar role in 2013 which widened my school financial knowledge, greatly.  I’ve now been in my current role as HR & Student Services Manager since 2015, where one of my responsibilities is to ensure that all appropriate recruitment checks are carried out thoroughly.  I joined the school’s Governing body as a Co-opted Governor representing Support Staff, in October 2017.  I feel the experience and knowledge I have gained during my years at ICC, enables me to make a valid contribution to the running of the school.

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.

Malikah Mirza
Parent Governor
Link Governor to Mrs Murphy-Dunne, Personal Development

Malikah is a mum of 3 children. After Malikah had her twin boy she faced many challenges getting the correct support need for their learning difficulties. Due to these challenging times Malikah took the opportunity to do a degree in Counselling and Communications Level 1,2 and 3 and English Level 1.  In her free time Malikah likes to socialize and help the community.

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.

Glenn Meads 
Parent Governor
Link Governor to Miss Jackson, SENCo and Inclusion

 

2020-21 Full Governing Body and Finance Committee Meeting Dates

Full Governors' Meetings

autumn

spring

summer

 

Thursdays 6pm

24th September

19th November

121st January 2021

11th March 2021

13th May 2021

17th June 2021

 

autumn

spring

summer

Finance Committee 

Meetings

Thursdays 6pm

12th November

4th March

6th 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 Rob Corbett
Mrs Angela Daniels
Mr Ritchard Burrows 
Dr Andrew Spiers 

Finance Committee Terms of Reference 2020-21

Governor Vacancies

Thank you for your interest,  we have one vacancy for a Local Authority Governor and one Co-opted Governor.  Please email clerk to the Governors on the above email address.