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Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery

Learning For Life

Welcome to Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery"We love learning at Meridian because it's fun" (Year 1)"We use learning behaviours to make us better learners" (Year 2)"Meridian is friendly and welcoming " (Year 3)"We collaborate to make colourful learning walls!" (Year 4)"We enjoy celebrating special events" (Year 5)"We go on adventures to support our learning" (Year 6)

Governance at Meridian

The Governing Board meets around 10 times per academic year, there is also a Pay Committee which meets once per year.  The governors’ duty is to lead the school and support the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team in determining the strategy and direction of the school, the implementation of statutory requirements including policies and monitoring the school improvement plan through active participation. 

The Governing Board has three core functions:

1) Supporting and Setting the School’s Vision, Ethos and Strategic directions;

2) Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

3) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. 


If you have an enquiry for any of the Governors please email the Clerk at clerk@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk in the first instance; she will then forward your query as appropriate. The Chair can be contacted on chair@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk.

All Governors have a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Responsibilities include:

  • Developing a strategic direction and plan for the school
  • Supporting and challenging the Head teacher and senior leadership of the school
  • Determining the aims and priorities of the school
  • Approving key school policies
  • Setting statutory and non-statutory targets
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
  • Leading at least one statutory area (e.g. curriculum, pay, SEN, Pupil Premium)
  • Strategic management of the budget
  • Appointment of senior staff and ensuring implementation of personnel procedures
  • Ensuring Health and Safety of pupils and staff
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of behaviour
  • Ensuring all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Adhering to the School Governing body Code of Conduct
  • Acting as a 'critical friend' to the school Governors work as a team and make decisions collectively. 

 

Meet our Governors

Janet Anthony - Chair of Governors 

Co-Opted, Safeguarding, SEND. 

Term of Office: 10/01/2017 to 09/01/2021

 

 

 “I have been a member of the Shadow Governing Body at Meridian since the summer term of 2015 and as Chair I aim to support the school staff and parents to enable the students to gain the most from their education. I come from a background of teaching and school management, specialising in working with young people with Autism.  I have numerous years’ experience as a school Governor in a variety of school settings and worked for many years as a trainer and consultant for East Sussex Governor Services.”

Christopher Bonner - Vice Chair & Local Authority Governor

Co-Opted, Health & Safety.

Term of Office: 24/04/2018 to 23/04/2022

Bio coming soon..


Claire Westcott - Headteacher and Staff Governor

Governor Ex Officio.

Term of Office: 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2035

 

 

 

 

Bio coming soon...

Laura Miles - Staff Governor

Staff Elected. 

Term of Office: 10/01/2017 to 09/01/2021

 

“I have been a primary school teacher for 10 years.  Before joining Meridian I worked in a school in Brighton area of significant deprivation.  I joined the Shadow Governing Body in 2015.  Having been on the Governing Board in my previous school, I knew it was a valuable way of learning about the school and contributing to school development”

 

Edward Dunn - Parent Governor 

Parent Elected. Finance Lead Governor.

Term of Office: 10/01/2017 to 09/01/2021

 

 

 

 Bio coming soon...

 

Associate Governors:

Michelle Hunt, School Business Manager (GB Appointed, Term of Office: 09/03/2017 to 08/03/2021) – non-voting

Matthew Doody, Deputy Head Teacher (GB Appointed, Term of Office: 09/03/2017 to 08/03/2021) – non-voting

Danielle Maslen, Assistant Head Teacher (GB Appointed, Term of Office: 20/02/2018 to 19/02/2022) – non-voting

 

Declaration of Interests Register - September 2018

 

Name of Governor Position in the Governing Body

Name of Business including:

Governor elsewhere, related/married to

member of staff, employed at the

School/Nursery

Nature of Business

(place of work)

Continuity of Declaration

Janet Anthony

 

Christopher Bonner

Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governors

 

Local Authority Governor, Vice Chair

None to declare

 

None to declare

Catering Manager

 

Finance - Lloyds Bank

Ongoing

 

Ongoing

Jonathan Rowsell

 

Claire Westcott

Co-opted Governor

 

Staff Governor

None to declare

 

Employed at Meridian C P School & Nursery

Education Consultant

 

Headteacher

Resigned December 2017

 

Ongoing

Katie Jeffries

 

Laura Miles

Parent Governor

 

Staff Governor

Children that attend Meridian C P School & Nursery

 

Employed at Meridian C P School and Nursery

Customer Service Manager in financial services

 

Year 3 Teacher

Resigned January 2018

 

Ongoing

Edward Dunn

 

Gavin Ford

Parent Governor

 

Co-opted Governor

Child that attends Meridian C P School & Nursery


None to declare

Procurement Manager - Local Authority (ESCC)

 

Contract Manager PFI

Ongoing

 

Resigned June 2018

Dez Glidden

 

Jasmine Catlin

Parent Governor

 

Clerk to Governors

Child that attends Meridian C P School & Nursery

 

Employed at meridian C P School & Nursery, on maternity leave from Sept 2017.  Children in Nursery

Self-Employed IT Consultant

 

Receptionist, Clerk to Governors

Ongoing

 

Resigned December 2017

Diana Francombe

 

Louisa Parsons

LA Governor

 

Co-opted Governor

None to declare

 

None to declare

 

 

Retired

Resigned September 2017

 

Resigned October 2017

Maureen Fairhead

 

 

Laura Brown

Co-opted Governor

 

 

Co-opted Governor

Working as a Consultant Headteacher part-time via own company (but not at Meridian School)

 

None to declare

Private Company contracted to the Education Sector

 

 

Ongoing

 

Ongoing

Governors are required to fill out a declaration of interest at the start of each academic year or when newly appointed, although they must also work on a meeting by meeting basis should anything come up in an agenda that they may need to declare.

Composition of Governing Board - Meridian Community Primary School - January 2019

Title First name Surname Governor Type Appointing Body Start Date End Date Position
Mr Jonathan Rowsell Co-opted Governor Governing Board 10/01/2017 Retired 12/12/2017 Governor 
Mrs Janet Anthony Co-opted Governor Governing Board 10/01/2017 09/01/2021 Chair of Governors / Governor / Safeguarding Link Governor/SEND Link Governor, Parent Voice
Mrs Laura Brown Co-opted Governor Governing Board 17/09/2018 16/09/2022 Governor, Vulnerable Groups and Higher Attainers
Mr Edward Dunn Parent Governor Parent Elected 10/01/2017 09/01/2021 Governor, Finance Link Governor, Behaviour  & Data Monitor
Mr Gavin Ford Co-opted Governor Governing Board 12/12/2017 Resigned 16/06/2018 Governor, Shadow Finance, HSP, Maths Monitor
Mrs Katie Jefferies Parent Governor Parent Elected 10/01/2017 25/01/2018 Governor
Mrs Maureen Fairhead Co-opted Governor Governing Board 17/09/2018 16/09/2022 Governor, English  & Early Years Monitor
Miss Laura Miles Staff Governor Staff Elected 10/01/2017 09/01/2021 Governor, Parent & Pupil Voice
Mr  Dez Glidden Parent Governor Governing Board 12/12/2017 Resigned 15/01/2019 Governor, Data  & Attendance Monitor 
Mr Christopher Bonner LA Governor Governing Board 24/04/2018 23/04/2022 Governor / Vice Chair of Governors, Vulnerable Groups Monitor, Maths Monitor,  HS P & Wellbeing, Educational Visits
Rebecca Freestone Co-opted Governor Governing Board 13/11/2018 12/11/2022 Governor, Shadow Finance and Shadow SEND
Ms Claire Westcott Staff - Headteacher Ex-Officio Governor Ex Officio 01/01/2011 31/12/2035 Governor / Headteacher Ex-Officio
Mr Matt Doody Associate Member Governing Board 09/03/2017 08/03/2021 Associate Member
Mrs Michelle Hunt Associate Member Governing Board 09/03/2017 08/03/2021 Associate Member
Ms Danielle Maslen Associate Member Governing Board 20/02/2018 19/02/2022 Associate Member
Mrs Barbara Gerding Clerk Ex Officio 11/09/2017 10/09/2027 Clerk, Training Link (Interim)
Total Governors 8: Vacancies: 4 (1 Parent, 3 Co-opted)

January 2019 Minutes - Please click on the link to view the Approved Minutes of the Governing Body

Governor Interest Register

 

Governors Attendance 2017-2018 - Please click on the link to view the Governor Attendance Records