About the governors

Lavant C.E. Primary Governors

Welcome to the Governors' area of the website. Here you will find details of our governing body and any news related to their work at the school.

We are also currently developing a secure area within this page where the governors will be able to access / share information.

The Governing Board

All governors are volunteers drawn from the local community with the aim of helping to support the School in providing the best possible education for its pupils.

Governing boards have three strategic objectives in support of the School's development and progress:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

Governors fulfil these objectives in a number of ways, for example:

  • Help form the School's aims and policies;
  • Support the Headteacher and staff in carrying out those aims and policies;
  • Ensure the School teaches the National Curriculum;
  • Set, monitor and review the school budget;
  • Appoint and promote staff;
  • Promote the School;
  • Act as a link with the local community.

You are very welcome to contact the Chair or clerk about any matter relating to governance of the School - please ask at the School Office in the first instance.

The full governing body meets once each half-term. Committees meet at least once each term.


Our Governing Board (term of office in brackets):

Foundation Governors - appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education

  • Incumbent of Parish Church - Reverend Martha Weatherill
  • Revd Dr Michael Semple (October 2022 ending October 2025)

Staff Governors - elected by the School staff

  • Mr Adrian King - Headteacher (ex-officio)
  • Mrs Claire Spencer for 2 years (October 2022 ending October 2024)

Parent Governors - elected by parents/carers of children at the School for 3 years 

  • Miss Sally Steel (September 2021 ending September 2024)
  • Mr David Peart (March 2023 ending March 2026)
  • Mrs Ann Smith (March 2023 ending March 2026) (Vice Chair)
  • Vacancy

Local Authority Governor - appointed by the Local Authority for 4 years

  • Miss Caroline Rickard  (July 2020 ending July 2024) 

Co-opted Governors - appointed by the governors listed above for 4 years

  • Mr Chris Hawker (October 2023 ending October 2027) (Chair)
  • Mrs Lorraine Foster (October 2021 ending October 2024)
  • vacancy

Clerk to the Governors

  • Mrs Carol Skeens
There are no associate members.
For 2023-24 we have three committees as follows:
Teaching and Learning:
Caroline Rickard (Chair)
Adrian King
Claire Spencer
Chris Hawker
Sally Steel
Ann Smith
Carol Skeens (Clerk)
Premises, Health & Safety:
Sally Steel (Chair)
Adrian King
Chris Hawker
Lorraine Foster
David Peart
Carol Skeens (Clerk)
Staffing and Finance
Chris Hawker (Chair)
Sally Steel
Lorraine Foster
Adrian King
Governors who stood down during this academic year 2022-23 are:
Mrs Jennie Lindfield
Mr Rupert Burton

Governors with a role in other educational institutions:

Chris Hawker is also a governor at St Joseph's Junior School Chichester, St Joseph's Infant School Chichester, Downland Village Schools Federation and St Columba Academy Farehm.

There are no material interests arising from relationships between governors nor between governors and school staff.


See below for:

Governors' details including attendance record at FGB meetings in academic year 2022-2023

Governors' update Spring 2023

Governors' Code of Conduct