Newick Church of England Primary Governing Body

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Chair of Governors – Mandy Watson

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 Miss Alty, 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.


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

Governor Link roles

Governor Appointment & Expiry dates Committees Role
Mandy Watson (Co-opted)(Chair) 4/7/19 – 4/7/23 Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Resources Curriculum, Leadership, Performance & Pay
Mary Molloy (Co-opted) (Vice-Chair) 10/7/15 – 10/7/23 Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (Chair) Resources SEND & Inclusion, Pupil Premium, Pupil Outcomes
Paul Mundy (Foundation) (Ex-officio) Resources SIAMS, Leadership
Rob Boswell (Co-opted) 18/8/14 – 22/9/22 Resources (Chair) Finance, Personnel, Teaching School
Jane Johnson (Co-opted) 24/06/08 – 18/10/22 Resources Schools Forum
Jon Tivey (Parent Gov) 17/1/17 – 30/1/21 Resources (Vice Chair) Health & Safety
Kalpna Robertson (Parent Gov) 30/4/2018 – 19/4/22 Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Safeguarding, PSHE, Healthy Schools
Caroline Smith (Foundation) 31/12/12/ – 29/12/20 Curriculum, Teaching & Learning SIAMS, Health & Well being
Ian Bellis (Foundation) 7/6/19 – 6/6/23 Curriculum, Teaching & Learning SIAMS, Forest School, Sport, GDPR
Di Reeds (Associate) 1/10/19 Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Early Years
Natalie Alty (Ex-officio) Headteacher
Amy Clarke (Staff Gov) 20/4/19 – 20/4/23 Deputy Headteacher
Chris Barnes (Associate) 6/02/12 – 22/09/20 Resources STEM, E-Safety
Sue Berry (Associate) 24/11/15 – /7/20 Website, Governor Resources
John Philpott (Clerk) Governor Training

Contact Newick Church of England Primary School

63 Allington Road
East Sussex
Telephone : 01825 723377