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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 Clive Bolton.  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 Benfield Primary Governors' attendance 2017 - 2018

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
 Stuart Cole  Co-opted  Governing body  06.04.2017 06.04.2017-05.04.2021  03.10.2017  
 Sarah Mansfield-Osbourne Parent Parents 23.10.2013 23.10.2013 - 22.10-2017 27.07.2016 100%



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




  • St. Peter's Community Primary School
  • Fletching CE Primary School
  • National leader of Governance
  • Regional National leader of Governance/Advocate
  • Inspire TSA


  • Tony Barnard Foundation
  • A1 (Sussex) Ltd.
  • ARF Barnard Ltd
  • Roedean School
  • Moira House School Ltd
  • Bishop Otter Academy Trust
 Clive Bolton  Yes
  • Associate Governor Trainer for Brighton & Hove City Council
 Mariea Christodoulou  Yes
  • Related to pupil/s at Hangleton Primary School
 Lizzie Cornford  Yes
  • Employed at Benfield Primary School
 Mark Goodson  Yes
  • Related to pupil/s at Hangleton Primary School
 Treana Harfield  Yes
  • Employed at Hangleton Primary School
 Emma Lake  Yes
  • Governor at Downlands Community School
  • Employed at Benfield Primary School
  • Employed at Hangleton Primary School
 Donna McClements  Yes
  • Related to pupil/s at Benfield Primary School
 Kathryn Smith  Yes
  • Employed by a multi-academy trust
 Clare Terry  Yes
  • Related to pupil/s at Benfield Primary School
 Scott Theobold  Yes
  • Related to pupil/s at Benfield Primary School
 Lesley Walker  Yes
  • Employed as a teacher within Brighton & Hove Local Authority
  • Related to pupil/s at Hangleton Primary School
 Jennie Wylie  Yes
  • Related to pupil/s at Hangleton Primary School


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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