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. Click HERE for information on the Governors.

Information about the Directors of The Collegiate Trust can be found at


Natasha Grant


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.

Darryl Neville

Chair of Governors / Trust Governor

Darryl has two children attending Courtwood. As a Trust 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.  

Anita Murray

Vice Chair / Trust Governor

Anita is an award-winning project manager and a civil servant working for the Department for Education, in the Education and Skills Funding Agency.  She has worked with numerous academy trusts to become a reliable partner who has helped schools develop strong financial health and governance management, supporting the provision of excellent education. She is excited by inclusion and diversity, and particularly in improving social mobility through education.

Kay Hancox

Trust Governor

Kay moved to Forestdale in March 2021.  Having previously been a governor at a Croydon school she was keen to get involved in a new school and the local community.  She has worked at Imperial College for over 20 years; mainly in roles that support undergraduate admissions and undergraduate students. She is passionate about improving children’s life chances and realises that this starts at the very beginning of their educational journey


Trust Governor

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Jessica Fuller

Parent Governor

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.

Tim Taylor

Parent Governor

Andy Stranack

LA Governor

Andy Stranack is the Councillor for Selsdon Vale & Forestdale and the Shadow Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Resilience.
Andy  has been active in the Forestdale and Selsdon area for twenty years. He previously managed the Selsdon Contact Charity, providing neighbourhood services to elderly and vulnerable people living in and around the Selsdon and Forestdale area. Over the last 20 years he has lived on Littleheath Road, Woodpecker Mount, Markfield and Newlands Wood. He helped to set up, and is currently CEO of, the Ment4 charity in Croydon that provides intensive mentoring support to young people in the criminal justice system, excluded from mainstream education and/or suffering from mental health problems.

Philippa Bigden

CEO representative

Philippa is an experienced teacher and has held a variety of leadership roles over the last 11 years. She works as an Assistant Principal – Head of Teaching & Learning at Riddlesdown Collegiate and has worked for The Collegiate Trust since its inception. Philippa is incredibly passionate about Teaching & Learning and believes that every child should be given the best possible future life chances, which begins with Quality First Teaching, and access to exciting, challenging, and inspiring programmes of enrichment. Philippa went to a comprehensive school in South East London, before reading English Literature at University. Philippa also holds a PGCE qualification in secondary teaching; a Master’s in Education and is currently undertaking her NPQH.

Adam Ward

Staff Governor

Teri Guest

Staff Governor

Teri first joined Courtwood team as a reception lunchtime supervisor and a volunteer TA in Year 1. In May it will be 7 years since she made the transition into the ELP. Teri is passionate about working with and supporting children with SEND. She is Elklan trained, Makaton level 3 and an aspiring SEND teacher.