Saltdean Primary School

Saltdean
Primary School

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Our Governors

The 3 core functions of the Governing Body are:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors appoint the senior staff, make decisions about the school's budget, and discuss and approve school policy documents. Governors also ensure the school provides the highest standard of education for every child. 

Our Governing Body is made up of elected parents, an elected staff member, the headteacher, a local authority governor approved by Brighton and Hove Council, and co-opted governors appointed by the Governing Body. We hold two full meetings per term and additional Committee meetings. The main committees are Resources (which oversees finances, premises and staffing); and Curriculum and Standards (which oversees the curriculum, teaching & learning and data). Individual Governors are also assigned specific "Link" responsibilities in respect of which they engage with the school's leadership and teachers. 

We work closely with the headteacher and his staff team and make regular visits to the school.  We also come in to spend time getting to know the pupils, helping them to understand who we are and what we do, and to attend assemblies and other events. We take part in training and meetings arranged by Brighton and Hove City Council and we also meet the Ofsted inspectors and other agencies.

Like all school governors, we are unpaid volunteers who give a lot of time and energy to our duties. We try to represent the views of all those with an interest in the school, and, like the staff team, we always welcome your feedback and suggestions for further improving our school.

Anyone aged 18 or over can become a school or college governor. No specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role. Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don’t need to have a family member attending the school to become a governor. 

If you would like to get in touch with the Governing Body, please use the following email address: spsclerk@saltdean.brighton-hove.sch.uk 

Parent Governor:

Dan Chatfield

(Term of office 24.11.20 - 23.11.24) 

 

Chair of the Resources Committee; member of the Pay Committee; and Link Governor for Finance.

 

Co-opted Governor:

Lindsey Harvey-Messina

(Term of office 15.05.19 - 14.05.23)

 

Member of the Resources Committee; and Link Governor for Safeguarding.

Associate Member:

Rosemary Miller

(Term of office 19.10.20 - 18.10.24)

 

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee; and Link Governor for vulnerable pupils.

Co-opted Governor:

Samantha Smith

(Term of office 11.07.18 - 10.07.22)

 

Chair of the Headteacher appraisal panel; member of the Pay Committee.

Parent Governor:

Amy Dower

(Term of office 20.03.20 - 19.03.24)

 

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee; and Link Governor for implementing and enhancing provision for writing.

Parent Governor:

Robin Rance

(Term of office 20.03.20 - 19.03.24)

 

Member of the Resources Committee; and Link Governor for Personnel.

Staff Governor:

Torie Palmer

(Term of office 10.07.19 - 09.07.23)

 

Headteacher Governor:

John Maxwell

(Term of office began 20.04.20)

 

 

Associate Member (and Deputy Headteacher):

Mrs Natalie Burley

(Term of office 16.09.19 - 15.09.23)

 

LA Governor:

Joe Paxton (Governing Body Chair)

(Term of office 12.11.20 - 11.11.24)

Co-opted Governor:

Colleen Weafer (Governing Body Vice Chair)

(Term of office 25.01.18 - 24.01.22)

 

Member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee; member of the Headteacher appraisal panel; and Link Governor for Curriculum and Behaviour.

 

Co-opted Governor:

Carole McIver-Wren

(Term of office 19.03.19 - 18.03.23)

 

Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee; and Link Governor for Covid and Curriculum. 

Co-opted Governor:

Michael Jones

(Term of office 20.05.19 - 19.05.23)

 

Member of the Resources Committee; Chair of the Pay Committee; and Link Governor for Health & Safety.

Associate Member:

Katie Glennon

(Term of office 24.11.20 - 23.11.24)

Associate Member:

Claire Price

(Term of office 20.03.20 - 19.03.24)

 

Member of the Resources Committee; and support for the Safeguarding Link Governor.

Parent Governor: 

Lucinda Dash (Term of office 24/11/20 - 23/11/24)

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Register of Governor Business, Pecuniary and other interests 2019-20 

Name

Governor Category

Interest Disclosed

Nature of potential conflict

Dan Chatfield

Parent Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school

Michael Jones

Co-Opted Governor

None

n/a

Lindsey Harvey-Messina

Co-Opted Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school

Rosemary Miller

Parent Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school

Carole McIver-Wren

Cp-Opted Governor

None n/a

John Maxwell

Headteacher Governor

None

n/a

Natalie Burley

Associate Member

None

n/a

Joe Paxton

Local Authority Governor

No interests declared

No interests declared

Samantha Smith

Co-Opted Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school

Torie Palmer

Staff Governor

None

n/a

Colleen Weafer

Co-Opted Governor

Parent of children at the school

Children enrolled at the school

    Academic Year 2019/2020

    Academic Year 2018/2019

    Academic Year 2017/2018

    Academic Year 2016/2017