GOVERNANCE

What Do Governors Do?

Governors have a strategic role in guiding and supporting the school’s work and challenging further improvement, with the following key roles:

  • Ensuring that the school vision, ethos and strategy are clearly defined.
  • Ensuring that the Headteacher performs his/her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school.          
  • Ensuring the proper and effective use of the schools budget. 

There are three committees that meet once every half term:

1. Teaching and Learning; Catharine Buchanan (Chair), Nnamdi Udezue

2018/19 meeting dates: 27th September, 8th November, 11th January, 28th February, 2nd May, 20th June

2. Ethos and Pupil Wellbeing; Gordana Chapman (Chair), Father Dan Henderson (Ex-officio),  Ed Lawrence

2018/19 meeting dates: 25th September, 5th November, 15th January, 25th February, 7th May, 24th June

3. Resources (Finance, Pay, Personnel, Premises); Jill Fairbrother (Chair), Matt Greenall, Oliver Mudge, Lesley Hurst

2018/19 meeting dates: 11th September, 6th November, 8th January, 5th March, 30th April, 2nd July

 

Some Governors also sit on Panels for:

Head Teacher Appraisals

Admissions. As a church school, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority which involves setting admissions arrangements for the school and agreeing admissions applications.

There are also Governors with special responsibility including Safeguarding with Child Protection, Health and Safety, Pupil Performance (Data Analysis), Safer Recruitment and SEN with Equalities and Training.

There is a high priority for Governors and the Diocese to attend training sessions organised by Brighton & Hove Local Authority to ensure they are able to carry out their role effectively. 

There is an expectation for all governors to visit the school during the year to become familiar with school improvement priorities e.g. follow up staff presentations on curriculum development, equality, behaviour and learning. Governors also place a high priority on communicating with the school community and attend parent/teacher evenings and other school events, including the annual summer fair.

 

Key Documents

Vacancies

We currently have a vacancy for a Foundation Governor - please contact the clerk Clare Bennett if you are interested in this role.

If you are interested in becoming a governor in the future or finding out more about what we do, please contact the clerk to governors by emailing:

 clarebennett@st-andrews.brighton-hove.sch.uk


Our Governors

Name

Role

Appointed by

Term of Office

Original appt date

Position

Fran Beckett OBE

Foundation Governor

Diocese

21/03/2018 - 20/03/2022

21/03/2018

Catherine Buchanan

Foundation Governor

Diocese

01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021

01/09/2017

 Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

Gordana Chapman 

Parent Governor

Parents 

08/03/2016 - 07/03/2020

08/03/2016

Chair of Ethos Committee

Sue Coleman

Local Authority Governor

Local Authority

04/07/2018 - 03/07/2022

04/07/

 

Jill Fairbrother

Foundation Governor

Dioceses

03/04/2017 - 04/04/2021

03/04/2017

Chair of Resources and Finance Committee

Abby French

Staff Governor (maternity cover for Suzanne Cairns)

Staff

03/12/2018 - 02/12/2022

30/11/2015

 

Matthew Greenall

Parent Governor

Parents

01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021

01/09/2017

Responsibility for Health & Safety

Reverend Dan Henderson

Foundation Governor

Exoficio

22/09/2014

22/09/2014

Exoficio governor

Lesley Hurst

Foundation Governor

Dioceses 

06/05/2016 - 05/05/2020

06/05/2016

Vice Chair

Ed Lawrence

Foundation Governor

 PCC

21/01/2014 - 20/01/2018

21/01/2014

Responsibility for Safeguarding

Andrew Lincoln

Consultant Partnership Head Teacher

Governing body

 

 

 

Oliver Mudge

Foundation Governor

Dioceses

12/07/2016 - 11/07/2020

12/07/2016

Chair

Nnamdi Udezue

Foundation Governor

Dioceses 

06/05/2016 - 05/05/2020

06/05/2016

 

Associate Members

Name Role Appointed by Term of Office Original appt. date Role
Julien Rutler Associate Member Governing Body  10/05/2018 -  09/05/2019 10/05/2016 (Linked to the Resources Committee)

 

In the past 12 months we have also had the following members on our governing body:

Name

Role

Term of office

Appointed by

Appointment end date

Original appt date

Suzanne Cairns

Staff Governor

30/11/2015 - 29/11/2019 Staff 05/10/2018

30/11/2015

Colleen White

Associate Member

17/05/2017 -   16/05/2018 Governing Body 16/05/2018

17/05/2016

Jason Tingley


Associate Member

22/01/2017 -    1/01/2018 Governing Body 01/01/2018

25/09/2008

Trevor Cristin

Staff Governor

01/04/2009 - 24/07/2018 Virtue of appointment (Head Teacher) 24/07/2018

01/04/2009

Coreen Sears

Foundation Governor

07/11/2016 - 06/11/2020 PCC 04/07/2018

01/11/2008

Andrew Wealls

Local Authority Governor

04/03/2017 - 03/03/2021 Local Authority 04/07/2018

04/03/2013

 

Meetings

The Full Governing Body meets at least once every half term and sometimes extra meetings are necessary. These meetings are where we discuss school direction, planning and strategy. Full Governing Body meetings for the 2018/19 academic year will be held at 7pm on the following dates:

  • 18th September 2018 (NB. 6pm start)
  • 21st November 2018
  • 22nd January 2019
  • 20th March 2019
  • 15th May 2019
  • 16th July 2019

Minutes of previous meetings can be found below. The Constitution of Governing Bodies in Maintained Schools (August 2015) requires governing bodies to publish individual governors' attendance at meetings in the last year. For ease of reference we have provided this by giving details of and those who were not in attendance at each meeting:

Minutes

Not in attendance

21st November 2018

Gordana Chapman, Fr Dan Henderson,  Jill Fairborther, Ed Lawrence, Nnamdi Udezue

18th September 2018

Gordana Chapman, Sue Coleman, Abby French, Nnamdi Udezue

4th July 2018

Ed Lawrence

8th May 2018

Andrew Wealls, Fr Dan Henderson

12th March 2018

Nnamdi Udezue, Fr Dan Henderson, Jill Fairbrother

17th January 2018

Coreen Sears

14th November 2017

Gordana Chapman, Ed Lawrence, Nnamdi Udezue

25th September 2017

Fr Dan Henderson, Lesley Hurst, Catherine Buchanan

5th July 2017

Katy Hiles

9th May 2017

Fr Dan Henderson,Katy Hiles, Lesley Hurst, Nnamdi Udezue

15th March 2017

Fr Dan Henderson, Julie Newnham, Nnamdi Udezue, Andrew Wealls 

18th January 2017

Ed Lawrence, Julie Newnham

15th November 2016

Katy Hiles, Julie Newnham, Andrew Wealls

26th September 2016

Julie Newnham

13th July 2016

Louise Everington, Fr Dan Henderson, Oliver Mudge

10th May 2016

Fr Dan Henderson, Lesley Hurst, Nnamdi Udezue 

15th March 2016

Gordana Chapman, Ed Lawrence, Matt Rance

20th January 2016

Fr Dan Henderson, Louise Everington, Richard Dutton, Katy Hiles

10th November 2015

Stjohn Rowlands

28th September 2015

Coreen Sears, Andrew Wealls, Matt Rance, Stjohn Rowlands

15th July 2015

Steve Griffiths, Stjohn Rowlands

12th May 2015

Richard Dutton, Julie Newnham, Stjohn Rowlands

16th March 2015

Fr Dan Henderson, Stjohn Rowlands

21st January 2015 

Stjohn Rowlands

11th November 2014

Ed Lawrence, Matt Rance, Stjohn Rowlands, Andrew Wealls

29th September 2014

Rachel Carter, Katy Hiles, Richard Dutton, Ed Lawrence, Stjohn Rowlands, Andrew Wealls

Extraordinary FGB meeting 15th September 2014

Stjohn Rowlands, Coreen Sears, Andrew Wealls

If you would like to see copies of meeting minutes prior to the above, please contact the clerk by emailing:

clarebennett@st-andrews.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Register of interests

  • Matthew Greenall has declared that he has two children at the school and his wife is a member of staff.
  • Rev Dan Henderson has declared that he has children at the school.
  • Lesley Hurst has declared that she is also a Governor at Hillpark School and also a Trustee of the Bishop Otter Academy Trust.