Meridian Community Primary School & Nursery

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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, Mrs Barbara Gerding at clerk@meridian.e-sussex.sch.uk in the first instance; she will then forward your query as appropriate. The Chair, Mr Chris Bonner 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 Senior Governors

 

                 

Mr Chris Bonner, Chair of Governors, LA Governor 

         

           

Ms Kathryn Donkin, Vice Chair of Governors, Co-Opted            

                       

   

Ms Claire Westcott,  Headteacher, Ex-Officio Governor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                

 

Members of the Governing Board

There are 12 places on the Meridian Governing Board, there are currently 2 vacancies for co-opted governor positions September ’21.

Title

First name

Surname

Governor Type

Appointing Body

Start Date

End Date

Governor Position/Lead Role

Mr

Christopher

Bonner

Local Authority Governor, Chair

Governing Board

24/04/2018

23/04/2022

Pupil Premium and Vulnerable Groups; Health & Safety; Governor Training

Miss

Rebecca

Freestone

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

13/11/2018

12/11/2022

Maths Lead Monitor PE Sports Grant Lead

Miss

Kirsty

Moffat

Staff Governor

Staff Elected

20/06/2019

19/06/2023

Shadow: Maths; Shadow: Sex & Relationship Education

Miss

Kathryn

Donkin

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair

Governing Board

01/01/2020

31/12/2023

Shadow: Safeguarding; HR/Personnel

Mr

Joel

Chilaka

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

28/01/2020

27/01/2024

Equality & Diversity, GDPR, Pupil Performance/Higher Attainers; Shadow English

Mrs

Janet

Anthony

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

15/10/2020

14/10/2024

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND); Safeguarding; Health & Wellbeing, Behaviour & Attendance

Mr

Edward

Dunn

Parent Governor

Parent Elected

25/01/2021

24/01/2025

Finance; Pupil Performance/Higher Attainers; Parent & Pupil Voice; HR/Personnel

Mrs

Nicky

Packham

Parent Governor

Parent Elected

25/01/2021

24/01/2025

Governor

Mr

Sam

Harvey

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

18/05/2021

17/05/2025

Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 (non-voting), Deputy Head

Miss

Laura

Miles

Associate Member

Governing Board

20/06/2019

19/06/2023

Associate Member (non-voting), Assistant Head, SENCo, DSL

Ms

Gaydree

Wrigley

Associate Member

Governing Board

01/02/2021

31/01/2025

Associate Member (non-voting), School Business Manager

Miss

Alex

Roberts

Associate Member

Governing Board

01/02/2021

31/01/2025

Associate Member (non-voting), Acting Assistant Head

Mrs

Barbara

Gerding

Clerk

Ex Officio

11/09/2017

10/09/2027

Clerk; Support for Governor Training

Governors and Associate Governors Retired in past 12 Months

Title

First name

Surname

Governor Type

Appointing Body

Start Date

End Date

Governor Position/Lead Role

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs 

Samantha

McManus

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

02/05/2021

Resigned

01/05/2021

Finance; GDPR; 

Shadow: EYFS, Quality & Diversity, English

Mrs

Abigail

Heselgrave Angus

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

04/03/2019

Resigned
10/03/2021

Shadow: Pupil Premium and Vulnerable Groups; Shadow: Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), Shadow Behaviour & Attendance; Sex & Relationship Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs

Katie

Browne

Parent Governor

Parent Elected

05/03/2019

Resigned   04/01/2021

Early Years Foundation Stage; Shadow: Health & Safety, Wellbeing; Shadow: Parent & Pupil Voice

Mrs

Maureen

Fairhead

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

17/09/2018

Resigned 31/08/2020

Safeguarding; Early Years Foundation Stage; English

Mrs

Michelle

Hunt

Associate Member

Governing Board

09/03/2017

Left Post 23/10/2020

Associate Member, School Business Manager

Governor Interest Declarations, Status September 2021

Name of Governor

 Position in the
 Governing Body

 Business Interest Declaration

 Nature of Business
 (place of work)

 Continuity of
 Declaration

Janet Anthony

Co-opted Governor

None to declare

The Bevern Trust Charity, Catering Manager, part-time

Ongoing

Christopher Bonner

Chair, Local Authority Governor

Employed by Lloyds Bank, school not banking with Lloyds

Finance – Lloyds Bank

Ongoing

Claire Westcott

Head Teacher, Governor Ex Officio

Employed at Meridian CP School & Nursery

Head Teacher 

Ongoing

Edward Dunn

Parent Governor

Employed by ESCC, Change Manager for ORBIS, ESCC and BHCC/Surrey County Council; Traded Services Supporting Lead at ESCC, Children at Meridian CP School & Nursery.

Local Authority (ESCC)

Ongoing

Rebecca Freestone

Co-opted Governor

None to declare

Financial Sector, Accountant

Ongoing

Sam Harvey

Co-opted Governor

None to declare

Teacher at Independent 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

Ceased March 2021

Samantha McManus

Co-opted Governor

Manager Traded Services to Schools at Local Authority, which Meridian School purchases from (to 28.2.2021), Team Manager, Library Operations – East Sussex County Council (from 1.3.2021) Child at Meridian CP School & Nursery   

Local Authority (ESCC)

Ceased June 2021

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

Vice Chair

None to declare

Associate Director, Strutt & Parker Lewes, Land Management

Ongoing

Nicky Packham

Parent Governor

Volunteer & Skills Development Coordinator Children Services, BHCC, Children at CP School & Nursery

Local Authority (BHCC)

Ongoing

Governors are required to fill out a declaration of interest at the start of each academic year or when newly appointed, they also make
interest declarations at every meeting should a conflict of interest arise with any agenda item.

Governor Meeting Attendance 2020 - 21

 

Number Attended

Out of Max possible

%
Attendance

Janet Anthony
(Vice Chair, Co-Opted)

6/7

86%

Claire Westcott
(Head teacher, ex officio governor)

7/7

100%

Christopher Bonner

(Chair, LA Governor)

7/7

100%

Edward Dunn (Parent)

6/7

86%

Rebecca Freestone (Co-Opted)

5/7

71%

Katie Browne (Parent)

2/3

67%

Abi Angus  (Co-Opted)

4/4

100%

Samantha McManus (Co-Opted)

4/6

67%

Kirsty Moffat (Staff Governor)

7/7

100%

Kathryn Donkin (Co-Opted)

7/7

100%

Joel Chilaka (Co-Opted)

6/7

86%

Sam Harvey (Co-Opted)

1/1

100%

Also invited to attend GB meetings:

 

 

Matt Doody
(Deputy Head, Associate)

6/6

100%

Michelle Hunt
(School Business Manager, Associate, left post)

0/2

0%

Laura Miles
(Assistant Head Teacher, SENCo, Associate)

5/6

83%

Gaydree Wrigley
(School Business Manager, Associate, joined in January)

4/4
(one part-present)

100%

Alex Roberts
(Assistant Head Teacher, Associate)

7/7

100%

Barbara Gerding (Clerk)

7/7

100%