LA Appointed Governor
Members of my family have lived in Horsham for many years and my late husband and I made our home here. Our three children attended Trafalgar, our daughter the High School, which later became Tanbridge, where both our sons were pupils and they all went onto Collyers and later University.
I remained in touch with Trafalgar as a number of the staff were my friends. When I retired from teaching I was very happy to accept when the Local Authority asked me to become a governor. I have served as Chair of the Governor's Committee and at present am on the Personnel Committee and have responsibility for Inclusion. Naturally I am involved in all aspects of the curriculum but the Humanities and Arts are of special interest. I visit school three mornings a week to assist children with their reading and attend RRR meetings. I enjoy the School Council Meetings.
My hobbies are history, art, architecture, gardening and reading. I enjoy travelling, sometimes with one or other of my five grandchildren.
Having watched the school go from strength to strength, I shall continue to support it to the best of my ability.
I have worked in three Primary Schools and one other Infant School across two Local Authorities. My roles have included Early Years Coordinator, Key Stage 1 Leader, Deputy Headteacher, and Local Authority Lead Literacy Teacher. My passion and subject specialism is Early Years and Key Stage 1, so Trafalgar is perfect for me. These first three years in school lay the foundations for successful learners for life, and we are privileged to be tasked with ensuring that all of the children who walk through our doors love to learn.
Governors work hard with the staff to ensure that we are providing the very best that we can for all the children. This means keeping the emphasis unremittingly on the development of the whole child, on ensuring that we are delivering consistently high quality teaching and learning, on supporting all children to make good or better progress, and to work tirelessly to close the gap and overcome disadvantage.
It is essential that as a school, and as governors, we do not 'stand still'. We need to be outward facing, in order to be self-improving and highly effective. Education is constantly changing and our priority is to enable every child to thrive during their precious time with us.
In my spare time I love to be outside. This includes horse riding, walking, running and climbing. I love films, good food and music, as well as spending time with my family and friends.
I am the staff governor and I represent the views of staff on the governing body. I am a member of the Assets and Resources Committee. I have been a Learning Assistant at Trafalgar since 2005 and have recently taken over the role of Senior Learning Assistant.
I have two children who both attended Trafalgar School.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, and watching cricket and football.
I am one of the Parent Governors for Trafalgar.
I have lived in Horsham for most of my life, and I am married with 4 wonderful children (the eldest of whom started at Trafalgar in 2012). I have worked for various advertising, marketing and performance improvement agencies in strategic marketing roles, before setting up my own business in 2004. My company is a Customer Insight Agency working for clients all across the UK and wherever possible I try to utilise my working experiences and relate these within the educational environment at Trafalgar.
I know that Trafalgar is a lovely school and I really enjoy spending time at the school with the children and the staff and I am keen to do what I can to help the school evolve and grow. As a Parent Governor I am committed to ensuring that Trafalgar remains a high quality learning environment and that our children enjoy coming to school and get the most out of their early educational years.
Parent Governor, Committee Chair
I have lived and worked in Horsham since 2001. I am married with two daughters, the eldest of whom started in Reception in 2013. I work part-time, managing the marketing team of a local housing association.
I have been very impressed by the welcoming and supportive environment at Trafalgar. I feel proud to be able to help the school as it continues to evolve and improve, adding a parent's perspective to complement the teachers' expertise.
I love to cook and regularly try out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. I also enjoy reading and pottering in the garden - though nothing beats a day on the beach with my girls!
My name is Alex Northam. I have lived in Horsham for 16 years, of which the last 10 have been in the Trafalgar area.
My wife (also Alex!) and I have three daughters. Our eldest, Isabella, has been through Trafalgar between 2011 and 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Gabriella, our middle child, started in 2013 and is thoroughly enjoying her time here too. Evalina, our youngest will hopefully start in 2017 and we hope will enjoy her time here just as much as her sisters.
I was driven to put myself forward to be a governor in November 2014 as I am very passionate about things close to my heart and a good education is one of them. I believe a good education is being delivered here at Trafalgar but we must not rest on our laurels.
Since being elected I have been appointed to the Premises and Finance Committee and, along with Hilary I am currently one of the link governors for literacy, which is something very important to me.
I work as an Aircraft Engineer for British Airways at Gatwick Airport. One (and perhaps the only!) advantage of being a shift worker is being at the school to drop off and collect more often than a 9-5 worker so I am often found in the playground and happy to listen to any queries or concerns you may have.
Co-opted Governor, Committee Chair
I have been a Governor at Trafalgar for many years. I became a Parent Governor when my daughter was there. She is now doing her Masters and my son is a 2nd year undergraduate.
I found my period as a Parent Governor very fulfilling and rewarding and when my term of office finished I was asked to stay on as a Community Governor. Over the years I have been the Vice Chair and am currently the Chair of the Assets and Resources Committee which monitors the physical and financial resources of the school.
I retired from my job as a tax professional in 2014 which has given me more time to spend on being a Governor of the school. I am also a trustee of a Horsham based charity called PAGEANT which provides urgently needed help for education in The Gambia by supporting pupils, schools and other educational establishments there. Other than that, I enjoy cooking and music and don't support any football club.
My interests include lace-making, gardening, walking, reading, the arts in general, and of course my grandchildren!
I have been a Local Authority Governor at Trafalgar for several years. During that time I have been Chair, Vice Chair and Chair of the Personnel Committee. I have found the experience challenging and very rewarding and at times hard work! I look forward to being involved in taking the school forward.
Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors
I live very locally to Trafalgar Community Infant School, with my husband Rob and our three sons, Thomas, Jacob and Bobby; so near that we hear the children playing in the playground from our garden! I became a Parent Governor when Thomas started at Trafalgar in 2010, and Jacob is now following in his footsteps. I am at school on a regular basis, and will continue to be when Bobby starts in 2016. I became a Governor because I wanted to be actively involved with the school and play some part in helping Trafalgar to be the best it could be, both for my own children and all the other children in our community who deserve a really positive start in a safe, happy and caring environment.
I have worked for Surrey Police for over 20 years, most recently in the area of Public Protection, so I am interested in protecting children, vulnerable people and the public generally; I am the Safeguarding Governor at Trafalgar and a link Governor for Literacy.
I try to bring to our conversations the view point and experiences of parents (current and prospective) and families, and my own ideas. I believe that Trafalgar is a great school but there is always room for improvement and development in changing times. It is important to me as a parent and a Governor to ensure that Trafalgar continues from strength to strength.
Co-opted Governor, Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor at Trafalgar since 2000, first as a Community Governor and now as a co-opted governor. Having been Chair of the Personnel Committee and Vice Chair, I am now Chair of the Governing Body. As well as being challenging, I find the role of governor very rewarding and enjoy playing a part in such a caring and successful school.
I worked as a teacher for 34 years, moving to Horsham in 1988 on becoming Assistant Head at Tanbridge House School. Both my children went to school in Horsham before going on to university and flying the nest. My wife, who was a primary Headteacher in the Horsham area, and I are currently retired so we have more time to spend on trips to theatres, museums and the cinema, as well as being involved with family, especially our little grandson who is now a Trafalgar pupil.
I am one of the staff governors for Trafalgar, I teach Year 2 in Poppy Red and I am the Computing coordinator.
This is my second year teaching at Trafalgar; however I have lived in the Horsham area all my life. Apart from when I was training to be a teacher in Leeds and teaching English to kindergarten children in China.
I am very proud to be part of such a warm and welcoming school. The children are Trafalgar at eager to learn and experience new things. At Trafalgar everyday day brings new and exciting learning opportunities and I thoroughly enjoy sharing them with all the children.
I have been a parent governor at Trafalgar since November 2016. I live locally to the school with my husband and two sons, the youngest of whom started in reception in September 2017.
I work as an Orchestra Manager (an unusual and varied role!) and am lucky to be able to split my work commitments between commuting and working from home, so can still be seen regularly on the school run. We are a musical family, and I’m a strong believer in the benefits that music and other ‘non-core’ subjects can bring to a child’s education. I was delighted to see the introduction of the after school music club at Trafalgar.
I am very much enjoying the challenges of being a governor and hope that my contributions ensure that Trafalgar remains a safe and happy environment in which the children can achieve their full learning potential.