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Governors

On this page you can read about our governors. You can 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
  • establishing links with the local community.

Governors oversee the development plans for the school and provide support and challenge for leaders.

Tollgate Community Junior School Governing Body operates as a whole team. There are no separate committees, but we have Lead Governors in:

  • Teaching & Learning
  • Finance
  • Health & Safety

Our governing body 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 is the founder and Chief Executive of Eastbourne Foodbank. This large charity offers food, welfare benefits advice, debt advice and a baby bank. He has worked in various roles including:

- computer analyst programmer for a building society

- managing consultant for a French computer manufacturer

- hotel & conference centre manager and

- pastor of a local church.

An experienced manager, Howard has extensive experience as a trustee / company director of several charities. Howard is married with three children and is a 5 times grandad.

Mr Dennis HEAD

Stephen Dennis|Head teacher

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

Paul is a director in Eastbourne Coach Finishers Ltd, a large vehicle repair centre in Eastbourne. He has specific responsibility for their accounts function and payroll, and is also their HR manager.

Paul started his career in finance, specialising in personal taxation. He worked for a number of years in different accountancy practices. He then had a career change. Already having qualified as a schoolteacher, he took up a teaching post in a Worthing school. He remained there for over thirteen years. During that time, he was:

- Year leader

- Educational Visits Co-ordinator

- Teacher Governor for four years.

Paul moved over to Eastbourne in 2007.  He 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 teaching, Paul has missed the teamwork ethic and the satisfaction of working in a school environment. He is keen to help and support the school in giving the children the best education possible.

Vacancy for a Co-Opted Governor

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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.

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 its emphasis on inclusion. I have a keen interest in the continued development of the school.  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 the school. I was both a Parent and Co-Opted Governor at St Andrews from 2017 when my daughter was there. Through this, I understand the statutory and strategic responsibilities of governors. I have worked in education, with young people and in the charity sector in Sussex for the last 12 years. I now work for Sussex Police. My work involves an Early Intervention project across the whole of Sussex. We work with over-16 partners to help schools and families with children at risk of serious crime.

As a governor, I would like to help every young person to show and use their different abilities. I believe every young person has a future. I wish to help shape that through:

- my experience as a parent governor

- my knowledge of education settings

- the school's 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

has spent over twenty-five years advancing learning through the arts. Her work has a focus on vulnerable young people. Previous roles include:

- Head of Learning at Towner Art Gallery

- National Manager at Tate

- Development Manager at Trinity College London

She designed national qualifications for children in the arts including commissioning poet Michael Rosen. She is passionate about growing potential through creativity. Marina 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 of both parenting and school.

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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. My role now focuses on the onsite delivery of corporate events. We work with some of the biggest household names, as well as UK Government departments. I build and manage teams to deliver a project. My company specialises in working in less developed countries with fewer resources.

My role is to ensure teams finish events and projects:

- on time

- on budget

- 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 identify bottlenecks and work with a team to improve a process. Not averse to getting my hands dirty, I may have to stack flight-cases in the back of a truck or pull power cable in the middle of a muddy field!

Outside of work I am passionate about education. Young people should be aware of the opportunities and varied pathways they have before them. I am a contributor to the Founders4Schools program. As a small business owner, secondary schools around Sussex invite me to talk to 14-16 year olds. I talk to them about my own experiences and how the choices they make will affect their career opportunities. I love giving young people an insight into the world of work and bridging the gap between business and education.

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Carly Hobdell - Parent Governor

I am a Mum of two boys:

-one in year 5 at Tollgate

- 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. I know first-hand how important it is for children to learn in the right environment to fulfil their potential. Committed in all that I do, I am not afraid of rolling up my sleeves in order to achieve an objective.

I have a keen interest in gardening and have enjoyed planting/pruning etc in the St Andrews Infants secret garden. In an age where children can spend a lot of time indoors on computers, I believe they should have access to an outside learning space.

In my day job I work for a government body where my role involves data accuracy and fraud. I have excellent project management skills and expertise in setting up new initiatives. My responsibilities involve:

- bedding in and analysing new processes

- reviewing them at regular points

- making any necessary adjustments

I have lived in the local area since 2003. I 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

- diplomatically delivering news that might not be popular but in a way that people feel listened to.

Vacancy – Clerk to the Governors

 

Governing Body Objectives

What do we do?

Governors work with the school on:

- strategy

- vision

- planning

- developing policies

- keeping the school under review. 

We aim to help all our children to 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 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      

Complaints Panel      

Finance and Pay Committee     

Federation Working Group     

Paul Turner      

Vice Chair     

Headteacher Performance Management Panel      

Finance and Pay Committee (Chair)    

Complaints Panel     

Stephen Dennis      

Headteacher      

Mark Titherly     

Federation Working Group    

Complaints Panel  

Sports Premium  

Mark Heaps   

Health and Safety Link Governor   

Well-Being including Behaviour and Attitudes 

Creative Arts  

Carly Hobdell   

Governor Training   

GDPR Link Governor  

Complaints Panel    

Finance and Pay Committee (Vice Chair) 

Marina Castledine    

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Co-Link Governor  

COVID 19 Catch Up and Pupil Premium Link Governor 

Accelerated Reader Scheme 

Creative Arts  

Jessica Eldridge  

SEND 

Accelerated Reader Scheme 

Joanna Brink      

Maths  

School Council  

Well-Being including Behaviour and Attitudes 

Ben West    

Safeguarding Link Governor   

Complaints Panel     

Pupil Premium Link Governor 

 

 

 

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

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

7/7

Stephen Dennis

(Headteacher

Ex-officio)

Staff Governor

01.09.09

31.8.34

 

Nil Return

30.9.20

7/7

Marina Castledine

Co-Opted Governor

25.09.18

24.09.22

  • Pupil Premium Lead
  • Complaints Panel

Nil Return

30.9.20

6/7

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

6/7

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

7/7

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

7/7

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

6/7

Mark Heaps

Parent Governor

30.3.21

29.3.25

 

Partner works part time as a TA at Tollgate.

Has two children attending Tollgate.

4.3.21

3/3

Carly Hobdell

Parent Governor

6.4.21

5.4.25

 

Nil return

9.3.21

2/2

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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