The Local Governing Body

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-sussex.sch.uk or write to Clerk to Governors, St John's Meads Church of England Primary School, Rowsley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7XS.

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

Jan Meyer

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…)

Linda Caroe

Foundation Governor

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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…)

Karen Fletcher-Wright

Foundation Governor

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…)

Clem Jackson

Foundation Governor

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

Ex Officio

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…)

Peter Stone

Foundation Governor

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…)

Susanne Beesley

Parent Governor

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…)

Daniel Huff

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…)

David Carter

Parent Governor

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…)

Katherin Weeks

Headteacher

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)

 

N/A
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

4
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

 

N/A
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