Woodingdean Primary School

Nurturing
& Believing,

Enjoying
& Achieving

Our Governing Body

We currently have no vacancies, but are you interested to be considered for a future vacancy?  Desired expertise could include strategic leadership skills, such as development planning, chairing meetings or budget monitoring, or knowledge of the local community (where you live or where you work).  You do not have to be a parent (except for a parent governor vacancy) 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 expertise with other governors.  Anyone aged 18 or over can apply.  

We are keen to ensure that membership of our Governing Body reflects the diversity of the pupils in our school and community.  Therefore we always welcome applications from under-represented groups, such as minority ethnic backgrounds. 

(Constitution (effective from 25.11.2020) – 14 Govs in total: Head; 1 LA, 3 Parent, 8 Co-opted, 1 Staff)

Name

Type

Appointed by

first appointed –

end of term

 

Darren Arbon (co-vice chair)

Parent

Elected by parents

05.04.19-04.04.23

Carly Astaniou

Parent

Elected by Parents

03.06.18-02.06.22

Aaron Barnard

Co-opted

Governing Body

20.01.21-19.01.25

Emma Bennett (co-vice chair)

Co-opted

Governing Body

08.05.19-07.05.23

Matthew Bishop

Co-opted

Governing Body

07.05.21-06.05.25

Gemma Chumnansin

Headteacher

ex-officio

from 07.06.2021

Darren Gearing

Co-opted

Governing Body

30.11.16-29.11.24

Raluca Jarvis

Co-opted

Governing Body

08.05.19-07.05.23

Jo Jones

Staff

Elected by Staff

29.01.21-28.01.25

Karen Meeres (chair)

Co-opted

Governing Body

01.10.08-25.11.22

Karen Mitton

Parent

Elected by Parents

26.03.21-25.03.25

Kate Williams

LA

Proposed by LA, appointed by GB

30.11.16-29.11.24

vacancy

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

vacancy 

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

In the past year, the following persons have also served on the Governing Body

Sally Livermore

Co-opted

Governing Body

28.03.18-23.07.21

Helen Rose 

Co-opted

Governing Body

11.10.17-07.07.21

Jo Fish

Acting Headteacher

Ex-officio

01.01.21 - 06.06.21

Natalie Mildon

Co-opted

Governing Body

20.01.21-24.02.21

Tim Pettitt

Parent

Elected by Parents

24.02.17-23.02.21

Jonathan Whitfield

Headteacher

Ex-officio

07.01.13-31.12.20

George Russell

Parent

Elected by Parents

30.01.20-03.08.20

Daisy Piatt

Co-opted

Governing Body

21.04.20-15.10.20

Our Committees

The workload of the Governing Body is shared between various committees, each with its own chair.

Minutes from governing body meetings are available upon request, unless deemed confidential.

  • Resources: Aaron Barnard, Matthew Bishop, Gemma Chumnansin, Darren Gearing, Raluca Jarvis, Karen Meeres.  Terms of Reference
  • Teaching, Learning & Wellbeing (TLW): Darren Arbon, Carly Astaniou, Emma Bennett,  Gemma Chumnansin, Jo Jones, Kate Williams. Terms of Reference
  • Strategic Planning Working Group: Darren Arbon, Emma Bennett, Gemma Chumnansin, Darren Gearing, Karen Meeres  Terms of Reference
  • Pay Committee:  Carly Astaniou, Aaron Barnard, Raluca Jarvis, Karen Meeres Terms of Reference
  • Headteacher Appraisal Panel: Darren Arbon, Darren Gearing, Karen Meeres