St Mark's CE Primary School


Welcome to St Mark's CE Primary School


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.

Your school needs you

We currently have several  vacancies for governors. If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact Ruth Ali, our clerk to the governors:

Structure of the governing board

 Ian Keating is Chair 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 Governors' 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 after approval by the governing board. The FGB adheres to the Brighton and Hove Code of Conduct for Governing Boards. Associate members do not have voting rights but are welcome to attend meetings.

The school also has a governors' resources committee. Minutes of these meetings are published on the website after approval at the following resources committee meeting.


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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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
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Minutes of meetings of resources committee 2018/19

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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
Vacancy Foundation (Diocesan)   Appointed by Diocese of Chichester
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
Ian Keating   Foundation (Diocesan) 11.06.2018 Appointed by Diocese 10.06.2022
Vacancy   Foundation (Diocesan)   Appointed by Diocese  
Vacancy   Foundation (Diocesan)   Appointed by Diocese  
Vacancy Foundation (Diocesan) Appointed by Diocese of Chichester
Governors who have stepped down/terms of office expired since September 2017
Name of Governor Type of Governor Date From Date Ended Reason
Susan Yates Foundation 01.09.2014 16.10.2017 Resigned
Rebecca Grinyer Parent 26.04.2016 08.01.2018 Resigned 
Ayas Fallon-Khan Local Authority 12.07.2016 17.01.2018 Resigned
Reverend Julie Newson Foundation ex-officio 20.05.2010 02.05.2018


Jessie Allagier Parent 10.10.2014 22.06.2018



Margaret Enoch Staff 01.09.2017 24.07.2018


Sue Meek Associate member 12.07.2016 7.08.2018 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 2017 - July 2018

There is no obligation for associate members to attend meetings.

Governor 2017/18
  9 FGB Meetings
Ayas Fallon-Khan 2/4
Helen Edwards 9/9
Jane Fendley 9/9
Jessie Allagier 7/8
Julie Newson 7/7
Rebecca Grinyer 2/3
Susan Yates 2/2
Amanda Healey 9/9
Margaret Enoch 9/9
Sally Bream 4/8
Nicki O'Neill 4/5
Sophie Brinkworth 4/4

Declaration of Governors' Business Interests. The Register is updated annually after the FGB's September meeting.

Name  Declaration Signed Interest Declared Nature of conflict
Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams 18.09.2018 Yes  Trustee of  Bishop Otter Academy trust
Helen Edwards 18.09.2018 yes

 Owns the online learning journal, Tapestry, to which the school subscribed (free of charge) prior to her joining the governing board.

Jane Fendley 18.09.2018 No  
Ian Keating 18.09.2018 No  
Sally Bream 18.09.2018 No  
Amanda Healey 18.09.2018 yes  Trustee: Education West Africa; Volunteeer: Into University
Brian Ward 18.09.2018 No


Nicki O' Neill 25.09.2018 Yes Employed by Brighton and Hove City Council
Sophie Brinkworth 18.09.2018 Yes

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


Bente Bjornholt 16.01.2019 No

Has a child at the school