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Chair of Governors Welcome


A big welcome to all of those starting the 2021/22 school year – and a warm welcome back to returning students.


Last year was in many ways the most challenging and strangest year we have seen – this was certainly true in the educational setting and we have no doubt this is also true for many of you in a professional and personal sense.


We ended last year with the annual award ceremony for the Year 6 pupils leaving the school. A chance for the pupils to recognise each other’s individual achievements and celebrate their experiences as a group. An opportunity for the teachers to say farewell to those they’ve helped shape throughout their journey at the school.


Except this year’s ceremony was different; two of the five classes had confirmed cases and needed to isolate away from the school. It didn’t stop them joining in the celebrations (they dialled in virtually and appeared on a big screen!) but it does demonstrate rather well the opposing themes present throughout the year. Hardship and adversity inconveniencing us on the one hand, and hope and progress despite this on the other.


We hope this coming year presents a return to normality when we hope to see the return of clubs and activities that help so much to enrich the school life of both the pupils and supporting adults. We hope, as governors, to be present in the school again so that we can monitor the school in the most effective manner and provide challenge and support where appropriate.


We do hope for these things, but experience has also shown us that all TAB school staff; the parents and the pupils, will more than embrace any challenge that arises – they will embrace it with the spirit of resilience we promote in our ‘Thomas A Becket Way’.


We thank the entire school community for the hard work that they have put in over the last year. From the governing body we thank Mark Scott for his service to Maths and STEM subjects, we thank Mark Smitherman for his long service to Premises (amongst other roles) and we thank Imran Rafiq for his role as our Local Authority governor. We thank the entire governing body for the continued effort they give to their roles.


We look forward to seeing new faces (in person!) and welcome any applications from those interested in contributing their skills and experience to the Governing Body or the Friends of the School. For further information please contact Michelle Mayes who is clerk to the Governing Body:


Best wishes


Jane Evea and James Lloyd

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', 'Pupil Performance' and 'Teaching and Learning'.  Governors sit on one or more committees and the full governing body and committees meet every term.

Photo of GovernorHannah Ball

I am Head of a Further Education team within the Department for Education, working with colleges and training providers across Sussex and Kent.  I joined the Governing Body in November 2019 but my connection to TAB Junior began in 2014 when my son moved up from the Infant school, with my daughter following two years later.  Both of my children have now moved onto secondary school but I wasn't quite ready to leave!  I am looking forward to using my experience as a parent and of working within the wider education sector to support the school.

Gemma Childe

I am a new parent governor but started life at TAB Junior back in 2012 when we relocated to Worthing from Berkshire. My three children have settled well into junior school life over the years, and I would now like to give something back to the school: my time and dedication.

My youngest daughter has just started Year 3 and I look forward to being ever present at the school and getting involved as much as possible. I work as a freelance copywriter and proof-reader and hope that my communication skills, enthusiasm and support will help the school to continue to flourish.

Outside of TAB Junior, you will find me in the sea all through the winter. I’m the one wearing a bright pink bobble hat…

Tamsin Cornwall

I am a Public Health Specialist working within the Local Authority where I lead on prevention and wellbeing services within the community. I am not from Worthing, so as a parent navigating a large school like TAB Junior this has felt very different from how I grew up in a small village, although the sense of community is just as strong! I am looking forward to representing all parents across the school

Photo of GovernorJessica Craft

I took on the role of staff governor in September 2020. I have worked at Thomas A Becket Junior since 2017 and worked within schools in the West Sussex area since 2014. I studied my degree in Primary Education and Teaching with a Citizenship specialism (with QTS) at Chichester University. I have a keen interest in teaching and learning and developing this within the school. I hope to bring the staff perspective of a current class teacher to the governing body.

Photo of GovernorJane 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.

Photo of HeadteacherJohn 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 1996, 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.                                                                                                

Photo of GovernorJo 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.

Photo of Governor

Alex Jones

My son Samuel is in Year 3, and my youngest son William attends TAB Infant School. I grew up in Worthing and attended TAB Junior School when it was TAB Middle School. I run my own solicitors firm specialising in Employment Law, advising both employees and business. I have sat on and chaired committees relating to Employment Law at a national level, and bring local knowledge, business and legal experience to the role.


Candice Lloyd

I am delighted to be a Governor for Thomas A Becket Junior School. As a parent, I have seen how well my children have developed during their time and everything that the school embodies, and I look forward to bringing my experience and passion to the school.

I have been teaching since 2017, working at a local primary school. I have a keen interest in the curriculum taught and the inclusion of all pupils.

Photo of GovernorJames Lloyd - Co-chair

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.

Photo of GovernorLiz 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.

Photo of GovernorPeter 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.

Photo of GovernorPaul Ollerton

I am a new Parent Governor, joining the team in November 2019. My youngest son is currently in year 4 at TAB. I have three other children and one step-daughter. For the last 4 years, I have run a local financial services firm based in Worthing, and prior to this enjoyed a long career in corporate companies, mainly within Management and Sales/Marketing. My experiences throughout my life have set me up well to take on the role of a school governor, having a broad range of experience. I have decided to become a governor so that I can use my experience to benefit the team at TAB, particularly from a commercial and financial perspective.

Annabelle Payne

I have worked as a teacher and SENDCO/senior leader in several West Sussex schools since 2003. I am currently teaching in a local primary school and work at a local University, training future teachers. I enjoy working with a range of primary, infant, junior and special schools, supporting students on their journey to become a teacher.  I have a particular passion for supporting children with SEND to achieve and flourish. I hope to bring my skills and experience to the governing body of TAB, to help the school continue to build upon previous success.

Photo of GovernorJoe Todd

I have been living in Worthing since I was 8 years old and am passionate about education in West Sussex.  My daughter has just started in year 3 and I am currently deputy headteacher in Lancing.  I love spending time with my family, playing golf and coaching Sussex representative football.  I can't wait to begin as a parent governor at Thomas a Becket and will give my all to help the school succeed.  I am looking forward to working with all the stakeholders of the school, and to make the experience for the children the best it can possibly be.

Photo of GovernorRyan 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 English 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.

Associate Members

Zoe Borley

I qualified as a teacher in 2000, and taught predominantly KS2 pupils in a two-form entry primary school where I also developed my subject leadership experience.  In 2007, I joined Thomas A Becket Middle (now Junior) school as Y7 leader.  Since 2010 I have been part of the school senior leadership team as assistant head teacher with a variety of whole school leadership responsibilities including attendance, data and assessment, curriculum and continued professional development.  I am committed and enthusiastic to be part of the journey of ensuring pupils and staff can be the best they can be and I enjoy working with the governors to help bring about school change and improvement in children’s lives. 

Cathryn Jeffery 

I am Head of HR at Southern Water leading the HR Business Partner team and managing all employee relations.  I joined the TAB Governing Body in March 2019 and I was already very familiar with the school – my daughter now 14 had many happy years at TAB and my son is now in Year 6.  I am sure that my 20 years of HR experience will support the Governors when navigating people related issues.

Sandie Saunders

I have been teaching for a number of years and in different settings in West Sussex including a First and Middle School, an Infant School and a Primary School. I spent 5 years working for West Sussex Special Educational Needs Support Service in an advisory and assessment role before returning to work in a school as a SENDCo/Inclusion Manager, and then joined TAB in 2009. I am passionate about providing holistic, bespoke support for children with additional needs, those who are more vulnerable and whose mental health and wellbeing has been impacted by whatever circumstances in their lives. I love working at TAB with such an amazing group of colleagues and am very proud to be a member of                                             the TAB team.  

Karen Wise

I have been at Thomas A Becket Junior School since September 2000, having previously taught in schools in London and Manchester. I started as a class teacher, then moved to being a subject leader, then year leader and finally I am proud to say Assistant Headteacher. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and consider it to be a very nurturing, inspiring and forward thinking environment. My three children all experienced the delights of TAB Junior and look back at their time here with fond memories. I hope to one day see my grandchildren journey through the school too! I am committed to ensuring that the children at TAB Junior get a complete, rounded education that sets them up for life not only in an academic sense but also in developing positive values of  relationships, respect and resilience. 

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.