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Chair of Governors Welcome


Welcome to the new school year and an especial welcome to new parents, carers and friends joining our school community.


2017/18 was a busy and successful year. With an ever- present focus on school improvement, we recognise that at Thomas A Becket Junior we are very fortunate to have a dedicated and professional staff who, with the children, have worked tirelessly resulting in good progress throughout the school and in the statutory tests. We are very pleased that the recent HMI visit recognised the good progress that has been made.


Last year we welcomed three new governors to our Governing Body whose skills complement our team. On the school website you will find the current structure. As a leadership team we identified the key priorities for improvement and as a result, each governor is closely aligned to an area of focus making best use of their skills. Each of our visits and meetings is organised to ensure effective monitoring, appropriate support and challenge. Governors have both attended and commissioned training courses to ensure we are well equipped to fulfil our governing role both confidently and competently.


We pride ourselves that all staff and children embody the ‘Thomas A Becket Way’ that is ‘to be the best you can be’. To achieve this, we are uncompromising in providing a unique, rich, broad and balanced curriculum which allows every child to shine and aspire to great things. We play an active part in our local community and work with many schools across the phases. We have also sought out best practice nationally to continue to inform our ongoing improvement.


As we move into the new school year, we continue our focus on developing articulate, confident and independent learners. We are proud of the unique offer of the curriculum and have taken steps to ensure that this offer continues to develop.


As you are aware from both local and national news, school finances continue to present challenges. However, you can be assured that we are working extremely hard to provide the best possible learning opportunities for your children.


As governors, we feel very proud of the whole school community at TAB and would like to say a personal thank you to children, staff, parents, carers and Friends of the School for your continued commitment to our partnership.


We currently have a vacancy for a governor, preferably with law or HR experience. If you are interested , please contact the school office.


Best wishes


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 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.

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.

Charlotte Jameson

I qualified as a teacher in 2001 and joined the teaching team at Thomas A Becket Junior School when we moved to Worthing in 2013. I have 3 children - 15, 11 and 8. All three of our children have hugely benefited from the expertise, nurture and experience at the school and I am always proud to say I teach at TAB. I am passionate about both building community and embracing challenge and seek to do this both in and out of school, through projects I create or get involved in. As staff governor, it is my hope that I will be an effective bridge and am committed to do whatever I can to ensure the well-being, success and sense of achievement for all.

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.