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Chair of Governors Welcome


It is our pleasure, on behalf of the Governing Body, to welcome you to Thomas A Becket Junior School. We hope you take a moment to look through our website to see a small showcase of the wonderful and varied school life that all TAB pupils enjoy.    


Our aim is to help TAB children develop into happy and confident individuals; with lively and enquiring minds; and a secure, developing understanding of the world in which they live.


As a Governing Body, it is our responsibility to ensure the teaching and learning at the school is the best it can be.   We have a wide background of skills, experience and expertise and we all share the primary objective to provide the best opportunities for every child in the school.  


We strive to support the whole school community in its quest to continually improve and our statutory responsibility involves us in the conduct of the school ensuring  there is financial control and that funds are used in the most effective and efficient way.


We pride ourselves in how well we know our school, we like to involve ourselves in TAB life and if visiting the school you may see Governors in classrooms; talking with children; meeting with staff; or helping on school trips.  This involvement enriches our understanding and helps us make the decisions we need to make to support the school in its mission to be the best it can be.


We hope you will have seen on the website a glimpse of the dedicated team at Thomas A Becket Junior School who enable the children to have a happy and fulfilling time whilst with us.  We join John Gadd in welcoming you to visit us, should you wish, to see it for yourselves.


Sarah Bideleux and Jane Evea

Co-Chairs of Governors 


The role of the governors is to oversee the management of the school.  The members of the governing body are drawn from parents and the wider community.  The skills and expertise of the individuals are used to the full in their roles within the governing body, which is made up of three different committees, each overseeing specific areas of school management. 

Currently the committees are 'Finance, Premises and Personnel' and 'Teaching and Learning'.  Governors sit on one or more committees and the full governing body and committees meet every term.

Sarah Bideleux - Co-chair

I have always had a keen interest in Education and in 2008 my career took a different direction when I joined West Sussex County Council, supporting the Learning Service. I became a Parent Governor in 2009 when my son joined TAB. When both my children had moved on, I chose to stay as co-opted governor. Now as joint Chair of Governors, I feel it is the responsibility of the Governors to ensure the learning environment is safe and stretches the pupils to be the best they can be and prepare them for their educational futures.

Jane Evea - Co-chair

My whole career has been in education as a teacher, senior leader, Local Education adviser and consultant. My leisure time is spent with my family and friends or going to the theatre, travelling, reading or gardening. I feel privileged to be Co-Chair of governors at Thomas A Becket and to be working with such a talented team who are determined to ensure that all the children have the best of all opportunities while at school.

Lloyd Mitchell - Vice Chair

Having been an ex pupil at the school when it was a middle school in the 80's, I went on to get a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering, and currently work as a Senior Design engineer at a company that produce high precision high voltage power supplies for use in scientific and medical instrumentation.

I have been a governor at the school since 2010 and been Vice Chair since 2014.

Paul Davies

I have been a resident of Worthing for 17 years and currently have a daughter at TAB. I work as an Account Director for an IT Services provider in Brighton. My primary reason for becoming a Governor was to give back to the community I live in, as I firmly believe that a great local school provides the foundation for a great local community. Away from work, I enjoy simple pleasures such as walking the dog on the Downs, cooking (and eating) and spending time with family and friends wherever possible.

Fliss Field

I am a Parent Governor and currently have a daughter at TAB. I run a building company and a heating and plumbing company and my experiences in these fields can assist with matters related to these areas and the premises by giving impartial advice. My background was in Theatre and Events Management for many years, so I have a massive interest in the arts and supporting creativity. I became a governor to get another perspective on the schools business and I felt that I could help and support them. As link governor, I am also responsible for ensuring that the governors training is relevant and up to date.

John Gadd

I qualified as a teacher in 1984, and worked in 3 Surrey First & Middle Schools as a Class Teacher, and variously as Geography, Science & PE Subject Leader. My class teaching experiences range from Reception to Year 7 aged children. I first became a school governor in Surrey in January 1991. My MA(Ed) Masters’ degree, completed in 1993, focused on the working practices of highly successful Governing Bodies. I have been a Headteacher since 1998, leading Handcross Primary, Southwater Junior, & TAB Middle (now Junior) since 2008. During that time I have also been a Local Leader of Education supporting other schools, a Professional Partner mentoring new Headteachers, and a consultant for a variety of school improvement projects, both locally and nationally, as well as sitting on a number of different West Sussex consultative groups.

James Garner

I qualified as a teacher in 2004 and was appointed as an NQT and PE co-ordinator at West Park First and Middle School, where I taught for 7 years.

I was approached about a vacancy at TAB and fell in love with the school. I was John (Gadd’s) first appointment as head at TAB. When I heard about the post of Staff Governor, I was very keen to get on board in order to improve my understanding of how the school was led and how important decisions are made. I am now Assistant Headteacher for Upper School.

Jo Gilham

I’m a Mum to two children at TAB, so I bring a parent’s perspective on the pressures that come with trying to keep up with spellings, tables, homework, reading, clubs and classroom friendships. My background is in Public Relations; I’ve worked in-house and as a consultant for 16 years. I love writing and story-telling; it’s the bread and butter of what I do. I hope my passion for words will prove to be useful to TAB.

James Lloyd

As a parent I have a vested interest in seeing the school succeed. With a career straddling finance/IT and data science I believe I can add real value to the team and provide solid support to the pupil’s learning experience at Thomas A Becket.

Liz Maguire

I retired from teaching six years ago when my first grandchild was born. In my teaching career I have held posts of responsibility pastorally as Head of House and have been subject team leader for Food Technology and Health and Social Care. The last twenty years of my teaching career was at Steyning Grammar School where I taught mainly examination groups in the Upper School. I have a strong interest in Food and Nutrition and practical based activities and as the mother of a child with a disability I have personal experience and interest in inclusion and SEN provision.

Peter May

I was a teacher in 11-18 secondary schools for 36 years, 18 of those years as a headteacher in two different schools. As a National Leader of Education and then in retirement as a consultant/advisor I also spent time in a significant number of schools seeing a whole range of practice. I feel I have a range of skills and experience that could be useful to the school and the Governing Body.

Imran Rafiq

I am Deputy Head (Quality Assurance and Enhancement) within the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton. I have been a parent governor of primary schools in Surrey, and Brighton and Hove before moving into Worthing in 2014. The above teaching, management, and leadership experiences have helped me pick up skills useful for the school leadership. I am glad to be part of this community rich school to ensure the community children receive the same / improve standards of education as received by my children before moving to secondary school.

Mark Scott

I decided that it was time to give something back to the school for looking after me many years ago and for giving my daughter Georgia a great start. I am a leader at the 8th Worthing Sea Scouts and I have seen young people grow, thrive against challenges and flourish into great adults. During my working day I am the Procurement Manager for Ricardo UK over in Shoreham. Part of my work as governor includes being the liaison between Ricardo, Ryan Watson and the TABinator team with some engineering assistance being provided from Ricardo. They can win, Go TABinator!

Mark Smitheman

I am delighted to be a School Governor here at TAB Junior as I have both current and historic links to the school. I am now a stay-at-home Dad, but have had a varied working life, being a Pharmacy Technician, working in sales and marketing and most recently as a driving instructor. My personal interests include a life-long love of music, animals and nature, computing/coding and anything to do with cars. These very different careers and interests have given me a wealth of experience and knowledge, much of which I can use in my role as a Governor to the benefit of the school.

Ryan Watson

My career at Thomas A Becket Junior began in 2012 when I was appointed as a class teacher. I have particularly enjoyed sharing my interests in reading and writing with the pupils. I am technology subject leader & run a competitive go-karting club. I became a governor in the summer of 2014 and have certainly enjoyed the challenge presented by the role. I am fully committed to serving the school community in which I work and aim to support the governing body by offering the perspective of a practising class teacher.

If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact the clerk via e-mail and also take a look at the 'Governor: Qualifications and Disqualifications' PDF below.