Welcome to a new school year, particularly to those pupils and their parents joining us for the first time, and also to the familiar faces returning.
The end of the 2019 / 20 school year presented many unique challenges, the presence of a global pandemic forced each of us to rethink what was ‘normal’ in the context of our social and economic lives. Naturally, for many of us, it is the education of our children that dictates the rhythm of our day to day activities; and this was disrupted in a profound way.
We’re pleased to say that the school has risen to meet the challenges presented to us and this school year begins with a unreserved thank you to the school teaching staff, the premises staff, the admin staff, the carers, the pupils themselves, and their parents. This is a thank you for the hard work, patience, understanding, flexibility and willingness to tackle the ‘unprecedented’ difficulties during March and subsequent months. It is their continued commitment to our partnership that reinforces the faith we have that any challenges can be overcome.
The school grounds have been transformed to meet the new guidelines and supporting routines put in place to strengthen the safety of all who enter the premises. With these in place the focus can, and rightly does, shift back the ensuring a good educational experience for the pupils.
We pride ourselves that the school community embody the ‘Thomas A Becket Way’, ‘to be the best we can be’. To achieve this, we are uncompromising in providing a unique, rich, broad and balanced curriculum which enables every child to shine and aspire to great things. We are mindful that this must now be balanced both with a sense of pragmatism and the spirit of resilience - promoted by the school’s Community programme and PSHE curriculum. We play an active part in our local community and work with many schools across all phases. We also seek out best practice nationally to continue to inform our ongoing improvement.
The responsibilities the Governing Body have towards the school remain the same; to monitor the work of the school and offer challenge and support where appropriate. The way in which we achieve this will differ slightly with a shift to virtual meetings and an increasing reliance on feedback over visits. We have confidence that the correct level of oversight can be maintained. Governors will also attend training and undergo mentoring programs to ensure they can fulfil their role with confidence and expertise.
We thank Felicity Field for her service to the Governing Body and hard work on the Premises Subcommittee last year and Charlie Jameson for her role as the wellbeing lead; both will be missed and we wish them well in their future endeavours. We look forward to having new governors on board and welcome the breadth of experience and views they will undoubtedly bring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.