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.


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



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
Leanne Amarylis Foundation (Diocesan)  11.11.2019 Appointed by Diocese  10.11.2023
Heather Noble Foundation (Diocesan) 14.07.2020 Appointed by Diocese  13.07.2024
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 during the past academic year
Name of Governor Type of Governor Date From Date Ended Reason
Ian Keating Foundation (Diocesan) 11.06.2018 17.09.2019 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
Name  Date interest was registered Interest Declared
Leanne Amarylis 20.11.2019


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 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
Allistare Smedley 18.11.2019 Governor at Mile Oak Primary School and St John the Baptist RC Primary School
Brian Ward 17.09.2019  Staff member
Rose Wisdom 17.09.2019 Employed by Diocese of Chichester as Governor Development Officer


Governor Responsibilities
Child Protection:  Amanda Healey
SEN:  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:  Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams
Roedean Partnership:   Amanda Healey

Headteacher Appraisal:  Sophie Brinkworth, Nicki O'Neill, Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams