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) Ensuring clarity of the School’s Vision, Ethos and strategic direction;

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

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, Ms Sally McMahon 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 Senior Governors

             

Mrs Barbara Gerding, Acting Vice Chair of Governors, Co-Opted

                       

  

Ms Claire Westcott,  Headteacher, Ex-Officio Governor

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Dr Hannah Wood, Vice Chair of Governors, Co-Opted

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                

Members of the Governing Board

There are 12 places on the Meridian Governing Board, there is currently 4 vacancies: 3 co-opted, 1 parent governor (February 2024)

 

 

 

 

 

Term of Office:

Title

First name

Surname

Governor Type

Appointing Body

First
Appointed

Current
Term Start

Current
Term End

Governor Position/Lead Role

Mr

Edward

Dunn

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

10/01/2017

29/9/2022

28/09/2026

Finance; PE Grant Link, Pay Committee, HTPM Panel; Ofsted Group. Subject monitoring: Science, Maths, PE, French

Mrs

Janet

Anthony

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

23/11/2009

15/10/2020

14/10/2024

Safeguarding; Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND); Health & Wellbeing; Behaviour & Attendance; Ofsted Group. Subject monitoring: OPAL & Forest School

Dr

Hannah

Wood

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair

Governing Board

26/11/2021

26/11/2021

25/11/2025

Equality & Diversity; HR/Personnel; Health & Safety; Subject monitoring: Maths, Science, Geography

Mrs

Sue

Porter

LA Governor

Governing Board

09/06/2022

09/06/2022

08/06/2026

Shadow Pupil Premium; Shadow Pupil Performance/Higher Attainers; Subject monitoring: PSHE/RSE, History, Music

Mrs

Lisa

Gendre

Parent Governor

Parent Elected

01/07/2022

01/07/2022

30/06/2026

Parent & Pupil Voice; Shadow Early Years Foundation Stage; Subject monitoring: English, Phonics, Art & Design  

Mrs

Barbara

Gerding

Co-opted Governor

Acting Chair

Governing Board

28/09/2023

28/09/2023

27/09/2027

Governor Training, Finance; Shadow PE Grant/Sports Premium; Ofsted Group. Subject monitoring: Shadow OPAL & Forest School; Design Technology

Ms

Martha

Sanderson

Staff Governor

Staff elected

28/09/2023

28/09/2023

27/09/2027

Parent and Pupil Voice

Ms

Claire

Westcott

Staff - Headteacher Ex-Officio Governor

Ex Officio

01/01/2011

01/01/2011

31/12/2035

Headteacher Ex-Officio

Ms

Sally

McMahon

Clerk

Ex Officio

01/09/2023

01/09/2023

31/08/2033

Clerk, Support for Governor Training

Governors Retired in past 12 Months

Title

First name

Surname

Governor Type

Appointing Body

Start Date

End Date

Governor Position/Lead Role

Miss

Ellen

Hales

Staff Governor

Staff Elected

29/09/2022

22/06/2023

Parent & Pupil Voice

Miss

Kathryn

Donkin

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

01/01/2020

31/12/2023

Chair, plus: Safeguarding; Shadow SEND; HR/Personnel; Shadow Behaviour & Attendance; Health & Safety; HTPM Panel; Ofsted Group; Subject Monitoring: RE

Dr

Joel

Chilaka

Co-opted Governor

Governing Board

28/01/2020

31/12/2023

GDPR, Pupil Premium; Pupil Performance/Higher Attainers; Pay Committee; Shadow Equality & Diversity

Mrs

Nicky

Packham

Parent Governor,

Co-Vice Chair

Parent Elected

25/01/2021

30/01/2024

Early Years Foundation Stage; Safeguarding; Shadow GDPR; Ofsted Group. Subject monitoring: English, Phonics, PHSE/RSE

Governor Interest Declarations, Status February 2024

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

Claire Westcott

Head Teacher, Governor Ex Officio

Head Teacher

Employed at Meridian CPS & Nursery

Ongoing

Edward Dunn

Co-opted Governor

Child at Meridian CP School & Nursery.

University of Sussex

Ongoing

Hannah Wood

Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor

None to declare

Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton

Ongoing

Sue Porter

LA Governor

None to declare

Retired Professional in Further Education

Ongoing

Lisa Gendre

Parent Governor

Children at MCPS; Mother is a volunteer at MCPS

Working in Care Sector Finance

Ongoing

Barbara Gerding

Acting Chair

Co-opted Governor

 

Previous Clerk at Meridian,

Freelance Consultancy Work for ESCC/GCS - support to School Clerks

Ashcombe Building, Small construction business;

ESCC Governor Support Services

Ongoing

Martha Sanderson

Staff Governor

Year 3 Class Teacher

Employed at Meridian CPS & Nursery

Ongoing

Nicky Packham

Parent Governor,

Co-Vice Chair

Coordinator for Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership BHCC: Children at MCPS & Nursery

BHSCP, hosted by Local Authority (BHCC)

Ceased 31st January 2024

 

Joel Chilaka

Co-opted Governor

None to declare

Medical Professional, NHS

Ceased 31st December 2023

Kathryn Donkin

Co-opted Governor

None to declare

Associate Director, Strutt & Parker Lewes, Land Management

Ceased 31st December 2023

Ellen Hales

Staff Governor

Year 5 Class Teacher

Employed at Meridian CPS & Nursery

Ceased June 2023

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 2022 - 2023

 

Number Attended

Out of Max possible

%
Attendance

Kathryn Donkin
(Chair, Co-Opted)

7/8

88%

Janet Anthony
(Co-Opted)

7/8

88%

Joel Chilaka
(Co-Vice Chair, Co-Opted)

6/8

75%

Claire Westcott
(Head teacher, ex officio governor)

8/8

100%

Nicky Packham (Parent, Co-Vice Chair)

8/8

100%

Hannah Wood (Co-opted)

6/8

75%

Sue Porter
(LA Governor)

7/8

88%

Lisa Gendre (Parent)

7/8

88%

Edward Dunn (Co-Opted)
resigned in June 2022

5/8

63%

Ellen Hales (Staff Governor)

3/8

38%

Barbara Gerding (Clerk)

7/8

88%

Governor Meeting Attendance 2023-2024

 

Number Attended

Out of Max possible

%
Attendance

Barbara Gerding

 (Co-Opted Acting Chair)

4/4

100%

Hannah Wood

 (Vice Chair, Co-opted)

4/4

100%

Janet Anthony
(Co-Opted)

3/4

75%

Sue Porter
(LA Governor)

4/4

100%

Lisa Gendre

(Parent)

4/4

100%

Edward Dunn (Co-Opted)

2/4

50%

Claire Westcott
(Head teacher, ex officio governor)

4/4

100%

Martha Sanderson

(Staff Governor)

3/4

75%

Nicky Packham

(Parent) Retired Jan 2024

4/4

100%

Joel Chilaka
(Co-Opted) Retired Dec 2023

1/3

33%

Kathryn Donkin
(Co-Opted) Retired Dec 2023

3/3

100%

Sally McMahon

(Clerk)

4/4

100%

Approved Governor Minutes