St Mark's CE Primary School


Welcome to St Mark's CE Primary School


The Governing Board – what do our governors do?

Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the headteacher. Governors must both support and challenge the headteacher; consequently, they need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.

Our school needs you

 We currently have several  vacancies for Foundation Governors.

Our school needs committed and engaged governors from a range of backgrounds, who can bring different insights and experiences to their governing boards.  These could include  strategic leadership skills such as development planning, chairing meetings or budget monitoring, or knowledge of the local community (either where you live or work). 

You do not have to be a parent or an education expert, but you do need to be a good team player and willing to learn more about your role. This can be done by attending training, school visits and sharing information and experience with other governors. Anyone aged 18 and over can apply  .We are keen to ensure that the membership of our governing board reflects the diversity of the pupils in our schools and communities. Therefore, we welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact Ruth Ali, our clerk to the governors:

Structure of the governing board

 Amanda Healey  (Foundation Governor) and Sophie Brinkworth (Parent Governor) are Co-Chairs of Governors. The full governing board (FGB) meets 9 times a year. At these meetings, it carries out its three core functions as identified by the Department for Education in the Governance Handbook:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

Minutes of FGB meetings are published on the school's website (see below) after approval by the governing board. The FGB has adopted to the Brighton and Hove Code of Conduct for Governing Boards. Associate members do not have voting rights at Full Governing Board meetings but are welcome to attend.

The Governing Body also has a Resources Committee and an Admissions Committee.  Minutes of these meetings are published on the website (see below) after approval at the following Committee meeting.

Minutes of meetings of the Full Governing Board 2019/20 

Minutes of meetings of the Full Governing Board 2018/19

 Sept 2018 FGB minutes .pdfDownload
 Oct 2018 FGB minutes.pdfDownload
 Nov 2018 FGB minutes.pdfDownload
 Jan 2019 FGB minutes.pdfDownload
 Feb 2019 FGB minutes.pdfDownload
 March 2019 FGB.pdfDownload
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 FGB minutes 16.07.19.pdfDownload
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Minutes of meetings of the Full Governing Board 2017/18

 171128 GB minutes.pdfDownload
 180109 GB minutes.pdfDownload
 180206 GB minutes.pdfDownload
 180320 GB minutes.pdfDownload
 180501 FGB minutes .pdfDownload
 180525 EGM minutes.pdfDownload
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 180710 FGB minutes - .pdfDownload
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Minutes of meetings of the Resources Committee 2018/19

 Minutes Resources Committee Meeting 20.11.18.pdfDownload
 Minutes Resources Committee Meeting 21.05.19 (1).pdfDownload
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The Governing Board

Instrument of Government 24.03.2015 - 2 Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor, 1 Headteacher, 7 Foundation Governor (6 of whom appointed by the Diocese, and 1 ex officio)

Name of Governor Type of Governor Date Appointed Appointment Details Term of Office
End Date
Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams Foundation Ex Officio (Diocesan)
 03.09.2018 Appointed by Diocese of Chichester 02.09.2022
Nicki O'Neill Local Authority 06.02.2018 Nominated by Local Authority, elected by GB 05.02.2022
Jane Fendley Headteacher  01.05.2011 Member by virtue of position N/A
due to role on GB
Bente Bjornholt Parent 28.09.2018 Elected  by parents 27.09.2022
Sophie Brinkworth



08.02.2018 Elected  by parents 07.02.2022
Brian Ward Staff 24.07.2018 Elected by staff 23.09.2022
Amanda Healey Foundation (Diocesan) 14.09.2017 Appointed by Diocese 13.09.2021
Allistare Smedley Foundation (Diocesan) 07.10.2019 Appointed by Diocese 06.10.2023
Christine Bartley Foundation (Diocesan)  10.10.2019 Appointed by Diocese 09.10.2023
Vacancy Foundation (Diocesan)   Appointed by Diocese  
Vacancy Foundation (Diocesan) Appointed by Diocese 
Rose Wisdom Associate Member 01.09.2019 Appointed by the Board



Governors who have stepped down/terms of office expired since September 2018
Name of Governor Type of Governor Date From Date Ended Reason
Ian Keating Foundation (Diocesan) 11.06.2018 17.09.2019 Resigned
Lynn Bennett Associate Member 10.12.2014 09.12.2018 Term of office ended
Helen Edwards Foundation 29.06.2015 28.06.2019 Term of office ended
Sally Bream Foundation 19.09.2017 24.07.2019 Resigned

Governor attendance at FGB meetings: attendance record for September 2018 - July 2019

There is no obligation for associate members to attend meetings.

Governor 2018/19
  9 FGB Meetings
Bente Bjornholt 3/8
Helen Edwards 7/9
Jane Fendley 9/9
Amanda Healey 9/9
Ian Keating 7/9
Sally Bream 9/9
Nicki O'Neill 5/9
Sophie Brinkworth 8/9
Brian Ward 8/9
Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams 8/9

Declaration of Governors' Business Interests 2019-20

Name  Date interest was registered Interest Declared
Bente Bjornholt 16.01.2019 Has a child at the school
Sophie Brinkworth 18.09.2018 Employed by Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children as an educational audiologist. Has a child at the school
Jane Fendley 18.09.2018 Headteacher at the school
Amanda Healey 17.09.2019 None
Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams 18.09.2018 Trustee of Bishop Otter Academy trust
Nicki O' Neill 25.09.2018 Employed by Brighton and Hove City Council
Brian Ward 17.09.2019  Staff member
Rose Wisdom 17.09.2019 Employed by Diocese of Chichester as Governor Development Officer