Meet our Governing Body
Mr A J Knights (Chair Of Governors)
I am a married father of 5 grown up sons and have 3 grandchildren. I have been an Essex School Governor for over 10 years after working in and around Essex schools. I spent 10 years as a Local School Sports Coach and Sports Co-ordinator working for the WDF Partnership. I have learnt to appreciaappreciate how important education is for all our young people. I value the role that governors take in supporting and challenging schools to be the best they can be. I believe I have the experience and expertise to fulfil this role for Collingwood Primary School.
Miss J Hargreaves (Chair of Finance and Resources Committee)
I have lived in South Woodham Ferrers for 35 years and been retired for 5 years, prior to which I worked in Finance roles all my working life in a range of different industry sectors. Since becoming a governor 8 years ago I have held a number of roles, mainly finance related.
I became a Governor because I have an interest in the education of children and the additional demands placed on the teaching staff. I am currently the elected safeguarding governor which has taken me outside my comfort zone of Finance but to which I feel I can add value to the school.
Mrs H Phelps-Knights (School Led Improvement Partnership Governor)
I am a mother to 5 grown up sons and have 2 grandchildren. I have been a teacher for 26 years and I am in my 14th year of headship in a large Primary school in Essex. I am also the Chairperson of the Essex Primary Heads Association. After working for such a long time in schools I appreciate how important a good education is for all our young people, primary schools are the foundation for this. I always valued the role that governors have in supporting and challenging their schools to be the best they can be. Now I have the opportunity to give something back and be a governor myself, I’m enjoying seeing the work of the school through a governor’s perspective and the different challenges that brings.
Mrs A Buckland-Garnett (staff)
I was appointed as Headteacher at Collingwood in September 2006 and have seen the school through many changes since then. I have taught at 5 schools ranging from a small village school in rural Essex to a very large Primary in South London. I am also a Mum and have been a governor at two other schools.
I believe that our governors bring a variety of skills and experiences to the school and are vital in providing a different perspective and new ideas for improving the work of the school for pupils, as well as ensuring that the school fulfils its statutory duties, is accountable and allocates its resources effectively.
Ms C Laver (staff)
Having joined the Collingwood family in September 2021 as Deputy Headteacher, I am an observer at all Governing Body meetings. I strive to work closely with our Governors to enable all our children to achieve their best possible outcomes. I have been a teacher for the last 20 years in London, Yorkshire and now Essex.
With my family, I have relocated from South East London, where I was a Deputy Headteacher in Greenwich. We now live in Maldon where I am a governor at my children's school.
Mr J Conder (LA Governor) Vice-Chair Appointed April 2021
Mr A Grant (Co-opted) Child protection/Safeguarding Governor
Mr P Yates (Vice-Chair and Health and Safety Governor)
I have lived in the Essex area for the last 30 years, and have resided in South Woodham Ferrers for the past 10 years. I am married and have both children and grandchildren living in and around the local area.
Professionally, I have worked in Banking, predominantly in Investment Banking, where I have held senior management positions In Operational and Risk Management functions. As part of my professional work I have also worked overseas on occasions in the US, Europe and Asia. I am now semi-retired and undertake contract consultancy work on an occasional basis, for both banks and consulting firms.
I hope that by becoming a school governor I can use my experience to help the school to be the best it can be.
Mrs J Smith (staff) Appointed January 2023
Mrs P Langmead (Clerk)
I have been clerking Governing Bodies since 2003, and have worked with Collingwood Primary School for six years. As well as bringing my clerking experience to the role, I was a Chair of Governors at a primary school for 16 years and I am the Professional Officer for the Essex Primary Headteachers’ Association. This gives me a real understanding of the roles and responsibilities of governors and their schools, as well as a knowledge of current national and local policy in relation to education.
Ms S Cross (Associate Governor) Appointed March 2023