Simon Simmons

I am currently in my 11th year as Headteacher at Barns Green Primary School. I have been a Governor for approximately 25 years at a number of schools across Sussex. I am as passionate about providing an excellent education today as I was when I started in teaching and feel very privileged to be working at Barns Green Primary.

Peter Bird (Co-opted Governor)

I have lived in Barns Green since 2001 during which time all four of my children attended the school. I volunteer as a Governor at Barns Green Primary School as I am a passionate believer in high quality education and the opportunities it presents to young local people. I work in marketing and training for a large oil company and therefore bring along many business perspectives to the Governing Body. I am also a Parent Governor at the Weald, Billingshurst

Alyson Heath (Co-opted Governor)

I am married with two grown up children. I have lived in Pulborough for 40 years. My eldest has cerebral palsy so as a family we have been involved in the world of disability for many years. My youngest went to The Weald secondary school. I have worked as a teacher and headteacher in West Sussex all my career. I retired as headteacher of St Mary’s CE (Aided) Primary school in August 2015. Until my retirement on sat on the Diocesan Board of Education and was an inspector of Church schools. I am also a governor of another school in Horsham.

Penny Pavey (Co-opted Governor)

I moved to West Sussex over thirty years ago and currently live in Thakeham. I am married with two grown-up children. I retired in 2015 having worked for over thirty-five years as a teacher in both Kent and West Sussex. I have spent most of my career working in primary schools with a particular focus on Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. My aim as a Governor is to support everyone working at Barns Green Primary School, thereby enabling all children to achieve their very best.

Alex Nicholson Chair of Governors)

I am father to 2 children at Barns Green Primary School, and have lived in the village for over 10 years. I have volunteered to be parental governor of the school to do what I can to ensure all the children at the School have the best possible start in life: This relates to the education provided as well as an environment that is caring, supportive, helpful and nurturing.

I work as an auditor in the Not-for-Profit sector, at the top NFP auditor, and with that comes knowledge and experience of auditing schools and other charitable bodies, which will assist in my role as governor.

Rob Hammond (Parent Governor)

I have lived in Barns Green since 2015 and have two children attending Barns Green Primary School. I became a parent governor as I am passionate about helping to build the best possible environment for our children to learn and develop in a complex and ever-changing world. I have worked in internet marketing for over a decade, across media agencies and music and news publishers, and currently work for a Californian software start-up.

Tracey Newbold (Staff Governor)

I have taught for many years and am as passionate about teaching and learning as the day I started. As Deputy at Barns Green for a little over a year now I believe I bring both experience and expertise. I have taught within a wide variety of contexts over the years and was even lucky enough to live and teach in New Zealand. Within West Sussex Education authority I have held a number of roles, helping to develop English provision within the authority and being a statutory writing moderator. I believe strongly that education should be creative and engaging and that as professionals those working within school should have high expectations of both themselves and the children.

I am proud to be Deputy of Barns Green, this is a very special community and I am thoroughly enjoying being part of it.