The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust supports the governance model that includes Local Governing Bodies.
The Local Governing Body members are appointed by the Board of Trustees for a term of four years and is made up of parents, staff and foundation representatives.
If you would like to contact the Governors, please email the Clerk, Gaynor Newnham at SJMClerk@meads.e-
FGB Meetings 2020-2021
|Term 1||Thursday 8th October|
|Term 2||Thursday 10th December|
|Term 3||Thursday 4th February|
|Term 4||Thursday 25th March|
|Term 5||Thursday 20th May|
|Term 6||Thursday 15th July|
Chair of Governors
I am very pleased to be the Chair of Governors at St John’s Meads Church of England Primary School. My background is education, having spent many years as a teacher in London, Somerset and East Sussex and as a headteacher in East Sussex. Since leaving headship I have worked as a school improvement partner for East Sussex (more…)
I was Chair of Governors for 4 years from July 2016 and had the privilege of leading the Board to ensure that we fulfil our statutory roles and responsibilities and promote high standards, working closely (more…)
My working life was in Education and Children’s Services. In a 40 year career I have been a mainstream school teacher, head of a special school, an SEN Manager and rose to Assistant Director (more…)
Having joined the Governing Board in 2017 I can honestly say that the last two years has been a tremendous learning curve for a first-time governor. I have learned so much, especially some of the many 3-letter acronyms which litter the lexicon of education. (more…)
Revd. Ben Sleep – Curate
Ben spent most of his working life as an actor and writer before training for the ministry in 2013. He studied at Ridley, Cambridge before moving to Eastbourne for his curacy in 2018 with his wife (more…)
I have been in education all my working life. My wife and I moved to Eastbourne in May and having joined St John’s church, gravitating to the school seemed a natural step. (more…)
I have spent the majority of my working life involved in different roles and capacities as part of the team around the child to Looked After Children. I am social work trained and my roles have crossed over into the Private and Voluntary Sector, as well as the Local Authority. (more…)
Business and Community Governor
I have spent most of my life in Business and over the last 10 years have been actively involved in providing Alternative Energy solutions that make for a more sustainable planet. I also have a keen interest in the local Community and hope to bring the positive (more…)
I grew up in Leicester and, after graduating from Warwick University, joined the Barclays Graduate scheme. After 7 years in the UK, Europe, and Africa, I moved to Eastbourne in 2013 to join Hastings Direct Insurance where I’m a Director in their Claims business. (more…)
I grew up in North London and moved to Sussex with my family approximately 15 years ago. I have been a parent governor at a school in Bexhill-on-Sea and was a staff governor at my previous school. I enjoy running, reading and crafting.
What is the role of the Local Governing Body?
The Local Governing Bodies in the Trust’s academies operate as local committees of the Body of Trustees. It is the role of the LGB to support and challenge its Headteacher's leadership to work with the Board of Trustees to hold the Headteacher accountable for the performance of staff and pupils.
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.
Register of Interests 2021
|Full Name||Role||Term of Office and Date of appointment||Pecuniary Interest||Attendance at GB Meetings 2019-20|
|Janice Meyer||Local Governor
Chair of Governors
|01/01/2021 – 31/12/2025||Independent education consultant, working for DCAT, Impetus Education and South Downs Educational Consultancy.
Co-chair of governors at Polegate Primary School and a governor at Pioneer Federation. Member of the CEG at St Columba Primary School (DCAT school)
|Karen Fletcher-Wright||Local Governor
Vice-Chair of Governors
|01/02/2020 – 31/01/2024||None||5|
|Katherin Weeks||Headteacher||Ex Officio||None||6|
|Gaynor Newnham||Clerk to Governors||Ex Officio||Clerk to governors at the following schools: Stone Cross, Langney, Shinewater, Parklands Federation, Bourne, Hellingly, Peacehaven Heights, Telscombe Cliffs, Peacehaven Community School, The Eastbourne Academy, Downs Infants, Seaford Head, Hamilton Lodge||6|
|Linda Caroe||Local Governor||01/02/2020 – 31/01/2024||None||6|
|Clement Anthony Jackson||Local Governor||01/02/2020 – 31/01/2024||Retired
Trustee of Eastbourne Christian Resource Centre
|Benjamin Luke Sleep||Local Governor||01/02/2020 – 31/01/2024||Curate, St John’s Church, Eastbourne||4|
|Peter Henry Stone||Local Governor||01/02/2020 – 31/01/2024||None||4|
|David Carter||Local Governor, Parent||01/02/2020 – 31/01/2024||Employed by Hastings Direct Insurance||3|
|Emily Teager||Local Governor, Staff||01/12/2020 – 31/11/2024||None
|Daniel Huff||Local Governor, Parent||07/12/2020 – 06/12/2024||Chair of Eastbourne Fisherman’s Mission||N/A|
|Susanne Beesley||Local Governor, Parent||01/12/2020 – 31/11/2024||Chair of East Sussex Foster Care Association, and registered social worker||N/A|
|Former Governors (shown for the previous academic year)|
|Lydia Jourdain||Local Governor, Parent||01/02/2020 – 31/08/2020||Employed at Eastbourne College||5|
|Peter Boghurst||Local Governor||01/02/2020 – 30/04/2021||Director of Portia Homes Ltd||3|