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LOCAL GOVERNING BODY FOR WARDEN PARK SECONDARY 

INTRODUCTION

Warden Park Secondary Academy is for young people aged from 11-16 based in Cuckfield, West Sussex. The Academy operates as an independent school maintained by government funding. Parents do not pay fees.

MEET OUR GOVERNORS

jonathan Ash-Edwards
(CHAIR)

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

 I currently serve as Chair of the Local Governing Body for Warden Park Secondary Academy and have over ten years of school governance experience across primary and secondary phases. As a former Warden Park student, I know the academy well and am committed to ensuring students have the very best opportunities to succeed.

I led the Board’s decision to convert Warden Park to academy status and establish Sussex Learning Trust. Since being Chair of Governors, governance has twice been rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. In April 2016, I was appointed by the Department for Education as a National Leader of Governance, a role which involves supporting Chairs of Governors in other schools and carrying out external reviews of governance. This role is part of the Government’s drive to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school led system.

As well as experience running a small business, I am Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council, where I have responsibility for giving strategic direction and leadership to the local authority. My portfolio responsibilities include financial management, budget setting, performance management and estates.

ROGER TAPPING
(vice chair)

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

I applied for the role of Parent Director following the excellent all-round education and experience afforded to my two sons at Warden Park.

As a serving teacher for 36 years my roles have included:

  • Boarding Housemaster
  • Head of Department
  • Head of Sixth Form
  • Director of Studies
  • Academic Deputy

My experience has involved:

  • Management of Departments to include Learning Support.
  • Management and analysis of performance data.
  • Relevant training in Compliance, Safer Recruitment, Child Protection, Prevent, Safety Management on Educational Visits

In addition to this, I have been an Independent Schools Inspector since 2003 and hold the National Professional Qualification for Headship.  I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer.

Having retired in December 2015, I am now able to focus on Consultancy and have qualified as a Lead (Reporting Inspector) for the Independent School Inspectorate.

I have served as Chair of the Pastoral and Safeguarding Committee and I am the nominated Governor for Safeguarding and, in this role, monitor the Academy’s regulatory compliance with respect to Keeping Children Safe in Education July 2016 and future changes or updates to legislation.

I now serve as a Member and Trustee for the Sussex Learning Trust, Vice Chair of the Warden Park Secondary Academy Local Governing Body and sit on the Audit Committee. 

Nick Dyson

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

My professional experience includes roles in retail and then education. Following the completion of the Aldi Graduate Management Scheme in 2005, I was appointed Area Manager for several stores across the south of England. I received intense training in accounting, logistics, marketing, recruitment, merchandising and inventory control before being allocated my own area. Training less experienced employees sparked my interest in education and training, which then led to my pursuit of a career in teaching.

Following the completion of a PGCE in Secondary Geography at the University of Exeter, I was appointed as Teacher of Geography at Exmouth Community College and later, Initial Teaching Experience Coordinator, overseeing the school placements of 20 PGCE students and Newly Qualified Teachers each academic year.

My career in teaching has since involved roles as Head of Geography, Head of Careers and most recently Head of Sixth Form at Burgess Hill Girls. I contribute to the Oxford University Press' online Geography Blog and, in my spare time, I enjoy windsurfing, running and walking in the wonderful Sussex countryside. I am married to Alison, who is an actor, and we have two young children.

DOM KENRICK
(Headteacher)

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

My teaching career has been based in Sussex and prior to my arrival at Warden Park Secondary Academy I worked as a senior leader in three schools, most recently as Deputy Headteacher at Steyning Grammar School.

As a school boy sport was my passion and the opportunities I had at school helped steer me into university where I trained as a PE teacher. New opportunities here opened up as a judge in Sports Acrobatics and I had the enormous privilege of judging for Great Britain at European and World Championships.

ALEX LICKORISH

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

I have been a teacher at Warden Park since 2009 and am currently Head of Year 10 and Business Studies.

My educational interests are welfare and safeguarding of students alongside values education.  In previous years I have led school trips to Tanzania and Peru.  

I enjoy excellent relationships with my peers and believe that, by representing staff views to the Local Governing Body and Trustees,  I can make a valuable contribution as the Trust develops and expands.  I am proud to work with such a dedicated team of hard working professionals.

Outside school I play hockey and enjoy running.

JENNIE MEADOWS

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

My career background is in charity fundraising and communications, having led the media and campaigns functions at Save the Children and been Director of Fundraising for the blindness prevention charity Sightsavers International. I have also worked for the BBC, both locally and internationally.

I have led the fundraising and communications function at Place2Be, the children's mental health cahrity, and been closely involved in the Heads Together campaign, which reflects my commitment to giving equal emphasis to children’s emotional development alongside their academic attainment.

My husband Richard and I have a son in Year 10.  I was brought up in Sussex and, after a spell away in Birmingham, London and Moscow, have lived in Cuckfield for 18 years.

Jeff Thompson

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

I’m married to Ros. We have two children, Alexander (who attends Warden Park – Year 8) and Hope, who is in Balcombe Primary School. I’ve served as a Governor of Balcombe Primary for the last 11 years, 8 of those as Chair of Governors, which has given me a chance to work extensively with the schools in our locality, including Warden Park and Oathall. With that experience, I helped establish the locality Community Interest Company to make it easier for our schools to share and collaborate. I’ve also served on the West Sussex County Schools Forum, which was a consultative group for the County addressing county-wide school funding applications, amongst other issues.

I’m retired from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where I led their Consulting business. This practical experience in managing a wide-ranging business, as well as advising private and government organisations on how they can improve, has been invaluable in my role as a Governor, given the myriad educational and business issues our schools face. I’m passionate about education, as I believe that there is no greater gift we can give to our children.

SIMON WATT
Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

With a background in Human Resources I built my career helping organisations to change – supporting Individuals and Leaders to succeed by fostering a culture of constructive challenge, innovation, learning and growth. This experience has been invaluable during my 5 years with Warden Park as the school converted to academy status and in its sponsorship of the Primary.   I feel honoured to share in the Trust’scontinued successes - not only the obvious achievements of the students but also the growth of the organisationas it reaches out to other schools in pursuit of its aim to provide the very best educational opportunities to children and young people through Sussex.

I am married with 3 children and after 10 years overseas we re-located back to UK for our eldest daughter to start secondary education in Year 7 of Warden Park. 

My interest in contributing to the school coincided with a Parent-Director vacancy and I can honestly say that every minute of my time with both the Primary and the Secondary has been a pleasure and a true learning experience for me.

Hamish Young

Experience, Skills Set and Expertise

As a  Director of a wine importing company I have a broad knowledge of commercial matters including financial experience, employment law, logistics, sourcing and product safety.

I am also a qualified football referee, a Level One FA coach and Secretary of the Youth Section of St James’s Montefiore Cricket club and am committed to providing sporting opportunities for children of all backgrounds and abilities.

Two of my three children currently attend the academy.

 

Policies

Articles of Association

Constitution of Local Governing Body for Warden Park Secondary

Scheme of Delegation

 

MRS NATALIE SHELFORD
CLERK TO GOVERNORS

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BOARD meeting MINUTES

Copies of Governors Minutes are available on request from our Clerk to the Board of Directors, Mrs Natalie Shelford. Click on link below

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