The East Preston Infant School Governing Body is made up of representatives of the Local Authority, parents, teachers and members of the local community. The daily management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff, whereas the Governors are responsible for the general direction of the school. They take decisions concerning staffing, curriculum, finance and premises to help raise standards of achievement and make sure the school provides a good quality education.
Working as a team the Governors meet as a whole group at least once each half-term to discuss the needs and achievements of the school. In addition, dedicated committees meet to discuss areas of work in more depth. Governors provide a strategic overview, acting as a critical friend to the school and ensuring accountability with the aim to balance the interest of children, parents and staff.
The minutes of previous meetings are available to parents and on request may be read in school.
You can contact the Governors via our Chair of Governors, Sue Nelson, through the school office.
Elected Governors: Such as parents, teachers or staff who are appointed after an election has taken place- votes are cast by the parents of children at the school, teachers or staff as appropriate. When a vacancy arises on the Governing Body for a Parent Governor, the Governing Body will write to parents inviting nominations.
Local Authority Governors: nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body. These people may be appointed either because of their skills or have a known interest in local affairs and education.
Co-opted Governors: These people are appointed by the School's Governing Body usually because they possess a skill or attribute that the Governors need to use. To apply you should contact the Clerk to the Governors, East Preston Infant School, Lashmar Road, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 1EZ.
Structure & Responsibilities
Full Governing Body: The full governing body meet twice per term.
Terms of Reference
Finance, Staffing & Pay Committee: This Committee meets every half term.
Terms of Reference
Premises Working Group: A Working Group is convened and meets as required e.g. during building projects.
Business, Financial Interests & Relationships
A register of governing body interests (including business interests) is taken annually and is stored with the School Business Manager. Currently no Governors have declared any interests nor are any Governors related to any members of staff or hold any governance roles in other schools.
Sue Nelson was appointed as Chair of Governors in May 2017. She worked in primary education for twenty years and is a former Headteacher before moving to East Preston in 2015.
Likes - living near the sea, singing, sewing and spending time with her grandchildren
Dislikes - mosquitoes and anything that bites
Claire New is our Headteacher. She plays the piano in assembly. She is very proud of all the children and staff in our school.
Likes – Jive dancing, rainbows, sunshine and sparkly things (diamonds, wine and glitter…)!
Dislikes –Slugs and other slimy creatures! Any form of mess and people who are unkind or rude!
Lucy Owens is our Deputy Head, Inclusion Co-ordinator and Leader of Teaching and Learning. She has been a Teacher in West Sussex for sixteen years and she has worked in an International School in Antigua. She has worked at East Preston Infant School for two years and is an elected Teacher Governor. She enjoys working with children in 'The Hive'. She is very friendly and is always happy.
Likes – Butterflies, owls and sewing.
Dislikes – Being tickled, snakes and brussel sprouts.
Sue Mansfield became a co-opted Governor in 2016. She worked as a Children's Centre Manager for a number of years and in a Children's Book Shop in Somerset before moving to East Preston two years ago. She has four grandsons including one at the school.
Likes - Animals, photography and spending time with family and friends.
Dislikes - Spicy food and people who won't clear up after their dogs!
Joelle Chaney was elected as a Parent Governor in March 2018. Joelle has been a teacher for 20 years in West Sussex, Dorset and Bournemouth. She has two sons, one in Year 1 and a new baby.
Likes - Travel, holidays, reading, country walks, concerts and the theatre.
Dislikes - Being cold and hungry, scary films and not getting enough sleep.
Simon Duplessis was elected as a Parent Governor in March 2018.
Simon is a Dispensing Optician. He currently has one child in Reception, one child in Year 1 with his eldest child being in Year 4 at East Preston Junior School
Likes - Marvel Cinematic Universe, Nerf, Tesla cars & maths
Dislikes - Poorly fitted spectacles & citrus fruit
Stephen Hill is the School Business Manager and a co-opted Governor.
Likes - Trees, lego and aeroplanes.
Dislikes - Bad driving, messy offices and bad smells.
Jane Kimber became a Local Authority Governor in 2017. She has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, managing the GP out of hours service for West Sussex from 1995 to 2008 and then a large, busy GP practice in Worthing.
Likes - spending time with friends and family, cycling, amateur dramatics and holidays.
Dislikes - fish soup and rainy days.
Rachel Keys has been a Parent Governor since January 2017. She has been a research scientist and has also worked in policy prior to having children. Rachel's eldest son is in Y3 at East Preston Junior School and her youngest son is in Y1.
Likes - Rainbows, science and learning about new things.
Dislikes - slugs and drizzle.
Jill Hooton has been a Governor since December 2018. She has worked in Early Years and with children with special needs for 30 years.
Likes - Time spent with family and new puppy, Buddy, by the sea.
Dislikes - Custard and people that moan and are negative.