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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
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Parent Governor
  • 2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)

“Governors regularly check that policies are implemented correctly by visiting the school frequently and talking to staff and pupils.” – Ofsted 2018

“Governors are keen that the curriculum should be interesting, give pupils a wide range of memorable experiences and prepare them well for the future. This has certainly been achieved.” – Ofsted 2018

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

“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

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Howard Wardle (Chair) | Co-Opted Governor |Complaints Panel | Finance & Pay Committee | Federation Committee

Howard Wardle is the founder and Chief Executive of Eastbourne Foodbank a large charity offering food, welfare benefits advice, debt advice and a baby bank. He has worked as a computer analyst programmer for a building society, managing consultant for a French computer manufacturer, hotel & conference centre manager and pastor of a local church. He is an experienced manager with extensive experience as a trustee / company director of several charities. Howard is married with three children and is a 5 times grandad.

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Paul Turner ( Vice Chair )| Co-Opted Governor |Finance Lead |Finance and Pay Committee | Head Teachers Performance Management | Exclusions Panel

Paul Turner is a director 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, working for a number of years in different 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 Worthing school 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 also enjoys spending time in the kitchen concocting good old-fashioned English cuisine when he has the opportunity.

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Stephen Dennis|Head teacher

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Jessica Eldridge| Staff Governor Governor |

Hello, my name is Jessica Eldridge and I am a class teacher at Tollgate Community Junior School. The last five years of my teaching career have been based in North London.  I however originate from Bexhill on Sea and after 12 years of living in London I have made the move back to the sunshine coast. My ambition within the school is to ensure that learning is inclusive and adapted to the needs of the children. I have a 10 year old Son with ASD, ADHD and Type 1 Diabetes so Special Educational needs is an area of interest of mine and I would like to use this interest to explore how at Tollgate we can inspire all children to be the best that they can be no matter their background and attainment. I am excited about my role as Staff Governor as I feel it will provide me with further opportunity to work alongside staff, families and our community to ensure our pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum. 

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Beverley Barlow | Co-Opted Governor |Complaints Panel|Head Teachers Performance Management | Finance & Pay Committee | Federation Committee |Exclusions Panel

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.

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Joanna Brink | Co-Opted Governor |Wellbeing Lead

I am Co-Opted Governor at Tollgate Community Junior School. My 3 children have all attended Tollgate. My youngest is in Year 6 currently.

I firmly believe that children thrive if they feel secure and confident in their environment.

As parent governor, I support the school’s strong community links and it’s emphasis on inclusion. I have a keen interest in the continued development of the school and I am committed to representing the parents and carers of our school community.

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Mark Titherly | Co-Opted Governor | Health & Safety Lead | Complaints Panel |Exclusions Panel | Federation Panel

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.

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Ben West| Local Authority Governor & Safeguarding Lead

I am the Local Authority Governor at Tollgate Community Junior School.  

I have a Daughter in year 4 at Tollgate. I have had the privilege of being both a Parent and Co-Opted Governor at St Andrews since 2017 when my daughter was there. My time as a governor has ensured that I have a strong foundation and understanding of statutory responsibilities and strategic responsibilities that come with being a governor. I have worked in education, with young people and in the charity sector in Sussex for the last 12 years. I am currently employed by Sussex Police, working on an Early Intervention project across the whole of Sussex working with over 16 partners to help schools and families of children at risk of serious crime. I would bring my knowledge and experience gained from being a parent governor and also my knowledge of education settings to help every young person's different abilities to be shown and used. I believe every young person has a future and I hope I can help shape that through the wide ranging curriculum and excellent staff. I would like to be part of that exciting journey for each young person.

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Marina Castledine | Co-Opted Governor | Complaints Panel | Pupil Premium Lead

Marina has dedicated over twenty-five years to advancing learning through the arts, with a focus on vulnerable young people. Previous roles include Head of Learning at Towner Art Gallery, National Manager at Tate and Development Manager at Trinity College London, where she designed national qualifications for children in the arts including commissioning poet Michael Rosen. She is passionate about growing potential through creativity and has taught in primary, secondary and further education.  Having lived in Eastbourne all her life, bringing up two children and a granddaughter, she has insight into the joy and challenges both parenting and school can bring. 

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Mark Heaps - Parent Governor

I have two daughters at Tollgate, my eldest is in Year 6 and my youngest is in Year 3. My wife also works at Tollgate as a Teaching Assistant in Year 4.

In my day job I run my own company contracting as a Project Manager in the live events industry. I started out working on music festivals and touring however over the years my role has shifted to focus on the onsite delivery of corporate events for some of the biggest household names, as well as UK Government departments. I regularly build and manage teams to deliver a project, specialising in working in less developed countries with fewer resources. It is my responsibility to ensure events and projects are delivered on time and on budget as well as to the quality levels expected. I have to be a strong communicator and am used to having to build rapport quickly to ensure results. I am familiar with identifying bottlenecks and working with a team to improve a process to give an increased return on investment, be that financial or time based. I am also not averse to getting my hands dirty and can often be found in the back of a truck stacking flightcases or in the middle of a muddy field pulling power cable! 

Outside of work I am passionate about education and ensuring young people are made aware of the opportunities and varied pathways they have before them. I am a contributor to the Founders4Schools program where, as a small business owner, I am invited into secondary schools around Sussex to talk to 14-16 year olds both about my own experiences as well as how the choices they make will affect their career opportunities. I love giving young people a real insight into the world of work and bridging the gap between business and education.

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Carly Hobden - Parent Governor

I am a Mum of two boys, one in year 5 at Tollgate and one in year 2 at St Andrews, who will be joining Tollgate from September.   

I have a strong belief in helping all children to reach their full potential. My eldest son has additional needs and I know first-hand how important it is for children to be taught in the right learning environment for them to reach their full potential. I am committed in all that I do and am not afraid of rolling my sleeves up where necessary in order to achieve an objective.

I have a keen interest in gardening and, pre-covid could often be found planting/pruning etc in the St Andrews Infants secret garden. In an age where more time than ever is spent indoors on computers I believe all children should be able to access an outside learning space.

In my day job I work for a government body where my current role involves data accuracy and fraud. I have excellent project management skills and excel expertise in setting up new initiatives. My responsibilities involve bedding in and analysing new processes, along with reviewing them at regular points in order to make any necessary adjustments.

I have lived in the local area since 2003 and have good links to the community having been the landlady of a local pub and Chair of a local charity run pre-school. Both roles have offered a wealth of experience in people management and sharpened my communication skills. In particular in listening to what people say and, where required, diplomatically delivering news that might not always be popular but where at the very least they feel they have been heard.

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Priscilla 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.

 

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. During the 2020/21 pandemic when access to schools is restricted, any visits completed will be virtual with the relevant staff member. This is in accordance with the school's risk assessment. These meetings will be kept to a minimum to support school staff during these challenging times and 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
  • Federation Committee
  • Complaints Panel
  • Finance and Pay Committee
Paul Turner
  • Vice Chair
  • Finance Lead
  • Exclusions Panel
  • Headteacher Performance Management Panel
  • Finance and Pay Committee
Stephen Dennis
  • Headteacher
Mark Titherly
  • Complaints Panel
  • Health and Safety Lead
  • Exclusions Panel
  • Federation Committee
Vacancy ​  
Andrew Baldwin
  • GDPR Lead
Joanna Brink
  • Wellbeing Lead
Beverley Barlow
  • Exclusions Panel
  • Complaints Panel
  • Headteacher Performance Management Panel
  • Finance and Pay Committee
  • Federation Committee
Marina Castledine
  • Pupil Premium Lead
  • Complaints Panel
Antonia Rookley
  • Safeguarding Lead
Dave Young  
Priscilla Paddock
  • Clerk to Governors

Governor Attendance

Key: 

X : Present

A: Absent

R:  Resigned

FGB Meeting Attendance 2019-2020

Name

24.9.19

19.11.19

21.1.20

29.5.20

22.6.20

7.7.20

Howard Wardle

X

X

X

X

X

x

Stephen Dennis

X

X

X

X

X

x

Marina Castledine

X

X

A

X

A

A

Joanna Brink

X

X

X

X

X

x

Mark Titherly

X

X

X

X

X

x

Andrew Baldwin

X

X

X

X

X

x

Paul Turner

X

X

X

X

X

x

Beverley Barlow

X

X

X

X

X

A

Antonia Rookley

X

X

X

X

x

A

David Young

X

X

X

X

A

A

Terms of Office & Register of Interests for Year 2020-21

Terms of Office & Register of Interests for Year 2020-21

Name

Governor

Type

Start

Tenure

End

Tenure

Responsibility

Register of

Interest

Date Completed

Attendance

Howard Wardle

Co-Opted

Governor

Chair of Governors

12.03.19

11.03.23

  • Chair
  • Federation Committee
  • Complaints Panel
  • Finance and Pay Committee

 

CEO Eastbourne Food Bank

30.9.20

6/7

Stephen Dennis

(Headteacher

Ex-officio)

Staff Governor

01.09.09

31.8.34

 

Nil Return

30.9.20

6/7

Marina Castledine

Co-Opted Governor

25.09.18

24.09.22

  • Pupil Premium Lead
  • Complaints Panel

Nil Return

30.9.20

5/7

Joanna Brink

Co-Opted Governor

1.12.20

31.11.24

  • Wellbeing Lead

 

Parent of children in school. Sibling to Mark Titherly, Co-opted Governor.

 

Employed at School as an Individual Needs Assistant

30.9.20

5/7

Mark Titherly

Co-Opted Governor

22.02.17

21.02.21

  • Complaints Panel
  • Health and Safety Lead
  • Exclusions Panel
  • Federation Committee

Sibling to Joanna Brink, Parent Governor.

 

30.9.20

6/7

Andrew Baldwin

Staff Governor

02.05.17

01.05.21

  • GDPR Lead

Governor at Pashley Down Infant School.  Staff member at Tollgate

30.9.20

6/6

Paul Turner

Co-Opted Governor

Vice Chair

Finance and Pay Committee Chair

23.05.17

22.05.21

  • Vice Chair
  • Finance Lead
  • Exclusions Panel
  • Headteacher Performance Management Panel
  • Finance and Pay Committee

Nil Return

30.9.20

6/7

Beverley Barlow

Co-Opted Governor

06.03.18

05.03.22

  • Exclusions Panel
  • Complaints Panel
  • Headteacher Performance Management Panel
  • Finance and Pay Committee
  • Federation Committee

Nil Return

30.9.20

5/7

Mark Heaps

Parent Governor

30.3.21

29.3.25

 

Partner is Christina Heaps who works part time as a TA at Tollgate.

Has two children attending Tollgate.

4.3.21

2/3

Carly Hobdell

Parent Governor

6.4.21

5.4.25

 

Nil return

9.3.21

1/2

Ben West

LA Governor

31.3.21

30.3.25

  • Safeguarding Link

Nil return

2.3.21

2/3

Antonia Rookley

LA Governor

09.07.19

31.05.21

  • Safeguarding Link

Nil return

30.9.20

4/5

David Young

Parent Governor

23.04.19

19.2.21

 

Nil return

30.9.20

1/3

Jessica Eldridge

Staff Governor

02.05.21

01.05.25

 

Nil return

28.4.21

0/1

 

Those in RED have left in the academic year 2020/21

 

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