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The full Federation Board meets once or twice a term.  At these meetings, the governing body carries out its three core functions, as identified by the Department for Education in the Governors' Handbook:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

The current Chair of Governors is Jenny Barnard-Langston and the Vice Chair is Mark Goodson.  Minutes are published once they have been agreed by the governing body at the following meeting. Certain associated papers from the meetings are also available on request, although some will be confidential. Please contact the Clerk to Governors for further information.

Local Board meetings

Some specific functions are delegated to local boards.


  • Membership shall consist of not fewer than three governors, plus the Executive Headteacher or representative.
  • The committee shall elect a chairperson and vice chair from their number at the beginning of each academic year, or at such time as a vacancy arises unless already appointed by the Full Governing Body.


  • The Quorum shall be three governors appointed to the committee.


  • The Local Board shall meet at least once a term, in advance of a full Federation meeting and at other times when appropriate and necessary.
  • Apologies should be provided in advance to the chair and clerk.
  • Papers will be provided 7 days ahead of the meeting.  Tabled papers will be exceptional. Members are expected to have read the papers in advance of the meeting.
  • Members will complete action within agreed timescales or inform the chair if not possible and agree amended timescales.
  • Minutes of meetings will be made to record the names of those attending, time and place, and any decision, action points or recommendations to be made to the governing body.
  • Minutes will be circulated to all members of the committee as soon as possible after the meeting and to all governors with the agenda of the next full governors meeting.

Hangleton and Benfield Federation Governing Body

Please click here to see Hangleton Primary Governors' attendance 2019 - 2020

Former Governors

In the past 12 months, we have also had the following members:

 Name  Role  Appointed by  App. date  Term of office  Date left office  Attendance 2014/15
 Kathryn Smith  Co-opted  Governing Body  06.04.2017  06.04.2017 - 05.04.2021 24.07.2020   89%



The register of interests is updated annually at the first full governing body meeting on in the school year.

 Name  Form complete  Interest declared

 Jenny Barnard-Langston


Associate trainer ESCC

Associate trainer B&H

National Leader of Governance

Governor (ESCC/LA) Fletching/Chailey


Cathryn Martin Trust (Trustee)

Tony Barnard Foundation (Trustee)

Chair B&H &Grace Eyre Shared Lives Panel

 Clive Bolton


Associate Governor Trainer for Brighton & Hove City Council

Associate Governor Trainer for Teaching School Alliance 24, Horsham
 Mariea Christodoulou  Yes

Related to pupil at Hangleton Primary

Governor at Blatchington Mill School

Teacher at Seahaven Academy
Alana Cullen Yes Teacher at Hangleton Primary
 Mark Goodson  Yes

Related to pupils at Hangleton Primary

Wife working as Supply Teacher at Hangleton Primary and Benfield Primary
Lizzie Hawkins  Yes

​Teacher at Benfield Primary

Peter Jones Yes Related to pupils at Hangleton
Harriet Keilthy Yes Related to pupils at Benfield
 Emma Lake  Yes

Member of staff across Benfield and Hangleton Federation

Governor at Downlands Community School

National Leader in Education
 Scott Theobold  Yes Related to pupil at Benfield Primary
 Lesley Walker  Yes Teacher at Stanford Infant School
Paul Williams Yes

Related to pupils at Hangleton Primary

Wife employed as administrator at Hangleton Primary

Employed by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (Public Body)
Heather Wood Yes None
 Jennie Wylie  Yes Related to pupil at Hangleton Primary


What do school governors do?

Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the headteacher.

Governors must both support and challenge the headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.

becoming a school governor

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact the Clerk to Governors for more information.

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