Governors

Littlehaven Infant School is part of Greenfields Federation with Northolmes Junior School. There is a shared Governing Body across both schools.

What is a School Governor?

Our governors come mainly from our local community and consist of three staff and two parents from across the Federation, a governor representing the local authority and eight governors who are co-opted on by the Governing Body for the skills they bring. No governor can act on their own without the authority from the Full Governing Body and all governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made.

Our governors support the schools within Greenfields Federation by:

  • contributing to developing and monitoring the strategic development plan for the Federation. together with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team determining the vision, aims, priorities and policies of the Federation.
  • agreeing statutory and non-statutory targets.
  • monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the impact, progress and achievements of the Federation. ensuring consistency of approach of teaching and learning within the Federation.
  • monitoring provision to ensure that the five outcomes of Every Child Matters are being met. appointing the Headteacher, agreeing the staffing structure and ensuring the implementation of a range of personnel procedures.
  • monitoring and overseeing the schools’ budgets and securing value for money.
  • securing high levels of attendance and good and consistent standards of pupil behaviour across the Federation.
  • ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff.
  • ensuring, together with the clerk that the statutory requirements of school governance in relation to the Governors Handbook are met.
  • safeguarding and ensuring the ethos of the Federation and of all the individual schools within it

Who can be a school governor?

All governors are volunteers. You don’t have to be an education expert but effective governors have the skills to challenge and support Senior Leaders and time to carry out their role; making day time visits to the schools as well as being able to attend daytime and evening meetings and events. To assist in their role, governors must also regularly undertake training provided by West Sussex County Council and other partnerships such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The role does not stop at governing the schools. Governors are an active part of the school community and regularly attend assemblies and performances, support school fairs, help at parents’ evenings, volunteer to read with pupils and even get their hands dirty helping with gardening around the school grounds. For more information on what the role involves and skills needed to be a Governor, please see the GFGB Governor job description and GFGB Code of Conduct available on the school’s website. If you would like to express an interest in becoming a governor please contact the clerk, Heather Deacon, c/o Littlehaven School office.

Full name of Governor Governor Category Date of current Appointment or Election Source of Appointment (where appropriate) Term of office/ Roles within GB Attendance at full GB Meetings (Sep 2017 to Aug 2018) Committee membership Attendance at committee meetings (Sep 2017 to Aug 2018) Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interest Remarks
Sharon Anderson Staff (Headteacher) 03/01/17 Continuous 5/6 Resources Committee 2/3 Nil
Shaun Gallard Staff 02/03/18 Nominated by staff 4 years 3/3 Nil Resigned wef Jul 2018
Helen Oakley Authority 30/09/15 Nominated by West Sussex LA 4 years Chair of Resources Committee to Sep 2020 6/6 Resources Committee 3/3 Nil
David Blair Parent 02/05/18 Elected by Littlehaven parents 4 years 2/2 Nil
Catherine Ross Parent 16/12/15 Elected by Northolmes parents 4 years 3/6 Nil
Sarah Willis Parent 01/10/14 Elected by Littlehaven parents 4 years 1/2 Resources Committee 1/1 Nil Resigned wef Jan 2018
Andrew Cotterill Co-opted 16/12/15 4 years 1/3 Nil Resigned wef Mar 2018
Dave Cornfield Co-opted 23/09/18 4 years Chair of Resources Committee to Sep 2020 3/6 Resources Committee 3/3 Spouse temporary cover in Northolmes School Office
Adela Hawley Co-opted 26/9/17 4 years 3/6 Nil
Janine Kelly Co-opted 05/03/18 4 years 1/3 Nil
Eleanor Gavira Co-opted 08/12/16 4 years 2/6 Nil
Kate Leyshon Co-opted 25/09/18 4 years N/A Nil
Julie Messenger Co-opted 23/09/18 4 years 6/6 Teacher at Littlehaven
Sandra Piggott Co-opted 17/03/15 4 years 4/6 Nil Resigned wef Jul 2018
Vacancy Staff (Headteacher) This post has to be kept vacant because of the federation and there currently being only one headteacher.

Note: All governors are subject to a DBS check.
Updated September 2018

Full name of Associate Member Committee Membership Voting rights Yes/No Date of Appointment Term of Office/Role on committee Attendance at committee meetings (Sep 2017 to Aug 2018) Attendance at full GB meetings (Sep 2017 to Aug 2018)* Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interest Remarks
Dawn Baker Resources Committee Yes at committee level 23/09/14 4 years 0/3 N/A Nil Resigned wef September 2017
Lauren McAlpin Resources Committee Yes at committee level 18/09/17 4 years 3/3 N/A Nil Resigned wef September 2018
Marie Smailes 23/09/14 4 years 0/2 1/4 Nil Federation Deputy Head. Resigned wef March 2018

* Associate members are not required to attend FGB meetings

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