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GOVERNOR TYPE                   




OF INTEREST               


WORKING PARTY                                                                                                      



2016 -2017           
Mr John Herbert Co-Opted

01.01.17 - 31.12.21


Finance & Premises

Health & Safety

Mr Darren Carpenter Co-Opted 29.01.16 -28.01.20 Chief Financial officer, Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust

Finance & Premises

Health & Safety

Link Governor

Mr Mike Coward Authority 23.09.13 - 22.09.17 Grandparent Chair of Governors, Safeguarding, Leadership & Management,  Complaints  7/7
Mrs Aisha Dickson Parent 23.10.15 - 22.10.19 Parent

Leadership & Management

Pupil Welfare/Church/Community

Educational Visits

Mrs Kirsty Fitzscott Associate**(Deputy Headteacher) 01.01.15 - 20.7.17     6/7
Rev Nicol Kinrade Associate** 03.11.15 - 02.11.19   Teaching and Learning 6/7
Mrs Nina Mackay Foundation 01.01.14 - 31.12.17  

Pupil Welfare, Church & Community

Health & Safety

Ms Lyn Spellman Co-Opted 24.02.17 - 23.02.21  

Safeguarding, Teaching & Learning

Special Educational Needs

Mrs Susan Thompson Headteacher 01.04.16 - tbc     7/7
Rev David Wallis Foundation Ex-officio 01.06.07 - tbc  

Pupil Welfare, Church & Community, Leadership & Management

Pupil Discipline

Mr Tom Wakeford Parent 23.09.16-22.09.20 Parent Teaching & Learning 6/7
Mr Dave Orpin Staff 11.11.16- 10.11.20  

Finance & Premises

Health & Safety

Mrs Verity Brown Clerk to the Governors        
Mrs Helen Colvert Staff 03.12.15 - left 31.8.16 Parent   N/A
Mr Craig Mayhew Associate** 01.01.15 - left 20.7.16 Parent   N/A
Mrs Anna Felton Associate** 01.02.14 - left 30.11.15     N/A
Mr Alan Whitefield Parent 01.1.13 - left 31.05.16 Parent   N/A
Mrs Pam Burr Co-Opted


left 31.12.16


Inclusion, Pupil Premium (PP), Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Teaching & Learning

Dr Nicola Meakins Co-Opted 01.01.15 - left 23.02.17 Parent, Employee of Southern Water Vice Chair, Child Protection & Safeguarding N/A

* Governors are usually ecected or appointed for a period of four years.

**Associate governors do not have voting rights.

Ditchling (ST Margaret's) CE Primary School Governing Body 2015 - 2016

The Instrument of Govement of Ditchling (St Maregaret's) Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School provides for ten governors in the following categories:

1. Two parent governors (elected by parent body)

2. One LA governor (appointed bt ESCC)

3. One staff governor (elected by staff)

4. One Headteacher (ex-officio)

5. Two foundation governors (one ex-officio, one appointed by Diocese)

6. Three co-opted governors (apponited by Governing Body)

Associate governors are appointed additionally as needed

The Governing Body is responsible for the management of the school, the curriculum and staffing.

Members of the Governing Body include foundation governors nominated by the Church; and parent governors are elected by the parents. The staff can also elect a governor to represent them on the Governing Body. The governors meet regularly throughout the year, either at full governing body meetings, or at committee meetings.


Working Parties & Responsibilties of the Governing Body 2015 - 16

Governor Role

Governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to the school and the education of its children. The Governong Body's overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the Headteacher to promote continuous improvement in the school's performance. This involves working with management and staff to formulate an improvement plan, setting challenging but achievable targets and interpreting information to assess progress and to monitor appropriate action.

Linked to its improvement role, the Governing Body is there to be a critical friend which is a balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the Headteacher and the school. Part of the role of the Governing Body is to ensure that the school is accountable to the children it serves, to their parents, and to the staff it employs, and also to its local community and those who fund and maintain it.

Governor Responsibilities

The Governing Body as a whole has a number of responsibilities, some relate to;

  • Supporting and leading the school in developing its Christian values and ethos
  • Ensuring the requirements of the National Curriculum are implemented
  • Setting policies
  • Monitoring the annual budget and ensuring best value is achieved
  • Recruitment, and selection of the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, and employment of staff
  • Ensuring the fabric of the school buildings are kept in good order

Governor Interests

Governors are required to declare any business or other interests which they may have in connection with the school. The DfE guidance on the constitution of maintained school governing bodies says that the register should set out:

  • The relevant business interests of governors
  • Details of any other educational establishments they govern
  • Any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses,partners and relatives

Governors at Ditchling (St Margaret's) CE Primary School complete an annual declaration of interests and are required to declare any changes to this at every Governing Body meeting. This information is recorded in minutes of meetings. Governors also sign a Code of Conduct agreeing to these conditions.

Governors' attendance at FGB meetings 2016 -2016

8 meetings to date, no committee meetings.

Apologies received and accepted when governors were unable to attend a meeting.

No meeting failed to take place because it lacked a quorum.


To contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Coward, please contact the school office on 01273 844130 / office@ditchling-ce-prim.e-sussex.sch.uk.

Governor Meeting Minutes