The pupils and staff of The Link Primary School

would like to wish you all a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Meet the Governors

Chair of Governors
This role is currently vacant.


Sandy Turner, Head Teacher
I have taught in special schools since 1988 having experience in both the maintained and non- maintained sector. I have been a school leader since 2004 and am committed to training and developing staff to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs in order to maximise their potential. I have a particular interest in strategies that enable families to successfully understand and manage autism and other communication barriers as well as strategies to promote positive mental health. I am a keen practitioner researcher and seek to use and discover the most effective approaches for children that will make a long term difference to their life opportunities. I have worked in a voluntary capacity for various different organisations over the years, most recently for the Livability / Prospects charity where I support young people and adults with learning disabilities and communication needs to integrate successfully into their local communities.


Dr Lesley Nicolas, Governor
After a career in research, I trained as a teacher and spent 25 fulfilling and happy years as a teacher of Chemistry and Head of Department in a Croydon school. Since retiring four years ago I have continued my interest in education by becoming a volunteer at Holly Lodge Educational Centre in Richmond Park. This is a unique small charity in the heart of Richmond Park, offering educational programmes that explore science, nature and history, specialising in activities for young people with special needs. I enjoy leading activities in the Victorian classroom and exploring the nature trail and park with the young children. Every group is different and presents me with new challenges.

As a governor I would be continuing my commitment to helping young people with special needs and utilising my experience of school management to enable the school to progress and develop, as it faces new challenges.


Rachael Watson, Governor (Lead Governor for Safeguarding)
I am a primary teacher with over 15 years’ experience. I started my career in a state school in Battersea before moving to an independent school in Streatham. I have covered many roles in my time from literacy coordinator to my current role as Supported Learning Needs and Pastoral Leader. I have a particular interest in SEN and have recently completed a Certificate of Competence in Education Training with Access Arrangements (CPT3A) making me a member of the BPS.

I joined the Governing Body in December 2015 and am looking forward to my term at the Link Primary School. As a previous governor I feel that I have the skills and time to commit to this important role and I am very much looking forward to the years to come.


Lily Nwuso, Parent Governor
My aim as a parent governor is to continue building on the outstanding status and success of the school, ensuring it is a top choice for both children and teachers – the place to be.

As a teacher of mathematics, I have several years’ experience in both mainstream and SEN school in the UK and Italy. I am fluent in three languages and have some knowledge in Makaton. As an active listener, I appreciate people’s diverse opinions and welcome suggestions with an open mind. I believe in equal opportunities for all. I am passionate about teaching and learning, as well as finding new strategies and career development for staff.

As a mother of four children, our first having graduated in mathematics and economics, the second studying chemical engineering, the third in a progressive primary school and my last child, who has made some significant progress in many areas as a child with special needs, I can confidently say I have familiarised myself with many challenges faced by parents and can empathise with the concerns of parents with children with special needs.


Laura Roberts, Parent Governor (profile to follow)


Anita Clay, Staff Governor (profile to follow)


Jan Loughborough, Governor
I have worked at Chipstead Pre-school in Surrey for the past 12 years, where I am Deputy to the Supervisor and Secretary to the Parents’ Committee. I am also the Health & Safety Office and a member of the Surrey SEND Forum. I am also a trained Clerk to Governors, employed by the Octavo Partnership, Croydon, as a member of their Ad Hoc Clerking service. I am currently working with the Governing Board of Crosfield and Selhurst Federation of Nursery Schools and Children’s Centres.

My previous background included working for UNISON Trade Union and for LB Croydon Social Services, Family Placements. I have Employment Rights, Health & Safety, Governance, SEND and Safeguarding experience. I am a mum of three and my hobbies include travel, aquafit and walking/rambling.


John Reilly, Governor
As Headteacher of Link Secondary School, I am delighted to be part of the LGB of the Primary School. We work closely together and supporting the future development of the school makes sound sense. I have been a teacher since graduating in the mid 1990s and started as a teacher of History in a local comprehensive school before moving onto posts in a number of inner London schools. During this time, I developed a strong interest in inclusion and wanting to assure all young people had access to high quality education. I have been blessed to work in a variety of different types of outstanding settings and been inspired by exceptional school leaders. Link Secondary is my second Headship appointment.




‘Thank you very much for all the help and support you have given our daughter. The Link is a great school and our decision to send our daughter here was the best decision we made.”

Parental Survey 2017

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