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…)
As a new Foundation Governor I’m looking forward to bringing my skills, knowledge and experience to the Governing Board and to making a contribution to the life of St. John’s Meads School. (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.
Governors’ Register of Pecuniary Interests October 2020
|Full name||Role||Pecuniary Interest||Attendance at GB meetings 2019-20|
|Katherin Weeks||Employee||Headteacher September 2018||6|
|Gaynor Newnham||Employee||Clerk to Governors Stone Cross Primary School, Eastbourne. Bourne School, Eastbourne. Hellingly Primary School, Eastbourne. Peacehaven Heights Interim Executive Board, Peacehaven Telscombe Cliffs Primary School Interim Executive Board, Peacehaven St John’s Meads School, Eastbourne (under DCAT) The combined governing board of Langney Primary Academy, Shinewater School, The Parkland Federation, Eastbourne (Swale Academies Trust) Peacehaven Community School, Peacehaven (Swale Academies Trust) The combined governing board of Eastbourne Academy and Causeway School, Eastbourne, (Swale Academies Trust) Downs Infant School, Brighton and Hove Hamilton Lodge School and College for the Deaf, Brighton||6|
|Linda Caroe||Local Governor||N/A||6|
|Clement Anthony Jackson||Local Governor||Retired and Trustee of Eastbourne Christian Resource Centre||4|
|Karen Fletcher-Wright||Local Governor||Retired||5|
|Benjamin Luke Sleep||Local Governor||Curate, St. John's Church, Meads||4|
|Peter Henry Stone||Local Governor||No employment||4|
|David Carter||Local Governor||Employed by Hastings Direct Insurance||3|
|Peter Boghurst||Local Governor||3|
Governors’ Register of Pecuniary Interests 2019/2020
|Name||Category||Term of Office (current)||
Position on GB/ Monitoring Area
|Attendance at FGB Meetings 2018/2019||Business Interest||Links to other educational establishment||Connection to the school|
|Linda Caroe||Foundation Governor||27/10/2019-26/10/2023||Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Link Governor, Chair of Admissions Committee, member of the Pay committee, the Ethos committee, the Finance and Resources committee, member of the Headteacher’s appraisal panel, the Data & Curriculum Monitoring group, the Strategic Planning group.||7/7|
|Ben Sleep||Foundation Governor||Ex Officio||Member of the Ethos Committee||N/A||Curate of St John’s Church|
|David Hines||Foundation Governor||24/02/2016-31/01/2020||SEND link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee, and the Curriculum & Data Monitoring Group||7/7|
|Christine Swanborough-Nilson||Associate Governor||18/09/2016-17/09/2020||Early Years link governor, member of the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and Ethos committee||2/7|
|Peter Stone||Foundation Governor||29/11/2018-28/11/2022||Member of the Ethos Committee||5/5|
|Clem Jackson||Foundation Governor||05/10/2017-04/10/2021||Member of the Ethos, Pay and Admissions committees and the Curriculum and Data Monitoring Group, and the Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel. English Link Governor||6/7|
|Peter Boghurst||Foundation Governor||16/10/2017-15/10/2021||Member of the Finance & Resources, and Pay Committees. Maths Link Governor.||7/7||Company Director of Portia Rented Homes Ltd.|
|Anne McWilliams||Local Authority Governor||22/10/2016-31/01/2020||Vice Chair of Governors.
Chair of the Finance & Resources committee and the Pay committee, member of the Admissions committee, and the Strategic Planning group
|6/7||Local Board Member of King Offa School and Glenleigh Park|
|Katherin Weeks||Headteacher Satff Governor||01/09/2018 Ex Officio||7/7||Employed at St John’s Meads School|
|Rebecca Collings||Parent Governor||12/07/2019-23/01/2020||1/1||One child attends the school|
|Lydia Jourdain||Parent Governor||02/03/2018-01/03/2020||English Link Governors
Friends of St John’s Meads Link Governor
|4/4||Employed at Eastbourne College||One child attends the school|