Saltdean Primary School

Saltdean
Primary School

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Our Governors

The 3 core functions of the Governing Body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors appoint the senior staff, make decisions about the school's budget, and discuss and approve school policy documents. Governors also ensure the school provides the highest standard of education for every child. 

Our Governing Body is made up of four elected parents, one elected staff member, the headteacher, one local authority governor proposed by Brighton and Hove Council, and five co-opted governors appointed by the Governing Body. The Full Governing Body holds two meetings per term, and we have additional Committee meetings. The main committees are Resources (which oversees finances, premises and staffing); and Curriculum and Standards (which oversees the curriculum, teaching & learning and progress and attainment data). Individual Governors are also assigned specific "Link" responsibilities in respect of which they engage with the school's leadership and teachers. 

We work closely with the headteacher and his staff team and make regular visits to the school.  We also come in to spend time getting to know the pupils, helping them to understand who we are and what we do, and to attend assemblies and other events. We take part in training and meetings arranged by Brighton and Hove City Council and we also meet the Ofsted inspectors and other agencies.

Like all school governors, we are unpaid volunteers who give a lot of time and energy to our duties. We try to represent the views of all those with an interest in the school, and, like the staff team, we always welcome your feedback and suggestions for further improving our school.

Anyone aged 18 or over can become a school or college governor. No specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role. Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don’t need to have a family member attending the school to become a governor. Find out more on our governor vacancies page.

If you would like to get in touch with the Governing Body, please email our clerk Ruth Ali, using the following email address: spsclerk@saltdean.brighton-hove.sch.uk 

Our Governing Body consists of 12 governors:  4 parent, 5 co-opted, 1 Headteacher, 1 staff, 1 LA 

In addition, we have appointed some associate members.  

Parent Governor

Elected by parents

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  9 out of a possible 9

Dan Chatfield

(Term of office 24.11.20 - 23.11.24) 

 

Chair of the Resources Committee; member of the Pay Committee; and Link Governor for Finance.

 

Parent Governor

Elected by parents

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  6 out of a possible 6

Lucinda Dash (Term of office 24/11/20 - 23/11/24)

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee

Parent Governor

Elected by parents

Meetings attended in 2020-2021: 8 out of a possible 9

Amy Dower

(Term of office 20.03.20 - 19.03.24)

 

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee; and Link Governor for implementing and enhancing provision for writing.

Headteacher Governor

Ex Officio

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  12 out of a possible 12

John Maxwell

(Term of office began 20.04.20)

 

 

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Board

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  7 out of a possible 9

Carole McIver-Wren

(Term of office 19.03.19 - 18.03.23)

 

Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee; and Link Governor for Covid and Curriculum. 

Staff Governor

Elected by staff

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  6 out of a possible 6

Torie Palmer

(Term of office 10.07.19 - 09.07.23)

 

LA Governor

Proposed by LA and appointed by Governing Board

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  5 out of a possible 6

Joe Paxton (Governing Body Chair)

(Term of office 12.11.20 - 11.11.24)

Parent Governor

Elected by Parents

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  7 out of a possible 9

Robin Rance

(Term of office 20.03.20 - 19.03.24)

 

Member of the Resources Committee; and Link Governor for Personnel.

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Board

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  9 out of a possible 9

Colleen Weafer (Governing Body Vice Chair)

(Term of office 25.01.18 - 24.01.22)

 

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and the Resources Committee, member of the Headteacher appraisal panel; and Link Governor for Curriculum and Behaviour.

 

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Board

 

 

vacancy

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Board

 

 

vacancy

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Board

 

 

vacancy

 

Associate Members - Not required to attend FGB meetings

 

Associate Member (and Deputy Headteacher)

Appointed by Governing Board

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  Not associated to a committee, no meeting attendance required.

Mrs Natalie Burley

(Term of office 16.09.19 - 15.09.23)

 

Associate Member

Appointed by Governing Board

Meetings attended in 2020-2021:  1 out of a possible 1 

Katie Glennon

(Term of office 24.11.20 - 23.11.24)

Associate Member to Curriculum and Standards Committee

 Please click on our photos to read our profiles.

The following members were also serving on the Governing Body in the last year:

Name

Governor Category

Term of Office started

Term of Office expired/date of resignation

Michael Jones

Co-opted Governor

20.05.2019

26.07.2021

Lindsey Harvey-Messina

Co-opted Governor

15.05.2019

23.07.2021

Samantha Smith

Co-opted Governor

11.07.2018

23.07.2021

Rosemary Miller

Associate Member

19.10.2020

23.07.2021

Rosemary Miller

Parent Governor

19.10.2016

18.10.2020

Daniel Chatfield

Parent Governor

19.10.2016

18.10.2020

Claire Price

Associate Member

20.03.2020

29.04.2021

Register of Governor Business, Pecuniary and other interests 2019-20 

Name

Governor Category

Interest Disclosed

Nature of potential conflict

Dan Chatfield

Parent Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school

Michael Jones

Co-Opted Governor

None

n/a

Lindsey Harvey-Messina

Co-Opted Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school

Rosemary Miller

Parent Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school

Carole McIver-Wren

Co-Opted Governor

None n/a

John Maxwell

Headteacher Governor

None

n/a

Natalie Burley

Associate Member

None

n/a

Joe Paxton

Local Authority Governor

No interests declared

No interests declared

Samantha Smith

Co-Opted Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school

Torie Palmer

Staff Governor

None

n/a

Colleen Weafer

Co-Opted Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school



You can read minutes of our meetings here.