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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 Mark Goodson and the Vice Chair is Paul Williams.  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 Scott Theobold
  • The Chair of the Hangleton Teaching and Learning committee is Paul Goodson

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 Mariea Christodoulou.

Orchard Schools Partnership Governing Body

 Name  Role  Appointed by  App. Date  Term of Office
 Mariea Christodoulou  Co-opted  Governing Body  06.04.2021  06.04.2021 - 05.04.2025
 Alana Cullen  Staff  Staff  20.09.2019  20.09.2019 - 19.09.2023
 Mark Goodson  Co-opted  Governing Body  06.04.2021  06.04.2021 - 05.04.2025
Peter Jones Parent Parents 15.11.2019 15.11.2019 - 14.11.2023
Harriet Keilthy  Co-opted Governing body  28.08.2020 28.08.2020 - 27.08.2024
Aleya Khatun

Associate Hangleton T&L (Non voting)

Goverming Body 06.04.21 06.04.2021 - 05.04.2025
Emma Lake  Head teacher  By virtue of office  06.04.2017  06.04.2017 -
Michelle Millar Co-opted Governing Body 13.02.2023 13.02.2033 - 12.02.2027
Rachel Milton Parent Parents 18.06.2021 18.06.2021 - 17.06.2025
Francesco Pettinato Co-opted Governing body  28.08.2020 28.08.2020 - 27.08.2024
 Scott Theobold  Co-opted  Governing body  06.04.2021  06.04.2021 - 05.04.2025
 Lesley Walker  Local Authority  Local Authority  06.04.2021  06.04.2021 - 05.04.2025
Paul Williams Co-opted Governing Body 20.05.2023 20.05.2023 - 19.05.2027
 Jennie Wylie  Co-opted  Governing Body  06.04.2021  06.04.2021 - 05.04.2025


Please click here to see Orchard Schools Partnership Governors' attendance 2021 -22

Past Members

In the last 12 months we have also had the following members:

 Name  Role Appointed by  App. date  Term of Office  Date left Office 


Jenny Barnard-Langston Co-opted Governing Body 06.04.2021 06.04.2021 - 05.04.2025 31.12.2022 50%


 Name  Form complete  Interest declared
Mariea Christodoulou  Yes

Related to pupil at Hangleton Primary

Governor at Blatchington Mill School

Employed at Seahaven Academy
Alana Cullen Yes

Teacher at Hangleton Primary

NEU Representative

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

Harriet Keilthy Yes Related to pupils at Benfield
Aleya Khatun Yes

Related to pupil at Hangleton

Bilingual Assistant for EMAS

Emma Lake  Yes

Member of staff across Benfield and Hangleton Federation

Executive Head at St Peter's School

Daughter employed by school
Michelle Millar   Related to pupils at Benfield
Rachel Milton Yes

Related to pupils at Benfield

Works as teacher specialist for BHISS

Francesco Pettinato Yes Works at Seaford Head School
Scott Theobold  Yes None
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

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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