The Governing body for the school consists of a number of local people with differing experience but with the single aim of ensuring the school continues to prosper and improve.

Staff Governors

Emma Ritchie
Lucy Fuller

Parent Governors

Andy Peel

James Bonney

LA Appointed

Stuart Blunden (Vice Chair)

Co-opted Governors

Charlie Merrett (Chair) 

Sue Emery

James Brett

Associate Governor

Jess White


Pamela Brett

(please see below for governor profiles)

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Governor Information

Charlie Merrett (Chair): Moved to Sidlesham area in 2012, currently a long haul airline pilot based at Heathrow. Parent Governor since 2017, father of two boys at Sidlesham Primary School (as of Sept 2018).

Sue Emery (Co-opted Governor): Retired primary school teacher having taught for twenty-eight years. Currently an EFL exam marker and GCSE exam invigilator.

Stuart Blunden (Local Authority Governor): Owner of Four Plus Nursery (East Wittering) and Ladybirds Nursery (Bracklesham). Trustee of Selsey Community Nursery. 

James Brett (Co-opted Governor): I moved to Sidlesham in 2018 and have worked as the Premises Officer at Sidlesham Primary School since March of the same year.  Prior to my move I worked in licensed retail for over 20 years and owned a small grocers shop in Brighton after studying at university there. I am excited to be working with the rest of the governing board towards the continuing success of Sidlesham primary school.

Andy Peel (Parent Governor) - I have lived in Highleigh for ten years so know the context of the school very well. I am a retired British Army Veteran, currently working as a Civil Service Manager for the Office of National Statistics.


James Bonney (Parent Governor) Moved to Sidlesham area 2005, ‘Edna Rose Nursery’ a working smallholding where my wife’s family have grown produce since 1975 with the Land Settlement Association (LSA). Currently employed as a Secondary school teacher at Bishop Luffa School – Head of Design and Technology Faculty, former Head of House. British Army Veteran - full 22-year career retiring as Warrant Officer Class One at the Defence School of CIS. Previous governor experience - North Mundham Primary School and Slindon (COE) Primary School.  

Jess White (Associate Governor) Has lived in the Sidlesham area since 2014.  A freelance Marketer and Event Producer working with a range of SME’s. Also, a Director of live events agency alongside husband, Edward.  Mother of two girls; one of whom is at Sidlesham already with the second due to start in 2022.

How to Contact the Governing Body

If you have an idea or comment please talk to any governor or leave a note clearly marked ‘for governors’ with any member of staff or at reception. All ideas will be considered as part of the improvement planning. Any issues concerning pupils should first be discussed with the Class teacher, thereafter with Mr Wood, the Headteacher. If you do not feel the matter has been resolved to your satisfaction, then you should send a letter to the Chair of Governors c/o the school who will follow the standard local authority procedure to address the matter and respond normally within two weeks.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body

The law states, "The Governing Body shall conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school." Education Act 2002:

Decide the school's strategy for improvement.

Provide the Headteacher and other staff with support, advice and information.

Monitor and evaluate the school's performance and effectiveness.

Help to understand what can be done to achieve even better results.

Answer to parents and the local community for the actions of the Governing Body and the school's overall performance.


Principles of Governance

Individually governors have no special power, responsibility, duty or rights unless specifically delegated by the Governing Body, e.g. governors have no automatic right to speak on behalf of the school or special rights of access to the school or staff.

Collectively the Governing Body is responsible for the school's performance and governors are accountable to the local authority for how the school is run and for many legal duties described in 'The Guide to the Law for School Governors'.

The Headteacher is responsible for the organisation and management of the school to implement the strategy established by the governing body and is accountable to the governing body for the schools performance.

Governors have equal status and rights and decisions are made by majority vote and then must be accepted by all, the quorum is 50%; voting and discussions are confidential.


Structure and Meetings of the Governing Body

There are different types of governors and the normal minimum term is four years. After this time a governor can offer to stand to be re-elected for a further term.

Vacancies are notified via the school newsletter and anyone can apply. If there are more applicants than vacancies, elections are held or extra Associate Governors are appointed.

The Full Governing Body meets at least 6 times a year. There are no subcommittees; all governors attend all meetings.

Every year a Chair and Vice-Chair for the Full Governing Body is elected from amongst the non-staff members of the Governing Body.

Anyone can attend a Full Governors' meeting on request. Agenda and Minutes of meetings are available on request from the school.


Governor Data and Attendance

Please click here to see a record of governor data.


Did You Know?

There are different types of Governor.

Parents: Provide a parent viewpoint but do not formally represent all parents' views.

Co-opted: Provide particular experience and/or links that will benefit the school.

Local Authority: Provide a WSCC view.

Staff: Provides a staff viewpoint but do not formally represent all staff views.

If you are interested in becoming a School Governor please read about the role on the West Sussex website or contact the school office.