Courtwood Primary School is part of The Collegiate Trust. The Directors of the Trust have delegated the oversight and leadership of Courtwood Primary School to the Local Governing Body (LGB), made up of parents, staff, LA and Trust representatives. ClickHEREfor information on the Governors.
Kirsten has been a governor at Courtwood Primary School for 19 years, and has seen both her children pass through the school. In that time she has seen many changes to education, to Courtwood’s pupil base, and to the responsibilities and demands placed on governors.
These changes keep the role fresh and have contributed to her length of service, together with an ongoing desire to make sure that pupils at Courtwood get the most out of their time at Primary School whatever their needs and circumstances.
She has worked for HMRC for over 30 years, which somehow led to being responsible for overseeing financial matters on the Board, but has also been the governor responsible for SEN, and has twice been Chair of Governors.
Natasha has enjoyed working at Courtwood Primary School for 19 years. During this time she has worked across all 3 key stages and has held a variety of leadership roles, taking on the role of Principal in September 2018. Natasha is passionate about inclusion and the development of the whole child and strives to enable every child to reach their full potential.
Vice Chair of Governors/Trust Governor
Richard is a Trust Governor and Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body at Courtwood Primary School. A Chartered Accountant with 18 years of experience in both private practice and commercial finance, Richard assists Courtwood on matters related to the allocation of resources, risk and statistical analysis. Married to a former Primary School teacher, with two school aged children of his own, Richard understands the importance of education and believes in being a lifelong learner. Having spent a significant portion of his career living and working in foreign countries, Richard is keen to promote inclusion and diversity and believes they are important in the enrichment of our young people. When he is not working or being a Governor, Richard likes to spend time with his family visiting museums, farms and enjoying cultural experiences, he also sings in a local community choir.
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Jessica is a mum of one, who’s daughter attends Courtwood School. She chose to become, a parent governor to see how she could help in the development of the school as well as that of her daughter. With over 21 years teaching experience herself in primary schools she believed she could offer insight both as a teacher and a parent. She is passionate about Courtwood and all it does to be the inclusive, family school it is especially under the constraints placed on it both financially and by the government.
Darryl has three children attending Courtwood, including a child within the ELP. As a parent governor he hopes to add value and assist the school in improving the futures of all the children who attend the school. He is a leader who has operated in senior roles within a number of blue chip retailers and service providers, including additional responsibilities managing major projects. For the past four years he has been in role as the Head of Retail for the national charity Sense where he is accountable for all elements of the trading division and collaboration with other departments within the charity.
Lucy Bruce is Head of Teaching and Learning at Riddlesdown Collegiate and has been working in education for the last 18 years. Lucy is an English teacher and has worked in a number of different schools in both Surrey and West Sussex and her passion for reading and love of high quality classroom teaching underpins her practice. Lucy grew up in Croydon and went to the University of Kent and has been working at Riddlesdown Collegiate since 2010. Lucy firmly believes that the classroom has the power to transform lives and that every child should have the opportunity to have an outstanding education.