Welcome to the William Penn School website. You are invited to join us on a virtual tour of the school below. We would also be very happy to welcome you in person. Contact the school using the office email: office@williampenn.co.uk or telephone on 01403 741274.

Co-opted Governors

Mr Matt Kerry

Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governors

Although a number of you will have seen me at the school gate, I wanted to introduce myself formally and outline the experience and skills that I bring as the Chair of Governors. We are based as a family in Barns Green and chose William Penn ahead of our nearest school for the Quaker ethos, high-quality teaching, and the school’s vision of ‘Living, Laughing and Learning Together’. I am delighted to now have the chance to work closely with the exceptional staff at William Penn and help guide the strategic direction of the school.
I am a Deputy Headteacher at a secondary school in Cranleigh. My leadership responsibilities focus on constantly improving the intent and content of the curriculum, improving the quality of lesson delivery from our teachers, leading staff training across the school, ensuring high quality outcomes for students, and leading on external reviews of the school. I have also sat on various school Governing Bodies for over 10 years. I aim to use my skills and experience to lead the Governing Body of William Penn in both supporting and challenging the leadership team of the school.

Term of Office: February 2024 to February 2028
Previous Terms: None
Current Roles: Chair of Governors
Previous Roles: None

Ben Toogood

Vice Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

Having spent twenty years working as an estates and facilities manager for numerous local authorities, Ben now works at the University of Sussex in Risk and Emergency Management.

He has two children, one who attends William Penn and one who has moved onto The Weald. The family lives just around the corner from the school.

Term of Office: February 2022 - 2026
Previous Terms: September 2018 - February 2022 (Parent Governor)
Current Roles: Health & Safety Governor, Premises Link Governor
Previous Roles: None

Mr Andrew Nyadzo

Co-opted Governor

Andrew has been working in the Supply Chain & Procurement field for more than 15 years and is currently the Group Procurement Director for a FTSE 250 listed manufacturing company. He moved to Billingshurst with his family in August 2020, shortly before their 3 children started at William Penn. Their 2 older children have since moved on to secondary school, whilst their youngest is still in JBB class.

Andrew believes that a child's experience at school plays a huge role in preparing them for adult life in the world that awaits them. Schools should always aim to equip children with the necessary academic, practical, social and emotional experience that will help them to be good citizens, and contribute positively.

Term of Office: July 2023 to July 2027
Previous Terms:
Current Roles:
Previous Roles: