What do the governors do?
- Governors are responsible for ensuring clarity of the school’s vision and direction.
- They hold the headteacher (who is also a governor) to account for the performance of the school, its pupils and staff.
- The board also oversees the financial performance of the school and makes sure money is well spent.
- The governing body is responsible for supporting the school in providing a learning and teaching environment that safeguards children and encourages high achievement.
The role of individual school governors
Each school governor takes an interest in at least one area of the school’s work, such as special educational needs, safeguarding, premises, finance or curriculum areas. Governors visit the school three times a year to be updated on and monitor their areas, then they report back to the governing body.
Who are your governors?
Chair: Noeleen Keane: Governor at Fairlight since 2011, Chair since 2014. I have 20+ years’ commercial and scientific experience; prior to being Chair I was Vice Chair & link Governor for Pupil Achievement. My role is to lead the Board of Governors, ensuring we deliver our core responsibilities, focusing on strategic, rather than day to day operational aspect of school life.
Vice Chair: Michael Logue: I was appointed as a local authority governor (nominated by Brighton & Hove City Council) in September 2016. I qualified as a child protection social worker (CQSW & CSS) in 1982 and worked in this role for several London boroughs until joining Brighton & Hove City Council in 1995. I am currently employed by the city council as a manager in the sheltered housing service which provides extra care housing for the elderly and disabled. I am honoured to have been appointed as lead governor for Safeguarding and Child Protection at Fairlight. This role allows me to have direct access to the school’s senior management team. Safeguarding & Child Protection is discussed at all of the governors’ meetings.
David Harvey: As Clerk to the Governors I provide advice and support to the Governing Body, which includes administrative work such as arranging meetings and taking the minutes.
Damien Jordan: Teacher governor: Fairlight is the third school at which I have been a member of the governing body. My role as the Headteacher is to share and report information about the school but also to implement decisions made by the governing body. I meet directly with the Chair of Governors as my direct link as the Headteacher.
Rachael Durneen: Teacher governor at Fairlight since 2006. I have been a teacher for 25 years in a number of different schools and am now one of the Assistant Heads at Fairlight as well as a class teacher. I have been a Staff Governor on four different Governing Bodies over the past 20 years. My role on the Governing Body is to bring a teacher's perspective to the meetings. As Assistant Head in charge of Teaching and Learning, I also report to the Governors about this.
Lloyd Holman: Governor at Fairlight since 2015, I have been the Finance Governor throughout my tenure. I have worked within software engineering in aerospace and defence, e-commerce and finance, over the past 13 years. I have run my own company as an independent consultant. My role is to ensure, along with the Deputy Finance Governor, that the school follows robust financial planning and control processes. As the Governing Body, we delegate many financial responsibilities to the Head Teacher and other staff members within the school, we then monitor, discuss and provide financial oversight routinely.
Alison Edwards: Governor at Fairlight since 2015. I have worked in education for more than 20 years, principally in the independent sector where I was also an inspector for nine years, but more recently in maintained schools locally. My role is to focus on outcomes for pupils, looking at the school's assessment data and meeting regularly with staff and pupils involved.
Nicola Yuill: Governor at Fairlight since 1998, first as a parent of a child at the school and more recently as a member of the local community. I have 30 years’ experience of scientific research into child development and my governor responsibilities have included a focus on literacy and on quality of teaching and learning.
Miguel Vanoostende: Co-opted Governor at Fairlight since 2013. I started being Governor at Whitehawk Primary School in 2012, when my son was attending the school. I am trained as an architect and I have been working since 2002, mainly focused on building sites, before coming to the UK. My role as a Governor is to supervise, alongside the joint Premises Governor, all aspects related to Premises and Health and Safety, ensuring we take all the affordable measures to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment for the children.
Tamsin White: Teacher Governor since September 2016. Teacher at Fairlight since 2012. I have been teaching for 16 years. Prior to that I travelled and worked abroad, worked in theatre management and had my own retail business. My role on the Governing Body is to bring a teacher's perspective to the meetings and to ensure that governor training and our training records are up to date. I also carry out annual skills audits in order to highlight gaps and to circulate training opportunities.
Rachel Pearce: Parent governor at Fairlight since 2012. I am a Painter, Illustrator and teacher with experience teaching in secondary, primary and further education, as well as local community and youth groups and running workshops for young people and adults experiencing mental health and learning difficulties. As well as having statutory responsibilities as a governor, I am link governor for teaching, learning and creativity. This involves helping our school move towards our vision by monitoring and supporting creative methods and approaches across the curriculum and helping the school to create a happy supportive learning environment for all.
Kay Dawes: Governor at Fairlight since 2009. I was chair from Sept 2010 until Sept 2015. Before becoming a governor, I worked for 38 years as a maths teacher, the last 24 of these at BHASVIC where I was Student Services Manager. I am now the link governor for SEN, Behaviour and Safety liaising with the Inclusion Co-ordinator. My role is to ensure that the requirements of children with special needs are met as laid out in Fairlight's Code of Practice and to monitor priorities for improvement as shown in the School Plan.
Joe Jardine: Parent governor at Fairlight since 2016. I have worked in the public and government sector for the past 10 years, focusing at various times on finance, child protection and national security. I currently work as the joint Premises Governor lead and the joint Finance Governor lead. I am passionate about child health and wellbeing and, after years of commuting to London, wanted to participate more in community life in Brighton.
Glen Ferris: Parent governor at Fairlight since 2016. I have nearly 20 years’ journalistic experience working as a writer, editor and producer for various print titles and web sites. My role as communications governor is to make sure the school has great links with local news outlets and businesses.
Please find below a list of the FBG Minutes. If you click on the folder, a list of Board of Governors will be displayed, all of which can be downloaded.