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What does a governor do?

The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

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

Our governors meet on a monthly basis as a full governing body. Our governors have a finance and a pay committee, all other areas are discussed as a full governing body in the monthly meetings.

Finance Committee and Pay Committee Terms of Reference - please see below.

Minutes of the full Governing body meetings are available from the school office once they have been agreed by the governing body at the following meeting. 

Southbourne Junior School Governors:

Nigel Bloodworth - Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor, and Safeguarding Governor

No governance role in another school.

I joined the governors at Southbourne Junior School in January 2016 as the Local Authority governor.  After a career in teaching I joined West Sussex as a school improvement adviser initially advising on religious education but more recently as a Senior Adviser leading on Academies and governance and supporting improvement in schools. I have experience as an Ofsted inspector, a school improvement partner and a trainer.

I live locally and felt that with my experience I could contribute to the work of the governing body at Southbourne. I have enjoyed getting to know the school and contribute to supporting and challenging the work going on to help the governors play our part in providing an excellent education for all the children at the school.

Cheryl Day - Vice Chair of Governors, Co-Opted Governor, Pupil Premium, Deputy Safeguarding Governor

No governance role in another school.

I have only recently become a Parent Governor at southbourne Junior School and am very excited to be involved.  As a local resident and parent of two children at the school I look forward to contributing to the governing body and I hope I will be able to bring a fresh perspective and insight.

Currently I spend most of my time juggling medical appointments and looking after my family although I have a career background in residential peoperty and finance.

In the near future I will be attending various training courses aimed at supporting me in my new role in addition to the support goups and information days I attend as a parent of children with special needs.

Andrea Cooper - Co-opted Governor, Special Educational Needs, Health and Safety

No governance role in another school.

I have been a parent governor since February 2017.

Both my children attend Southbourne Junior School.

Before having children I worked as a teacher specialising in children with special needs.

I feel it is very important to enable children to reach their full potential so I have been involved with the PTA for the last seven years and I have got to know many of the parents; I also help voluntarily in some of the classes and believe in providing children with the best opportunity for their education.

I am pleased to be one of the governors and by working together we can support the school and our children’s future.

David Rock - Staff Governor

No governance role in another school.

I have been a staff governor at Southbourne Junior School for over four years and recently began my second term on the governing body . Being a member of the governing body enables me to represent the staff and give valuable insights into how the curriculum is working and how any decisions made  might affect the life of the school. My role allows me the opportunity to help the governing body  communicate effectively with staff. In addition, being a Year 6 teacher means I am able to talk with confidence and report to governors about end of Key Stage 2 attainment. I enjoy the discussions and insight into how we can move the school forward as well as an opportunity to support the Headteacher.

Tammy Vallins - Parent Governor

No governance role in another school.

Oona Hickson - Co-opted Governor, Website Compliance

No governance role in another school.

Louise Gasser - Headteacher

No governance role in another school

Clerk to the Governors - Carol Vigor

Clerk to Governors at Funtington Primary School and Compton and Upmarden Primary School

Carol works for West Sussex County Council and has a strong relationship with the school.

CONTACT - via the school office at or leave a letter addressed to Mr Bloodworth at the school office.