Slinfold CE Primary School and Pre-School

Caring for each other, learning from each other, achieving with each other…guided by God

Meet the Governors

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

As Chair of Governors, I would like to thank you for your interest in Slinfold Church of England Primary School and Pre-School. Our vibrant and successful school is set in the heart of this attractive West Sussex village and is the focal point for several community events including our annual Summer Fair, held in May. Our ethos is firmly grounded in Christianity and we enjoy strong links with St Peter's Church and Rev. Sandra, who holds a weekly worship for all classes.

The school is lucky to benefit from extensive grounds, including a wonderful environmental area, where we run our Forest School programme for all pupils with a dedicated, trained practitioner.

We pride ourselves in treating all children as individuals and really strive to get the best from every pupil. We are small enough to know and value every child and encourage them to aim high in all areas of the curriculum, whether that be athletics, algebra or art! Everyone can excel at something and we endeavour to uncover the talents of every child and enable them to flourish.

We also have a thriving Pre-School on site which shares our facilities. This close physical relationship ensures excellent communication between staff, making the transition to Reception seamless and easy for the youngers children.

I look forward to welcoming you and your family to our school so please come and visit us to find out more and meet our staff and children.

Sarah Elphick, Chair of Governors.


What is a Governing Body?

The Government requires that each school has a management team known as a governing body. This team is made up of the various stakeholders that the school serves (parents, local authority, staff, diocese and community). Governors are either elected or appointed, e.g. parent governors are elected from the parent body; the local authority appoints LA governors, the governing body appoints community governors and foundation governors are elected by the diocese.


The Governing Body has three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Structure of our governing body:

At Slinfold CE Primary School, we meet as a Full Governing Body (FGB) on at least six occasions throughout the year. Like most schools, we operate without separate committees but as a full GB working collaboratively. In addition, where working parties are required to monitor particular areas of school life, these are formed as necessary. We do however operate a pay panel and a headteacher’s appraisal committee.

Governor details and attendance at meetings: 2019-20 academic year

Meet Our Governors:

Sarah Elphick

Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors


Sarah has lived in Slinfold for over thirty years. She is married with three children, all of whom attended Slinfold School, although they are now grown up and married. She worked as a lecturer at Chichester College on the Brinsbury Campus near Pulborough. She taught animal care, horticulture and environmental studies to students with special needs who attended college in preparation for leaving school and moving on to the next stage of their education.
Sarah volunteered as a foundation governor because she firmly believes that a thriving and successful village school should be at the heart of our community. Her skills and background in education will be put to good use to help achieve this alongside her links to the church and wider community. 


Paul Stacey

Parent Governor

Vice-Chair, Lead Finance Governor

Paul Stacey MSc, BSc (Hons), MIHort. 

Paul is Vice Chair of the governing body with responsibility for Finance and undertakes monitoring of the science and computing curriculum. Paul's career background is in local government managing services, assets, major projects and working with communities. 


Paul, a qualified horticulturist and landscape manager also volunteers for the Royal Horticultural Society assessing plant trials abs supporting the Campaign for School Gardening 

Iain Bubb

Parent Governor

Term of office ended in February 2021


Iain feels that having volunteered his time over the last 4 years as a Parent Governor, to ensure that the school is a well managed, happy and nurturing environment for all the children and staff, has been an excellent way to serve his community.

There has been huge progress in developing the school and overcoming the issues that have crossed our path, particularly in the challenging world in which we all now live.

Iain works as a Process Improvement Consultant for a wide mix of organisations and as a Hockey Coach and sports enthusiast in his spare time which has helped with his duties as a Governor. Iain believes the staff and governors have ensured the school has utilised its available resources to deliver the best, most active and encouraging start to life for the children as is possible.


Tim Canham

Parent Governor

Chair of Headteacher Performance Management Panel


Tim has been a parent governor for nearly four years.
Being a governor provides a different perspective on the significant role that our school plays in the development of the children in its care. You can see, at first hand, the huge effort that the staff, parents and the wider community all invest in the children. The impact of funding reductions, and the seemingly endless changes to policies and initiatives that sometimes bring turbulence to school life, are also made very clear.
During Tim's time as a governor the school has seen some significant events. These include the recruitment of two head teachers and an OFSTED inspection. The staff have weathered these sometimes difficult times with grace and composure, and they are a credit to the school.
Tim works in London for an equipment leasing business. Outside of work, life revolves around the two boys and their many interests. Running enables Tim to stay ahead of them – for the moment!


Steve Fudge

Co-opted Governor


Steve lived in Slinfold from a very young age until he was around 35 years old. He attended Slinfold CE Primary school all through his junior years, then going onto Forest boys school in Horsham. Both his parents, himself, his children and his extended step family have all attended  Slinfold CE Primary school over four generations. When he heard that the Governors were looking to engage new members of the governing body, he thought it was the right time to give something  back to the school that held so many fond memories for him. Steve has previously worked as the Site Manager for a specialist school and college in Cranleigh, Surrey and had the responsibility for all the daily running of the site, health and safety and contractors. With over 30 years of Facilities Management experience, we were delighted when he took up the post of Premises Officer at Slinfold School in August 2020. 


Rev. Sandra Hall

Foundation Governor

I moved to the village at the end of April 2015 and took up my post as Priest-in-Charge of Itchingfield with Slinfold on the 19th May. Prior to this I spent five years as the Curate in Cuckfield where there was a Church School in which I led worship and was a governor for ten months. I love working with the children, it gives me an opportunity to let my inner child out to play; I also want to help them to grow up with an understanding of the Christian faith and the love of God in their lives. I see life as being all about love; love for God, creation and all of His children.

Chris Jowett


I joined the Slinfold community in September 2020 as interim headteacher. I have previously been a member of 4 different Governing Bodies including maintained schools, foundation schools and academies. Much of this governance experience has been as an Associate Governor in the schools in which I worked. In total I have approximately 8 years of experience of school governance.

When my eldest daughter started infant school I was fortunate to be appointed as a Parent Governor and within a year of this appointment I was elected as Chair of Governors, a position I filled for two years which gave me tremendous insight into the inner workings of an outstanding school. I know how a supportive and committed Governing Body can have a hugely positive impact on a school and am delighted to work with our fantastic team of governors. 


Nic Lewis

Foundation Governor


My name is Nic and I am a Foundation Governor.  I have come to the Governing Body with a good knowledge of the school and the village: I have lived here since my son was 6 months old, he has attended the school and pre-school and I have been on the PTA all of that time.  Previous to this role, I have been Treasurer of the PTA and a Parish Councillor - I am currently involved with Sunday's Cool and I edit the Parish magazine.

As a native Northerner, it has been a convoluted route to becoming a School Governor in this small village in Sussex!  I left Lancashire when I was 18 – first to Durham University where my ambition to lecture Maths in sixth form was derailed by running the College Bar.  I spent 15 years in the wine trade and duty free industry before somehow finding myself working in the Defence Industry, heading up a Project Governance team!  I do a lot of work in data analytics, process improvement and team development so I am sure there are many skills I can bring to the school.


Kathy Morley

Co-opted Governor


I moved to Slinfold in September 2014 and in the next two years, a new home and working farm was established. Then our daughter married in St Peter’s Church and our grandson was baptized there by Reverend Sandra. I feel I have put down roots in this lovely village.  Prior to that, I lived in Oxford for twenty one years. Having moved there initially for the education of my two children. During my time there I qualified as a Relationship Counsellor and practised for 10 years, the last 2 years as Chair of the Oxford branch of Marriage Care. I was also involved with Relationship Education in Secondary schools as a Facilitator.
Education has been my guiding force: I started out as an English teacher in secondary schools and then spent 5 years teaching English as a Foreign Language in Brighton.
As a Governor of Slinfold Primary School, I shall enjoy contributing to the school achieving an even higher standard of education. I have a particular interest in the development of young children’s skills in reading and creative writing.


Sally Westwood

Local Authority Governor

Member of Headteacher Performance Management Panel


Sally has lived in Slinfold for just over 5 years and is married to Stephen. She has spent 30 years working at Heathrow Airport in both HR specialist roles as well as operational management roles.  Her last role before leaving in 2020 was HR Director for Operations and Employee Relations.  Whilst at Heathrow Sally was a governor at Harrow & Uxbridge college for a number of years and was keen to join the team of governors at Slinfold school to both broaden her knowledge as well as utilise her HR and business skills to support and contribute to the success of the school.  She has been impressed by the leadership team at the school and is excited to work with the newly appointed Head teacher


Mike Rangecroft

Parent Governor

Information to follow soon.