As a Voluntary Aided (VA) school, the majority of the Board of Governors is appointed by the Foundation, the Church of England. Other Governors are appointed by the Local Authority and Staff and Parent elections.
If you would like to contact the Governors, please email the Clerk, Gaynor Newnham at SJMClerk@meads.e-
Linda Caroe – Chair of Governors
I was elected as Chair of Governors in July 2016 and have the privilege of leading the Board to ensure that we fulfil our statutory roles and responsibilities and promote high standards, working closely (more…)
David Ibbotson – Vice Chair
For all of my career I have been involved in education as a teacher and for many years as a deputy head. I was ordained in 2012 and after serving a curacy in parish returned to education as a school (more…)
Local Authority Governor
I am Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee and the Pay Committee, a member of the Admissions Committee, the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and the Strategic Planning Group. (more…)
I have had a long and varied career in education and learning but also have a strong commitment to building caring communities and supporting families. (more…)
Sarah Caffyn – Safeguarding Governor
Having grown up in Eastbourne I returned to Sussex to take up a directorship at a local motor dealer group. I run the Human resources and company secretarial departments and travel across (more…)
Rev Giles Carpenter – Ex-officio
Chair of Ethos Committee
I spent 20 years in business before training for ordination at Trinity College Bristol. After a curacy in the Guildford diocese, where I was a community governor at his local school, I moved to Meads (more…)
Dan van Kleeff
I grew up in Buckinghamshire and moved to Eastbourne in 2002. I am a property consultant and run a local small business. I am also a qualified domestic energy assessor. (more…)
What is the role of the Board of Governors?
The Board of Governors is a part of the Leadership and Management of the school, supporting and challenging the Senior Leadership Team.
We are responsible for making the key strategic decisions and our role is to set the school’s strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.
We also ensure that the school has a clear vision for its future, and that a robust strategy in place for achieving that vision.
We are also responsible for monitoring data and finance, admissions, special educational needs, performance management and school policies e.g., health and safety.
This diagram gives an overview of our roles and responsibilities as governors:
Wheel of Governance
The school governors are a dedicated group of people with a range of skills and experience represented on the Board to ensure that we are fully equipped to serve the best interests of the children. Full Governing Board meetings are held regularly through the year and sub committees meet for Admissions and Ethos.
Governors of St John's Meads as of September 2017
|Name||Category of Governor||Appointing Body||Terms of Office||Roles and Responsibilities|
|Linda Caroe||Foundation Governor||Diocese of Chichester||27/11/15 – 26/11/19||Chair of Governors, Chair of Admissions Committee, member of the Pay committee, the Ethos committee, the Fonance and Resources committee, the Headteacher’s appraisal panel, the Data & Curriculum Monitoring group, the Strategic Planning group. Safeguarding link governor and joint EYFS link governor|
|Anne McWilliams||Authority Governor||Local Authority||24/10/16 - 24/10/20||Chair of the Finance & Resources committee and the Pay committee, member of the Admissions committee, the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and the Strategic Planning group|
|Rev Giles Carpenter||Ex-officio||Diocese of Chichester||ongoing||Chair of the Ethos committee|
|David Hines||Foundation Governor||Diocese of Chichester||24/2/16 – 23/2/20||SEND link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee|
|David Ibbotson||Foundation Governor||Diocese of Chichester||15/12/16 - 15/12/20||Vice Chair of Governors|
|Christine Swanborough Nilson||Foundation Governor||Diocese of Chichester||5/9/16 - 5/9/20||Early Years link governor, member of the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and Ethos committee|
|Debra Turner||Ex-Officio||1/9/17 - 31/8/18||Headteacher|
|Dan van Kleeff||Parent Governor||Parent||7/17 - 7/19||Health and Safety link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee|
|Clem Jackson||Foundation Governor||Diocese of Chichester||20/09/17 - 19/09/21||Member of the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and Ethos committee|
|Robert Newlands||Staff Governor||Staff||05/11/17 - 04/11/19||Staff Governor|
|Name||Category of Governor||Appointing Body||Terms of Office||Position|
|Sarah Caffyn||Parent Governor||Parents||9/15 – 9/19||Resigned 20/10/17|
|Hannah Cawley||Foundation Governor||Diocese of Chichester||6/10/15 – 5/10/19||Resigned 22/7/17|
|Alison Flynn||Ex-Officio||ongoing||Resigned 31/8/17|
|Patricia Kelley||Foundation Governor||Diocese of Chichester||28/11/14 – 27/11/18||Resigned 22/7/17|
|Vanessa Peters||Foundation Governor||Diocese of Chichester||24/2/16 – 23/2/20||Resigned 01/12/2016|
|Vicky Stevens||Parent Governor||Parents||9/15 – 9/19||Resigned 4/17|
|Sally McGinty||Staff Governor||Staff||9/16 - 9/18||Resigned 25/09/17|
Persons highlighted in grey have resigned as governors during the last academic year 2016-17 or during this academic year 2017 -2018.
School Governor Declaration of Interests Register 2017-18
|Name of governor||Name of Business including: Governor elsewhere, related/married to member of staff, employed at the school||Nature of Business||Nature of Interest||Date of Entry|
|Giles Carpenter||Parish Priest for Meads||Church||Vicar of St John's Church and ex officio governor||2/11/15|
|Debra Turner||Headteacher St John's Meads||Education||Head and ex-officio Governor||07/09/17|
|Robert Newlands||Teacher St John's Meads||Education||Teacher||05/11/17|