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Our Governors


Foundation Governor  Sandie Boniface

 Sandi Boniface

Having retired from a lifetime's career in teaching, leaving as a Headteacher in East Sussex, Sandie joined the Governing Body of Holy Cross School thirteen years ago.  During her teaching career she taught in a number of different countries and settings.  She has three grandchildren in a Danish school and therefore has experiences with a range of educational systems.  She became a governor as she has a love of children and primary education and wants to continue her connection with both for as long as she can be of some help.

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Foundation Governor  Angela Hook

 Mrs Hook

Angela grew up in Lincolnshire and went to University of London Goldsmiths College.  She has taught in primary schools in Surrey and Sussex and at the International School of Stockholm.  Angela is married with three grown-up children and two grandchildren and has lived in Uckfield and worshipped at Holy Cross Church, since 1979. She loves being retired, after 18 years teaching at Little Horsted Church of England School and is enjoying the beauty of our countryside.  She is delighted to be part of the community at Holy Cross School.

Joint Vice-Chair & Elected Parent Governor  Maggie Kane

Maggie studied European Policy and Modern Languages at Southampton Solent University and later did her PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University.  In addition, she is qualified to teach English as a foreign language.  On completing her PGCE, she moved to Uckfield with her husband in 2002 and has taught in a number of schools within East Sussex and held various subject leader positions, as well as being a teacher governor.  In 2010 she moved to Dubai in the UAE with her husband and son, and whilst there, she had her second child. The family returned to Uckfield in 2014 and both her son and daughter now attend Holy Cross.  Maggie is passionate about primary education and has a particular interest in natural history and the sciences.  She is looking forward to being a more active member of the school community and contributing to the continuing success of Holy Cross School.


Elected Parent Governor  Gerry Tighe

Gerry has spent twenty years working as a Project Manager/Principle Engineer in complex major infrastructure projects such as Ministry of Defence, Heathrow terminal 2, Crossrail and the financial sector. Gerry has two children attending the school who are flourishing in the caring environment the school provides. He is committed to ensuring that the school and its pupils go from strength to strength for many years to come.


Priest (ex-officio)  Rev John Wall

The Rev John Wall has been ordained for 27 years and he has served in five parishes, starting with a Curacy in Crawley, West Sussex.  He began as Rector of Uckfield in September 2016.  He has previously been a governor at four schools, but Holy Cross is his first Church School and he is very pleased to be involved with such a lovely community.  He enjoys doing silly assemblies!

Headteacher (ex-officio)  Cathy Dart

 Mrs Cathy Dart

Cathy was appointed Headteacher at Holy Cross CE Primary School in April 2016.  Her teaching career in Britain began in 1994, following a four year period spent Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Spain.  Her first positions were based at schools in Bermondsey, Brixton and Peckham in South London.  She secured her first Deputy Headship at Peckham, before moving to Sandown School in Hastings also in the role of Deputy Headteacher.  In 2009, Cathy became Headteacher of Deal Parochial CE Primary School in Kent, returning to East Sussex as Headteacher of Beckley CE Primary School in 2014 prior to accepting the post of Headteacher at Holy Cross CE Primary School in Uckfield.  Cathy has a dog called Pip and loves going on long walks with her in her spare time. She also has a passion for traditional English country dancing and runs a weekly club after school.


Paul Sparks


Joint Vice-Chair Local Authority Appointed Governor Paul Sparks

I have lived in Uckfield with my wife Dorothy for over 30 years and both our daughters attended what was then the Uckfield Community College. We now have 5 grandchildren going through various stages of their schooling but sadly they all live away from Uckfield. After a career in the financial services business, I retired and became involved with various local organisations including the CAB, League of Friends of Uckfield Hospital and Uckfield U3A. Also, I have been elected to represent Uckfield as both a County and District Councillor. I am now a Town Councillor. I helped to form the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents' Association which is now firmly established and includes a doctors surgery car service for our residents. One of my main interests is sport including football which I played and refereed for many years. I am now just a spectator! I first became a school governor several years ago at Rocks Park and now delighted to join Holy Cross. I will endeavour to use my business experience for the benefit of our school. I feel strongly that we must give every child the best possible education and I will do all that I can to support our excellent team in achieving that.                 


Clerk to the Governing Body  Christine Howell Christine Howell - Clerk to the Governors

I have lived in Uckfield for over 20 years, and have two teenage sons.  I have worked in various educational establishments for a number of years.  In my spare time I enjoy photography, walking, crochet, and I have a real passion for travel and wildlife.


Updated January 2019