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Our Governors and their roles

Co-opted Governors

Mrs Bev Crowter (Chair of Governors)

Having moved to Rustington in 2013, I wanted to be able to serve the community and was invited to become part of the governing body at Summerlea. I have 17+ years teaching experience and have been a class teacher, senior leader and teacher governor in a Brighton school until I retired in February. I am passionate about all aspects of teaching and learning and have a keen interest in maths, literacy and SEND.  

I enjoy golf, growing my own fruit and veg, baking and arts and crafts of all kinds. My husband and I have been married for 36 years, have three grown up sons and a wonderful granddaughter of 1 year who keeps us on our toes!

I look forward to serving your community school along with Mrs Morris, her dedicated team and other governors over the next few years.

Mrs Becca Jupp      

Hello my name is Becca Jupp. I am 44, married to Tim and a mum of four teenage children all who have been at Summerlea School. I am the leader of Arun Community Church which is a church of 400 people who meet at Littlehampton Academy and also owns the Wickbourne centre in Littlehampton, which includes two nurseries. I am passionate about our community and love Summerlea School and being part of the Summerlea team on the Governing Body. It is great to see first hand what an amazing, inspiring school Summerlea is.

Miss Gemma Camble (Y1 Class Teacher)

Hello, hopefully I’m a familiar face to many families having worked as a Class Teacher at Summerlea for nearly 8 years. I was thrilled to become a Co-opted Governor of the Governing Body in January 2015. It is a privilege to be able to contribute to the success of the whole school by working with other Governors to continue driving the school forward while maintaining our high standards.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my godchildren, Oliver and Georgina. They are both 4 years old and definitely keep me on my toes when we are out and about! When I’m not being chased by toddlers with sticky fingers, I like to catch up with friends over a good meal out. My cooking skills are slowly improving and I’m fortunate to have family and friends that don’t mind being ‘guinea pigs’ when I try out a new dish. Aside from enjoying being the hostess in my flat, I also relish being outdoors and try to get outside for long walks as often as possible.

The relationship between families and the Governing Body is essential to the success of the school and the happiness of each and every child. We welcome any comments or questions. Please email your views or questions to governors@summerleaschool.co.uk. Additionally, I would encourage all parents and carers to complete the Ofsted Parent View survey – we really appreciate your feedback.

Mrs Liz Henderson

Hello, I am a new co-opted governor and am enjoying learning about Summerlea. I have lived in Rustington with my husband, Keith, since 1976, a few years before our two children were born. Up to that time, I had been a Secondary English teacher for six years for East Sussex and Oxforshire Local Authority (LA). I came to West Sussex to take up post as Head of English at the newly built Angmering School. Subsequently I have taught in several secondary schools, Northbrook College and Ford Prison. My last school post was on the Senior Management Team at The Regis School (then known as B.R.C.C.)  where I was very proud to work for thirteen years. I then moved into the English Advisory Team for West Sussex LA and spent ten years developing English, Literacy across the Curriculum and Assessment before becoming an Independent Consultant for a few years.  My passion is learning and language and the introduction of people to literature. It is through that ‘secondary world’ of literature that much growth happens, especially in childhood, allowing people to enjoy and experience so much that helps them to understand themselves and others. I completed two accredited counselling courses when I first retired and contribute in a variety of ways to the life of our local church, St Peter and St Paul, Rustington. The centre of my attention in the last eight years has been on my five grandchildren from one to eight years old who live in Brighton and Hove. So my excitement about learning has come full circle as I watch them move through childhood and into schools. When I was offered the role of governor, I accepted it so I could support a team that is so committed to children and learning. I look forward to getting to know the school better and learning how I can serve the staff at Summerlea and the children and families in this area.  Please say hello if you see me so that I can learn names as quickly as possible.

 

Parent Governors

Miss Kim Horner (Vice Chair of Governors)

Miss Kim HornerMy name is Kim Horner and you recently elected me as a Parent Governor. Thank you! This is my first time as a Governor, and I am already enjoying the insight into behind the scenes of Summerlea! Everyone truly is hard working and dedicated to maintaining Summerlea as the superb school that it is – the recent Ofsted report clearly recognised this. I am particularly keen on encouraging the children’s development as individuals, as well as striving for educational success.

I have a daughter who is in Year 2, and loves Summerlea life. Outside school, she enjoys Gymnastics, Beavers, and spending time with family and cousins, some of whom are spread all over Europe! My Husband is a hard working Plumber who loves Rugby, and we’ve all been watching the recent World Cup at home. I work full time as a Sales Director in the Food Industry, ensuring that the British people get their Fresh Milk. It’s a job that never stops (the cows don’t stop milking, even for Christmas!), and one that gives me new challenges every day. Playing my part in ensuring that us Parents are represented in the running and future of the school is important to me, and I would encourage you all to contact me, or the Governing Body, if there are things you would like discussed. I am looking forward to being involved in making a difference to our children’s educational and personal developmental lives.

Mrs Caroline Murley

My name is Caroline Murley and I am the new Parent Governor.  I moved to Littlehampton 16 years ago when I finished university.  I have 2 boys - Daniel, who is in Year 3 and Joshua, who has just started in Reception.  Both are extremely happy at Summerlea and are thriving.  I am mainly a stay at home mum, which I passionately love, but I work on Thursdays when I teach.  I cover PPA in Year 6 and am supporting the Year 5 teachers with overhauling their curriculum.  I also mentor a newly qualified teacher, all of these roles I am really enjoying.  I have loved being involved in school life again over the past few years.  My husband also works in a school so, as you can probably imagine, our conversations over dinner are ‘riveting’!

I am a keen baker and love anything crafty or creative.  And, when I get the chance, I love reading.   Whatever the weather I love to be at the beach as I am still finding being this close to the sea a real novelty.

I am really looking forward to getting to grips with the role of Governor which currently seems a little daunting!

 

Staff Governors

Mrs Helen Morris (Headteacher)

Mrs Helen MorrisAs the headteacher here at Summerlea I am automatically on the governing body. I have worked in education for more than 16 years across West Sussex and Brighton and Hove progressing from class teacher to Senior Leader, then on to Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and now Headteacher since September 2014!

I live in Steyning, having moved from Brighton five years ago, with my husband Tim and our much loved pet tortoise.

I feel very privileged to work with such a committed and able Governing Body. They offer the school support and challenge in equal measure as we strive towards our shared vision of continuous improvement to make Summerlea CP School outstanding in the view of parents/carers, staff, children and the whole community, as well as Ofsted.

Mrs Brittany Turvey (Individual Needs Assistant)

Hello, my name is Brittany Turvey and I have recently been elected as Staff Governor.  I am an Individual Needs Assistant here at Summerlea and currently work in Early Years and Lower Key Stage 2.  I thoroughly enjoy my job and feel privileged to be part of such a hardworking and committed team of staff.

I have two children that attend Summerlea, a daughter in Year 3 and a son in Year 1.  Both love school, it is wonderful to see how much they are learning and growing as individuals whilst being here.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my kids, husband and family.  I also enjoy reading and going to live music events.  I have a passion for interior design, and have both a City and Guilds qualification and a National Diploma in this field.  Before joining Summerlea I worked in the social care sector for over 5 years, working to support individuals with learning and/or physical disabilities. I found this job extremely rewarding and this is what ultimately led me to pursue a career in SEND.

I am looking forward to working with the other Governors to help make a positive contribution to our children’s lives whilst at school, and to play my part in ensuring that every child at Summerlea receives the very best education possible.

 

Associate Members

Mr Andrew Millard

My wife Hannah and I have lived in Littlehampton all our lives so know the area and the community well. My wife Hannah is a keen supporter of the local community and involved in many community projects. We have two children, Emily who is 2 and Luke who has just started in Reception class at Rustington Community ​Primary ​School​– so I know how all those parents going through the first year of School feel. 

On a professional note,​ I am a Regional Development Manager for a large UK Building Society in the mortgage intermediary sector, which involves both business and financial management. The best bit is presenting and meeting with brokerage directors across my patch to discuss how we can support their businesses through our proposition and support. In a previous life my past experience also entails 8 years of Bank Management for two different High Street brands.

As a newly appointed G​overnor, I have a lot to learn but I am keen to support Summerlea and offer my experience to the School. I am looking forward to getting to know pupils, parents and staff and getting involved in all the great things I hear Summerlea do!  

Mrs Karla Strong (Assistant Headteacher)

Mrs Karla Strong

Many of you know me already because I have been with Summerlea since the very beginning in 1997.  Back then I was Miss Bridle and a newly qualified teacher.  I had 17 children in my class from aged 5 to 10 years old, (Years 1 – 5) whilst my colleague had a full reception class.  Brian Ball was soon appointed as Headteacher and we grew from there.  I like to think that although we have grown rapidly we still have a ‘small school feel’. I have stayed so long because Summerlea is a fantastic community to work in and I have been fortunate enough to have been given many varied opportunities and challenges in my career.  Before I had my son in 2007, I was a Teacher Governor.  Then, as I returned to full time teaching and entered into a senior leadership role, I became an Associate Governor.  I believe our Governing Body is a dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate team of people who have the children’s best interests at the core of all they do. Out of school, I love spending time in the great outdoors with my family.  I enjoy horse riding, walking my black Labrador puppy, gardening, yoga and wildlife.  I am very excited to be combining my love of nature and the outside with my professional life as we begin Forest School and continuing to work with the Governing Body to ensure that the children of Summerlea are given the best opportunities to flourish and thrive. If you have a question, concern or suggestion please email governors@summerleaschool.co.uk

Mrs Katrina Wright (Finance Assistant)

Hello!  I am Katrina Wright and I am an Associate Member at Summerlea. I am also the Treasurer for FOSS and I work in the School Office as the Finance Assistant. In my life before the School, my background has always been in the pensions/finance industry.

I have two children, Jessica who has just left Summerlea to go to The Angmering School and Abi in year 5.  Both of my girls have loved being at Summerlea and feel incredibly passionate about it. Because of my commitments in school and as a parent,  I have a vested interest in the school and I believe a good education is one of the best starts in life you can give a child.  I believe in always putting the children first.

Outside of school, I have started playing netball, having not played since I was at school myself - it is a challenge but very enjoyable!

 

Clerk to Governors

Ms Nicola Moore (PA to Headteacher)

Ms Nicola MooreHi. I am Nicola Moore and I am Clerk to the Governing Body. I have been the Clerk for 5 years now and before that I was a Staff Governor. I am also the Personal Assistant to Mrs Morris and have been working at Summerlea since June 2011. Previously, I worked at another school in Worthing for over 6 years. I have a 20 year old daughter called Eden who works for BA as Cabin Crew and an 18 year old son called Declan who is an Architectural Technician, as well as 2 West Highland Terriers called Hamish and Buster. People may remember Hamish from his debut performance in the Year 6 production of the Wizard of Oz in 2012. I spend a great deal of my time at weekends walking Hamish and Buster over the South Downs or along the beach. I also have a passion for travel, live bands and music festivals.

I really love working with all the pupils, staff, governors and parents at Summerlea and feel very privileged to be part of the ‘Summerlea family’ as it truly is a great place to be.

 

If you have a question, concern or suggestion please email governors@summerleaschool.co.uk