The governors play a crucial role in providing strategic direction for Little Common School whilst challenging and supporting school leaders in equal measure. We are dedicated to continual school improvement and to
our school vision - Learning, Caring, Succeeding... Together.
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Nick Wilkinson – Chair of Governors (email@example.com)
Nick has extensive experience of partnership working in the children and young people arena. He served as a Sussex Police officer for over 30 years, retiring as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2012. During this term of service, he represented policing nationally on the Children's Interagency Group and National Participation Forum, meeting Government Ministers on a regular basis. He was the Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board and Sussex Resilience Forum.
Nick is now the Prevent and Channel Strategic Manager for Kent County Council, leading the focus on preventing violent extremism and radicalisation. Nick has been a parent governor for three years and became Chair of Governors in 2011. He also chairs the Strategic Organisation Committee and shares responsibility for safeguarding.
Richard works in London in the IT Division of a major UK Bank and specialises in the delivery of major change programmes. He has 2 children at the school.
Richard sits on the Strategic Organisation Committee and is the link governor for Finance.
Linda Appleby – Headteacher and Governor
As the Headteacher of Little Common School, Linda is also a School governor. She joined the school as Headteacher in September 2010 and was previously Headteacher of Alfriston School for five years.
Linda works very closely with the governors who offer her support and challenge in order to ensure that we attain our school vision of ‘Learning, Caring, Succeeding…together’.
Wendy Gorham - Co-opted Governor
Wendy is a former secondary school teacher and now works for an educational charity, specialising in enterprise, employability skills, financial capability, and preparing young people with the skills needed for the world of work. She lives in Little Common and has a child who was a pupil at the school. Wendy sits on the Strategic Organisation Committee.
Marsh Golding – - Co-opted Governor
Marsh took early retirement as an Education Welfare Officer in a large outer London authority seven years ago before moving to Sussex. She has worked in the field of education for thirty two years and as a EWO for twenty six years. Having considerable experience in school governance, Marsh has supported both secondary and primary schools both as a parent and community governor. Marsh is very involved in Little Common School as both a volunteer and community governor. She sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee and is link governor for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Recently, Marsh has been involved in appointing new staff and has used her extensive knowledge of education to support the school through a recent Ofsted inspection.
Nerissa is a foster carer with more than ten years’ experience. She has worked on the Scrutiny Committee for Children's Services and, in a previous life, has worked in Youth and Community and for the Prince's Trust.
Nerissa has been a governor for many years and is currently the governor linked with Safeguarding and Early Years. Nerissa sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee.
Nicola worked at Filsham Valley Secondary School (later to become St Leonards Academy) for their SEN/ASD department for many years before taking early retirement in 2011. She supported students with accessing the National Curriculum whilst helping them achieve their full potential. Her role also included managing a large team of Teaching Assistants. She was previously a staff Governor at Filsham Valley where she was Chair of the SEN/Pupil Welfare sub-committee.
Nicola has 2 grown up children and has become more involved with Little Common School. She sits on the Teaching and Learning Committee and is pleased to be able to offer the school the benefit of her experience and skills and acts as link Governor for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND, including pupil premium).
Jessie has worked at Little Common School since 2009. She started in Afterschool and Holiday Club and then became a Teaching Assistant. She is currently working as one of our Higher Level Teaching Assistants. Jessie sits on the Teaching and Learning Committee.
Lucy Donne - Parent Governor
Lucy is an international sales manager for a luxury eyewear company, working closely with wholesale customers and with the designers and manufacturers.
She has two children at Little Common School and attended little common school herself! Lucy very much enjoys visiting the school weekly to help out as a reading volunteer.
As part of her role as governor Lucy focuses on Early Years and also sits on the Strategic Organisation Committee.
Victoria Bevis - Parent Governor
Victoria is a solicitor working for a specialist employment law firm in the Brighton area advising a range of clients from schools and colleges to an array of organisations including a number of major airlines. She has previously been involved with the Little Common School PTA, acting as Vice Chair for a year. Victoria currently has one child at the school and a second, younger child who will attend the school in due course. Victoria sits on and chairs the Teaching & Learning Committee.
Amanda Allen - Parent Governor
Amanda is currently Operations Manager at a local manufacturing company where she specialises in health and safety and compliance. She lives in Little Common and has two children at the school. Amanda sits on the Strategic Organisation Committee.