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The Governing Body

Chair of the Full Governing Body
Mr. Richard Holben (Parent)

Finance, Staffing & Premises Committee


Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body

Mrs L. Handford (LA Governor)

Learning & Teaching Committee


Parent Governor

Mrs L. Boys

Chair of the Finance, Staffing and Premises  Committee

Health & Safety Governor

SENCo Govenor


Local Authority Governor
Mrs. L. Handford 

Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body

Safeguarding Governor

SENCo Governor


Co-opted Governors

Mr. W. Tayler

Vice Chair of the Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee


Foundation Governor

Father J. Swindells

Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee


Community Governor

Rev. Sarah Manouch

Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee


Staff Governor

Mrs F. Smith

Learning and Teaching Committee


Mr R. Weston

Learning and Teaching Committee and Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee


Clerk to Governors
Mrs L Powell

Please click here to view the Governors Terms of Office and Meeting Attendance record.

As Governors of West Wittering School, we work to support the Headteacher and the other staff as they manage the school day by day. We share the same vision as our whole school community - we enjoy working to help our pupils achieve their full potential and aspire to their finding and making the most of their opportunities in life. A happy environment based on mutual respect forms, we believe, a firm foundation for the achievement of this objective.

The variety of backgrounds from which we come means that we have a wide range of different experience to offer. Some of us are parents of children at the school; some represent the teaching staff and others the local community, the Local Authority and our Church of St Peter and St Paul. Whatever our particular role may be, our decisions at Governors’ Meetings are corporate; and we have a clerk who records them and keeps us in line. 

So, what do we do? Briefly, we

•manage the budget delegated by West Sussex County Council, which covers salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment;

•decide which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives;

•are responsible for the type and number of staff employed; 

•appoint the headteacher, and may be involved in the appointment of other staff;

•have a role in monitoring the school's progress, and in setting annual targets for the school's performance and for that of the headteacher.

We meet as a Full Governing Board a minimum of once each term; our two sub-committees, “Teaching and Learning”, and “Finance, Staffing and Premises”, also meet as necessary, but at least once per term and report back to the full governing board. We also take part in appropriate training courses to further our professional development. 

The Governors are also responsible for overseeing the Policies in the school.

Please click on the following link to view the Charging Policy.

Periodic vacancies for new parent governors occur; if you are interested in what becoming a governor involves, click here.

If you would like to know more about our school Governing Body, click here.