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The members of the Governing Body for 2020-2021 are:

Mr Shane Cooper

Mrs Lee Duyvesteyn

Mr Mark Evans

Mrs Clare Gregory

Ms Peggy Hooton (Vice Chair)

Mr Paul Tonking

Ms Jo Tregenza

Mr David Whelpton (Chair)

Mrs Helen Key

Full details of the governors' declarations of interest, their classification, attendance at meetings and  memberships of other bodies are included in the Statutory Information sub-heading.

If you wish to contact the Chair, please email governors@chaileyschool.org or write to Mr David Whelpton, C/o; Chailey School, Mill Lane, South Chailey, BN8 4PU


Chailey School Parent Governor Information

The role of Parent Governor is a voluntary post and is not paid. 

Department for Education guidance suggests that Governors should be prepared to commit ten to twenty days per annum in total towards the effective governance of a school.

The purpose of the post

This role contributes to the work of the governing body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils.  This involves providing strategic direction for the school, providing advice and on occasions, sensitive challenge to ensure an improvement in standards across the school.

Governors are accountable for the strategic direction and the performance of the school. Therefore, they have a responsibility to work collaboratively with other members of the governing body, the staff and pupils of the school, the school’s wider community and, where they are representatives to their particular constituency, (parents, staff, teachers, etc.)  Although some governors may represent particular constituencies, they are not delegates of that group and should reflect the best interests of the school as a whole in all decisions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing a strategic direction and plan for the school
  • Supporting and challenging the Head teacher and senior leadership of the school
  • Determining the aims and priorities of the school
  • Approving key school policies
  • Setting statutory and non-statutory targets
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
  • Leading at least one statutory area (such as curriculum, pay, SEN, Pupil Premium)
  • Strategic management of the budget
  • Appointment of senior staff and ensuring implementation of personnel procedures
  • Ensuring Health and Safety of pupils and staff
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of behaviour
  • Ensuring all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Adhering to the School Governing body Code of Conduct    
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the school                                                  


Tasks include:

  • Attending 8 whole governing body meetings per annum  
  • Attending other meetings as required noting that some of these meetings will be evenings
  • Preparing for meetings by reading papers beforehand and take their fair share of work/positions of responsibility
  • Visiting your link faculty three times a year 
  • Working as a member of a team
  • Respecting all governing body decisions and supporting them in public
  • Becoming familiar with school governance and acting within the framework of the policies of the governing body and legal requirements
  • Participating in training and development opportunities 


Key Values

All governors are expected to meet the Seven Principles of Public Life, defined by the Nolan Committee in 2013:

  1. Selflessness: Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
  2. Integrity: Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work.  They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.  They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
  3. Objectivity:  Holders of Public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
  4. Accountability:  Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
  5. Openness:  Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner.  Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for doing so.
  6. Honesty:  Holders of public office should be truthful.
  7. Leadership:  Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour.  They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Governor Person Specification

 Knowledge and Expertise

  • A basic understanding of the UK state education system and schools (Essential)
  • An understanding of the context, strengths and areas of development of the school (Desirable)
  • Awareness of the school’s own priorities for improvement/development (Desirable)



  • Sound communication skills   
  • Ability to absorb and make use of a wide information and data
  • Specific skills to strengthen the skill base of the governing body and lead one statutory area of responsibility
  • Able to be impartial, and present a balanced view
  • Monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Able to act as a ‘critical friend’


Personal Qualities

  • A commitment to the vision and ethos of the school
  • Ensuring the best education outcomes for young people
  • Tact and diplomacy/an even temperament
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to respect confidentiality
  • A willingness to participate in training and self-evaluation


Reasons why someone cannot be a governor

Please note that appointed candidates will need to receive approval from an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check (no cost).  All candidates must not otherwise be disqualified under Governing Body regulations and guidelines.

Grounds for disqualification fall into three broad categories: 

  • general grounds
  • grounds that apply to particular categories of governor; and 
  • grounds that arise because of particular failings or actions on the part of the governor. 


A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of election or appointment.  A person cannot hold more than one governor post at the same school at the same time. 

Grounds that apply to parent governors:

A person is disqualified from being a parent governor if they are an elected member of the local authority or paid to work at the school for more than 500 hours (i.e. for more than one-third of the hours of a full-time equivalent) in any consecutive twelve month period (at the time of election or appointment). 

Grounds that arise because of particular failings or actions on the part of the governor:

 A person may be disqualified from being a governor of a particular school if they have failed to attend the meetings of the governing body of that school for a continuous period of six months, beginning with the date of the first meeting they failed to attend, without the consent of the governing body.

A person is disqualified from holding or continuing to hold office if that person: 

  • is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order, debt relief restrictions order, an interim debt relief restrictions order or their estate has been sequestrated and the sequestration has not been discharged, annulled or reduced is subject to a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, a disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, or an order made under section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under county court administration order) 
  • has been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by the Charity Commission or Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or under section 34 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 from being concerned in the management or control of any body 
  • is included in the list of teachers or workers considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children or young people 
  • is barred from any regulated activity relating to children 
  • is subject to a direction of the Secretary of State under section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 
  • is disqualified from working with children or from registering for child-minding or providing day care 
  • is disqualified from being an independent school proprietor, teacher or employee by the Secretary of State 
  • has been sentenced to three months or more in prison (without the option of a fine) in the five years before becoming a governor or since becoming a governor 
  • has received a prison sentence of two years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor 
  • has at any time received a prison sentence of five years or more 
  • has been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor 
  • refuses a request by the clerk to make an application to the Criminal Records Bureau for a criminal records certificate. 


Anyone proposed or serving as a governor who is disqualified for one of these reasons must notify the clerk to the governing body.

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