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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



Appointed by

Term of Office

Original Appointment Date


Fran Beckett OBE

Foundation Governor Diocese 21/03/2018 - 20/03/2022 21/03/2018 Co-Chair of Governors & Chair of HR Committee

Oliver Mudge

Foundation Governor 


12/07/2016 - 11/07/2020

12/07/2016 Co-Chair of Governors

Catherine Buchanan

Foundation Governor


01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021


Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

Responsible for SEN & Pupil Premium

Matthew Greenall

Parent Governor


01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021


Chair of Resources & Finance Committee

Responsibility for Health & Safety

Sue Coleman

Local Authority Governor

Local Authority

04/07/2018 - 03/07/2022



Jill Fairbrother

Foundation Governor


03/04/2017 - 04/04/2021



Reverend Dan Henderson

Foundation Governor




Exoficio Governor

Lesley Hurst

Foundation Governor


06/05/2016 - 05/05/2021



Ed Lawrence

Foundation Governor


21/01/2018 - 20/01/2022


Responsibility for Safeguarding

Sophie Thomas


Governing Body




Nnamdi Udezue

Foundation Governor


06/05/2016 - 05/05/2020


Melissa Moore

Foundation Governor


06/03/2019 - 05/03/2023


Joel Tomlinson

Parent Governor


24/10/2019 - 23/10/2023



Associate Members

Name Role Appointed by Term of Office Original Appointment 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:



Term of Office

Appointed by

Appointment End Date

Original appt date

Abigail French

Staff Governor

03/12/2018 - 02/12/2022




Gordana Chapman

Parent Governor





Andrew Lincoln

Consultant Partnership Headteacher

 Governing Body


Suzanne Cairns

Staff Governor

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


Colleen White

Associate Member

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


Jason Tingley

Associate Member

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


Trevor Cristin

Staff Governor

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


Coreen Sears

Foundation Governor

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


Andrew Wealls

Local Authority Governor

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




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:


Not In Attendance

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.
  • atthew 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.