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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
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor (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


Alison Barson | Parent Governor

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.


Andrew Baldwin | Staff Governor Governor

I have been resident in Eastbourne all my life, married for 43 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren, and one adopted daughter. 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 sit on the Finance and Pay and Personnel committees. I understand the value of “critical friendship” in an honest and open manner.

I have been employed by Tollgate as Caretaker since December 2016 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 have specific responsibilities for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I am a keen volunteer in making useful items for the school (e.g. Storyteller chair and bug house) and am looking forward to be involved in our next project of developing our “quiet area”.


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.


Howard Wardle (Chair) | Co-Opted Governor | ICT/Computing

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.


Joanna Brink | Parent Governor

I am Parent Governor at Tollgate Community Junior School. My 3 children have all attended Tollgate. My youngest is in Year 4 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.


Marina Castledine | Co-Opted Governor

Marina has worked in gallery education for over 20 years as a freelance artist, evaluator, project manager and consultant. Currently Head of Learning at Towner Art Gallery, she was previously National Manager at Tate, putting young people at the heart of change through a £5 million pound national programme. She has extensive experience of leading national and local initiatives working across ages and artforms. Expertise lies in socially engaged practice with vulnerable communities and leading cultural and education sector partners through periods of transformation.


Mark Titherly | Co-Opted Governor

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.


Paul Turner | Co-Opted Governor

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.


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. 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
Complaints Panel
Finance and Pay Committee
Paul Turner Vice Chair
Finance Lead
Pupil and Sports Premium Lead
Headteacher Performance Management Panel
Finance and Pay Committee
Stephen Dennis Headteacher
Mark Titherly Health and Safety Lead
Complaints Panel
Chloe Attrill Health and Well Being Lead
Alison Barson Maths Lead
Andrew Baldwin GDPR Lead
Joanna Brink Maths Lead
Beverley Barlow Assessment Lead
Complaints Panel
Headteacher Performance Management Panel
Finance and Pay Committee
Marina Castledine Reading and Writing Lead
Complaints Panel
Priscilla Paddock Clerk to Governors

Governor Attendance 2018-19

  25.09.18 1.11.18
13.11.18 22.01.19 12.03.19 23.04.19 11.06.19 09.07.19
Howard Wardle / / /          
Stephen Dennis / / /          
Mark Titherly / A /          
Paul Turner / A /          
Marina Castledine / A /          
Alison Barson / A A          
Andrew Baldwin / / /          
Joanna Brink / / /          
Beverley Barlow / / /          
Chloe Attrill A / /          

/  Present       A Absent      – Resigned

Terms of Office & Register of Interests for Year 2018-19

Name Governor Type Position Start Tenure End Tenure Responsibility Register of Interest Date Completed
Howard Wardle Co-Opted



Chair of Governors

Chair of Governors 22.04.15 21.04.19 Safeguarding Lead



Nil Return 25.09.18
Stephen Dennis Staff Governor Headteacher



01.09.09     Nil Return 25.09.18
Marina Castledine Co-Opted Governor Governor 25.09.18 24.09.22   Head of Learning at the Towner Art Gallery 25.09.18
Alison Barson Parent Governor Governor 24.04.15 23.03.19 Maths Lead Nil Return 25.09.18
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

Mark Titherly Co-Opted Governor Governor 22.02.17 21.02.21 Health and Safety Lead Sibling to Joanna Brink, Parent Governor.

Child attends the school.

Andrew Baldwin Staff Governor Governor 02.05.17 01.05.21 GDPR Lead Governor at Pashley Down Infant School.  Staff member at Tollgate 25.09.18
Paul Turner Co-Opted Governor

Vice Chair

Governor 23.05.17 22.05.21 Finance Lead


Pupil and Sports Premium Lead

Nil Return 25.09.18
Beverley Barlow Co-Opted Governor Governor 06.03.18 05.03.22 Assessment Lead Nil Return 25.09.18
Chloe Attrill Co-Opted Governor Governor 27.3.18 26.3.22 Mental Health and Well-Being Lead Staff member at Willingdon Community School  


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