Belfast Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3YT

01273 770082

St. Andrew's CofE (aided) Primary School

Inspire a love of learning and enjoy 'life in all its fullness', ensuring that everyone can flourish and be the best they can be. John 10:10

Governance

 

What Do Governors Do?

The school’s Christian vision and values inform, shape, and drive the governance of the school, and as Governors we seek to ensure they are the ‘golden thread’ that runs through all of school life.


Governors have a strategic role in guiding and supporting the school’s work and challenging further improvement. They work as a team to fulfil three key roles for the school:

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

There are immediate and lasting benefits to becoming a school governor. In volunteering your time, you are making a positive contribution to the success of the school and therefore having an impact on the lives of its pupils, staff and the local community. In addition, the role can help you to develop and evidence skills to support your own working life.

If you are interested in becoming a governor in the future, please contact the School Office: admin@st-andrews.brighton-hove.sch.uk

 

How Do Governors Work?

St. Andrew’s governors attend six School Governor meetings a year. You should expect to spend no more than ten days a year on duties, largely within school hours/early evenings and term time. There would be a slight increase in time commitment should you take on chairing responsibilities for one of the governing body's committees.


St. Andrew’s has three committees that meet frequently throughout the school year: 

  1. Teaching & Learning - Responsible for holding executive leaders to account to educational performance of the organisation and its pupils.
  2. Resources & Finance - Responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent.
  3. Human Resources - Responsible for ensuring the wellbeing of staff and their effective performance management, the safeguarding of our children, and the centrality of equalities across school life


From time to time some Governors may sit on specific panels, including:

  1. Head Teacher appraisals
  2. Admissions - as a church school, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority, which involves setting admissions arrangements for the school and agreeing admissions applications.

 

Vacancies

We are currently recruiting for new Foundation Governors.

 

Please use the link to find out more.

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/jobs/volunteering/become-school-governor

To watch a video please click below

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIPjYiIYnJs&t=20s

Our Governors

Our current governing body is set out in the table below:

 

 

Name

Role

Appointed By

Term of Office

Original Appointment Date

Roles & Responsibilities

Fran Beckett OBE

Foundation Governor

Diocese

21/03/2022 - 20/03/2026

21/03/2022

Chair of Governors, Chair of HR Committee, Staff Welfare & Mental Health, Recruitment

Joy Robinson

Local Authority Governor

Local Authority

10/10/2023 - 09/10/2027

10/10/2023

Vice Chair of Resources & Finance Committee, Health & Safety

Reverend Dan Henderson

Foundation Governor

Ex-Officio

22/09/2014 -

22/09/2014

Vice Chair of Governors, Interim Chair of Resources & Finance Committee

Sophie Thomas

Headteacher

Ex-Officio

03/01/2019 -

Jo Beer

Foundation Governor

Diocese

16/05/2022 - 15/05/2026

16/05/2022

Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee, EYFS, Curriculum, Attendance, Admissions

Joel Tomlinson

Parent Governor

Parents

13/11/2023 - 12/11/2027

24/10/2019

Finance, Premises/Site Development, Sports Premium

Dwight Heffelfinger

Foundation Governor

Diocese

20/10/2023 - 19/10/2027

28/01/2020

Vice Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee, SEND, EAL

Nicola Ryan

Foundation Governor

Diocese

14/11/2022 - 13/11/2026

14/11/2022

Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, Curriculum, Safeguarding

Chris Simmons

Foundation Governor

Diocese

21/07 2020 - 20/07/2024 21/07/2020

Safeguarding, Attendance, Exclusions, Racist Incidents

Bryony Sandford Staff Governor Staff 01/09/2021 – 31/08/2025 01/09/2021 Staff Welfare & Mental Health
Dave Smalley Parent Governor Parents 13/11/2023 - 12/11/2027 13/11/2023 Pupil Passport, PSHE
Coreen Sears Foundation Governor

Diocese

30/01/2024 – 29/01/2028 30/01/2024 Wellbeing
Sandra Obidike Foundation Governor

Diocese

30/01/2024 – 29/01/2028 30/01/2024 Wellbeing
Candice Guy Associate Member

Governing Body

01/09/2021
Becky Parker Associate Member

Governing Body

15/11/2022
Oliver Mudge Associate Member

Governing Body 

  22/11/2021
Matthew Greenall Associate Member

Governing Body 

01/09/2017 
Vacancy Co-opted Governor

 

Vacancy Foundation Governor
   
In the past 12 months we have also had the following members on our governing body:
Christine Whiteside Foundation Governor Diocese 03/12/2021 - 05/12/2023 03/12/2021
Candice Guy Parent Governor Parents 01/09/2021 – 05/12/2023 01/09/2021

    

Minutes of Full Governing Body Meetings

Minutes of previous FGB meetings for the last two years can be found below:

 

 

Minutes of Resources & Finance Committee Meetings

Minutes of previous R&F committee meetings for the last two years can be found below:

 

Minutes of Teaching & Learning Committee Meetings

Minutes of previous T&L committee meetings for the last two years can be found below:

 

Minutes of Human Resources Committee Meetings

Minutes of previous HR committee meetings for the last two years 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. Governor attendance at meetings is as follows:

 

FB

 DHen

 ST

 JB

 JT

 DHef

 NR

 CSi

 BS

 JR

 DS

 CSe

 SO

 CG

 BP

 OM

 MG

 

T&L 28.03.24

 n/a

n/a

Y

Y

n/a

N

N

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

R&F 14.03.24

 Y

Y

Y

n/a

N

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

N

Y

n/a

 

FGB 05.03.24

 Y

 Y

Y

 Y

 Y

N

Y

Y

 Y

Y

 Y

 Y

 Y

n/a

n/a

n/a  

n/a  

 

HR 22.02.24

 Y

n/a

 Y

 n/a

n/a

n/a 

 n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a 

 Y

Y

n/a

n/a

Y

 n/a

 

R&F 01.02.24

n/a 

Y

Y

n/a 

Y

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

N

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

Y

n/a 

n/a 

 

T&L 16.01.24

n/a 

n/a

Y

Y

n/a

N

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

N

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

FGB 05.12.23

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 N

 N

Y

N

N

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

N

n/a 

 n/a

n/a 

 

R&F 23.11.23

 n/a

N

Y

n/a 

Y

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

Y

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

Y

n/a 

n/a 

T&L 14.11.23

 n/a

n/a 

Y

Y

n/a 

N

Y

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

N

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

HR 09.11.23

 Y

n/a 

Y

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

Y

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

Y

n/a 

 

FGB 10.10.23

Y

 Y

Y

 Y

N

N

Y

Y

 Y

Y

n/a  

n/a  

 n/a 

N

n/a  

n/a 

Y

 

R&F 26.09.23

 n/a

Y

Y

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

HR 21.09.23

Y

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

Y

T&L 20.09.23

n/a 

n/a

Y

Y

n/a

Y

N

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

N

n/a n/a

Y

FGB 11.07.23

 Y

Y

Y

N

 Y

Y

Y

 Y

 Y

n/a

n/a  

n/a  

n/a 

Y

 n/a 

 N

Y

R&F 06.07.23

n/a 

n/a

Y

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

T&L 28.06.23

n/a 

n/a

Y

N

n/a

Y

Y

n/a

n/a n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

HR 22.06.23

 Y

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

R&F 04.05.23

n/a 

n/a

Y

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

R&F 16.03.23

n/a 

n/a

Y

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

n/a

FGB 28.02.23

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Y

n/a

Y

Y