Tollgate Community Junior School

Winston Crescent, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6NL

Tel: 01323 723298

Governors

On this page you can read about our Governors and also find out about the objectives of the Governing Body, roles and details of the terms of office.

Governors support the school in a range of ways, including attending school events, visiting the school to talk with staff and children and establishing links with the local community. Governors oversee the strategic direction of the school and provide support and challenge for leaders.

Tollgate Community Junior School Governing Body operates as a whole team without any separate committees but has Lead Governors in Teaching & Learning, Finance and Health & Safety.

Tollgate Community Junior School’s Governing Body Constitution consists of:

  • 6 Co-Opted Governors (currently 1 Finance vacancy)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor (including the Head Teacher)

“The school benefits from the skills and expertise of governors who support the school effectively and hold it to account well for its performance.” Ofsted 2011

“Governors are strong and effective. Their impact on the school’s drive for improvement is good.” Ofsted 2014

Governors

Alison Barson

Parent | 24.04.15 – 23.04.19

Alison works part time as an administrator and has two children who attend Tollgate Junior School. She has experience first hand of the wonderful ethos and learning environment that the school provides and is keen to help boost the success and opportunities of all our children.
Alison has volunteered on several occasions to assist the children with reading, cooking and lunchtime duties and is pleased to have the opportunity to build on this experience as a Parent Governor.

Beverley Barlow

Beverley has worked in education for over thirty years. After two years teaching at Secondary level she spent many enjoyable years teaching in Junior Schools, developing a special interest in Literacy and working mostly within Years 5 and 6. Beverley then moved into senior management of a Further Education College which trained veterinary nurse apprentices. Later she joined the University of Cambridge, managing administration at the Student Registry – and also became a Governor of a local infant school. Beverley enjoys spending time with her family – husband, children, young grandson and elderly parents. Since moving to Eastbourne in January 2017, Beverley likes walks along the beach and in the countryside, going to the gym and being an active member of the Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour, which raises money for various local and international charities and provides services in the community. Recently she started their first Rotakids Club – for the under 12’s.

Chloe Attrill

Chloe moved from the Isle of Wight to Eastbourne in 2004 to attend the University of Brighton, where she completed her undergraduate degree and PGCE in Physical Education. She has worked as a PE teacher at Willingdon Community School since 2008. During her 10 years’ experience in teaching, she has taken on a variety of different roles which include overseeing Careers for the school and also the role of School Sports Co- ordinator. This involves working with local primary schools to host competitions and develop Primary School Sport. She is currently second in department at Willingdon Community School and teaches once a week at Tollgate delivering different PE provision. Chloe mentors trainee PE teachers and has a passion for the development of Teaching and Learning. During her spare time she enjoys playing netball, competing in long distance running events, travelling and cooking.

Chris Neighbour

Co-Opted | English & Tollgate FM | 22.04.15 – 21.04.19

Having worked in education for over 35 years and experienced the support of some wonderful governors in that time, Chris decided that, on retirement to make himself available for the same role. He was pleased, therefore, to accept an invitation from Louise Holyoake to become a community governor at Tollgate School. That was in 2007 and since then he has been principally supporting the school in the area of teaching and learning, including links with Year 4 and English. For the last three years he has served as Chair of Governors and worked closely with the school management team and the whole governing body on matters that cover the complete spectrum of school life. He has also been fortunate to share in many school functions and events. Chris’s work on the school radio station project ‘Tollgate FM’ means that he is in the school on a regular basis and has been privileged to observe and understand daily life and how governors can and do support the whole school community. The next few years will see the school addressing both challenges and exciting opportunities and Chris hopes that in an amended and more targeted role he can bring some of his career and governor experience to bear in a supportive and effective way.

Howard Wardle (Chair)

Co-Opted | ICT/Computing | 22.04.15 – 21.04.19

Howard Wardle is employed as Operations Director of Eastbourne Foodbank. Howard has wide experience of company & charity requirements as he is a Trustee/Director of 4 registered charitable companies in the town. Married with 2 married sons, Howard currently has an extended family as a foster carer and is a very proud 4 times Grandad. Howard has been Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee.

Joanna Brink

Parent | Joint Lead of Teaching & Learning | 01.03.16 – 29.02.20

Jo Brink has three children, two of whom currently attend Tollgate School. She has been volunteering in schools for 6 years and recently, since taking a career break, volunteers four times a week at their schools. Jo is currently an active member of the PTFA at St. Andrew’s CE Infants, where she is one of four Charity Directors.
When not volunteering Jo taxis her children from club to club or enjoys spending time at her allotment.

Mark Titherly

Co-Opted | 22.02.17 – 21.02.21

Mark Titherly runs his own plumbing and property maintenance company. He is married and has two daughters. His eldest daughter and nephew currently attend Tollgate having both been to St. Andrew’s Infant School. Outside work Mark enjoys spending time with his family and getting out in his campervan.

Mr Baldwin

Staff Governor | 2.05.17 – 1.05.21

I have been resident in Eastbourne all my life, married for 43 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. My background has been in commercial business as a business accountant, and as director of my own training company delivering adult education. I have acquired a working knowledge of a range of compliance issues which include Employment and selection, Financial, Funding, Awarding Body and Ofsted.

I am currently an active school governor of Pashley Down Infant School and chair their Learning Environment sub-committee and on the Head teacher performance review panel. I understand the value of “critical friendship” in an honest and open manner.

I have been employed by Tollgate as Caretaker since December 2017 and in my time with the school I have become very passionate about the school and its values and was pleased to have the opportunity to volunteer as Staff Governor to contribute further.

As caretaker I am responsible for ensuring the health and safety of all who come to the school and for maintaining the fabric and hygiene of the building. As governor I am the Teaching and Learning and Pupil Premium Lead.

Mrs Paddock

Clerk to the Governors

I joined Tollgate Community Junior School as their Clerk to Governors in September 2017. I am an Early Years Professional and have previously worked in management roles in a school and for ESCC. I am passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for children and believe that the governing body is pivotal in providing the school with support and challenge to achieve this.

Paul Turner

Co-Opted | 23.05.17 – 22.05.21

Paul Turner is currently a shareholder in Eastbourne Coach Finishers Ltd, a large vehicle repair centre in Eastbourne, where he has specific responsibility for their accounts function and payroll, and is also their HR manager.

Paul started his career in finance, initially working in the Inland Revenue before moving into Private Practice where he spent a number of years working for Accountancy practices, specialising in personal taxation. He then had a career change and, already having qualified as a schoolteacher, took up a teaching post in a Middle school in Worthing where he remained for over thirteen years. In that time he held the position of Year leader, was Educational Visits Co-ordinator and held a Teacher Governor role for four years.

Paul moved over to Eastbourne in 2007 and undertook supply work in the area, which included a small period of time at Tollgate. He gave up supply work fully in 2012 to take up his role at ECF Ltd.

Having left the teaching profession, Paul has missed the teamwork ethic and the satisfaction of working in a school environment, and is keen to have the opportunity now of being able to help and support the school in giving the children the best education possible.

Paul is a keen sports fan and enjoys spending time in the kitchen concocting good old-fashioned English cuisine when he has the opportunity.

Governing Body Objectives

What do we do?

Governors work with the school on strategy, vision, planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review so that all our children achieve their full potential.

Our key objectives are:

  1. To set high standards for all children and clear targets for improvement.
  2. To be a critical friend in this process.To help the school be responsive to the needs of parents and the community.
  3. To ask questions, regarding all aspects of school life including finance, which are probing but not too confrontational, and to work well with the head and the staff. Governors will not be involved in the day to day running of the school (or try to) and will respect the professionalism of the head and staff.

Set high standards

  • Governors will keep themselves well informed and knowledgeable because they will be given, by the school, high-quality, accurate information that is concise and focused on pupil achievement. This information will be made accessible by being presented in a wide variety of formats, including charts and graphs.
  • We aim to provide outstanding governance as we expect, encourage & support honest, insightful self-evaluation by the school, recognising problems and supporting the steps needed to address them.

Be a critical friend

  • School leaders and governors will behave with integrity and be mutually supportive. We trust that School leaders recognise that governors provide them with a different perspective which contributes to strengthening leadership. We will ask questions that challenge assumptions and support effective decision-making.
  • Our governing body will be driven by a core of key governors especially the chair, vice chair & sub-committee chairs. We will see ourselves as part of a team and build strong relationships with the Headteacher, senior leaders and other governors.
  • We expect positive relationships between governors and the school leadership team to exist which are based on trust, openness and transparency.

Help the school be responsive

  • We will take and support hard decisions in the interests of pupils: to back the head teacher when staff changes are necessary, or to change the head teacher when absolutely necessary.

Ask questions

  • We will systematically monitor the school’s progress towards meeting agreed development targets. Information about what is going well and why, and what is not going well and why, will be shared. We will when required ask for more information, explanation or clarification. We believe that this makes a strong contribution to robust planning for improvement.
  • Some Governors (but not all) will routinely attend lessons and/or speak with staff to gather information about the school at work. These visits will always be within the agreed protocols. Alongside the information we are given about the school, these visits help to make informed decisions, ask searching questions and provide meaningful support.

Governing Body Roles

Howard Wardle Chair
Safeguarding Lead
E-Safety Lead
Paul Turner Vice Chair
Finance Lead
Reading Lead
Stephen Dennis Headteacher
Mark Titherly Health and Safety Lead
Anti-Bullying Lead
Chloe Attrill Behaviour, Attendance and Personal Development Lead
Attendance Lead
Alison Barson Year 3 Lead
Andrew Baldwin Teaching and Learning Lead
Joanna Brink Maths Lead
Chris Neighbour Year 4 Lead
Writing Lead
Beverley Barlow SEN Lead
Priscilla Paddock Clerk to Governors

Governor Attendance 2017-18

  19.9.17 10.10.17 14.11.17 5.12.17 23.1.18 6.3.18 27.3.18 24.4.18 19.6.18 10.7.18
Howard Wardle / / / / /  /  /
Dave Salmon / / / / / / A
Stephen Dennis / / / / / / /
Lisa Fegan / /
Mark Titherly / / / / / / /
Paul Turner / / / / / / /
Anne Parmenter A / / A /
Alison Barson / / / A / / /
Andrew Baldwin / / / / / / /
Joanna Brink / / A / / / /
Chris Neighbour / / A / / / /
Beverley Barlow / /
Chloe Attrill /
Priscilla Paddock / / / / / / /

Present       A Absent      – Resigned

Terms of Office, Attendance & Register of Interest for Year 2017-18

Name Governor Type Position Start Tenure End Tenure Responsibility Register of Interest Date Completed
Howard Wardle Co-Opted Governor Chair of Governors 22.04.15 21.04.19 Chair of Governors Nil Return 19.9.17
Stephen Dennis Staff Governor Headteacher Ex-officio 01.09.09 Nil Return 08.9.17
Dave Salmon Local Authority Governor Governor 22.04.14 21.04.18 Vice Chair

Safeguarding Lead

E-Safety Lead

SEN Lead

Nil Return 19.9.17
Chris

Neighbour

Co-Opted Governor Governor 22.04.15 21.04.19 Year 4 Lead

Writing Lead

Nil Return 03.11.17
Anne Parmenter Co-Opted Governor Governor 03.03.15 Resigned 23.1.18 Behaviour, Attendance and Personal Development Lead Nil Return 10.10.17
Alison Barson Parent Governor Governor 24.04.15 23.03.19 Year 3 Lead Parent of children in school 19.9.17
Joanna Brink Parent Governor Governor 16.03.16 15.03.20 Maths Lead Parent of children in school.  Sibling to Mark Titherly, Co-opted Governor.

Employed at School as an Individual Needs Assistant

10.10.17
Mark Titherly Co-Opted Governor Governor 22.02.17 21.02.21 Health and Safety Lead

Anti-Bullying Lead

Sibling to Joanna Brink, Parent Governor. 19.9.17
Andrew Baldwin Staff Governor Governor 02.05.17 01.05.21 Teaching and Learning Lead Governor at Pashley Down Infant School.  Staff member at Tollgate 19.9.17
Paul Turner Co-Opted Governor Governor 23.05.17 22.05.21 Finance Lead

Reading Lead

Nil Return 19.9.17
Lisa Fegan Co-Opted Governor Deputy Headteacher 22.04.15 Resigned 12.10.17   Nil Return  

Governor Terms of Office, Attendance & Register of Interest for Year 2016-17

  Full Governing Board Meetings (FGB) Minutes Attended
2016.17
Name Governor
Type
Position Name of
Governing Body
Start
Tenure
End
Tenure
Committee Responsibility Register of Interest FULL GOVERNING BODY
Howard Wardle Co-Opted Governor Chair of Governors Tollgate Community Junior School 22.04.15 21.04.19 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB Chair of Governors &  Computers/IT 8/8
Stephen Dennis Staff Governor Headteacher Ex-officio Tollgate Community Junior School 01.09.2009 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB 8/8
Dave Salmon Local Authority Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 22.04.14 21.04.18 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB Safeguarding Link Governor & Inclusion 8/8
Lisa Fegan Co-Opted Governor Deputy Headteacher Tollgate Community Junior School 22.04.15 21.04.19 Teaching & Learning/ FGB 7/8
Chris Neighbour Co-Opted Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 22.04.15 21.04.19 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB English & Tollgate FM Radio 7/8
Anne Parmenter Co-Opted Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 03.03.15 02.03.19 Teaching & Learning/ FGB Joint Lead for Teaching & Learning Staff Induction 7/8
Alison Barson Parent Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 24.04.15 23.03.19 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB Parent of children in school 5/8
Joanna Brink Parent Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 16.03.16 15.03.20 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB Joint Lead for Teaching & Learning Parent of children in school.  Sibling to Mark Titherly, Co-opted Governor.   Employed at School as an Individual Needs Assistant 6/8
Mark Titherly Co-Opted Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 22.02.17 21.02.21 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB Health & Safety Link Governor 5/5
Andrew Baldwin Staff Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 02.05.17 01.05.21 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB Governor at Pashley Down Infant School.  Staff member at Tollgate 2/3
Paul Turner Co-Opted Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 23.05.17 22.05.21 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB Strategic Finance Lead 1/2
LEAVERS:
Dawn Bamforth Co-Opted Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 03.03.15 – Resigned 13.10.2016 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/ FGB Parent of children in school 1/1
Nick Chapman Co-Opted Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 22.04.2015 – Resigned 07.12.2016 Strategic/ FGB Vice Chair and Strategic & Health & Safety Lead 2/2
Francesca James Staff Governor Governor Tollgate Community Junior School 10.10.2016 – Resigned 14.04.17 FGB Class Teacher 3/4

Key*

FGB = Full Governing Body

Governor Terms of Office, Attendance & Register of Interest for 2015-16

Please Note With Effect from 1st March 2016 All Governors Meetings Will Be Full Governing Board Meetings

Minutes Attended
2015/2016
Name Governor
Type
Position Name of
Governing Body
Start
Tenure
End
Tenure
Committee Responsibility Register of
Interest
FGB* T&L* Strategic*
Howard Wardle Co-Opted
Governor
Chair of Governors Tollgate
Community
Junior School
22.04.15 21.04.19 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/
FGB
Chair of Governors & Computers/IT 7/7 3/3 2/2
Stephen
Dennis
Staff Governor Headteacher
Ex-officio
Tollgate
Community
Junior School
01.09.2009 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/
FGB
7/7 3/3 2/2
Dave Salmon Local Authority
Governor
Governor Tollgate
Community
Junior School
22.04.14 21.04.18 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/
FGB
Safeguarding Link Governor & Inclusion 7/7 2/3 2/2
Lisa
Fegan
Co-Opted Governor Deputy
Headteacher
Tollgate
Community
Junior School
22.04.15 21.04.19 Teaching & Learning/
FGB
7/7 2/3 N/A
Chris
Neighbour
Co-Opted Governor Governor Tollgate
Community
Junior School
22.04.15 21.04.19 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/
FGB
English & Tollgate FM Radio 5/7 3/3 1/2
Anne
Parmenter
Co-Opted Governor Governor Tollgate
Community
Junior School
03.03.15 02.03.19 Teaching & Learning/
FGB
Joint Lead for Teaching & Learning
Staff Induction
6/7 2/3 1 / 2
Alison
Barson
Parent Governor Governor Tollgate
Community
Junior School
24.04.15 23.03.19 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/
FGB
Parent of children in school 7/7 3/3 1 / 2
Joanna Brink Parent Governor Governor Tollgate
Community
Junior School
16.03.16 15.03.20 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/
FGB
Joint Lead for Teaching & Learning Parent of children in school. Employed at School as an Individual Needs Assistant 5/5 N/A N/A
Leavers
Tim Walsh Staff Governor Assistant Headteacher Tollgate
Community
Junior School
End of Term 19th October 2015 Strategic/
FGB
1/1 N/A 1/1
Julie Watkins Parent
Governor
Governor Tollgate
Community
Junior School
End of Term 19th October 2015 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/
FGB
Parent of child in school 1/1 1/1 1/1
Amy Adams Staff Governor Receptionist Tollgate
Community
Junior School
16.10.15 – Resigned 22.07.2016 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/
FGB
Employee 4/4 N/A 1 / 2
Dawn
Bamforth
Co-Opted
Governor
Governor Tollgate
Community
Junior School
03.03.15 – Resigned 13.10.2016 Teaching & Learning & Strategic/
FGB
Parent of children in school 4/7 3/3 1 / 2
Nick
Chapman
Co-Opted
Governor
Governor Tollgate
Community
Junior School
22.04.2015 – Resigned 07.12.2016 Strategic/
FGB
Vice Chair and Strategic & Health & Safety Lead 6/7 N/A 2/2

Key*

FGB = Full Governing Body

T&L = Teaching & Learning Committee

Strategic = Strategic Finance Committee