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Orchard Schools Partnership Full Federation Board Meetings

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 Mark Goodson and the Vice Chair is Peter Jones.  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.


Some specific functions are delegated to committees.

Teaching and Learning Committees

Each school has a Teaching and Learning committee overseeing matters specific to that school. Each committee meets once a term and reports to the Full Federation Board. The membership of each committee is not fewer than five governors plus the Head of School.

  • The Chair of the Benfield Teaching and Learning committee is Peter Jones.
  • The Chair of the Hangleton Teaching and Learning committee is Paul Williams.

Finance Working Party

The Finance working party operates within powers delegated from the Full Federation Board and provides advice, support and guidance to the Executive Headteacher and Governing Body on all matters relating to school finances.

The Finance working party reports to the Full Federation Board. The Lead Governor is Peter Jones.

School Performance Scrutiny Working Party

The purpose of the Working Party is to bring robust scrutiny to each of the schools against national and local data. The working party reports to the Full Federation Board.

The Lead Governor of this working party is Peter Jones.

Orchard School Partnership Governing Body


Please click here to see Benfield and Hangleton Federation Governors' attendance 2022 - 2023.

Past Members

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 
Francesco Pettinato Co-opted Governing Body 28.08.2020 28.08.2020 - 27.08.2024 20.07.2023 75%
Alana Cullen Staff Governing Body 20.09.2019 20.09.2019 - 19.09.2023 19.9.2023  
Mariea Christodoulou Co-opted Governing Body 06.04.2021  06.04.2021 - 05.04.2025 31.12.2023  
Scott Theobold Co-opted Governing Body 06.04.2021 06.04.2021 - 05.04.2025 31.12.2023  
Jessica Openshaw Parent Governor Parents 05.12.2023 05.12.2023 - 04.12.2027 02.02.2024  
Harriet Keilthy Co-opted Governing Body 28.08.2020 28.08.2020 - 27.08.2024 04.03.2024  

Register of interests

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

 Name  Form complete  Interest declared
 Mark Goodson  Yes

Related to pupils at Hangleton Primary

Wife working at Hangleton Primary 
 Peter Jones  Yes

Related to pupils at Hangleton

Family member on PTA at Hangleton

 Emma Lake  Yes

Executive Head at Hangleton Primary, Benfield Primary and St Peter's School


Michelle Millar   Related to pupils at Benfield
 Rachel Milton Yes

Related to pupil at Benfield

Works as specialist teacher for BHISS

 Lesley Walker  Yes Teacher at Stanford Infant School
 Paul Williams  Yes

Related to pupils at Hangleton Primary

Wife employed at Hangleton Primary

Employed by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (Public Body)
 Jennie Wylie  Yes Works at Blatchington Mill School
Rosie Pryer-Vaz Yes

Related to pupil at Hangleton

Friend of trades people who work in schools

Laura Saunders    Related to pupils at Hangleton
Molly Attwell   Staff member 
Gavin Howard   Related to pupil at Hangleton


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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