Governing Body

Role of governors and the governing body

What is a governing body?

A school's governing body is a legal entity known as a corporate body. It has a legal existence separate from that of its individual members.  The Governing Body is not responsible for the day to day running of the school but works with the senior leadership team to define strategy, manage finances and robustly review pupil progress and safeguarding matters.

What are governors?

Governors are a group of elected or appointed individuals who collectively are the corporate body

Individual governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the governing body.

  • Except where the whole governing body has delegated a specific function to that individual or where regulations specify a function is to be exercised in a particular way.

Individual governors are generally protected from personal liability as a result of the governing body's decisions and actions provided they act honestly, reasonably and in good faith

Delegated functions:

A governing body can delegate any of its statutory functions to the headteacher, a committee of governors or an individual governor.

  • They must be reviewed annually by the governing body
  • Any action taken or decision made as a result must be reported to the governing body

Our Governing Body are:

Our school governors are :
 

Jane Burnett

Chair of Governors

Ian Bryan

Vice Chair of Governors

Alan Lloyd-Smith

Foundation Governor

Martin Harper

Foundation Governor

Kate Sims

Foundation Governor

Peter Mayers

Co-opted Governor

Greg Russell

Co-opted Governor

Jane Nash

Staff Governor

Emma Hogg

Staff Governor

Marie-Claire Erith

Parent Governor

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Clerk to Governors

Jane Burnett

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Jane Burnett MA  :   Chair of Governors

Email: chair@beckleypeasmarshschoolsfederation.co.uk

 

A geography graduate and a trained teacher/school counsellor from Durham University, Jane spent 25 years working across the country in the teaching profession, culminating in headship.  Jane achieved an MA in Education Leadership in the mid-1980s.   Following headship Jane set up her own education consultancy and worked freelance in schools, specialising in leadership development and school improvement until she chose to semi -retire in 2016 , choosing to continue to work on small projects of interest to her.  She was an accredited performance management consultant, leadership coach and trained as an Ofsted Inspector. Over the years Jane has worked for many different organisations including the DfE, NCSL, LSC and several independent school associations.  Jane currently practices as an Executive Leadership Coach for a number of private clients on a regular basis. Jane has a number of volunteer roles including a school governor in Kent and membership of the Independent Monitoring Board of East Sutton Women’s Prison. In her spare time Jane and her husband farm a small herd of alpacas on the Kent/Sussex border. The reason Jane is a governor is her strong interest in education and her desire to continue to support local schools in offering her skills and experience to help them to flourish.

 
 
 

Ian Bryan

Ian Bryan:  Vice Chair of Governors

Ian Bryan is a recently-appointed Governor, having previously been a Governor at Rye College.  Born in Sussex, he has lived in Peasmarsh for the past four years.  A graduate of the Open University and Post Graduate of Birkbeck College, he started his working life in the Education Department of West Sussex County Council before moving to become, for the next 21 years, an Official of the House of Commons as a Member of the Clerk of the House Department.  Leaving to join the UK water sector, he set up and was CEO to both its National Training Organisation and an awarding body for vocational qualifications.

Having had the opportnuity to travel widely in his career and since retirement, Ian fully understands how a good grounding in education is necessary for children to succeed in life and hopes to contribute to that end for the Peasmarsh and Beckley schools.

 

 

Martin Harper

Father Martin Harper  : Foundation Governor
Father Martin was inducted as Rector of Brede and Udimore in July 2008.  His initial career was as a Quantity Surveyor and he is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) Whilst in private practice in Eastbourne, Martin was ordained as a Deacon in 1985 and a Priest in 1986. He qualified and went into teaching from 1995 until 2008.  He is a director of the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust and vice chair of governors at Brede CP School. He was previously a governor at Bexhill High School.
Martin serves on Deanery and Diocesan Synods, is a member of the diocesan Parsonages and Houses Sub-Committee East and also a member of the Committee for the Common Good.  He is vice chair of the Board of the Fellowship of St Nicholas (FSN),  having worked for that organisation as a houseparent from 1970-1980. Martin is a member of Scout Active Support,  a founder member of Timu Rafiki (Team of Friends - a charity working with young people in Kenya through Scouting) and a guardian to the Hope House orphanage in the Siaya region of Kenya.

Martin Harper

Alan Lloyd-Smith

Alan Lloyd-Smith :    Foundation Governor  

Alan Lloyd-Smith is a recently appointed Foundation Governor to the school having previously been a Governor at Wittersham Primary School and at Rye College.  Alan was born in Sussex and has lived in Wittersham for over 30 years and has a developed interest in education and community issues.  He has been a General Practitioner in Tenterden for 36 years (retiring from practice in 2014) and he hopes this background may give  him some understanding of the needs of a rural community such as Beckley and Peasmarsh. He has three adult children and five grandchildren living locally.  He would like to do his best to ensure that Beckley and Peasmarsh are successful and happy schools.

Alan Lloyd-Smith
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Emma Hogg

Staff Governor

Year 5/6 Teacher at Peasmarsh School and SENCO

 

Jane Nash

Teacher at Beckley CE Primary School

Jane Nash

Peter Mayers

Peter has lived in Beckley for the past 6 years and has two children at Beckley School.  He works as project manager for a company based near Ashford, Kent servicing a range of sectors from agriculture to utilities.  Having previously served as a parent governor at Beckley School since 2013, he is keen to see balance between the long term sustainability of our rural schools and the prevention of their unique characters, whilst achieving the best possible outcomes for all children.

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Greg Russell : Co-opted Governor

Greg has lived in Playden for the past 5 years since retiring from a career in health and social care.   He has a strong interest in local education, having an eight year old daughter, and is keen to see a sustainable future for rural primary schools in local communities.  Greg was a parent governor at St Michaels Primary School, Playden and is currently the community representative on the schools interim Executive Board.

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Govern11 Kate Sims

Kate Sims

Foundation Governor

Director of Diocesan Academy TrustChair of DCAT Audit and Resources CommitteeTrustee of Rye Community Shop

Kate has lived in Rye for the past 16 years having spent most of her careet in senior roles in global banking and reinsurance in London. as well as spells in South Africa and Austrialia.  She is currently a Director of the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust and a member of the Chichester Diocesan Synod and has previously been a member of the Chichester Diocesan Board of Finance.  Kate worships locally and has links to a school in Uganda.  She is a founding trustee of the Rye Community Shop, which she recently helped to set up as a local charity, serving Rye and District.  After years as Head of Futures and Cost Control at an international bank, she studied for a Diploma in Landscape and Amenity Horticulture and has a RHS certificate in Planting and Garden Design.  Following retirement from the city, she pursued her love of gardening by working for some time for Christoper Lloyd at Great Dixter.

 

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Marie Claire Erith

Parent Governor

I have been a parent at Beckley School for 9 years and currently have children in year 2 and 5.  I am interested in securing the future of both schools and improving their links with the community.  I strongly believe in the value of small rural schools.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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