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View from the Chair - Letters from Kevin Malone, Chair of Governors

We are fortunate in having an extremely dedicated and knowledgeable Governing Body who work hard to support and challenge the school in its work. Many governors are in the school

on a weekly basis and work closely with staff and pupils.


The Governing Body has three committees:

Behaviour, Safety and Well Being
Teaching, Learning and Pupil Achievement
Leadership and Management

Each committee meets twice a term with the full Governing Body meeting termly.

Governors' Attendance Record - 2015 - 2016

The Governors -

The Governors - 1 Mr. P. Collins
The Governors - 2 Mr. S. Frith
The Governors - 3 Mr. K. Malone - Chair of Governors
The Governors - 4 Mr. P. Mathieson
The Governors - 5 Mr. T. Neville
The Governors - 6 Mr. A. Palmer - Headteacher
The Governors - 7 Mrs. M. White
The Governors - 8 Mrs. A. Winfield

Not Pictured:


Mr.T. Darby

Mr. M. Thomas

Mrs. H. Barrett



Mr. K. Malone


Kev attended Heycroft as a pupil in the 1980's, and joined the Governing Body when his stepson attended the school. He holds a degree in Criminology, and his professional experience spans education, social care and health. He is passionate about the local community, having lived in Eastwood most of his life. He is married with two children.


Mr. P. Collins


Paul has been a School Governor at Heycroft for 15 years, and has experience in financial matters within the financial services and community work. One of his sons is registered disabled, and he is keen to ensure there is open access for all children.


Mrs. A. Winfield


Angela is a Certified Registered Bookkeeper, and a Fellow of the International Association of Bookkeepers. She has two children at the school and is keen to promote Respect, Excellence and Determination.


Mr. T.  Neville


Tony has been a Parent Governor for a number of years, and also chairs Heycroft's Parents' Association, which leads in fund-raising for the school on behalf of the parents. His two elder children were both educated at Heycroft, and he has one child in the school at the time of writing (2015). He is pleased to be able to make a contribution to the school as both a Governor and in his PA role. 



Mr. M. Thomas 


Mick is retired, having previously worked throughout his career in information technology roles within financial institutions. He has acquired much experience of budgeting and general financial matters.


He was a "Heycroft parent" continuously from 1984 to 1998 with all three of his daughters enjoying their early education at Heycroft. He has been a Governor for nearly 20 years.


He has been a resident of Eastwood for over 30 years and is pleased to be able to contribute to the on-going development of the school.



Mr. S. Frith


Simon began serving as a Heycroft Governor in 2007 whilst his two children were pupils at the school. His wife Jackie works at Heycroft as a SEN LSA. He has a wealth of communication and project management skills, which he has gained through his job as a film director and producer, and this gives him a useful perspective at Governor committee meetings. 

He is passionate about improving the outcomes for all pupils at the school.


Mrs. M. White


Mary has been involved with Heycroft for 46 years and has three children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild, all of which keep her on her toes and very happy.

She works for Dr. S. Sathanandan, is a member of the Cantare Choir and a member of St. Laurence Church. 

She also has many other interests including cake making, watercolour artist, dressmaker and gardener and is am a ballet and opera lover.




Mr. P. Matheison


Paul has been a Governor at Heycroft for nearly 20 years. Previously he was a member of the Parents' Association and for several years Chair of the Governing Body.

Both of his daughters attended Heycroft so his interest in the school stretches back over 25 years, during which times there have been massive changes in education, but he feels that the school remains a place to be very proud of in times of change.

He lives and works locally, and by profession is a Chartered Civil Engineer, so brings an experience and expertise to the Governing Body in terms of project management, finance and technical matters.

He is pleased to be able to bring his longstanding experience to the Governing Body, and looks forward to continuing working with the team on the many challenges ahead. 


Mrs. H. Barrett


Helen has become our newest Parent Governor (joined Feb 2016) with currently one child at the school. She is also a member of the Heycroft Parents Association and is proud to be involved in all areas of her daughters education, and to be able to contribute and support everyone involved at Heycroft. 








All Parent Governors are elected by a Ballot of the Parents

Staff Governors are elected by a Staff Ballot


Clerk to the Governors - Mr. G. Crowe


Name Position of Responsibility Category Appointed By Term of Office Committees Declaration of Interests Relationships with School Staff


Mrs. H. Barrett


Chair of BWS committee Parent Governor Heycroft School Governing Body 29/02/16 -  TL & PA  BS & W None None
Mr. P. Collins Oversight of Financial Reports Co-Opted Heycroft School Governing Body Until 31/07/19 L & M Hon. Treasurer of Two Charities None
Mr. S. Frith


Co-Opted Heycroft School Governing Body Until 31/07/19

 BS & W

 L & M 

None Husband of member of school staff
Mr. T. Darby   Co-opted  Heycroft School Governing Body   L & M    
Mr. K. Malone Chair of Governors Chair of L & M Co-Opted Heycroft School Governing Body



L & M

TL & PA    BS & W

Associate Trainer for Carillon, Southend Education Trust

Mr. P. Mathieson - Co-Opted Heycroft School Governing Body Until 31/07/19   None None
Mr. T. Neville

Vice Chair,

Chair of TL & PA Committees

Parent Governor Heycroft School Governing Body Until 25/02/19

BS & W

L & M



Wife is a

Mid-Day Assistant

Mr. A. Palmer Headteacher Staff Governor (Ex-Officio) Heycroft School Governing Body N/A - None None
Mrs. N. Sims

Vice Chair of 

Clerk to BS & W

Link Governor

Parent Governor Heycroft School Governing Body Until 10/11/19

BS & W


None None
Mrs. C. Taylor Office Manager Staff Governor Heycroft School Governing Body  Until 1st Aug 2017 L & M None None
Mr. M. Thomas - Co-Opted Heycroft School Governing Body Until 31/07/19 L & M None None
Mrs. M. White - Co-Opted Heycroft School Governing Body Until 31/07/19 BS & W None None
Mrs. A. Winfield

Senco and

Early Years Governor 

Parent Governor
Heycroft School Governing Body Until 31/07/17

BS & W


None None