Our Governing Body

The Governing Body is the strategic leader of the school. It has a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education, and focuses on three core functions: 

•    Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 
•    Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
•    Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. 

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact Helen Haskew Clerk to the Governors for more information: helenhaskew@mileoak.brighton-hove.sch.uk

The structure of the Governing Body

Although there may be some vacancies from time to time, Mile Oak's Governing Body consists of:
•    2 elected Parent Governors
•    1 Local Authority Governor
•    1 elected Staff Governor
•    1 Headteacher Staff Governor
•    7 Co-opted Governors
Some work is carried out by committees, which report to the full Governing Body. Each committee is made up of a selection of governors rather than the full group. The committees include:
•    The Teaching and Learning Committee
•    The Business Committee

Meet our Governors

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Sarah Jennings -

Co-opt Governor and Chair of Governors

I live in Mile Oak and have three children. The youngest is now at PACA and was previously at Mile Oak Primary. I have been a governor at Mile Oak for the last 3 years. I am also a member of the Local Governing Committee at PACA.

After University, I started my career as a secondary school teacher and then worked at a school for children with Special Educational Needs.

I then had a change of career and I now run a digital marketing company that specialises in international growth.

I am passionate about making sure that our community has brilliant schools. I want every child to make the most of their opportunities at school and leave Mile Oak Primary ready to succeed at secondary school and in their lives beyond.

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Rosalind Turner - LA Governor and Joint Vice-Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Mile Oak Primary since September 2017. I am Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and since September 2018 I am now joint Vice-Chair. I was a Director of Portslade Aldridge Community Academy Trust and then Chair of Governors from September 2011 until August 2018.

I was a teacher of secondary age pupils in English and Drama and have worked as Director of Children’s Services (Education and Social Care) in various local authorities. I am committed to working with everyone in the school community to ensure that all children have opportunities to enjoy and achieve their very best.

I live in Shoreham-by-Sea and organise Shoreham Wordfest, an annual autumn festival of books, drama and children’s events. I am also in a retro rock band called OldPlay.

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Stephen Berry -

Co-opt Governor and Joint Vice-Chair of Governors

Hello. I am Stephen Berry, one of your governors at Mile Oak Primary school. I have been a governor of schools in Brighton for over 15 years. I am currently joint Vice- Chair and Chair of the Business Committee at Mile Oak.

I lead the school governors in the areas of Safeguarding and Health & Safety.

I am very pleased to be part of the school community and strive hard to make this school outstanding for all the pupils that attend.

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Helen Gray - Parent Governor

I have one child at Mile Oak in Year 4, and I have been a parent governor since the beginning of 2018.

I have spent the last sixteen years working in equality, diversity and inclusion roles, first in the civil service and more recently at a university where I have now been working for over twelve years. I also have a background in sport, and as a teenager I was a member of the British diving team.

I am passionate about equality and inclusivity in education, and I believe that every child should have the opportunity to achieve to their full potential regardless of their background or personal characteristics.

I have lived in the Mile Oak area for much of my adult life and I care a great deal about the school and about the educational and social experiences of the children who attend Mile Oak.

This is an exciting time for the school and I am really happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this.

I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

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Rita Webb -

Staff Governor

I am a Teaching Assistant at Mile Oak. I have worked in all the KS2 classes over the years and for the last three years I have been in Year 6. I love it. It’s hard work but so rewarding.

I am a mother to one son who is at college studying construction.

I spent 10 years in South Africa, in my younger days, teaching pre-school.

Being a school governor is full of exciting opportunities and learning and I am enjoying it immensely. I have been a governor for two years.

I am a member of the teaching and Learning Committee.

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Allistare Smedley Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Mile Oak primary school since September 2017.

I work for Brighton and Hove City Council in the Access to Education team.

I am also a governor at another primary school in Brighton and have two primary age children.

I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

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Ian Dennis -

Co-opted Governor

I am a co-opted governor at Mile Oak Primary school. My daughter left Mile Oak last summer, and I live in the local community.

I work as a Principal Environmental Consultant and am a member of the Business Committee.

Christine Bartley Co-opted Governor

I have 15 years’ experience as a governor of a primary school and was Chair of St Andrew’s C of E primary school in Hove for 8 years.

I am a Local Leader of Governance in Brighton and Hove. I have a background in policy development and am currently Head of Finance in an IT company.

I believe in the importance of schools working together in partnership to bring about school improvement and share best practice.

I am Vice-Chair of the Business Committee.

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Helen Haskew Clerk to Governors

I have been the clerk at Mile Oak Primary for two years. I also clerk for another local school.

My role is to support the Governing Body with governance and administration. I work closely with Governor Support at Brighton and Hove Council.

Prior to becoming a Clerk, I worked in administrative roles within the NHS and publishing.

I am a parent of school-aged children and live in Brighton.


Governor

Role

Term
of Office

Appointed
by

Attendance
Record for Meetings in 2018/19

Luke
Lording

Headteacher
Governor

Permanent

Member
by virtue of his office

Attended
1 out of 4 full Governing Body meetings, and 1 out of 4 committee meetings

Sarah
Jennings (Chair)


Parent
Governor

July 2015 -
July 2019

Elected
by parents

Attended
4 out of 4 full Governing Body meetings

Ian
Dennis (Vice Chair)

Co-opted
Governor

April 2017 -
April 2021

Governing
Body

Attended
4 out of 4 Full Governing Body Meetings, and 2 out of 2 committee meetings

Helen Gray

Parent
Governor

November 2017 - November 2021

Elected
by Parents

Attended 1 out of 4 Full Governing Body Meetings - not a governor at time of meetings

Christine
Bartley

Co-opted
Governor

September 2017 -
September 2021

Governing Body

Attended
3 out of 4 full Governing Body meetings, and 2 out of 2 committee meetings

Stephen
Berry

Co-opted
Governor

September 2017 -
September 2021

Governing
Body

Attended
4 out of 4 full Governing Body meetings, and 2 out of 2 committee meetings

Allistare
Smedley

Co-opted
Governor

September 2017 -
September 2021

Governing
Body

Attended
3 out of 4 full Governing Body meetings, and 2 out of 2 committee meetings

Rosalind
Turner

LA
Governor

September 2017 -
September 2021

Local
Authority

Attended
4 out of 4 full Governing Body meetings, and 2 out of 2 committee meetings

Rita Webb

Staff
Governor

May 2016 -
May 2020

Elected by
staff

Attended
4 out of 4 full governing body meetings, and 2 out of 2 committee meetings

Anne Bergin

Co-opted
Governor

July 2015 -
July 2019

Governing
Body

Attended
0 out of 4 full Governing Body meetings - due to long term illness

In the past 12 months, the following have been members of the Governing Body, but have since resigned…


Governor

Role

Resigned

Appointed
by

Rachel
Simmonds

Interim Executive Headteacher
Governor

July 2018

Member by virtue of her office


Penny
Gibney

Local Authory
Governor

September 2017

Local
Authority

Register of Interests


Governor

Interests
declared

Sarah Jennings

Governor at PACA.
0.5% ownership of My Interactive Learning Kit. Equity only,
no involvement in the business and receives no payments

Allistare Smedley

Employee of the local authority and Governor at St John the Baptist School

Rosalind Turner

Director of Riverside Management Consultancy Ltd
Trustee, Shoreham Wordfest Community Interest Company
Trustee, Adur and Worthing Trust
Chair, Local Governing Committee, PACA

Stephen Berry

Governor at St Barts and Patcham High School
Spouse is Regional Officer for Teacher's Union NASUWT

All other governors declared that they have no relevant interests