About Governors



Barns Green Primary School has a dedicated Governing Body who support the Headteacher and all the staff in the running of the school.


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Meet the Governors

Simon Simmons

I am currently in my 13th 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.

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.

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

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.

Victoria Baxter (Co-opted Governor)

I have lived in Barns Green for nearly 6 years and I absolutely love our village. We have such a vibrant community and there is so much going on for such a small place! I’m someone who likes to give back to the community and have become a school governor, so that I can help the school achieve its objectives. I currently have 2 children at the school and I feel passionately that all children deserve the very best start in life. School plays a vital role in encouraging children to make friends, develop to their full potential, learn about the wider world and discover who they are able to become – so I welcomed the opportunity to become further involved as a governor.

I have over 18 years’ experience in Marketing and Advertising in both SME and Corporate businesses. I currently work at RSA in Horsham and have done for the past 9 years. Some of the strengths I hope to bring to the team are strong communication skills, creativity, ability to deliver and project manage, as well as think strategically…and of course my experience as a Mum! I hope to be a useful addition to the board of governors and look forward to hopefully making a difference.

Rob MacDonald (Local Authority Governor)

I have 1 child currently attending Barns Green Primary School, 1 at Playgroup and a baby who I’m sure will follow his elder siblings’ path! I have volunteered to be a Governor to play my part in supporting the school and wider local community. I believe passionately that quality education is a right for all children and look forward to working with our school over the coming years.

I work as a Project Manager for the NHS in Surrey, specifically working on the transformation of community health services for children and families.

Governing Board Attendance Record