1. Introduction and Overview

What do governors do?

At Arunside Primary School we have a dedicated Governing Body who support the Headteacher and all the staff immensely.

Whilst the Governors have the overall responsibility for the organisation, curriculum and financial management of the school, most of the responsibility and day to day running of the school is devolved to the Headteacher. The governors meet at least half termly and then as frequently as specific matters dictate. Each member of the board takes a lead responsibility for strategic issues or curriculum subjects.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Getting the right people around the table
  • Understanding roles & responsibilities
  • Good chairing
  • Professional clerking
  • Good relationships based on trust
  • Knowing the school: data, staff, parents, children and community
  • Commitment to asking challenging questions
  • Confidence to have courageous conversations in the interests of children and young people

Governor Code-of-Conduct- September 2020

What OFSTED said at last inspection

“Governors have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development, based upon their monitoring. Through good-quality training and personal expertise, they have developed appropriate skills to interpret data. As a consequence, they support and challenge the Headteacher about the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. They receive appropriate information about the management of teachers’ performance and see that teachers’ pay rises are appropriately linked to pupils’ achievements. Governors manage the school’s finances well. They are fully aware of how the pupil premium funding is spent, and the impact this is having on the achievement of eligible pupils. Governors ensure that the school meets national requirements for safeguarding children. Policies are regularly reviewed to ensure that children are kept safe and free from harm.”

2. Current Governing Body Information


Our Governing Body consists of 12 members and operates with a committee structure consisting of the Teaching & Learning committee and the Policy & Resources committee.

Arunside Instrument of Governance

 The core functions of our governing body, as set out in The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013, are; 

  • ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined;
  • ensuring that the head teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school; and
  • ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.

 The statutory purpose of the Governing Body is to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.

 The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff, whereas the governors are responsible for the general direction of the school and providing a strategic overview.

 The Governing Body acts as a critical friend to the school and ensures accountability, whilst considering the interests of children, parents and staff. It makes decisions about curriculum, finance, staffing and premises matters, to help raise standards of achievement and to make sure that the school provides a good quality education for all of our pupils.

 The function of the Teaching & Learning committee is to support the headteacher in the delivery of a national curriculum that is broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of all children and ensure it is delivered in accordance with the legal framework.

The function of the Policy and Resources committee is to ensure a safe and suitable environment for the Arunside community, placing the pupils, staff and visitors at the forefront of all policy making and decisions taken. The committee will also monitor the effective management of all school buildings, finances, and resources.

 Governor Appointment Information    

Register of Interest


Governor Full Name Date of Appointment Term of Office (years) Appointing / Elective Body Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests  Other Educational Establishments Governed Remarks
Mrs Donna Jagger 01/09/2019 n/a Headteacher  

Mrs Ali Abbott

25/11/2021 4 Co-opted
Mrs Anna Hadden 23/03/2022 Co-opted – 

Deputy Head at the school

Mr Graeme Smith 07/10/2020



Vice-chair until 31/08/2023
Mr Andrew Roberts
03/07/2020 4


Mrs Victoria Coward 22/01/2020



Chair until 31/08/2023

Vacancy   4 West Sussex Local Authority
Mrs Gillian Edson 19/07/2019  Staff –  –   
Mrs Amy Ripley 25/03/2020


Mr Luke Walters 01/10/2021 3 Parent
Mrs Paula Pitkethly 01/10/2021 3 Parent
Mrs Gemma Hoult
01/10/2020 3


Associate Members – No voting rights


3. Governors whose positions expired or who left during 2021-2022

Governor Appointment Information

Register of Interest

Governor Full Name

Date of Appointment

Date Ceased Office

Appointing / Elective Body

Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests

Other Educational Establishments Governed


Mr Gareth McGovern 03/07/2020 03/01/2022 Co-opted     Resigned from post
Mrs Jane Elmer 03/07/2020 28/12/2021

West Sussex Local Authority

    Resigned from post
Mr Bruce Glockling 22/07/2021 21/07/2022

Associate Member

    Resigned from post
Mr Neil Hunsworth 09/11/2018 18/09/2021


    Resigned from post

4. Governing Board Attendance Record

 Governor Full Name    

Meetings – Attendance during previous academic year to 31/08/2022

  Full Meeting Policy & Resources Committee

Teaching & Learning Committee 

Mrs Donna Jagger




Mr Bruce Glockling 

Mr Gareth McGovern 1/1 1/1        
Mrs Anna Hadden 3/3 1/1 (observer) 2/3        
Mr Andrew Roberts 3/3 3/3 (Chair of P&R Committee until 31/08/2022)        
Mrs Victoria Coward 3/3 2/3


Mrs Jane Elmer 1/1 1/1        
Mrs Gillian Edson 3/3

3/3 (Chair of T&L Committee until 31/08/2022)

Mrs Amy Ripley 3/3

Mrs Gemma Hoult 3/3 3/3        
Mr Graeme Smith 3/3 3/3 2/3        
Mra Paula Pitkethly 3/3 1/1 (observer) 3/3        
Mr Luke Walters 1/3 3/3        
Mrs Ali Abbott 2/2 2/2        

5. Meet The Governors

Andrew Roberts – Co-opted Governor

Andrew joined the Governing body in 2020 as a Co-opted Governor and has lived in Horsham since 1997.  He  worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry throughout his career focusing on R&D and drug development, working in the UK and Switzerland until his retirement.

Andrew has previously been a parent Governor at Castlewood School, Southwater.  At Arunside he chairs the Policy and Resources Committee, is the Health & Safety governor and monitors various curriculum subject areas.

In addition to being a governor, Andrew enjoys swimming, gym work, travelling, spending time with his grandchildren  and is a Race Marshall at Brands Hatch.

Anna Hadden – Co-opted Governor

Anna joined the Governing Body in September as a Co-opted Governor.  She started teaching in 2007 and joined Arunside as SENCO in 2017.  Anna has since become the school’s Deputy Head.   

Anna has three children who attend Arunside and she has a keen interest in the theatre and amateur dramatics.

Debbie Lancastle – Clerk to the Governors

Debbie took over as Clerk in September 2009 and deals with all the administration for the Governing Body. She has worked at Arunside for 26 years, firstly as a Teaching Assistant/Higher Level Teaching Assistant, supporting children mainly in Key Stage 1 and then as the School Bursar/Business Manager for the past 11 years.  

Debbie is a Life Member of the Horsham Youth Football League having served on the committee for 25 years! She has  three young grandchildren and she enjoys spending much of her spare time with them.

Victoria Coward – Co-opted Governor (Chair)

Victoria joined the Governing body in 2015 as a parent governor, and has since become a co-opted governor for the school. She has two children, one who has completed their Arunside journey and is now at Tanbridge, the other is still at Arunside enjoying Key Stage 2. Before children, Victoria worked as a senior training manager for the civil service in Westminster, and is experienced in learning administration and HR. She now works locally as an administrator during school hours. 

In her spare time, Victoria enjoys photography and art, and plays rugby for Horsham Ladies at Horsham Rugby Club.

Gilliam Edson – Staff Governor

Gill joined the Governing Body in September as the school’s Staff Governor. She has been a class teacher at Arunside since qualifying in 2016 and she has recently become the Curriculum Leader for the school. Gill is also a KS2 Writing Moderator for West Sussex County Council.

Prior to gaining her teaching qualification, Gill was a flight supervisor for ten years based in Manchester and then was a Teaching Assistant at a local school.  Gill has two children who attend Tanbridge and Millais.

Graeme Smith – Co-opted Governor

Graeme joined the governing body in 2017 as a parent governor, and is currently the STEM governor and the Finance governor. He provides support and challenge to the school budgeting process, and chairs the Policy and Resources Committee.  With an academic background in maths and physics he knows children deserve the best opportunities at school, both to learn and have fun.

Graeme has been working in Financial Risk and Analysis roles for a global insurance company since 2004, and moved to Horsham in 2014 after spending 6 years performing management roles in Europe.  Graeme has two children at Arunside, and became a member of the PTA in 2016 after witnessing their wonderful summer fete!

Mr Luke Walters – Parent Governor

Luke joined the Governing Body in 2021 as a parent governor.  He has a child in Year 3 and one who, hopefully, will start in reception in 2021.

Luke is Deputy Headteacher at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham and has a background in maintained and independent education both internationally and in the UK.  He has lived in West Sussex for seven years and has a particular interest in pedagogy and additional needs teaching and learning.  He looks forward to working alongside Arunside at such an exciting time for the school.

Vacancy – Local Authority Governor


Donna Jagger – Headteacher

Donna became part of the Arunside teaching family in September 2015 and as a governor in January 2017. During that time, she has seen the school go through a period of rapid change and improvement. 

Donna started out teaching in 2007, prior to this she worked in the private sector for a large pharmaceutical company as a compliance officer. She has found that working both within the private and public sector has enabled her to have a good balance between public sector duty and private sector responsibility.

Donna said, “being a School Governor and indeed a teacher is a privilege and should never be viewed as anything less! There are few occupations where you can genuinely make a difference to the future of our planet and the children who will look after it. This is why I wanted to be a Governor, working together to do the best for our children and our community”.

Mrs Paula Pitkethly – Parent Governor

Paula joined the governing body in October 2021 as a parent governor. She has two daughters at Arunside and is currently monitoring inclusion and diversity within the school. 

Paula is originally from Portugal, grew up in London and has lived and worked in Germany and Brussels. Paula moved to Horsham in 2017 and is a freelance translator in her ‘spare time’. With a background in teaching modern languages at secondary school and working as a learning support assistant prior to this, Paula is passionate about seeing children grow to their full potential through the support and opportunities they receive and is excited to be part of a community that shares this passion. 

Mrs Amy Ripley – Parent Governor

Amy joined the governing body in 2020 as a Parent Governor, and has two girls who are both current Arunsiders! She and her family moved from South London last summer, and feels the school and community welcomed her and her family with open arms.   Amy is currently an Exam Coordinator for an Arts Exam Board, having previously worked in a Primary School for a number of years.

Amy’s passions include Theatre, Travelling, Music, Art, Reading, Antiques and sports – particularly her football team Crystal Palace.  

Mrs Gemma Hoult – Parent Governor

Gemma joined the governing body in 2020 as a Parent Governor. She has two boys at Arunside, one in year 4 and one in year 2. Gemma and her family are long term residents of Horsham and she is proud to have seen the way Arunside has grown, and continues to do so, over the last few years. Gemma is a Chartered Accountant and is a Director at KPMG, one of the largest professional services firms in the world.

Gemma enjoys watching her boys play football and rugby. She is a (keenish) runner and a (very keen) shopper.

Mrs Ali Abbott – Co-opted Governor

Ali joined the governing body in November 2021. Before retiring in 2020, she was a Deputy Headteacher at another local primary school where she worked for 25 years, with responsibility for curriculum development and assessment.

Ali has lived in Horsham for 34 years and has two grown up daughters who have both attended schools in Horsham. 

Since retiring Ali has explored a variety of volunteering roles, joined a choir and discovered a love of art.

Ali is keen to continue her link with educations and is pleased to have joined the Arunside community as a school governor. 


6. Contact

If you need to contact our Governing Body please email:


7. Other Useful Documents

Acronyms January 2020

Governors Charter

Arunside Instrument – March 15