OF INTEREST           



2018 -2019
Mr Darren CarpenterCo-OptedGoverning Board29.11.19 -28.11.23Chief Financial Officer, Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust

Partner works at Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary School
Chair of Governors (from 3.10.19)

Safeguarding,  HTPM,  Finance,

Health & Safety & Premises

Leadership & Management

Mrs Aisha DicksonAssociate (no voting rights)Governing Board2.10.19 – 01.10.20ParentLeadership & Management


Ms Jennie FellowsCo-optedGoverning Board07.02.19-06.02.23N/ASEND, Pupil Premium

Teaching and Learning

Mr John HerbertCo-optedGoverning Board01.01.17 – 31.12.21N/AHTPM


Health & Safety & Premises

Mrs Sue MarshallAuthorityLocal Authority2.10.18-1.10.22Teaching and Learning

Pupil Welfare, Church & Community

Mr Dave OrpinStaffElected by staff11.11.16- 10.11.20Staff memberFinance 

Health & Safety & Premises

Mr Nigel PorterFoundationDiocese of Chichester25.03.19-24.03.23Wife works at Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary SchoolFinance , H&S & Premises,

Pupil Welfare, Church & Community

Mrs Susan ThompsonHeadteacherGoverning Board01.04.16 –Headteacher

Husband works at Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary School

Mr Tom WakefordParentElected by parents23.09.16-22.09.20ParentVice-Chair of Governors

Leadership and Management

Teaching & Learning, HTPM

Rev David WallisFoundation Ex-officioDiocese of Chichester01.06.07 –Ex-officioPupil Welfare, Church & Community4/6
Mrs Verity BrownClerk to the GovernorsDiocese of ChichesterN/A
Mrs Vicky HarriesParentElected by parents08.11.19-07.11.23Parent

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

**Associate governors do not have voting rights.

The Governing Board operates a system of Working Parties, these groups do not have voting rights.  There are no committees.


Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary and Nursery School Governing Board

The Instrument of Government of Ditchling (St Margaret’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 by 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 (appointed by Governing Body)

Associate governors are appointed additionally as needed


Governor Role

Governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to the school and the education of its children. The Governing Board’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 Board 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 and Nursery School complete an annual declaration of interests and are required to declare any changes to this at every Governing Board meeting. This information is recorded in minutes of meetings.

Code of Conduct

Governors also sign a Code of Conduct agreeing to these conditions. This is available on the website.

Governors’ attendance at FGB meetings 

The Governing Board holds six meetings per school year, plus a training session.


To contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Carpenter, please contact the school office on 01273 844130 / [email protected]