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 Allistare Smedley (Foundation Governor) are Co-Chairs of Governors. The full governing board (FGB) meets 10 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), an Admissions Committee (Terms of Reference) and a Pay 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

Category Date First Appointed Appointment Details Term of Office End
Sophie Brinkworth Parent 08.02.2018 Appointed by board due to no election candidates   07.02.2026
Helen Mapa-Murch Parent 05.07.2023 Elected by Parents 04.07.2027
Rosie Doyle Local Authority 16.05.2022 Proposed by LA, Appointed by Board 15.05.2026
Jane Fendley Headteacher 01.05.2011 Ex-officio  
Christine Bartley Foundation 10.10.2019 Appointed by Diocese 09.10.2023
Sebastian Dawson-Bowling Foundation 20.11.2020 Appointed by Diocese 19.11.2024
Amanda Healey Foundation  14.09.2017 Appointed by Diocese 13.09.2025
Archdeacon Martin Lloyd-Williams Foundation (ex-officio substitute) 03.09.2018 Appointed by Diocese 02.09.2026
Jess Murch Staff 07.10.2022 Elected by Staff 06.10.2026
Allistare Smedley  Foundation 07.10.2019 Appointed by Diocese 06.10.2023
vacancy Foundation   Appointed by Diocese  
vacancy Foundation   Appointed by Diocese  
Phil Davis Associate Member (Resources, with voting rights) 16.11.2020 Appointed by Board 15.11.2023

Governors who have stepped down/terms of office expired during the past 12 months

Name of Governor Category Date From Date Ended Reason
Brian Ward Staff 24.07.2018 23.07.2022 End of term
Kate Newman Foundation 10.12.2020 27.11.2022 Resigned
Vitalina Liapko Parent 21.03.2022 01.07.2023 Resigned

Governor attendance at meetings: attendance record for September 2022 - July 2023

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



Governor Admissions Committee Resources Committee FGB Meetings
Christine Bartley 2/2 n/a 7/10
Sophie Brinkworth n/a n/a 9/10
Rosie Doyle n/a n/a 9/10
Sebastian Dawson-Bowling n/a 1/4 6/10
Jane Fendley 2/2 4/4 9/10
Amanda Healey 2/2 3/4 9/10
Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams n/a n/a 3/9
Helen Mapa-Murch n/a n/a 1/1
Jess Murch 0/1 n/a 4/0
Kate Newman n/a n/a 1/3
Vitalina Liapko n/a 4/4 7/9
Allistare Smedley 1/2 4/4 8/10
Phil Davis n/a 1/4 n/a

Register of Interests of Governors and Associate Members 2022-23

Name and 



companies/ securities/ 


Other Educational 


Family Members

Gifts and 



Secret Societies


Christine Bartley


None declared

Governor at Mile Oak 


Trustee of BOAT 

(Bishop Otter 

Academies Trust

None None None 04.09.2022

Sophie Brinkworth


Primary role – Sussex community NHS foundation trust- Paediatric audiologist working at Seaside view child development centre.

Secondary -  Hamilton Lodge school and college for deaf children: Audiologist


Husband Phil Davis is 

Associate Member, one child at the school

None None 05.09.2022

Phil Davis

Associate Member

None None Wife Sophie Brinkworth is governor, one child at the school None None 08.10.2021

Sebastian Dawson-Bowling


None None None None None 12.09.2021

Rosie Doyle


Into University None None None None 04.09.2022

Jane Fendley


None None None None None 27.09.2022

Amanda Healey



Volunteer at Into 


Trustee of Education 

West Africa

None None

PCC member at St Andrew’s Church, Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Life member of NAHT (National Association of Headteachers)

Vitalina Liapko

Parent - resigned 01.07.2023

None None One child at the school None None 23.03.2022

Archdeacon Martin Lloyd 




Trustee at Bishop Otter 

Academy Trust

None None None 18.10.2021

Helen Mapa-Murch - elected 05.07.2023 

Employment:  NHS - nurse, critical care


One child at the school     06.07.2023

Jess Murch

Staff - to follow




Kate Newman

Foundation - resigned 27.11.2022

Employment:  Roedean 


None None None

NEA- Education Union

Chartered College of Teaching


Allistare Smedley


Employment:  Brighton 

and Hove City Council

LA officer performance attendance and exclusions

St John the Baptist 

School Governor

Wife teaches at CNCS None None 29.09.2022

Brian Ward

Staff (expired 23.07.2022)

None None None None None 13.09.2021

Governor Responsibilities

  • Behaviour: Allistare Smedley
  • Child Protection: Amanda Healey
  • Children in Care: Amanda Healey
  • English: Christine Bartley
  • Health and Safety:  Allistare Smedley
  • Maths: Sophie Brinkworth
  • Pupil Premium:  Rosie Doyle/Amanda Healey 
  • RE/Ethos: Christine Bartley
  • Roedean Partnership: Amanda Healey
  • SEND: Rosie Doyle/Allistare Smedley
  • Sports Premium: Sophie Brinkworth
  • Training and Development: vacancy
  • Wellbeing: Sophie Brinkworth

Committee Membership

Resources Committee:  Phil Davis (Associate Member), Sebastian Dawson-Bowling, Jane Fendley, Amanda Healey (committee chair), vacancy, Allistare Smedley

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

Pay Committee: Christine Bartley (committee chair), Sebastian Dawson-Bowling, Sophie Brinkworth  

Headteacher Appraisal Panel:  Sophie Brinkworth, Sebastian Dawson-Bowling, Allistare Smedley

Board Diversity

The governing body has agreed that their diversity data should remain confidential, due to the small size of the board.  However, diversity data is regularly analysed by the board and used in recruitment and training to ensure governors reflect the community they serve.