St Mark's CE Primary School

"LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE" Matthew 5:16

Welcome to St Mark's CE Primary School

Governors

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.

 

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 (minutes of meetings page) after approval by the governing board. The FGB has adopted  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 (Terms of Reference) and an Admissions Committee (Terms of Reference).  Minutes of these meetings are published on the website (minutes of meetings page) after approval at the following Committee meeting.

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

Parent

 

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
Sebastian Dawson-Bowling Foundation (Diocesan)  20.11.2020 Appointed by Diocese  19.11.2024
Vacancy Foundation (Diocesan) Appointed by Diocese 
Vacancy Foundation (Diocesan) Appointed by Diocese
Phil Davis Associate Member (Resources Committee) 16.11.2020 Appointed by Board 15.11.2021
 
Governors who have stepped down/terms of office expired during the past 12 months
Name of Governor Type of Governor Date From Date Ended Reason
Rose Wisdom Associate Member 01.09.2019 31.08.2020 Term of office expired
Heather Noble Foundation (Diocesan) 14.07.2020 31.08.2020 Resigned
Leanne Amarylis Foundation (Diocesan) 11.11.2019 14.09.2020 Resigned

Governor attendance at FGB meetings: attendance record for September 2019 - July 2020

There is no obligation for associate members to attend meetings of the Full Governing Board.

Governor Admissions Committee  Resources Committee FGB Meetings 
Leanne Amarylis n/a n/a 3/11
Christine Bartley 3/3 n/a 10/12
Bente Bjornholt n/a n/a 9/13
Sophie Brinkworth n/a n/a 12/13
Jane Fendley 3/3 3/3 13/13
Amanda Healey 2/3 2/3 12/13
Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams n/a n/a 2/13
Nicki O'Neill n/a 3/3 6/13
Heather Noble n/a n/a 0/1
Allistare Smedley 1/3 2/2 6/13
Brian Ward n/a n/a 9/13

Register of Interests of Governors and Associate Members 2020-2021
Name  Date interest was registered Interest Declared
Christine Bartley 18.11.2019

Governor at Mile Oak Primary School

Trustee of Bishop Otter Academy Trust

Bente Bjornholt 16.01.2019 Has a child at the school
Sophie Brinkworth

18.09.2018

 

 

19.11.2020

Employed by Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children as an educational audiologist. Has a child at the school. 

Husband Phil Davis is Associate Member to Resources Committee

Phil Davis

20.11.2020

Has a child at the school

Wife Sophie Brinkworth is co-chair of governors

Jane Fendley 18.09.2018 Headteacher at the school
Amanda Healey 18.09.2020

East Sussex Colleague, Seasonal Teacher of French

Trustee:  Education West Africa (registered charity)

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 - School and Governance Development
Allistare Smedley 18.11.2019 Governor at Mile Oak Primary School and chair St John the Baptist RC Primary School
Brian Ward 17.09.2019  Staff member

 

Governor Responsibilities

  • Behaviour:  Allistare Smedley
  • Child Protection:  Amanda Healey
  • SEND:  Allistare Smedley
  • Health and Safety:    Nicki O’Neill 
  • Training and Development: Nicki O’Neill
  • Pupil Premium:   Brian Ward, Amanda Healey 
  • Sports Premium:   Christine Bartley 
  • Maths:   Nicki O’Neill
  • English:   Sophie Brinkworth  
  • RE/Ethos:  Christine Bartley, Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams
  • Roedean Partnership:   Amanda Healey
  • Headteacher Appraisal:  Sophie Brinkworth, Nicki O'Neill, Allistare Smedley
  • Wellbeing:  Sophie Brinkworth

Committee Membership

Resources Committee:  Phil Davis (Associate Member), Jane Fendley, Amanda Healey (committee chair), Nicki O'Neill, Allistare Smedley

Admissions Committee: Christine Bartley (committee chair), Jane Fendley, Amanda Healey, Allistare Smedley

Pay Committee: Christine Bartley, Amanda Healey,  Nicki O'Neill

Headteacher Appraisal Panel:  Sophie Brinkworth, Nicki O'Neill, Allistare Smedley