Governor’s Role

The School Governors are volunteers. They come from varied backgrounds and represent different groups within the community. Their brief is to assist the Headteacher with the management of the school and to ensure that the distinctive Christian nature of the school is maintained.

Their role includes deciding the School Admissions Policy; appointing staff to the school (teaching and non-teaching); overseeing the school budget and maintaining the school building.

Click HERE to view the Governing Body Structure and Committee Structure for 2017-2018.

Click HERE to view the attendance record for Governors at meetings and the membership of Committees for the academic year 2016-2017.

Mr David Rogers - Chair of Governors & Local Authority Governor

I was appointed as Chair of Governors in September 2017. I have a son in Year 3 and am an Assistant Headteacher at Patcham High School in Brighton. I have a passion for teaching and learning and hold a passionate belief in the importance of providing a broad and balanced curriculum to young people. I know that the primary phase is vital in developing lifelong habits and my insights into school development, curriculum and transition will ensure that our pupils develop the skills, attitudes and beliefs that they will need in the future.

Dr Sarah Nelson Foundation Governor

For 18 and a half years I was a partner in a busy local GP practice and, after leaving the practice, I was given the opportunity to become a Foundation Governor early in 2013. I have been working as a locum at various local practices until recently and I still work as a Medical Member of the First Tier Tribunal, sitting on panels which hear appeals against DWP decisions on disability benefits.  I worship regularly at St Mary's Church and I feel privileged to be involved in helping to maintain and develop the Christian ethos of the school.

Mrs Alison Bryan - Parent Governor

"As an 'old girl' of Goring I'm proud to now have my two daughters in the school. I love coming in and helping reading, on trips and as a class representative, and my husband helps on the PSA, but I wanted to do more. I had promised myself that if a Governor role came up I would apply and was delighted to be appointed Parent Governor in November 2017. I really want to help the school continue to achieve the current high standards and as we can always do more will look for other areas that could be developed to help achieve our goals and visions. I'm also keen on looking at ways to reach out to other parents and represent them more effectively.

Outside of school I work part time as a programme and project manager on transport planning schemes for a large engineering consultancy. I hope many of the skills I use in my work life can be applied to support the school."

Click HERE for a copy of the "Code of Practice for School Governors"

Mrs Sally Scott - Vice Chair of Governors & Diocesan Parent Foundation Governor

My son, Tom has been through Goring and my daughter, Lucy is currently in year 5. Both children have thoroughly enjoyed their time at the school and I believe that is in the main, down to the teaching staff as well as the overall ethos of the school.
I have also been involved with the PSA for the past 8 years, which I've found very rewarding. So, a year ago, when the position of Parent Governor came up, I decided that I would put myself forward, because I wanted to be a voice for the parents and to play some part in ensuring the growth of the lovely community we have at our school!

I was appointed to the role of  Vice Chair of Governors in September 2017.

Mrs Gail Vickers Foundation Governor

On my retirement in 2011 I became a doting grandmother and Childminder. My grandson is now in year 1 and his first year confirmed and exceeded all our expectations of the school both in learning and emotional care. I was therefore delighted when father George invited me to join the governing body . I hope my past experience after 40 years teaching in West Sussex will contribute to the team as it guides the school through its challenging transition and maintains its outstanding qualities.

Mr Tim Ransley - Foundation Governor

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I am an active member of Maybridge Community Church and also a current trustee with Worthing 4 Refugees.   My wife and I have two young girls at Goring Primary School that seem to be growing up way too quickly for my liking!  They both love the school!  It is a privilege to serve the school and the community in this role; I am excited about contributing a very small part towards the nurturing and equipping of our next generation in what is a complex world.   My day job is as a catastrophic injury solicitor with a law firm in Brighton.  This allows me to help those that through no fault of their own find their lives turned upside down.  In my spare time I like nothing more than taking the family kayak out onto the English Channel…weather permitting of course!‚Äč

Miss Charlotte Hancocks - Staff Governor

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In 2009, I started my career as an NQT at Goring First School and, due to the ethos and care of all staff and governors, flourished as a teacher. I left in 2013 to take up an opportunity to teach abroad in the United States of America and, on my return, I was successful in being appointed as Assistant Headteacher for the growing “Goring Primary School.” I am a passionate and enthusiastic teacher, committed to securing outstanding outcomes for all children. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading 3 amazing school productions (so far!) and I remain driven to ensure the school continues to provide a holistic and meaningful education. As a governor, I will prioritise strategic school improvement.

All Governors may be contacted through the school office.

Tel: 01903 241175

Mr Chay Took - Parent Governor and Chair of Resources & Facilities Committee

My eldest daughter started at the school in 2009 and I became a parent governor in June 2010. Away from the school I am a chartered accountant, being a partner in local firm, Kreston Reeves. I want to do all I can to ensure the school retains and develops on its excellent reputation with the help of its dedicated staff and management team.

Revd. George Butler Ex Officio

I am vicar of St Mary and St Laurence Parish here in Goring-by-Sea and a Foundation Governor. I have been ordained for more years than I care to remember but those years have seen me working as a parish priest and vicar as well as a chaplain in both the Royal Air Force and the Army. I am married with a daughter and two grandchildren the eldest going to junior school in Angmering. It’s interesting to make comparisons. We are privileged living where we are and working with the children you have committed to our care, thank you for that.

Mrs Ruth Stanley - Foundation Governor

I have recently moved to the area and have a son in Year 1 at the school.  I am the Children and Families' Worker at Maybridge Community Church.  I have had many years’ experience working with children, mostly in Early Years. I have been a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at various settings in the past.

I am passionate about children having a great start to education which ensures their individual needs are met.

Having a good quality holistic education can make such a positive impact on children's development ensuring they reach full potential.  

Mr David Sumpter - Foundation Governor

I am an active member of the St Mary's Church family and was asked by Fr George, to consider whether I felt able to commit to becoming a foundation governor for the school. My eldest child attends Goring, and having experienced the school environment, I believe that I am able to help and support the school as it grows in size whilst still retaining the warm and inviting Christian environment that brought us here initially.