Meet our Governors
I have been a governor at Vale School since 2003, I was originally elected as a parent governor and more recently appointed as a co-opted governor by the governing body. I currently have a daughter and a son at the school, I also have two older boys now in higher education who are both doing well having been given a good start to their academic careers at Vale School. My background is that I served the people of Sussex as a police officer for 30 years before retiring in 2011 in the role of a senior command officer in West Sussex.
In the latter part of my career I held various responsibilities including developing multi-agency partnerships, promoting diversity and emerging communities; as well as working with local communities, schools, residents and young people.
My involvement in education initially started through my work developing the relationship between schools and police through the use of Safer Schools Partnership Officers in the secondary sector and then more so as I became immersed in Vale School as a school governor in 2003. I have since retrained and as a Teaching Assistant. I passionately believe that it is the role of every school to provide the best possible teaching to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our school is a family and it is important that as governors we listen to all the key stakeholders, pupils, parents/carers, staff and the local community; to ensure that we are delivering all of them an outstanding school, a school that is immersed in its community; a school we can all be proud of.
I firmly believe that we all have a role to play in our community, for my part I have extended that further and am also an elected local Councillor for Worthing Borough Council. So, if you feel willing and able to give your time as a volunteer, then come to Vale School and help in the classroom as an ‘adult reader’ or bring your own skill or passion and run or help with a club for the children, so that they can learn about the wider world.
If you have any questions then you’ll find me at the school gate most days – please just stop me ask; or leave a message or email on the links on the website.
Martin Garratt: Headteacher
Colin Brookes: Class Teacher
Sarah Bevan - Parent Governor
I joined the Governing Body in April 2014. I have one daughter at secondary school and one at Vale School in Year 5 and have been actively involved with the school since my first daughter joined in 2009 by helping in class and becoming a Friends of the Vale Committee member.
In my work role as a European Consumer Affairs Manager for Colgate-Palmolive, I am responsible for the Consumer Contact systems for the company. I am also a keen beginner runner and love anything to do with interior design.
I chose to become a Governor as I wanted to become more actively involved in the continuous development of the school having witnessed first-hand the incredible commitment and determination of the staff to strive for the best education for our children.
I am always on the playground at drop off and pick up times so please stop me for a chat.
Andy Mills - Parent Governor
I have lived in Worthing all my life, attending local schools and finally settling in High Salvington with my wife and three children. My two eldest children are currently in Year 6 and my youngest joined in September 2016.
My working background is in producing the real-time visuals for the many areas of flight, ground and maritime simulation.
I have been self employed since 1999 running my own business and have travelled throughout the world for my work. I have also many years experience in measured building and land surveying working to help in my father-in-law’s surveying business.
Fortunately I am UK based most of the time now and have more time to devote to family activities, squash and mountain biking and of course my school governor duties. I look forward to contributing to the effort that makes Vale such a lovely school and hope to help improve things along the way.....
I look forward to getting to know all the staff and the parents whilst I am involved in my upcoming duties.
Paul Ronney - Parent Governor
My son is in Year 1 here at Vale School and I thought becoming a Parent Governor would be a great opportunity to both support my son’s education and contribute to the development of the school and local community.
My background was initially in financial services and then later I moved into IT, both as a Project Manager and Analyst.
Jez Carter - Parent Governor
My daughter has attended Vale School since Early Years and is currently in Year 5. During her time at school I have been actively involved with the school, initially by volunteering with the Friends of The Vale, which I continue to do, and now as a Parent Governor.
I have worked for a large West Sussex based employer for the last 19 years, joining as a Computer Software Developer and currently working as a Finance Programme Manager, mainly involved in Software Implementation.
I wanted to become a Governor as, selfishly, I am keen to be as much involved with my daughters schooling as possible, but importantly as I believe that parent volunteers have a key role in supporting the staff in developing the school.
I am often seen around the playground at pick-up and drop-off times, so if you spot me, please have a chat.
Local Authority Governor
Jill Aldous - Local Authority Governor.
I retired from a long teaching career in 2011 and have lived in Findon Valley for a number of years.
On my retirement I felt that I would still like to be involved with education, particularly the primary age, and so I applied to WSCC to become a Local Authority Governor. I requested Vale School as I also felt it allowed me to work within my local community.
I am a grandmother to four girls, who keep me on my toes and I enjoy my gardening and walking my dog.
Paul Laker - Co-Opted Governor
My name is Paul Laker, my daughter previously attended Vale School and I have been associated with the school since she started her education in Early Years.
I am a Project Manager for a Construction company and in 2012 I project managed the school's new build; whilst undertaking this role I was invited to become more involved in school life by sharing my experiences of the new build with the children.
After the project came to an end I was asked to become a Co-Opted Governor for Premises, which I have undertaken since this time. In this capacity I look forward to contributing to the continued success and development of the school.
Jack Delbridge - Co-Opted Governor
I have spent all my career in Education, firstly as a secondary school teacher, followed by two years as a County Advisor culminating in seventeen years as a senior lecturer in Education at Roehampton University. For the last fifteen years I was the Chair of Governors at the local Primary School where I was living. Having retired I moved to High Salvington.
Soon after I moved I visited Vale School with a view to offering myself as a Governor in order to give some service to the community in an area in which I felt I could utilise some of the knowledge and experience I had gained through my working career. I was very impressed with what I saw of the school and was delighted when I was asked to join the Governing Body.
Tony Smith - Parent Governor
I have been a governor at Vale School since 2006, after originally being elected as a Parent Governor, before becoming a Local Education Authority Governor and, more recently, a Co-opted Governor. During my time as a governor at Vale School I have held various roles; chairing the Curriculum Committee, Vice Chair of Governors, Pay Committee representative, Lead for the Headteachers CPD review team and am currently leading on the Finance Committee.
These roles have given me an insight into whole school life and the work that goes on behind the scenes to make the school the success it is.
Both my children attended Vale School and have now moved on, but are enjoying their learning thanks to the start given to them at Vale School. If you have the time, becoming a school governor can be a rewarding insight into school life, to play your part, to drive your school forward and onto better things.
Carol Hayes - Vice Chair
After forty plus years in the Banking Industry, I retired in 2014. My career began in Branch banking with what was then the Midland Bank before joining Lloyds Private Banking on the Investment side in 1988.
I now spend 2 days a week having great fun with my grandson, I am a member of a gym where I attend several classes a week and I play tennis. I also love my garden.
My first interaction with Vale School was when my two nieces, nephew and grandson attended. Each of them is an individual with differing abilities. For me, the foundation of learning and support at the school has contributed to their success as they have moved forward through higher and vocational education.
I was delighted when an opportunity arose through Lloyds Bank to work with the school as part of the Sport for Schools initiative ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. I enjoyed the experience so much that I have carried on helping in school ever since, particularly with sports days and cross country events.
There are and will continue to be significant challenges in maintaining high standards in education and in moving schools forwards. As a member of the governing body I very much look forward to bringing my experience and enthusiasm to help the Vale achieve their goal of giving every child the opportunities they need to be the best they can be, and to equip them for the future.
Sarah Granger - Deputy Headteacher
Hilary Carpenter - School Business Manager
Clerk to the Governors - Sarah Blomfield
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