Our School Governors

Chair of Governors

Elizabeth Latter

Vice Chair

Neil Slack

Clerk to the Governors

Rachel Baker

Co-opted Governor

Mors Lambert

Staff Governor (representing Support Staff)

Sue Heather


Debbie Jones

Co-opted Governor

Emma Collins

Co-opted Governor

Becca Elmer

Local Authority

Sam Attwater

Co-opted Governor

Tristan Koriya

Associate Member

Colette Payne

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Our School Governors

The Governing Body at Polegate is committed to doing all that it can to ensure that children here get the very best.

Governors are often referred to as “critical friends”, and our role is to support and question on all aspects of school life. We are involved in recruiting staff when the need arises. We also keep an eye on the school budget, the state of the building, and attendance & welfare as well as, most importantly, the curriculum. We work together as a team, sharing the load by dividing into small committees and coming together at regular Full Governing Body meetings.

Governing Bodies represent all parts of the community: Parents, Teachers and Support Staff, Community Governors who represent local organisations and businesses, and some are appointed by the Childrens’ Services Department. We are all volunteers, but it is very satisfying to know that we are doing something worthwhile for the children.

Usually Governors are asked to sign up for four years, which means that we are on the lookout for new Governors from time to time. We advertise, when new parent governors are needed, in the school newsletter and have an election. The teachers and staff have their own election.

Contacting the Chair of Governors

The chair of governors can be contacted by Email:

Elizabeth Latter -  e.latter@polegate.e-sussex.sch.uk

Rachel Baker - clerk.g@polegate.e-sussex.sch.uk

Our Governor Aims

‘They provide excellent levels of challenge alongside their strong support for the school, and share the clear vision for continuing the improvements to make the school even better. They ensure that safeguarding arrangements meet requirements.’ Ofsted 2014

We share the school’s vision and want to continue the rapid improvement this school has made.

The Governors’ focus areas for 2023-24

  • To ensure that attainment at greater depth in maths matches the attainment in reading and writing.
  • To raise attainment in writing across Key Stage 1.
  • To raise attainment of boys in Key Stage 1.
  • Ensure the building work does not have a detrimental effect on the standards or day to day operation of the school.
  • Supporting our more able disadvantaged pupils to reach exceeding levels.
  • Increase attendance figure (2015-2016 to 96.3%, 2016-2017 96.5%, 2017-2018 97% - NEW TARGET 97.5%).
  • Increase attendance figures for Pupil Premium (2015-2016 to 93%, 2016-2017 93.28%, 2017-2018 94.02% - NEW TARGET 95%).
  • Increase SEN attendance figures (2015-2016 to 93.9%, 2016-2017 95.1%, 2017-2018 96% - NEW TARGET 96.5%).
  • Be an outward facing school, offering support to other providers to improve outcomes for all children through our Teaching School designation.


‘Governors have accurate views about the performance of the school, the quality of teaching and the issues that need to be tackled. They are given plenty of information by the headteacher and they verify this through their own activities, observing learning and talking to pupils, and parents and carers.’
Ofsted 2014

Governor Details 2023-2024

Governor Details 2023-2024
Governor NameStart DateEnd DateCategoryResponsibilitiesOther
Declaration of InterestsAtt 2022/23
Becca Elmer01.09.202331.08.2027Co-opted Early Years Link N/A N/A N/A
Sam Attwater17.01.202418.02.2028Local Authority N/AGrandchilden at the schoolN/A
Tristan Koriya19.02.202418.02.2028Co-optedFinance N/A N/A N/A
Colette Payne19.02.202418.02.2028Associate MemberFinance N/A N/A N/A
Elizabeth Latter27.05.202126.05.2025Parent

Chair of the Governing Board
Teaching & Learning

 N/ACommittee member of Polegate School PFA100%
Neil Slack23.07.202122.07.2025Parent

Vice Chair

Mors Lambert






Safeguarding Link
Sports Premium Link

 N/AChild at the School83%
Sue Heather23.10.202022.10.2024Staff

Teaching & Learning
N/A N/A100%
Debbie Jones01.09.2022On goingStaff
HeadteacherN/A N/A83%
Emma Collins30.11.202229.11.2026Co-opted FGBSEND & Pupil PremiumN/AN/A83%
Jan Meyer19.11.1931.03.23Co-opted
Teaching & Learning, SEND
Pupil Premium
Pioneer Federation & Holy Cross SchoolPioneer Federation & Holy Cross School83%
Donato Tallo19.11.1905.05.23Co-opted
Teaching & Learning, SEND
Pupil Premium
 N/A N/A100%
Number of employees whose gross annual salary is £100,000 or more0 members of staff
Healthy Schools
Sports Partnership Mark
Eco Schools
Arts Council England Gold Award
IQM Centre of Excellence
QiSS Award
Quality Mark
Investors in People
International School Award
Primary Science Quality Mark
Real Training
School Games Gold Award
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