Governors have an important role. The key roles of Governors at Hellingly are to:

  • ensure clarity of vision and ethos of the school
  • set clear and ambitious strategic priorities for the school which inform the priorities in the School Improvement Plan
  • hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
  • Ensure that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced Curriculum

We also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Asking challenging questions of school leaders
  • Setting and monitoring the school's policies and ensure the school is operating effectively according to those policies
  • Determining how the school's budget is spent, including the expenditure of the Pupil Premium allocation and PE Funding
  • Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances

The Full Governing Body meets regularly, at least once a term. We do not have sub-committees which ensures that every Governor is involved in the decision making process and has an overview of all Governing Body and school activities; reports to each meeting are focused on the priorities in the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and outcomes for children. Individual Governors have particular roles such as Safeguarding, Health and Safety, SEND, Vulnerable Learners and High Attaining Pupils and Pupil Premium and these are linked to priorities in the SIP. If necessary, Working Parties can be established to take on specific tasks on behalf of the Governing Body. Finance is discussed at each meeting and we also have a special meeting each year to agree the Budget. Governors know the school well through regular visits and personal liaison with staff, pupils, parents and other stakeholders. We are passionate about our role as Governors and are rigorous in the challenge and support we can give to the Headteacher, staff and the school as a whole. We have high expectations in driving the school forward.

Register of Pecuniary Interests

Name Category Term of Office Position on GB Attendance at Governor meetings 2017-2018 to date Business Interest Governance links to other educational establishment Other connection to the school
Corinne Crawford Staff Ex Officio Acting Head Teacher N/A Employed at Hellingly Primary School
Lynn Hill




21/09/2015-20/09/2019 Training Link Governor 6/8 Employed at Hellingly Primary School  


Former Hellingly Associate Governor
Diane Aldridge


Authority 15/07/2014-14/07/2018 Co- Chair of Governors, Health and Safety, Mental Health and Wellbeing 8/8 Sole Practitioner at DJA Planning (Planning Consultancy) Member of the Board, a Trustee and a Governor of The Southfields Trust - A MAT covering The South Downs and The Lindfield Special Schools
Jennie Cole Parent 09/02/2017- 08/02/2021 Vice Chair of Governors, EYFS; Safeguarding, Child Protection and Online Safety 6/8 Employed at Hailsham Community College Child attended the school
James Gietzen Parent 07/03/2017– 06/03/2021 Closing the Gap- to include SEND and Vulnerable Learners, PP and Higher Achieving Pupils 7/8 Employed at Uckfield Community Technology College Child attends the school
Alison Miller Co-opted 21/09/2016-20/09/2020 Teaching and Learning 8/8 Employed as caretaker at the school Child attends the school, husband is assistant caretaker at the school
Michael Nix Co-opted 21/09/2016-20/09/2020 Co- Chair of Governors, SMSC 7/8
Craig Ribbons Co-opted 13/01/2016-12/01/2020 3/8 Head teacher at Heath Farm School, Ashford, Kent Governor at Parkside Primary School in Heathfield Married to a member of staff
Mat Wynn Co-opted 03/09/2015-02/09/2019 Finance Lead Governor 6/8 Child attends the school
David White Associate 16/11/2016-15/11/2020 6/8 Local District and Parish Councillor
Gaynor Newnham Clerk N/A 2/3 Employed by East Sussex County Council Clerk at other ESCC schools: Bourne, Stone Cross, Telscombe Cliffs, Peacehaven Heights, St. John’s Meads. Also, Langney and Shinewater Schools for Swale Academies Trust, Downs Infant School for Brighton and Hove City Council and IEB’s at Peacehaven Community School, The Causeway School, Annecy Catholic Primary School and Ticehust & Flimwell CE School. Partner employed at Philpotts Manor School, East Grinstead.
Julie Nightingale


Parent 01/10/2012-07/09/2016 N/A Teacher at Ocklynge Junior School Child attends the school
Christina Green Staff 01/01/2013-31/12/2016 N/A Employed at Hellingly Primary School School NUT rep for teaching staff
Sam Jaquet Parent 01/10/2012-30/09/2016 Vice-Chair of Governors N/A Employed at LMDB Accountants Ltd Children attend the school

Wife runs the PTA

Corinne Crawford Staff 18/01/2017-17/01/2021 Deputy Head Teacher N/A Employed at Hellingly Primary School
Kyra Ward Staff Ex Officio Head Teacher 3/3 Employed at Hellingly Primary School

Diane Aldridge

I have lived in the village of Hellingly with my family for over 10 years. My daughter came to Hellingly School for Year 6 in 2007 and thoroughly enjoyed her time here. I joined the Governing Body as a “Community Governor” in 2011. I became Chair of the Governing Body in February 2014 following the retirement of Reverend Chatwin who had been a very committed supporter of the school for many years. As well as my role as Chair, I have a particularly interest in education for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) as my son attends a Special School in Eastbourne and I therefore have first hand knowledge and experience which I am happy to share. I am also a Parent Governor at my son's school which has added another dimension to my role as a Governor at Hellingly. Professionally, I am a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and work from my home office as a Planning Consultant, providing advice and guidance to clients on the vagaries and complexities of the British Planning System. I also occasionally work as a Professional Audio Book Recorder for RNIB out of their Studio's in Heathfield, something I got into slightly by accident having worked for their voluntary side - National Talking Newspapers and Magazines. I have always enjoyed reading and have been a member of a Book Group for several years; in any spare time I have I enjoy photography, making silver jewellery and taking our 2 dogs for long walks in the beautiful Sussex countryside.

Matt Wynn

Formally an Officer in Her Majesty's Royal Navy I am now Head of Finance for a large medical devices manufacturing company. I have one daughter who currently attends Hellingly school and another who will hopefully join her next year.

I read Marine Biology at Portsmouth University before attending Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. After achieving the rank of Lieutenant I left the Royal Navy and have since amassed over ten years in the finance industry. I bring to the governing body a questioning mind and a passion to ensure that the school continues to provide a great education to the community's children.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family. I love sport and compete in cycle races and triathlons.

Little known fact: my favourite poem is IF by Rudyard Kipling.

Craig Ribbons

I am currently the headteacher of an independent special school in Kent. I have worked in a variety of educational settings for more than 35 years, as a senior manager or the head for 22 of these. My experience is of working at every phase of education from Keystage 1 through to Post 16 provision.

I trained as a Design Technology and PE teacher and hold the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers, having also studied at Masters level, gaining a Certificate in Professional Studies.

My current role means that I have an in depth knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice.

My interests include Rugby (as a player, coach and Honorary Vice President as an acknowledgement for my services to the club and my commitment to children's rugby), travel and fine wines and dining. My wife, Sue Ribbons, and I have two grown up children and a granddaughter.

Ali Miller

I have lived in Hailsham since 2000 and I am married with one son ‘Jake’ who joined the school in the 2012 intake.

I worked for 20 years in retail banking starting in high street branches and progressing to senior underwriter for specialist and secured lending products.

Whilst being a stay at home mum for the first 7 years of Jake’s life, I volunteered at Raystede Animal Centre, joined and chaired the PTA for 2 years and I am currently the secretary. Last year I returned to work for my previous employers as the Personal Assistant to the Head of the Lending Department. This was a 12 month seconded position covering maternity leave for a colleague.

I enjoy a good book, spending time in the garden whatever the weather and socialising with family and friends.

I am truly committed to Hellingly School and wish to see its continued progression in attaining the very best for each child, maintaining the exceptional standards set by the existing Governors and teaching staff.

Corrine Crawford

I am the deputy head-teacher at Hellingly and prior to this, I taught for many years at a similar school in Bexhill. I am passionate about learning - especially Literacy and Maths (although I would find it hard to choose between them!) - and my favourite part of my job is sharing amazing work and celebrating children's successes with them. Two particular passions I have are SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and handwriting.

I live with my husband, my daughter (who has just started secondary school) and our two cats, Nellie and Sasha. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing tennis and trudging around muddy fields after ponies.

James Gietzen

My eldest daughter Isobel started at Hellingly in 2014 and has had a wonderful experience and flourished as a person. My second daughter begins her journey in September. I feel extremely fortunate to be sending both of my children to Hellingly Primary School, a school which I see enriching students in many different ways.

I am currently Raising Standards Leader and a teacher of Physical Education at Uckfield Community College. I have been teaching in East Sussex for thirteen years and feel I have a broad experience within education, with a solid understanding of data used in assessing pupils’ and current educational challenges schools are facing across the country. This gives me a good basis for supporting and challenging the leadership team in core matters.

Sport plays a massive part in my life, and I am fortunate to play golf at a reasonable level representing East Sussex National in many team events. I have grown up playing rugby for Eastbourne and have many strong links with sporting organisations around the county. My amazing experiences in sport has led me to be passionate that today’s children are aware of the importance of an active lifestyle and the enjoyment sport has to offer.

Michael Nix

I spent my career in education, first as a secondary school teacher in Bedfordshire and then in education administration. I had various roles over 20 years with East Sussex County Council, during which I worked with all the secondary schools and many of the primary schools in the county. Key areas of responsibility included school funding, school places planning and the schools capital programme. I then worked with the Learning and Skills Council Sussex, the organisation responsible for planning and funding post 16 education and training across Sussex. Finally I worked for Brighton & Hove City Council, responsible for planning school places, school meals, admissions and transport, and community education. I retired in September 2015.

My wife Carolyn was a reception class teacher at Chiddingly School for 14 years. We have lived in Hailsham for over 30 years and our four children attended Grovelands and Hailsham Community College. These are exciting times for Hellingly School as we build on the success that was recognised in the June 2016 Ofsted report and continue to improve still further. I wish to use my wide experience in education to make some contribution to the school’s continuing success.

I am very aware of how important a strong and supportive governing body can be to a school in the journey to achieve outstanding, but, more than anything as a parent I am passionate in my desire to support and achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children at Hellingly Primary School.