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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)“This is a calm and purposeful school where pupils enjoy learning and are very proud of their school and how their teachers help them to learn” Ofsted November 2018

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 in the first instance; she will then forward your query as appropriate. The Chair can be contacted on

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

Christopher Bonner - Chair of Governors


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



Janet Anthony - Vice Chair of Governors 


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


Claire Westcott - Headteacher and Staff Governor

Governor Ex Officio.

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





 Abigail Angus - Co-Opted Governor

Shadow Pupil Premium & Vulnerable Groups, Shadow SEND
Term of Office: 04/03/2019 -03/03/2023

Samantha McManus - Co-Opted Governor 
Finance Shadow Governor.
Term of Office: 02/05/2019 to 01/05/2023


Edward Dunn - Parent Governor 

Parent Elected. Finance Lead Governor.

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





Kirsty Moffat - Staff Governor
Staff elected. 
Term of Office: 20/06/2019 - 19/06/2023



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

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


Declaration of Interests Register - September 2020

Status: September 2020        
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 Vice Chair  None to declare The Bevern Trus Charity, Catering Manager, part-time Ongoing
Christopher Bonner  Chair, Local Authority Governor Employed by Lloyds Bank Finance – Lloyds Bank Ongoing
Jonathan Rowsell Co-opted Governor None to declare Educational Consultant Resigned December 2017
Claire Westcott Head Teacher, Governor Ex Officio Employed at Meridian CP School & Nursery Head Teacher  Ongoing
Katie Jefferies Parent Governor Children that attend Meridian CP School & Nursery Customer service manager in financial services Resigned January 2018
Laura Miles Staff Governor Employed at Meridian CP School & Nursery Year 3 Teacher Resigned May 2019 as staff governor, now Associate Governor, SENco and DSL
Edward Dunn Parent Governor Employed by ESCC, Change Manager for ORBIS, ESCC and BHCC/Surrey County Council; Traded Services Supporting Lead at ESCC, Children that attend Meridian CP School & Nursery. Local Authority (ESCC) Ongoing
Gavin Ford Co-opted Governor None to declare Contract Manager PFI Resigned June 2018
Dez Glidden Parent Governor Child at Meridian CP School Self-Employed IT Consultant Resigned January 2019
Jasmine Catlin Clerk to Governors Employed at Meridian CP School & Nursery, on maternity leave from Sept 2017, Children in nursery Receptionist, Clerk to Governors Resigned December 2017
Diana Francombe LA Governor None to declare   Resigned as Governor, September 2017
Louisa Parsons Co-opted Governor None to declare Retired Retired as Governor
Maureen Fairhead Co-opted Govenor Retired Headteacher, self-employed Education Consultant, part-time working in East Sussex Self-employed, commisioned on a project basis by ESCC or Schools in East Sussex (not working for Meridian CP School) Resigned August 2020
Laura Brown Co-opted Governor None to declare Clerical Work/Student currenlty in Adult Education Resigned November 2019
Rebecca Freestone Co-opted Governor None to declare Financial Sector, PwC Accountant Ongoing
Katie Browne Parent Governor Children that attend Meridian CP School & Nursery Working for Play PE, After School Club present at Meridian CP School Ongoing
Abigail Heselgrave Angus Co-opted Governor Working for an Education & Youth Research Think Tank, provide services to schools, Local Authorities, Charities amongst other clients, not working for Meridian CP School Student and working at The Centre for Education & Youth Ongoing
Samantha McManus Co-opted Governor Manager Traded Services to Schools at Local Authority, which Meridian School purchases from, Child at Meridian CP School & Nursery Local Authority (ESCC) Ongoing
Kirsty Moffat Staff Governor Year 4 Class Teacher Meridian CP School Ongoing
Joel Chilaka Co-opted Governor None to declare Medical Student, Sussex University Ongoing
Kathryn Donkin Co-opted Governor None to declare Associate Director, Strutt & Parker Lewes, Land Management Ongoing

 Total Governors 11: Vacancies: 1

September 2020 Minutes - Please click on the link to view the Approved Minutes of the Governing Body

Governing Board Composition October 2020


Governors Attendance 2019-2020 Please click on the link to view the Governor Attendance Records