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Sugar Hill Primary School

'Learning and Growing Together'


Our Governing Body

Achievement and Standards:              Mrs A French, Mr H Gamblin, Mrs K Legge, Mrs P O'Rourke, Mrs D Raine, Mrs S Russell

Appeals:                                                     Mr G Gamblin, Mrs L Peart

First/Pay Review:                                     Mrs A French, Mr R Gibson, Mrs P O'Rourke, Mrs D Raine, Mrs E Williams

Headteacher's Performance:               Mrs A French, Mr M Iveson, Mrs D Raine

Personnel:                                                  Mr R Gibson, Cllr. S Iveson, Mrs P O'Rourke, Mrs D Raine, Mrs S Russell, Mrs K Snaith

Resources:                                                 Mrs A French, Mrs D Raine, Mrs P O'Rourke, Mrs K Snaith, Mrs E Williams

Children, School and Community:      Mrs M Alderson, Mrs K Legge, Mrs L Peart, Mrs D Raine, Mrs S Russell, Mrs E Williams

Governor Terms of Office                                 Special Interest Governors                              

Meet the Governors

Our Governing Body is made up of 7 co-opted governors, 1 authority governor and 1 staff governor, and the Headteacher.  Governors serve a four-year term and work to a Code of Conduct. We invite specialists to work with us, for example Janet Bennett, the school’s Education Development Partner, supports us with school improvement and professional development activities.

Denise Raine – Chair of Governors






Anne French – Vice Chair of Governors

Paula O'Rourke –  Head Teacher


Kathy Legge –  Associate Governor



Kathryn Snaith –  Co-opted Governor

 Michelle Alderson –  Staff Governor

Sharon Russell –  Parent Governor

Mrs L Peart - Parent Governor

Mrs E Williams - Parent Governor

Mr G Hamblin - Parent Governor

Having recently retired from a career that focused totally on child care and education I felt that I would like to continue my involvement in the development of children’s futures by becoming a School Governor. Sugar Hill Primary School has been a large focus for me throughout my life and I feel had a positive influence on the person I am today, as well as that of my children and grandchildren. I attended the school, a time I remember with great fondness and where I was taught to explore my environment, to question, to experiment, be independent and confident as well as the academic curriculum.

I joined the nursery team on a temporary basis for a year to cover long term sickness of a member of the teaching team. This was a very special part of my return to work after having my children and gave me a lot of new skills that prepared me for my future career development.

My three children and many of my nieces and nephews also attended, currently my youngest grandson attends Sugar Hill and is developing a real quest for learning. His twin brothers spent their primary years at Sugar Hill too. They are now attending Woodham Academy which I feel Sugar Hill prepared them for very well, giving the groundwork of education to enable them to be in the higher achievers in their year.

I have been lucky enough as a Governor to see, first hand, the hard work and dedication of the whole staff team to creating the most conducive environment for children’s learning.






I’ve been a Governor at Sugar Hill since 1993. My children and grandchildren attended the school and I continue to have strong ties with the school and the local community through my role as a governor. I have spent much of my working life in Finance, and bring this knowledge to my role as Special Interest Governor for maths. I really enjoy visiting the school, following how teaching and learning in maths is developing, and most of all working with children in classrooms





I have been Head teacher since September 2013, first in a shared headship and solo since September 2014. I love my job! I came here in 2008 as Assistant Head Teacher and teacher in Nursery, and have watched the school change and develop into what it is now, a good school with outstanding features.

Before I came here I worked in many schools, in a variety of roles and with all age groups, and I can safely say this is one of the best. The staff are all dedicated to the school and do the very best they can to ensure all children have the start in life they deserve. We endeavour to make life in Sugar Hill as exciting and motivating as we can while at the same time encouraging the children to challenge themselves in all that they do.

The Governors help us to make the school what it is. We encourage Governors to come into school as often as they can, not just for meetings but to see the children working and appreciate what the children and staff do on a daily basis.

As long as I am Head Teacher, Sugar Hill will remain my passion.


When I first worked at Sugar Hill Primary in the Spring of 2012 as an Advisory Teacher, the children I worked with were so enthusiastic to learn, it was not long before I looked forward to my weekly visits as much as they did! I soon realised the 'Sugar Hill Family' is so supportive of all children, staff and families and strong teamwork is at the heart of the school. As a visiting teacher I never dreamed I would be working here three days a week as Special Educational Needs Coordinator by September of that year, Assistant Head in just over a year and then full time as Deputy Head teacher by September 2014. Day in, day out, I witness first hand Sugar Hill's dedicated and hard working staff working tirelessly to make each child's 'Sugar Hill Journey' a success. I am so incredibly proud to be Deputy Head teacher at Sugar Hill working with Mrs O'Rourke, School Leaders, Governors, staff, parents and carers to inspire all our children to develop a love of lifelong learning from foundations built on high expectations and achievement for all.

I lead Working Parties in school and would be delighted to hear from any parent/carer who may like to become involved in shaping new initiatives across school.








I have worked at Sugar Hill for 16 years and they have been very happy years. I thoroughly enjoy working with the children here, especially seeing them grow in confidence and preparing them for their future in secondary school. Being a governor allows me to have a say in important decisions about our school and I value that.


















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