Chair of Governors 

  • Mrs Eileen Vose (Chairman)


  • Mr Vernon Jennings
  • Dr Alan Vallon
  • Mrs Angie Luff
  • Mr Barry Jones
  • Mr John Knightley
  • Mrs Karen Furse
  • Mr Martin Fuller
  • Mr Mike Kipling
  • Mr Peter Higgins
  • Mr Vic Gopaul
  • Mrs Michelle Wright
  • Dr Stephen Fisher

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Eileen Vose

I have great pleasure in welcoming you to the website of Muntham House School and hope you find all the information and news you need to gain a real understanding and knowledge of our  wonderful community and the pupils and staff who live and work here.

We have a strong Governing Body of fourteen members drawn from the local community and further afield; we are fortunate that all our Governors bring their experiences and expertise from the medical profession, education, business, finance, and public service, to support the successful running of our school and the best possible outcomes for the young people in our care.

Our work is organised through formal and informal meetings and the list below will give you some idea of how we carry out our roles and responsibilities:

  • Full Governing Board meets twice a term
  • Estates Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Care and Welfare Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Finance Committee

In addition to these sub committees which also meet twice a term, our Safeguarding Governor meets school leaders and staff every three weeks and we carry out unannounced visits to monitor health and safety issues and residential provision twice a term. Governors work very closely with the school and are often to be found in school helping in many aspects of school life and meeting pupils in lessons or informally at meals and events.

We have had a very busy year dealing with some important appointments and matters concerning the future structure of the school and refurbishing many areas of the school:

  • Appointment of the new Principal and Deputy Principal
  • Admission of Key Stage One pupils
  • Installation of outdoor equipment in both secondary and primary areas
  • Refurbishment of Sports Hall
  • Sensory Room
  • New kitchens and redecoration for residential students
  • Introduction of wellbeing group for staff
  • Planning for new primary classroom
  • Planning for extension of dining room
  • New toilets
  • Updating conference room

These are just a few of the matters we have considered alongside the 'everyday' work which is making sure that all aspects of governance are focused on, our main aims to maintain the Safe, Caring, Happy ethos of the school and to do our utmost to prepare our students for adulthood.

We are all proud of our involvement with Muntham House School; its record of twenty years of good and outstanding Ofsted inspections and sending its students out into the world having achieved some remarkable outcomes is testament to the dedication and contribution of all who work and learn here.  To be a Governor at Muntham House School is a privilege in getting to know so many exceptional young people and to play a small part in their lives and futures.

Vernon Jennings – Vice Chair of Assets & Resources

I have been a Governor at Muntham House School since 1986 and during that time served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Governors. I am also Chairman of the Estates Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

My professional life has been running a small surveying practice carrying out both Building and Topographical Surveys for clients including the Home Office.

I am an Associate Member of the RICS and was awarded the British Empire Medal last year for my volunteer work in the community over the last 30 years. 

Alan Vallon – Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Care & Welfare, Member of Personnel & Safeguarding Governor

I have been a Governor at Muntham House since 2014. My professional career was in the NHS from 1972 when I graduated as a doctor until retirement in 2013. The majority of this time was spent at Crawley Horsham and East Surrey hospitals as a consultant physician specialising in Acute and General Medicine, Care of Older people and in Gastroenterology. The other posts I held concurrently were in management as a Clinical Director for Emergency care and Medicine and in education as Director of Medical Education.

Other Interests:

  • Trustee at Springboard Projects 

Angie Luff – Member of Care & Welfare

Besides raising a family, I have had a varied career working in the hospitality industry before joining the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust supporting adults to cope with the daily demands such injuries inflict.  I joined Muntham House School 5 years ago working within the Care Team, I gained promotion to Team Leader on Bodiam floor where I have enjoyed the variety this role offers. I am a recent addition to the Governing Board – joining the team in September 2015 as Staff Governor, I serve on the Care and Welfare and Estate Committees. 

Barry Jones – Member of Assets & Resources and Member of Personnel

I trained as a Physicist and worked in the Electronics Industry in Research and then Defence Electronics.  My final post was as Product Support Director at Racal Radar Defence Systems in Crawley.  Since retiring I was a part time Consultant and served as a Magistrate for 8yrs both in the general and family courts.  I currently volunteer with Crawley Museum, am secretary of the Crawley Scout District and an Independent Person for Crawley Borough Council.  I have been a Governor of Muntham House School since 2015 and serve on the Finance and Education Committees.

Other Interests:

  • Trustee Crawley Methodist Church
  • Trustee Crawley District Scouts 

John Knightley – Chair of Assets & Resources and Member of Personnel

After National Service in Hong Kong and Germany, my entire working life was spent with Sun Alliance Insurance.  Following 7 years in India I held a number of Branch and Head Office appointments in the Life and Non-Life parts of the company. Latterly my main involvement was in Sales and Marketing. I was also Chairman of the Trustees of Small Company Pension Schemes. I have been a Governor at Muntham House School since 2015. 

Karen Furse – Chair of Education Committee

Whilst new to the role of Governor serving on the Education Committee, my career is in education.  I have been a teacher for over twenty years and am currently Assistant Head Teacher in a West Sussex secondary school.

I have held many senior leadership responsibilities and currently oversee the pastoral side of the school.  I also enjoy doing some work for the Institute of Education, training school leaders. 

Martin Fuller – Member of Care & Welfare and Member of Assets & Resources Committee

I have been a Governor for nearly 10 years. My wife and I were Parent Governors since our son started in the Primary unit of the school. Our son now attends college full time. I live close to the school and am a self-employed Landscape Gardener and adoptive parent.

When I took on the role of Governor my aims were:

  • To support the Governors, Staff and Pupils to assist in the smooth running of the school
  • To promote the school in the local community
  • To assist in good home/school communication and relations

I am always happy to chat to parents or professionals about our experience of Muntham House School or to feedback anything on your behalf in respect of the governance of the school. Please write or email us at the school’s address. (Please note if you have any specific issue relating to your child or ward, please contact FIT or the appropriate Teacher or member of Care Staff). 

Mike Kipling – Member of Care & Welfare and Assets & Resources

I am recently retired, having spent 40 years working in the Life Insurance Industry. I am a former Council member and Vice-President of the Institute of Actuaries. I currently have a small non-executive role at Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society and am a tribunal panel member at the Financial Reporting Council. I am also an adviser with West Sussex Citizens Advice and a volunteer for the National Trust. In the 1990s, I was a parent governor at Holbrook Primary School in Horsham. 

Peter Higgins – Member of Education

I was for 36 years a teacher of Chemistry in a secondary school. I was also Housemaster of a Boys Boarding House and then of a Girls Boarding House. I also have experience of Safeguarding, DBS disclosures etc. for volunteers working with young people. I have been a Governor at Muntham House School since 2002. 

Vic Gopaul – Teacher Governor

I read Physics with Astrophysics at King's College London before working as an NHS Management Accountant. During this time, I decided to try my hand at teaching so I completed the 2 year PGCE conversion course at Brighton University. My first job was at my placement school Thomas Bennett Community College, there I became KS3 coordinator for maths. I left Thomas Bennett Community College to join Varndean School where i was assessed for and given the title of Lead Professional in Teaching and Learning. I subsequently lead T&L observation and support throughout the school. My teaching experience ranges from KS3 to A-Level maths and physics. Here at Muntham House School I have lead the maths department for 3 years in which time I have delivered two workshops at the Engage National Conference and two INSET's on Engaging our Students and Behaviour Management.

Michelle Wright – Member of Care & Welfare and Safeguarding Governor

I have worked at Muntham House School for the last 26 years, starting in the Primary Unit as an LSA, then moved onto Play and Development and I am now working with the Family Induction Team supporting parents and carers and being responsible for new admissions. I am also now one of the designated Safeguarding Leads working alongside the Principal. I am responsible for the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff at Muntham House School. Previously I was a Staff Governor at Muntham House School, I am now a Parent Governor representing Parents and Carers.  

Dr Stephen Fisher - Member of Care & Welfare Committee

MBBS MRCGP DRCOG DFFP PG.Cert (adult medical education)

I have been a full time General Practitioner in Horsham for the last 29 years at Park Surgery. I was also Senior Partner until Jan 2017 when I reduced my duties changing to becoming a part-time partner. I was born in Horsham and spent most of my life in Sussex, growing up in Brighton, then attending medical school at Guy’s Hospital London qualifying in 1985. I was school medical officer at Christ’s Hospital School, a large local boarding school, for many years as part of my work as a GP locally. I was a local representative doctor at the local CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and a shadow Governor at the local hospital trust (SASH) in 2015-16. I hold a certificate in medical adult education allowing me to become a trainer for many years, training General practitioner registrars to become fully accomplished and accredited GPs and also held the post of Academic Mentor in West Sussex, teaching established GPs to pass the PgCert in medical education. In order to maintain full accreditation as a practising GP I have been regularly appraised and revalidated and this includes up-to-date training in CPR, safeguarding, and the whole GP curriculum. In my own time I spent many years cycling, more recently I have a camper van and go camping

I think helping children to have the best experience in education and reach their own personal potential regardless of their individual personal strengths and weaknesses is challenging and fulfilling. I have been fortunate to have three children who are now at undergraduate or postgraduate level and continue to encourage life-long learning and wellbeing.


Governors can be contacted c/o the School Office on 01403 730302 or by email: office@muntham.org.co.uk

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