Belfast Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3YT

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St. Andrew's CofE (aided) Primary School

Inspiring a love of learning and enjoying life in all its fullness


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 frequently throughout the school year:


1. Teaching & Learning:  

Scope - responsible for holding executive leaders to account to educational performance of the organisation and its pupils.

Membership - Catharine Buchanan (Chair), Oliver Mudge, Abigail French, Sophie Thomas (Headteacher)

2019/20 Meeting Dates -  11th September, 14th November, 27th February, 23rd June.

2. Resources:

Scope - responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent.

Membership - Matt Greenall (Chair), Jill Fairbrother, Sue Coleman, Sophie Thomas (Headteacher)

2019/20 Meeting Dates - 13th September, 5th November, 14th January, 10th March, 22nd June.

3. Human Resources:

Scope - responsible for ensure the effective and efficient performance management of staff.

Membership - Fran Beckett (Chair), Oli Mudge, Ed Lawrence, Sophie Thomas (Headteacher)

2019/20 Meeting Dates - 18th September, 4th November, 24th February, 15th June.


NB - The newly agreed governance structure meant that the former Ethos Committee disbanded at the end of the 2018/19 school year.    For the most part, the scope of the Ethos Committee has been absorbed by the Full Governing Body; the rationale being that ethos, Christian distinctiveness, vision values and strategic direction is a core function of the whole Governing Board.


Some Governors also sit on Panels, including:

  • 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 to attend training sessions organised by both Brighton & Hove Local Authority and the Diocese, 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.



If you are interested in becoming a governor in the future or finding out more about what we do, please contact the Senior Clerk to the Governors:-

Chelle McCann -



Our Governors

Name Role Appointed By Term of Office Original Appointment Date Position
Fran Beckett OBE Foundation Governor Diocese 21/03/2018 - 20/03/2022 21/03/2018 Chair of Governors & Chair of HR 
Catherine Buchanan Foundation Governor Diocese 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021 01/09/2017

Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Responsible for SEN and Pupil Premium

Matthew Greenall Parent Governor Parents 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021 01/09/2017

Chair of Resources and Finance Committee

Responsibility for Health and Safety

Sue Coleman Local Authority Governor Local Authority 04/07/2018 - 03/07/2022 04/07/2018
Jill Fairbrother Foundation Governor Dioceses 03/04/2017 - 04/04/2021 03/04/2017
Reverend Dan Henderson Foundation Governor Exoficio 22/09/2014 22/09/2014 Exoficio Governor
Lesley Hurst Foundation Governor Diocese 06/05/2016 - 05/05/2021 06/05/2016
Ed Lawrence Foundation Governor Diocese 21/01/2018 - 20/01/2022 21/01/2014 Responsibility for Safeguarding
Sophie Thomas Headteacher Governing Body 03/01/2019
Melissa Moore Foundation Governor Diocese 06/03/2019 - 05/03/2023 06/03/2019
Joel Tomlinson Parent Governor Parents 24/10/2019 - 23/10/2023 24/10/2019
Dwight Heffelfinger Co-opted Governor Diocese 28/01/2020 - 27/01/2024 28/01/2020


Associate Members
Name Role Appointed By Term of Office Original Appointment Date Position
Julien Rutler Associate Member Governing Body 10/05/2018 -  09/05/2019 10/05/2016 (Linked to the Resources Committee)
Oliver Mudge Associate Member Governing Body 12/07/2016 - 11/07/2020 12/07/2016



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
Nnamdi Udezue Foundation Governor Diocese 06/05/2016 - 05/05/2020 06/05/2016
Abigail French Staff Governor 03/12/2018 - 02/12/2022 Staff 07/10/2019 03/12/2018
Gordana Chapman Parent Governor 08/03/2016-07/03/2020 Parents 26/07/2019 08/03/2016
Andrew Lincoln Consultant Partnership Headteacher Governing Body
Suzanne Cairns Staff Governor 30/11/2015 - 29/11/2019 Staff 05/10/2018 30/11/2015
Coleen 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




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 2019/20 academic year will be held at 5:30pm on the following dates:

  • 24th September 2019
  • 26th November 2019
  • 28th January 2020
  • 24th March 2020
  • 12th May 2020
  • 7th July 2020

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
24th November 2020 Fran Beckett
6th October 2020 Sue Colemen
9th April 2020 Joel Tomlinson, Dan Henderson 
24th March 2020 None Noted
28th January 2020 Ed Lawrence, Fran Beckett, Lesley Hurst 
26th November 2019 Lesley Hurst, Ed Lawrence, Fran Beckett, Sarah Chambers
24th September 2019 Lesley Hurst, Melissa Moore
15th July 2019 Fr Dan Henderson, Nnamdi Udezue
15th May 2019 Catherine Buchanan, Sue Coleman, Fr Dan Henderson, Lesley Hurst, Ed Lawrence
20th March 2019 Fr Dan Henderson, Melissa Moore, Ed Lawrence
22nd January 2019 Fran Beckett
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, Chelle McCann -


Register of Interests

  • Sue Coleman has declared that she is Senior Internal Auditor at Brighton and Hove Council.
  • Jill Fairbrother has declared that she does maths tutoring and some pupils attend St Andrews School.
  • Matthew Greenall has declared that he has a child 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 the Assistant Director of Education (Diocese of Chichester) and a Trustee of the Bishop Otter Academy Trust.
  • Melissa Moore has declared that she has children at the school.
  • Oliver Mudge has declared that he has children at the school.
  • Nnamdi Udezue has declared that he has children at the school.