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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School

Meet the Governors

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I have been a co-opted Governor since May 2019 and became Chair of Governors in October 2021. Having attended school meetings at Chesswood and hearing Andrew Jolley share his passion, strategic vision and direction for Chesswood I wanted to support him and the school whilst at the same time be part of a team making a difference in my local community.

I am a father of 2 children at Chesswood (started in 2018 & 2020). I’m a Senior Project Manager for an international hardware and software manufacturing company and my current expertise is the Implementation of Retail IT within the UK for many of the well-known high street names. I have a very varied and diverse skillset and hope this will be useful in supporting Chesswood.

I’m keen to work with the school and governing body to enthuse children and young people attending the school both now and in the future to immerse themselves in the curriculum and extracurricular activities promoted by Chesswood in parallel with the schools core values, to give a first-rate foundation in education and social skills for all pupils.

Darren Carroll

Chair of Governors

Co-Opted Governor

Current Term of office began:

May 2022

I recently stopped work after 37 years with Legal & General where I held a variety of roles including in their governance and compliance areas. Whilst I now work part time or on short-term contracts, I will be travelling less and can devote time to help a school achieve its goals and ambitions by joining a governing body.


When the vacancy at Chesswood came up I jumped at the chance to join. In terms of philosophy I believe each child is unique and their education should aid their individual growth and development, whilst instilling a sense of community and respect for others. A school should be proud of how they inspire and nurture that evolution and I look forward to supporting the leadership team achieve this.


I’m told the school loves data and metrics. So do I!

Mike Carpenter

Co-opted Governor

Current term of Office began:

March 2020

I have been in and around Chesswood Junior School for the past eight years. My son left three years ago and my daughter is now in Year 5. Watching my two grow under the care of the staff, was and is both reassuring and special. 

As a former English and Drama ; then a Special Needs teacher for twenty years,I was delighted to become a Governor in September 2020. Supporting the education of all children is something I am passionate about; the chance to become a Governor seemed like an opportunity to give back to Chesswood. 

Beth Liassiddes

 Co-opted Governor

Current Term of Office Began:

September 2022

I have just joined the great team of school governors at Chesswood and am very excited to work with them towards the goal of making a brighter future for our children and the community. 

My daughter has transferred to this school and has had nothing but good things to say about it, I am a mother of three with my second daughter going to Davison and my son who is 24 working in decorating. 

I come from a very big family and believe that we should move mountains for our children and do this by working together with “the bigger picture” always in mind.

I manage a team in local government that helps private sector tenants deal with difficult landlords as well as help disabled customers adapt their home to be able to live a more comfortable life. It’s amazing work which I am very proud of.  I have been in management for 20 years managing teams as big as 247 staff and as little as 7, always with the same goal ensuring we have done our best to help people.

I look forward to meeting new people and ensuring that our children are getting the very best out of the education they are provided.

São Roque

Parent Governor

Current Term of Office Began:

October 2021

I have recently moved to Worthing. I have a daughter at Chesswood Junior School and I hope my son can join the school next year. I work in the governance team of a medium sized Multi Academy Trust and my recent experience has focused on trust governance and setting up and developing local governing bodies in many communities across South London and East Sussex. I have an MSc in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics and work experience in governance and board support within financial services. I am also a trustee of Home-Start Lambeth, a small charity that offers support, friendship and practical help to families with pre-school age children across Lambeth.

I am committed to helping young people increase their ambition and aspirations, particularly those from less privileged communities. I’m really passionate about education and making a positive difference for all children. I am keen to help a Chesswood achieve its goals and ambitions by joining the governing body and look forward to supporting the leadership team in the coming years.

Philippa Jackson

Parent Governor

Current Term of Office Began:

October 2021

I moved to Worthing in May 2021 and my son joined Year 6 at Chesswood in September of the same year. I also have two daughters, one who has recently finished a Biochemistry degree at Kingston University and the other who is in Year 7 at a local high school. I am a qualified teacher and I have worked extensively across all areas of the primary phase, from EYFS up to Year 6, as a teacher and also a phase leader. I taught in a South London school for several years before moving south to be closer to my family. I then worked for ten years at a small, forward-thinking primary school in Chichester with an SSC for children with specific language disorders. This experience gave me a real insight into how best to teach children with additional needs and how to enable all children, in any class, to make optimum progress and achieve their potential. Many of the skills I have developed as a teacher (working collaboratively; always being curious and thinking creatively; prioritising the needs of all children at all times), I believe are directly transferable to the role of parent governor and so when the opportunity to join Chesswood’s governing body came up, I jumped at the chance. I left my previous job in July 2021 so that I could have some time to settle my children into their new schools and I am relishing being able to focus solely on being a parent for now. I am also keen to be more actively involved in the Chesswood school community and feel that as a parent governor I will be able to do this. As soon as my son joined the school, it was clear what a supportive and exciting school Chesswood was and I am excited to work with the governing body, alongside the leadership team, to support the school on the next stage of its journey.

Rachel Baker

Co-opted Governor

Current Term of Office Began:

September 2022

It has been my privilege to serve as a primary school teacher since 1994. I worked in two primary schools in Essex (St Mary's Burnham on Crouch and Mayland Primary). My roles started with leadership of PE and then science. I then moved to Surrey to take a role as a deputy head teacher at Salfords Primary School this allowed me to take on a whole school leadership role including Special Education Needs and English. In 2001, I became head of Holland Junior School, at the time a failing school, which required significant improvements to ensure it was a school that served children and families in the community and was a place where children thrived and all could be proud of. After almost 10 years, the draw of the seaside with a young family became irresistible. I was appointed as Head teacher to Chesswood Junior School in 2010. Again, Chesswood was a school with serious failings that had to be addressed. Improving Chesswood to the school it is today has been an enormous team effort and one that we are genuinely proud of, as the school community is overwhelmingly confident, happy and thriving. I believe it is important that school leaders do not let a school stand still and strive to create the best possible opportunities to enable all children to be the best they can be now and at all points in the future - I am pleased to say that we continue to be relentless in that regard and I genuinely hope you feel that has led to a positive and successful experience.

Aside from my professional life I enjoy all forms of sport (increasingly watching my son not playing!). When I was involved in competitive sport I was able to represent the British canoe team. Since that time, I have enjoyed completing other experiences such as the Lands End to John o Groats cycle ride in 2019. I love sailing and being on or near the water and enjoy supporting Worthing Youth at Worthing Sailing Club.

Andrew Jolley

Headteacher (Staff)

Current Term of Office began:

October 2019

I live in Broadwater and have two children in local schools, Samuel in Year 9 and Amelia in Year 5. I’ve been teaching for about seven years now. I initially worked part-time, so that I could jointly share the care of my (then) two young children, at an infant school in Eastbourne teaching in Year 2.


I moved to Chesswood four years ago as I wanted to become much more actively involved in a school in my own community. At Chesswood I’ve taught primarily in Year 3 but this year I was moved to Year 6, a very different challenge which I’m really enjoying.


I am now the Year 5 leader and have held several subject leadership responsibilities including Music, Design Technology, Computing, Spelling and Science.

Tim Hicks

Governor (Staff)

Current Term of Office Began:

October 2021

Past Governors


Joanne Kelly, Parent Governor, Stood Down March 2020

Leigh Otterson-Walters, Parent Governor, Stood down March 2020

Karen Bassett, Co-opted Governor, Stood down  June 2020

Stephanie Lewis, LA Governor and Chair of Governors, Stood down June 2020

Julia Wilson, Co-opted Governor, Stood down August 2020

Katie Parsonage, Parent Governor, Stood down September 2020

Emma Hopson, Co-opted Governor, Stood down July 2021

Danny Kearney, Parent Governor, Stood down  July 2021

Donna Edmonds, Parent Governor, Stood down September 2021

Liz Dolby, Chair of Governors, Stood down October 2021

Emma Bird, Co-opted Governor, Stood down January 2022

Nik Wright, Co-opted Governor, Stood down March 2022

Hayley Burton, Parent Governor, Stood Down July 2022

Carl Walker, Parent Governor, Stood Down September 2022