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Our Governing Body

Name
Role
Background

Theresa Smyth

Headteacher

Prior to  this headship, I have worked in 4 schools in London and West Sussex.  I am married, have 4 children and live in Chichester - but was born in the seaside capital of the north - Blackpool!  I love to spend time walking at the beach and occasionally, when perfect weather prevails - have been known to swim!

Janet Holt

Foundation Governor and Chair 

I am the grandmother of 4 grandchildren currently at Singleton school. I went to Singleton as did most of my children, and love the family feel of our small but beautifully formed school.  We have a great governing team, and together we pool our skills and resources to ensure  the children and staff  have the support to be the very best they can be. 

Damien Crawford

Parent Governor and  Vice Chair

As a parent governor at Singleton since 2015, where my two daughters have both attended, I have a vested interest in the school and a desire to invest in providing every child with the best start in life. I am the owner of a software development company based just outside Petersfield and live in Charlton only a short walk from the school across the fields of sheep and cows.

Tara Yarahmadi

Staff Governor

Prior to becoming a  teacher, I graduated from Chichester University with a BA Hons in Performing Arts. I adore anything creative and when not teaching, love travelling and photography. I have explored some beautiful countries and look forward to seeing what else the world has to offer!

Richard Murfitt

LA Governor

Before retiring in 2017 I had a varied career working in schools in London, Surrey and West Sussex. I spent many years also working in the construction industry. I live in Singleton and have two daughters and six grandchildren .

Kate Etheridge

Parent Governor I worked in database and software development for 14 years prior to having my son, who is currently in year 3.  I moved back to West Sussex 8 years ago and was originally from London.

Jackie Hayes

Parent Governor

I am married and have 2 grown up sons and a younger daughter. I have been an insurance manager for 24 years and help run a local family insurance brokers. I instantly fell in love with Singleton School, and have a passion for making it the best that it can be. 

Helen Morris

Foundation Governor

I grew up in Singleton, taught Spanish and Drama in U.K, English in Zimbabwe and was a City Councillor in New Zealand before spending the final 15 years of my working life as a psychiatric nurse. Raising a large family of home grown, adopted and foster children gave me a huge appreciation of how Primary education attempted to meet the needs of each of my children.

Avril Sargent

Co-opted Governor

I ​​​​​​ moved  from the Lake District, when I was 5 years old and now live in Chichester with John, my partner of over 40 years. We have 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren, who are a joyful part of our lives. I have worked  in Youth Services, Outdoor Pursuits, and The Princes Trust, before turning to accounting. My love of mountains has taken me to the Base of Everest, The Alps and of course back to The Lake District.

John Robinson

Co-opted Governor I am a retired FE college principal and educational management consultant.  I am married with two children, two step children and seven grand children.  I live on the outskirts of East Dean.

Incumbent: Vacancy

Foundation              Parish currently Interregnum