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Our governors

Meet Sandown School’s Governing Body

Find out about the school’s governors and the work that we do.

Our commitment: to ensure that all at Sandown reach its aspiration of being: ‘The best that we can be’.

Our main role:  We act as a ‘critical friend’ to the headteacher and the staff. We provide support and positive challenge as they work to improve the school. In this way we aim to achieve high standards and excellence across every aspect of school life.

Our main duties include:

  • ensuring the school’s vision and ethos are clear;
  • ensuring the school meets its statutory obligations and duties;
  • setting strategic direction for school, overseeing the school self-evaluation and targets for improvement;
  • approving the school’s budget and overseeing its financial performance to make sure its money is well spent;
  • reviewing progress against the school’s budget and targets;
  • appointing, and holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

Our organisation and working structure:-

Our Governing Body operates through a ‘circle’ structure. It is dynamic, efficient and an effective way of working. We meet and work as a whole governing body ten times across the school year.

Our meetings are usually at school in the late afternoon and last around two hours. We attend training sessions and seminars. These help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively.

Individual governors are linked to particular areas of school life. We regularly visit the school and liaise with staff and meet with pupils. This helps us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets. We may set up committees or working groups to look at issues or aspects of school life; such as pay, staff appraisal, buildings development.

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are:

  • co-opted governors,
  • the Local Authority (“LA”),
  • parents and
  • staff.

All governors have equal status.

If you have any questions or an interest in becoming a governor, please contact the following:

  • Chair of Governors, Jackson Forrester at forresterj@sandown.school
  • Clerk to Governors, Sue Poole at finance@sandown.school
  • School Office on 01424 436983 or office@sandown.school

 

Meet our current governors

Jackson Forrester
Role: Chair of Governors - Behaviour & Attitudes - Pupil Premium - PE Premium - Leadership & Management
Appointed on: 25 Apr 2019
Appointing body: Parents
Term: 25 Apr 2019 to 24 Apr 2023
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

Parent of pupil(s)

Etude Ltd – Sustainability engineers

Head Launcher/Tractor Driver, RNLI

UCL Energy Institute – Doctoral researcher

Attendance record last year: 100%
Richard Street
Role: Vice chair - Finance - Leadership & Management
Appointed on: 27 Apr 2018
Appointing body: Governing body
Term: 27 Apr 2018 to 26 Apr 2022
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

Nil Return

Attendance record last year: 100%
Peter Chowney
Role: SEND - Quality of Education
Appointed on: 24 Jun 2021
Appointing body: Local Authority
Term: 24 Jun 2021 to 23 Jun 2025
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

Hastings Borough Councillor for Tressell Ward

Cabinet member for Hastings Council(Finance and Property Portfolio)

Attendance record last year: 100%
Jessica Hohenkerk
Role: Co-opted Governor - Safeguarding - Health & Safety - Leadership & Management
Appointed on: 28 Nov 2020
Appointing body: Governing body
Term: 28 Nov 2020 to 27 Nov 2024
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

Parent of pupils

Receptionist for Hastings and Rother Health Care

Attendance record last year: 83%
Rob MacLean
Role: Co-opted Governor - Curriculum Cohesion Data - Quality of Education
Appointed on: 27 Nov 2020
Appointing body: Governing Body
Term: 27 Nov 2020 to 26 Nov 2024
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

School Performance Manager, ESCC (SLES)

Spouse is a managing partner in My Future Starts Here – independent careers advice company, working with several secondary schools in East Sussex

Attendance record last year: 83%
Hayley Cross
Role: Co-opted Governor - Early Years - EYFS
Appointed on: 24 Jun 2021
Appointing body: Parents
Term: 24 Jun 2021 to 23 Jun 2025
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

Parent of pupil(s)

Spectrum Practitioner for East Sussex County Council

Attendance record last year: 0%
Becky Williams
Role: Associate member - Personal development & wellbeing
Appointed on: 28 Jun 2021
Appointing body: Governing body
Term: 28 Jun 2021 to 27 Jun 2025
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

Member of nursery staff

Attendance record last year: 83%
Sam Vettesse
Role: Staff Governor - Quality of education - Teaching & Learning
Appointed on: 16 Sep 2021
Appointing body: Staff
Term: 16 Sep 2021 to 15 Sep 2025
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

Member of school staff

Attendance record last year: 0%
Charlie Lindsay
Role: Headteacher
Appointed on: 26 Apr 2011
Appointing body: Ex-officio governor
Term: to
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

Member of school staff

Attendance record last year: 100%
Sue Poole
Role:
Appointed on: 14 Oct 2021
Appointing body: Governing body
Term: 14 Oct 2021 to 13 Oct 2024
Business, pecuniary or personal interests:

Clerk to Governors

Attendance record last year: 100%