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…)
Anne McWilliams – Vice Chair
Local Authority Governor
I moved to Eastbourne with my husband a few years ago, as we both love living by the sea. We have four grandchildren, who are all at varying stages in the state education system. (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…)
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…)
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…)
My experience as a Head Teacher and Chair of Governors in Primary and Secondary Schools in Cheshire, Bedfordshire and Sussex is I trust of value to our Board of Governors. (more…)
Rev Giles Carpenter – Ex-officio
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…)
I have been a teacher of English at Eastbourne College for the past fourteen years and I am passionate about education, its importance in society and the significant effect it can have on lives. (more…)
I have previous experience of school governance having served as both parent governor and Chair of Governors at a school in Bexhill. As a new Foundation governor, I intend to develop (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 moved to Eastbourne a couple of years ago and like every parent at the school, I have a strong interest that all children get the best possible start through early education, in what they learn (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 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’ Register of Pecuniary Interests 2018/2019
|Name||Category||Term of Office (current)||Position on GB/ Monitoring Area||Attendance at FGB Meetings 2017/2018||Business Interest||Links to other educational establishment||Connection to the school|
|Linda Caroe||Foundation Governor||27/10/2015-26/10/2019||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.||8/8|
|Rev. Giles Carpenter||Foundation Governor||Ex Officio||7/8||Vicar of St John’s Church|
|David Hines||Foundation Governor||24/02/2016-23/02/2020||SEND link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee, and the Curriculum & Data Monitoring Group||8/8|
|Christine Swanborough- Nilson||Foundation Governor||18/09/2016-17/09/2020||Early Years link governor, member of the Data and Curriculum Monitoring group and Ethos committee||6/8|
|Peter Stone||Foundation Governor||29/11/2018-28/11/2022||Member of the Curriculum and Data Monitoring Group|
|Clem Jackson||Foundation Governor||05/10/2017-04/10/2021||Member of the Ethos and Admissions committees and the Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel. English Link Governor||4/7|
|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||22/10/2016-21/10/2020||Vice Chair of Governors.
Chair of the Finance & Resources committee and the Pay committee, member of the Admissions committee, and the Strategic Planning group.
|8/8||Local Board Member of King Offa School and Glenleigh Park|
|Robert Newlands||Staff Governor||06/10/2017-05/10/2019||6/7||Employed at St John’s Meads School|
|Katherin Weeks||Headteacher Satff Governor||01/09/2018
|N/A||Employed at St John’s Meads School|
|Lydia Jourdain||Parent Governor||02/03/2018-01/03/2020||English Link Governor
Friends of St John’s Meads Link Governor
|4/4||Employed at Eastbourne College||One child attends the school|
|Karen Bye||Co-opted LA Governor||29/11/2018-23/07/2019||Educational Consultant, withcontracts with ESCC and the Diocese of Chichester||Chair of Herstmonceux CE School FGB, Associate Member of All Saints and St Richards FGB|
|Karen Fletcher-Wright||Foundation Governor||01/01/2019- 31/12/2022||Chair of Ethos Committee|
|Rebecca Collings||Parent Governor||11/06/2019- 10/06/2021||Two children attend the school|
|Former Governors in post|
|Dan van Kleeff||Parent Governor||13/07/2017-24/05/2019||Health and Safety link governor and member of the Finance & Resources committee||6/8||Three children attend the school|
|David Ibbotson||Foundation Governor||15/12/2016- 29/11/2018||Vice Chair of Governors, member of the Ethos committee, the Headteacher’s appraisal panel, the Strategic Planning group and Training link governor||7/8||Employed at Eastbourne College|
|Debra Turner||Interim Headteacher||01/09/2017-31/08/2018||6/8|
|Sally McGinty||Staff Governor||18/09/2016- 25/09/2017||1/1|
|Sarah Caffyn||Parent Governor||22/09/2015- 20/10/2017||1/1|
FGB Meetings 2018-2019
|Business Meeting||Thursday 6th September|
|Term 1||Thursday 4th October|
|Term 2||Thursday 29th November|
|Term 3||Thursday 24th January|
|Term 4||Thursday 21st March|
|Term 5||Thursday 25th April|
|Term 6||Thursday 18th July|