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 firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance; she will then forward your query as appropriate. The Chair can be contacted on email@example.com.
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...
Edward Dunn - Parent Governor
Parent Elected. Finance Lead Governor.
Term of Office: 10/01/2017 to 09/01/2021
Bio coming soon...
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 - March 2019
|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||Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor||None to declare||Catering Manager||Ongoing|
|Christopher Bonner||Local Authority Governor, Vice Chair||None to declare||Finance – Lloyds Bank||Ongoing|
|Jonathan Rowsell||Co-opted Governor||None to declare||Educational Consultant||Resigned December 2017|
|Claire Westcott||Staff Governor||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|
|Edward Dunn||Parent Governor||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||Self-employed, working in East Sussex||Ongoing|
|Laura Brown||Co-opted Governor||None to declare||Parent/Clerical Work||Ongoing|
|Rebecca Freestone||Co-opted Governor||None to declare||Financial Sector, Insurance||Ongoing|
|Katie Browne||Parent Governor||Children that attend Meridian CP School & Nursery, Works for Play PE, After School Club||Working for Play PE, After School Club||Ongoing|
|Abigail Angus||Co-opted Governor||None to declare||Student||Ongoing|
|Samantha McManus||Co-opted Governor||Manager Traded Services to Schools at Local Authority, Child at school from 09/19||East Sussex County Council||Ongoing|
|Kirsty Moffat||Staff Governor||None to declare||Meridian School||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.
Total Governors 10: Vacancies: 2 (1 Staff, 1 Co-opted)
June 2019 Minutes - Please click on the link to view the Approved Minutes of the Governing Body
Governors Attendance 2017-2018 - Please click on the link to view the Governor Attendance Records