Newick Church of England Primary Governing Body

The governors’ aim is to enable Newick School to provide the best possible education for the children in a happy, stimulating environment. They work to ensure that the experiences are provided at Newick School to enable every child to achieve their full potential, academically and socially. In the last OFSTED inspection, governance was rated as ‘Outstanding’.

The governors work closely with Mrs Thomas, the headteacher and her staff. As school governors they are responsible for the strategic direction of the school; monitoring and evaluating the performance and effectiveness of the staff and ensuring that the children make appropriate progress in all areas of their education. They ensure that the budget is managed prudently, act as critical friends to the staff, monitor the school development plan and are involved in OFSTED’s school inspections.

In line with government guidance, the governing body has recently reconstituted. Some categories of governor have disappeared so those governors are now co-optees, to allow the school to retain their skills and experience. Local authority governors are nominated by the County Council; Foundation governors are chosen by the Diocese; parent governors are elected by the parent body (unless there are the same number of candidates as places); and, co-optees are elected by the governing body. Governor terms are usually for 4 years, with co-optees elected for 2-year terms.


To attend FGB meetings and appropriate committee meetings

To make visits during the school day, regarding the Governors link role at least 3 times a year and to report on their subject/area role to the Governors

To meet new staff whenever possible after their appointment

To attend appropriate governor training sessions and keep up to date via The Key for Governors and the VSB

To read all papers before the FGB and send comments to the Chair in advance, when appropriate

If you would like to contact a governor or the governing body as a whole, please leave a note in the school office.

The roles and responsibilities of the current governors are detailed below:

Statutory Information

Name of Governor Relevant Business Interests Other educational establishments governed Relationships with school staff Governor type & appointment date Date of expiry of office Attendance at Governing body meetings (March 14 – March 16)
Natalie Alty None None Deputy Headteacher Staff


N/A 4/12

Adoption Leave and school business overseas

Chris Barnes None None None Associate


2-2-18 9/12
Rob Boswell None Yes** None Co-opted


30-9-18 7/12 (1 absence on school trip)
Jane Johnson None None None Associate


30-8-18 11/12
Nicola Campbell None None None Associate


30-1-18 10/12
Mary Mayes None None None Local Authority


5-5-17 11/12
Mary Molloy None None None Co-opted


20-6-19 4/5
Caroline Smith None None None Foundation


N/A 10/12
Mandy Stockwell None None None Foundation


N/A 7/12
Sophie Thomas None None Headteacher Headteacher


David Whelpton Yes* Yes** *** None Co-opted


30-9-18 12/12
Sue Berry None None None Co-opted


24-11-18 2/2
Paul Mundy None None None Foundation


Sofia Connolly None None TA Parent


7-3-20 1/1
Jon Tivey None None None Parent




*Managing Director of marketing communications consultancy which provide services to public sector charities and schools

** Governor on Newick Teaching School Strategic Board

***Chair of Governors at Chailey School

Governor Link roles

Governor Link role Committee


Panel Other Governor



Natalie Alty  



Finance and Premises Staff
Caroline Smith



Vulnerable Groups

Personnel Pupil Exclusion Foundation
Chris Barnes


STEM; Esafety Pay Appeal Associate
David Whelpton (V.Ch) Safeguarding Personnel (Ch) Teach School Strategy Board


Jane Johnson Finance and Premises (V.Ch) Schools Forum Associate
Mandy Stockwell RE

Health & Safety

Pupil Exclusion Foundation
Mary Mayes Wellbeing; Equality Personnel Pay Appeal Lewes Chairs Forum LA
Mary Molloy


Finance and Premises Dismissal Coopted
Nikki Campbell Behaviour; EYFS Finance and Premises Dismissal Parent
Rob Boswell Sport/PE; Outside Activities Finance and Premises (Ch) Pay Appeal Teaching School Strategy Board Coopted
Sue Berry (Ch) Personnel Dismissal Coopted
Sophie Thomas School Development Plan Finance and Premises; Personnel Headteacher
Sofia Connolly Parent
Jon Tivey Finance and Premises Parent

Contact Newick Church of England Primary School

63 Allington Road
East Sussex
Telephone : 01825 723377