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Our Governors and their roles

Local Authority Governor

Mrs Sue Meekings (Chair of Governors)

Hello, I am the new Local Authority Governor, having recently moved (July 2018) to Rustington I am keen to get involved in my local community and what better way than becoming a governor at a local school.     I recently retired from my role of Headteacher of a West Sussex Special School and am passionate about education and in particular ensuring we are effectively meeting the needs of children with special educational needs.

I have 3 sons, 2 step daughters and 7 grandchildren children so far! I enjoy walking our large labradoodle, I am an avid reader and love spending time at our beach hut and with our family.

I am looking forward to becoming involved in Summerlea School, spending time with the children and learning how best I can support the school.


Co-opted Governors

Mr Rob Gratton

Hi my name is Rob Gratton, and I am one of the co-opted governors committed to supporting our collaborative journey of making Summerlea an exceptional school. I live locally, having moved to the area in 2019 with my young family. I am an experienced Educationalist with over a decade working within Education as a teacher, school leader, teacher trainer, researcher and lecturer currently working with both the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Portsmouth. 

I have a specialist interest in Curriculum design and Collaborative Group Learning Activity; how we can support learners to develop their capacity, ability and practice of engaging in collaborative activity. I have worked with numerous organisations nationally and internationally to enhance their practices of collaboration, and curriculum design and have been fortunate to help design and establish two London Secondary schools. 

I am grateful to have the opportunity to put my knowledge to use supporting all at Summerlea. 


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.


Mrs Amanda Howlett

Hello my name is Amanda Howlett and I am new to the role of co-opted governor at Summerlea school. This is my first time as a governor and I am really looking forward to supporting the school and learning about how the school operates. I am currently working in the finance sector as a bank manager and hope to use these skills to support the school.  

I have lived in Rustington for 30 years and have one son who has now left school. I also have two dogs, a Labrador and cocker spaniel who I enjoy taking on long walks down the beach or around the local parks. 

I am really looking forward to getting involved with the children and teachers, and learning how to help support them using both my local knowledge and finance background. 


Ms Marilyn Osborne

I am delighted to be a Co-opted Governor.  My introduction to Summerlea was made by my eldest Grandson who attends the school.

I have worked in the private, public and charity sectors gaining experience in recruiting and managing staff, finance, operational management, marketing and fundraising.  After 46 years in full-time employment, I retired four years ago moving from Hertfordshire to Shipley, West Sussex in December 2016.  Since then my partner Alan and I have been gainfully employed refurbishing our home. 

I am looking forward to learning all about the school and how I can best use some of my retirement time and expertise to serve the school.


Mr Clive Patterson-Lett (Vice Chair of Governors)

Hello, I'm Clive Patterson-Lett and I joined the Board Of Governors in February 2019 following a 30 year career in the Metropolitan Police.
I live locally and am keen to support the continued development of Summerlea using the skills and experience that I acquired during my career.
In order to keep busy in my retirement I run a small business from home.
I'm a keen triathlete and my wife Nicole and I are both active members of Tuff Fitty Tri Club based at Littlehampton Wave.

Ms Louise Prideaux

Hello, I’m Louise and I am delighted to have joined Summerlea as a Co-opted Governor in September 2020. I have worked as a Strategy Consultant in the media, publishing and technology sectors for the past nine years. I am currently working on a freelance basis alongside studying for a Masters in Comparative Education at the Institute of Education at UCL. I am also a Visiting Lecturer at the Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design, where I teach business strategy. 

I have recently moved back from London to Arundel, where I grew up, and where I’m now living with my husband and two year old son. I’m really excited to get to know everyone at Summerlea and to work with the Governing Body to ensure that all the children here are given the best possible opportunities to thrive.


Parent Governors

Mrs Sara Hughes

Hello, my name is Sara Hughes and I feel very privileged to be a Parent Governor here at Summerlea School. 

My husband and I moved to Rustington 18 months ago with our 2 small children and our cat, Spaghetti.  We are thoroughly enjoying getting to know the area and integrating into the local community.  We have a 5 year old daughter who is currently having a whale of a time in reception here at Summerlea.  We also have a 2 year old son who attends nursery and is looking forward to gaining his Green and Yellow uniform in the near future!

I work for West Sussex County Council as part of the Safeguarding in Education Team, with particular focus on children missing education and children in employment and entertainment.  I find my work both enjoyable and challenging but always very rewarding.  I have a very strong passion for influencing positive outcomes for all West Sussex children, but most specifically for the children of Summerlea School – being not only the school that my daughter attends, but also the school that serves my own local community.  I hope that my experience in the education welfare sector will serve as a real benefit when undertaking my duties as a governor. 

I am very much looking forward to supporting the school in providing our children with the very best levels of care and educational provision.


Mrs Clare Smith

Hi, I’m Clare and I became a Parent Governor in January 2020.

I am really pleased to be a Governor here. I have one child, a daughter who is now in year 1 and when she started at Summerlea I felt very strongly that I wanted to get involved and contribute to the school. I am an ACCA qualified accountant and have worked in finance for nearly 20 years so I felt that I could bring some useful skills and experience to the Board.

I work for The Scouts and I have seen how much of an impact positive experiences can have in the lives of young people and my other reason for volunteering was to ensure that this was something that would be replicated in the school environment.

My first months as a Governor have been quite a unique experience (for obvious reasons!) but I have still found it to be a very fulfilling role and feel very lucky to be able to see the work of the staff and other Governors close up and to get to know them all.

I am looking forward to learning more and supporting the board, staff and pupils over the rest of my term.


Staff Governors

Mrs Rebecca Kerrison-Pierce (Staff Governor)







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 19 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 seven 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.


Associate Members

Mrs Karla Strong (Deputy 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, gardening, yoga and wildlife.  I am very excited to be combining my love of nature and the outside with my professional life through 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. 


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.  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 6 and a son in Year 3.  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.


Clerk to Governors

Mrs 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 since July 2013 and previously was the 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 23-year-old daughter called Eden and a 22-year-old son called Declan. I 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.


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