Our School Governors

Co-opted Governor – Co-Chair

Martin Falkner

Local Authority Governor – Co-Chair

Jan Meyer

Clerk to the Governors

Rachel Baker


Claire Martin-O’Donoghue

Staff Governor (representing Support Staff)

Sue Heather

Co-opted Governor

Ben Pavey

Co-opted Governor

Richard Harper

Parent Governor

James Martin

Parent Governor

Shannon Lester Murphy

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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 at Email:office@polegateschool.co.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 2017-18


Increase the percentage of pupils achieving the highest levels in each year group.


Increase progress in writing and maths in line with reading.


Increase attendance figure (95.8% 2014-2015 to 97%).

Teaching and learning

Achieve outstanding teaching (teachers and teaching assistants) across all year groups reduce variability of progress across the school. Best practice already in school is implemented routinely by all teachers.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Provide outstanding provision within the nursery.
Our role within this is to track the progress the school is making towards these areas through school visits, interviews with teachers, subject leader reports at governors’ meetings, attending pupil progress and data analysis. We aim to support the school through challenge.


‘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 2017-2018

Governor Details 2017-2018
Governor NameStart DateEnd DateCategoryRepre-sentingResponsibilitiesOther
Declaration of InterestsAtt
Jan Meyer20.09.1619.09.20Local AuthorityFGBCo-Chair
Teaching & Learning Safeguarding
Pioneer FederationGovernor of the Pioneer Federation. School Improvement partner for Diocese of Chichester and Impetus Education83%
Martin Falkner01.02.1631.01.20Co-optedFGBCo-Chair
N/APolegate Town Councillor100%
Sue Heather23.10.1622.10.20StaffFGBTeaching & Learning, FinanceN/ATeaching assistant in reception100%
Claire Martin- O’Donoghue01.09.11On goingStaffFGBHeadteacherN/AChild at the school100%
James Martin12.11.1311.11.17ParentFGBFinanceN/AFamily member employed in the nursery.
Employed by CIPFA. Children at the school
Ben Pavey26.01.1725.01.21Co-optedFGBTeaching & Learning, Teaching SchoolN/ATeacher at Willingdon Community School100%
Shannon Lester Murphy05.09.1704.09.21ParentFGBTeaching & LearningN/A 67%
Debbie Jones05/09/1704.09.18AssociateFGB

Deputy Headteacher,
Teaching & Learning
No voting rights

N/A 100%
Richard Harper12/10/171/10/21Co-optedFGB

Finance, Health & Safety

N/AEmployed by HPE100%
Angela Snell02.02.1625.7.18Co-optedFGBTeaching & LearningN/A  

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