Our team of Governors work collaboratively with staff and parents to ensure strategic direction, accountability and financial probity.
The work of the Governors is carried out within Full Governing Body meetings and through Finance and Estates Committee, Curriculum and Education Committee and Attitudes and Personal Development Committee.
Sarah BettisonChair of Governors
I have been a Co-opted Governor since 2016, but involved with Rotherfield Primary School since 2012 when we moved into the area and my two daughters attended. Both are now at secondary school in Kent, where we live.
My career has been in IT for the last 20 years but, at the beginning of my working life, I was a primary school teacher for a few years. I have retained a strong interest in education and especially SEND.
I have been a Co-opted governor since 2019. I have lived in the area for about 30 years and have two grown-up children.
I have many years of experience in education with a particular interest in Early Years. I retired recently and am keen to use my knowledge to support the school and excellent team we have here in Rotherfield.
Kate BishopHead Teacher
Helen MillerCo-opted Governor
I have been a governor for our school since 2017, initially as a parent governor with two children at Rotherfield Primary.
I am passionate about improving education for all pupils, with particular interests in Pupil Premium and curriculum development. I have worked in various educational roles, including as a teacher and school leader for 20 years, more recently focusing on teacher development for the Kent region in my work as Director of the Kent Teaching School Hub.
Teresa CliffordCo-opted Governor
I have been a Co-opted Governor since March 2019 and am a parent of two children at Rotherfield.
I have responsiblity for Communications and Parent Liaison. I am a member of the Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Development Committee with special responsibility for Pupil Voice and Behaviour and Attitudes.
Rob HarrisonParent Governor
I have been a Parent Governor since 2019 and chair the Finance and Estates Committee.
I am a Commercial Director in the produce industry and sit on a number of business boards including Lighthouse brands, British Summer fruits, Berry Gardens growers, British Stone fruit.
I have two children in years 6 & 4 at Rotherfield. I also volunteer as an age group coach at Rotherfield FC.
Lisa WatkinsStaff Governor
I have had the privilege of teaching at Rotherfield Primary School for the past 5 years and in other schools across the southeast for the past 11 years. I have contributed to whole school development from a teaching and curriculum perspective and am looking forward to developing my role at Rotherfield as Staff Governor in supporting the school in a strategic direction adn woring with the governors to make a difference for all of our children.
I am excited to be supporting the school's aims and mission whilst striving towards the high standards in academic achievement and the children's personal development. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside our governing body, ensuring that we fulfil our duties to all the children in the school, not only now but for years to come.
Louise SpeersLocal Authority Governor
Helen FordhamParent Governor
I was elected as a Parent Governor in February 2022. I have a daughter in year 4 and a son who attended Rotherfield but is now in year 10, so I have been a parent of the school for several years now. We have also lived in the village since 2013. My background is in Social Work with children and families, and I now work as Inclusion Manager and Deputy Safeguarding Lead of a large secondary school in Kent. I am passionate about ensuring fair education and opportunity for all.
Christian BeckCo-Opted Governor
I joined the governors at Rotherfield in 2022 after moving to the village the previous year with my wife and young son. I was previously the Vice-Chair of governors at a local school in Kent. I am a research engineer by training and currently manage digital business in the UK for a multinational aerospace, defence and security company. I am passionate about STEM education. I am currently the health and safety link governor.
Angela Ivaldi, Clerk to the Governors
I am an experienced clerk to governors. My role is to provide sound advice to the governing board on governance, legal, constitutional and procedural matters to ensure the board works to the legal framework. I also provide effective administrative support to the board and committees.
Please read our Governor Code of Conduct.
If you would like to get in touch with the Governors, please contact the school office: 01892 852 574 / firstname.lastname@example.org or to reach the Chair of Governors email@example.com
Governor Impact Report 2022
Governor Attendance at Meetings Academic Year 2020-21
Governor Register of Interest
- Governor Declaration of Interest Register May 22
- RPS GB Information May 22
- RPS Governors Attendance 2020 21