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Chair of Governors Welcome


Welcome to a new school year.  We would, in particular, like to welcome parents, carers and friends who are new to the TAB school community.


The year 2018/19 was a good one for the school.  OFSTED judged the school to be good, following its inspection of the school in December 2018, in a very pleasing report which was an excellent endorsement of the continuing hard work of everyone at the school.  This has enabled us to continue to concentrate on providing a full, rounded experience for all the children in our care, in a supportive and constructive environment.  The school continues to strive to improve standards even further within a broad and balanced curriculum.


We were very sorry to lose three governors last year, two who were at the end of their terms of office.  All of them made excellent contributions to the work of the Governing Body, but special thanks go to Sarah Bideleux who brought outstanding expertise to the role and was a very successful and energetic co-chair of the full governing body.  The essential way in which governors operate remains the same, but as always, adjustments will be made in the light of the skills and time available to the Governing Body as a whole. 


With the school leadership team, the governors set priorities for the year.  Governors are, bearing in mind their individual skill set, aligned with appropriate priorities in the school’s plan for the year.  The governors’ principal role is to monitor the work of the school and offer appropriate support and challenge. This is achieved mainly through focussed visits to the school and regular meetings.  Governors also attend and commission training to ensure they can fulfil their role with confidence and expertise.


We pride ourselves that staff and children embody the ‘Thomas A Becket Way’, ‘to be the best we can’. 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 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.


We continue to focus on developing articulate, confident and independent learners and seek to ensure that our unique curriculum offer continues to develop. You will be aware that school finances particularly in West Sussex continue to present challenges. However, despite this we work very hard to ensure that we can still provide the best possible learning opportunities for your children.


As governors, we have great faith in the school leaders, teachers and support staff at Thomas A Becket Junior.  We are proud of the whole school community and would like to thank the children, staff, parents, carers and Friends of the School for your continued commitment to our partnership.


Best wishes


Jane Evea and Peter May

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.

Hannah 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.

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.

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.

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.

Paul 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.

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.