About the School Governors

Who are the school governors and what do they do?

Governors play an important part in overseeing the running of the school in the interests of the community it serves.  Governors govern rather than manage.  The governing body is made up of a cross-section of the local community and includes parent representatives of children at the school.

Blackwell's governors have been elected and co-opted into the governing body.   Parents and carers are actively encouraged to talk to governors and put forward any views, comments and opinions that you may have about the school.  Should you wish to contact our Chair of Governors, you can do so using the following email addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The table below shows the governors at Blackwell - if you click on a governors name you will find a little more information about each of them:

Name

Category Appointing Body Term of office Committees and panels Positions of responsibility Business Interests

 1

Mrs Sarah Martin Interim Headteacher Ex Officio
 2 Mrs Jane Fairbourn Co-opted

FGB

09.05.19-08.05.23 Headteacher Appraisal Panel Chair, Quality of Education, Pupil Premium Chair of Governors at Ashurst Wood Primary School, Trustee of Age UK (East Grinstead & District)
 3 Mrs Annette Madden

Co-opted

FGB

13.4.19-12.4.23 Headteacher Appraisal Panel

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Employee at Turners Hill C of E Primary School, Husband employee of Sackville School, Club Welfare Officer at East Grinstead Meads F.C. and Edenbridge Piranhas Swimming Club
 4 Ms Judith Sherington

Co-opted

FGB

11.2.19-10.2.23 Pay Committee SEND Education Adviser with Local Authority
 5 Mrs Janina Stromfield

Co-opted

FGB

24.4.17-23.4.21

Quality of Education, Pupil Premium, Looked after Children

Employee of Sackville School
 6 Ms Linda Waghorn

Co-opted

FGB

1.4.19-31.3.23 Pay Committee

Early Years

Chair of Governors at Godstone Primary School, Director of 4Governors Ltd
 7 Ms Caroline Jefferis

Co-opted

FGB 4.11.19 – 3.11.23 Employee at Blackwell Primary School
 8 Vacancy

Co-opted

 9 Vacancy

Co-opted

 10 Vacancy

Co-opted

 11 Vacancy

Co-opted

 12 Mrs Margaret Belsey LA Local Authority

17.7.18-16.7.22

Vice Chair, Community Liaison Financial interests with Golfguard Ltd and Mead Sport & Leisure Ltd
 13 Mr Simon Murphy Parent Parent 15.7.23-14.7.23

Finance

None
 14 Vacancy Parent Parent

 15 Mr Nik Trotter Staff Staff 30.9.19 – 29.9.23 Employee of Blackwell Primary School, member of the East Grinstead Cricket Club
 16

Mr Philip Roper

Associate Member FGB 5.12.16-4.12.20
 17

Mrs Jill Wilson

Associate Member FGB 31.8.19-1.9.23 Child Protection and Safeguarding, Community Liaison Employee of West Sussex Local Authority
Previous Governors
 1 Robert Bienkowski Co-Opted Governor

12.04.15

Term of office

Ended 12.04.19

Co-Chair of Governors

Chair of Curriculum Committee

Gifted and Talented Pupils

 2 Selda Enver

Elected Parent

Governor

Resigned

08.11.18

Curriculum Committee

Child Protection/

Safeguarding

 3 David Judson Co-opted Governor

12.04.15

Term of office

Ended 12.04.19

Co-Chair of Governors

Resources Committee

Pay Committee / Complaints

 4 Sheila Latham Co-opted Governor

12.04.15

Term of office

Ended 12.04.19

Curriculum Committee
 5 Lyndsey Reeves Co-opted Governor

16.10.17

Resigned

13.06.19

Resources Committee

Pay Panel

HT Performance Management

Chair of Governors 01.04.19–13.06.19

 6 Simon Rogers Parent Governor

22.09.16

Resigned

01.04.19

Chair Resources Committee

Health and Safety

Pay Panel

Complaints

 

Becoming a School Governor

School Governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. They do not need to be education experts or have formal qualifications.

The most effective governors are those who:
· listen, think and ask questions
· believe that education is important
· take an interest in the role of schools in the community
· can work with others and assimilate a wide range of information and data
· have a willingness to learn
· have sound communication skills
· are prepared to give time to doing the job well.

Being a School Governor

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body.

What do Governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing body. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

set the aims and objectives for the school
set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)