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Information about the Governing Body

January 2023

Who are Sussex Road School's Governors?

The Governing Body of Sussex Road Community Primary School comprises 14 governors in total.  The membership is made up as follows:

  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Headteacher Governor
  • 9 Co-opted Governors

The Governing Body operates through a hybrid ‘Circle’ model, with a Finance Resources & Personnel Committee, with some delegated authority (constituted in September 2021)

Details of the current membership, and of membership and attendance over the past 12 months are set out below:

(italic text denotes a Governor who has left the Governing Body within the past 12 months)



Appointing Body

Start of Term of Office

End of Term of Office

Date of resignation (if relevant)

Positions of

% attendance at FGB meetings 2022/23


(Sept 2021 onwards)

% attendance at

Lucy Betts Co-opted Governing Board 9/12/21 8/12/25 11/7/23   72 (5 of 7)    
Sarah Miles


Ex officio due to role in school





72 (5 of 7) Finance Resources & Personnel (ex officio) 40 (2 of 5)
Emma Burns Parent Elected by parents 14/12/20 13/1/24 Co Vice Chair   100 (7 of 7) Finance Resources & Personnel (Vice Chair) 100 (5 of 5)
Isabelle Campbell Co-opted Governing Board 20/10/21 19/10/25     86 (6 of 7)    

Alison D’Alton

Co-opted Governing Board 15/7/20 14/7/24    

86 (6 of 7)

Abby Jeffrey Staff Elected by Staff 4/12/20 3/12/24     100 (7 of 7)    
Jamie Owen Co-opted Governing Board 24/1/23 23/1/24     75 (3 of 4)    
Emma Sangster Parent Elected by Parents 11/12/18 10/12/22     66 (2 of 3)    
Olly Swann Co-opted Governing Board 25/1/21 24/1/25  

Co Vice Chair

Finance, Health & Safety (as Chair of FRP Committee)

100 (7 of 7) Finance, Resources & Personnel (Chair) 100 (5 of 5)
Carla Thompson Co-opted Governing Board 20/10/21 19/10/25   Safeguarding 0 (0 of 7)    
James Thain


Governing Board         100 (5 of 5)    

Michael Webber

Local Authority Nominated by LA and appointed by Governing Board 29/4/20 28/4/24  

 Chair, of Governors,, Safeguarding

100 (7 of 7)

Finance, Resources &  Personnel 100 (5 of 5)
Joanne Winkler Co-opted Governing Board 9/12/21 7/12/22     100 (3 of 3)    

Current Vacancies


Wanted – New Co-opted Governors to join our Governing Board!

Looking for a rewarding and fulfilling voluntary role as part of a committed team of governors? Or do you know someone who is? We currently have opportunities for new governors to join the Sussex Road School governing board and would be delighted to hear from members of the local community.

Our Governing Board is made up of people from a range of backgrounds who come with a variety of different skills and experiences. What we have in common is that we are all volunteers who work together with school leaders for the benefit of Sussex Road children; our aim is to secure the best possible education and outcomes for every child.

The Board already has a number of representatives from the parent and staff community, so we are currently looking for ‘co-opted’ governors from our wider community.  Co-opted governors are individuals appointed by the board for the skills and experience they can bring. First and foremost, we are looking for people who:

  • Are interested in the quality of children’s education,
  • Have time, energy and commitment to give to the role,
  • Can work as part of a team in supporting the school,
  • Have an enquiring mind and the confidence to ask questions and debate issues, and
  • Can consider matters objectively and make informed judgements.

The most important attributes we are looking for are enthusiasm, interest and the willingness to learn. Although not essential, we would be particularly interested in hearing from people with skills and experience in, or knowledge of any of the following areas:

  • Previous governor or chairing experience, either within school or another sector,
  • Understanding of education policy and framework,
  • Working / volunteering with young people and an understanding of safeguarding practice,
  • Links with the local community and/or businesses,
  • Premises and facilities management,
  • Financial planning and budget management.

If you don’t have these skills and think you could contribute to the governing board, we would still be interested to hear from you. We have access to various free training sources that can help you develop the skills needed and would provide a full induction process to start you on your journey into governing.  

What is the role of the governing board?

Governors are essential for the effectiveness and success of the school. Together with the Headteacher, the Governing Board has overall responsibility for the running of the school. The Board has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and 
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. 

What does the role offer?

  • A chance to develop your own personal skills,
  • Access to a programme of free training in respect of education/governance matters,
  • A sense of achievement in helping make a difference to children reaching their potential,
  • The support and guidance from fellow governors.

What is the time commitment?

The Board has evening meetings 7 times a year (at least once a term), with papers circulated a week ahead. In addition, governors will perform monitoring roles within the school relating to areas such as health and safety, safeguarding of pupils, delivery of curriculum priorities and pupil wellbeing and outcomes. These visits usually take place during the day and the average commitment is for each governor to attend for a few hours on about 4-5 occasions during the year. Governors prepare written reports back to the full Board on the findings of their visits.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please contact our Clerk at who will put you in touch with the Chair or Vice Chair for an initial discussion about the role. We would then ask you to complete a short application form confirming your details and interest.

We look forward to hearing from you!  



Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation of each Governor

Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation of spouse or partner

Other Interests, including relationships and governorships of other schools

Sarah Miles

Headteacher, Sussex Rd CP School

No interests declared

No interests declared

Emma Burns Not declared No interests declared No interests declared
Isabelle Campbell Not declared No interests declared No interests declared

Alison D’Alton

School Business Manager

No interests declared

Member of School staff

Abby Jeffrey Teacher No interests declared No interests declared
Jamie Owen TBC TBC TBC
Olly Swann No interests declared No interests declared No interests declared
James Thain TBC TBC TBC
Carla Thompson No interests declared No interests declared No interests declared

Michael Webber

No interests declared

No interests declared

Trustee, The Learning Disability Network London (LDN London)




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Sussex Road Community Primary School
Sussex Road, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2TP

01732 352367