Saltdean Primary School

Saltdean
Primary School

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Our Governors

The three 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 - click here for Terms of Reference); and Curriculum and Standards (which oversees the curriculum, teaching & learning and progress and attainment data - click here for Terms of Reference). We also have a Pay Committee - click here for Terms of Reference.  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; Chair 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, Member of the Headteacher Appraisal Panel, Link Governor for Behaviour and Nurture, Link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

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 he Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Board

 

 

Katie Glennon

(Term of office 15.09.21 - 14.09.25)

Link Governor for Safeguarding

Headteacher Governor

Ex Officio

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

John Maxwell

(Term of office began 20.04.20)

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee

Advisor to Resources Committee

 

 

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; Link Governor for Curriculum; Headteacher Appraisal Review Officer

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)

Member of the Resources Committee, Member of the Pay Committee, Member of the Headteacher Appraisal Panel

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 Health and Safety

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; Member of the Pay Committee; Member of the Headteacher appraisal panel; Link Governor for:

Disadvantaged Pupils

Governor Recruitment, Induction and Training

Sports Premium and PE

 

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

 

Lindsey Harvey-Messina

(Term of office 15.09.21 - 14.09.25)

Associate Member to Curriculum and Standards Committee with voting rights on the 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 2021-22 

Name and category

Contracts/ suppliers / employment

Other educational establishments

Family members 

Dan Chatfield, Parent governor

None

None

Three children at the school

Lucinda Dash, Parent Governor

Aldingbourne Trust

None

One child at the school

Amy Dower, Parent governor

Teacher at Cradle Hill Primary School

Teacher at Cradle Hill Primary School

One child at the school

Katie Glennon, Co-opted governor

Sussex Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

None

Two children at the school

Lindsey Harvey-Messina, Associate Member

None

None

Two children at the school

Carole McIver-Wren, Co-opted Governor

 

None

John Maxwell, Headteacher

Director at Connexus Psychological Development Ltd

None

None

Victoria Palmer, Staff Governor

None

None

None

Joe Paxton, LA Governor

None

Local Leader of Governance LA

None

Robin Rance, Parent Governor

None

None

 Child at the school

Colleen Weafer, Co-opted Governor

None

None

Two children at the school



You can read minutes of our meetings here.