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 - Rev Dr David Jarratt (ex-officio)
  • vacancy

Staff Governors - elected by the School staff

  • Mr Adrian King - Headteacher (ex-officio)
  • Mrs Claire Spencer for 2 years (October 2020 ending October 2022)

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

  • Mr David Peart (March 2020 ending March 2023)
  • Mrs Melanie Belderson (October 2016 ending October 2019)                                                 re-elected (October 2019 ending October 2022)
  • Miss Rachel Ellams  (September 2018 ending September 2021)
  • Miss Sally Steel (September 2018 ending September 2021)

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

  • Miss Caroline Rickard  (July 2020 ending July 2024) (Vice Chair)

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

  • Mr Chris Hawker (September 2015 ending September 2019)                                                 re-elected (October 2019 ending October 2023) (Chair)
  • Mrs Lorraine Foster (October 2017 ending October 2021)
  • vacancy

Clerk to the Governors

  • Mrs Carol Skeens
There are no associate members.
For 2020-21 we have three committees as follows:
Teaching and Learning:
Rachel Ellams (Chair)
Caroline Rickard 
Adrian King
Mel Belderson
Claire Spencer
Chris Hawker
Sally Steel
Carol Skeens (Clerk)
Premises, Health & Safety:
Sally Steel (Chair)
Adrian King
Chris Hawker
Lorraine Foster
Melanie Belderson
David Peart
Carol Skeens (Clerk)
Staffing and Finance
Chris Hawker (Chair)
Sally Steel
Lorraine Foster
Adrian King
Mel Belderson
Governors who stood down during this academic year 2019-20 are:
Mrs Ann Shapiro
Mrs Jo Yelland

Governors with a role in other educational institutions:

Rev Dr David Jarratt is a director of Bishop Luffa Academy Trust, Chichester

Chris Hawker is a National Leader of Governance; he is also a governor at Central C.E. Junior Academy Chichester, Lancastrian Infant School, Downland Village Schools Federation and St Columba Academy.

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

See below for Governors' attendance record at FGB meetings during academic year 2019-2020