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Southover CE Primary School

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Latest Governors' Update


The governors role is to work with Noel Fadden and the rest of the team to set the strategic direction of the school, to monitor the educational performance of the school for the benefit of all pupils and to make sure the school's budget is well spent.


Since the last newsletter, we have been paying particularly close attention to the new arrangements for safeguarding and Special Educational Needs whereby Lisa Walker has taken over as Designated Safeguarding Lead and Zoe Short as our SENco; we are satisfied that provision is well in hand and hope that parents and carers agree.  


As parents will be aware from the governors' letter dated 9th January, we have withdrawn from the working group exploring a Lewes MAT.  The school is continuing, however, to work closely with its sister schools in the town to share best practice and to find mutually beneficial projects on which we can collaborate. The school is working with Western Road, looking to find ways to manage the car park better for our parents and our staff and also so that it can be income generating for the schools outside of school hours.


The governors have been encouraged by parents' engagement with us and the increased support for the Friends and we hope that this will continue. Governor representatives will be delighted to attend the new parents' forums at the school. Please note that we have had varying feedback about availability from parents and we plan to alternate these forums between evening and morning sessions to give everyone the best chance of attending. 


Please do feel free to contact the governors on any strategic matter either by email to the chair Andrew Barnard on or in person. You can see photos and bios of each governor on the website and you will find many of us in the playground at drop off and pick up.

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Meet the Governors

Andrew Barnard
Carol Taplin
Zoe Short
Burt Browne
Sally Davies
Noel Fadden
Sarah Greed
Lisa Walker
Adrian Napier
Michele Moore
Susanne Pollard
Ed Smith
Duncan Milham

Andrew Barnard – Chair of Governors

Local Authority appointed Governor September 2017 – August 2021


I am the local authority governor and also have a child at Southover (Alex). I live in Lewes and work in London for the Cabinet Office. I sit on the finance committee and bring with me experience of working in a number of international economics, statistical and finance related roles. My background also includes support to charities, most recently for an education charity that promotes and supports PSHE.



Carol Taplin – Foundation Governor September 2017 – August 2021,


I have been a governor at Southover since 1997, when my three children were all still at Southover. I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese on the recommendation of Trinity Church Southover, and as such have a particular responsibility for ensuring that the school, as a Church of England school, remains distinctively Christian. I am a member of the Finance Committee, and am the governor linked to Safeguarding, helping to ensure that the school fulfils its responsibilities to safeguard all the children at the school – this also covers monitoring children’s attendance and staff training in areas such as Prevent.


Zoe Short – Co-opted Governor March 2015 – March 2019


I am Assistant Head and SENCO at Southover and have been a governor  for a number of years, starting as a parent governor in 2007 and now as a co-opted governor.  I have taught and governed in different schools so bring to the governing body experience of the education system. 

Over the years, I have been special educational needs governor and safeguarding governor and part of the performance management of headteachers. I combine the understanding of the education issues schools face, a staff perspective and that of a parent. I am currently responsible for monitoring the improvement of the school's communication with all stakeholders.


Gill Fenton – Staff Governor January 2019 – January 2023



Ade Napier – Co-opted Governor September 2018 – August 2022,


I have only been a governor at Southover since September 2018, I am a Co-opted Governor appointed in part for my many years of finance experience within the public sector. I am a member of the Finance Committee and Equalities Group am the governor linked to Equal Opportunities, helping to ensure that the school fulfills its responsibilities to equality for all children at the school – this also covers consistent implementation of teaching assessment and that more able children are making strong progress in KS1 and KS2.


Noel Fadden – Headteacher, ex-officio Governor


I have taught in Birmingham, Hastings, Eritrea and Vietnam over the years as well as gaining an MA in International Education at Sussex University. I have been at Southover since 2006 as Deputy Head and Acting Head and have taught in all year groups from Y1 to Y6. I am delighted to be in place as the new headteacher from September 2017.


Burt Browne – Co-opted Governor September 2017 – September 2021


I am the governor for Health and Safety and e-safety. I am also responsible for the monitoring of behaviour in the school.


Sally Davies – Parent Governor May 2018 – May 2022


I joined the governing body earlier this summer as a parent governor and have really enjoyed my first few months. I have a son currently at Southover and a daughter who will be joining in a few years’. I work in Human Resources for the Royal Institute of British Architects and been able to use my professional knowledge to support the work of the governors and the school. I sit on a number of committees including the Grievance and Disciplinary, Pupil Discipline, Pay and Head Teachers Performance Management. I am also the governor linked to Writing to help ensure writing is consistently good in all year groups across the school.


Lisa Walker Sept 2015-Aug 2019 Associate Governor


Deputy Head and Mother of Matylda and Edith, I've worked as an Every-Child-a-Reader Teacher, having played an award-winning role in the transformation of Rudyard Kipling Primary School & Nursery to one of the highest achieving in Brighton before joining Southover. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed 18 years in teaching (preschool - undergraduates) and use this wealth of experience to maximum effect as a governor. My career began working with Orang-Utans in Sumatra; arguably the best preparation for the path I’ve subsequently followed!

I am currently the governors link to Southover Friends.


Michèle Moore - Co-Opted Governor April 2019 – April 2023


I am delighted to have joined this board of governors. My professional background is in adult training and development and my last role was as Head of People Development with a large contract catering company.  I have been particularly involved in leadership development and managing change.

I am the governor linked to Curriculum, ensuring that it is broad and balanced and supports children to build their knowledge and apply that knowledge. I also sit on the Grievance & Dismissal Appeal Committee.


Susanne Pollard - Co-opted Governor Sept 2019 - Sept 2023


Duncan Milham - Parent Governor October 2019 - Oct 2023


Governors remit and structure:

All schools in the UK have a governing body whose job is to:
• Set strategic direction for the school
• Act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and the head teacher
• Ensure that the school is accountable

Southover’s Governing Body is made up of 12 people who represent all the key groups involved with the school – parents and carers, school staff, the Local Authority, the Church, and the local community. The Headteacher is also a member of the governing body. Governors who are not school staff are not paid for their work, but carry it out on a voluntary basis. Parent governors are elected by parents and carers, while other types of governor are appointed by the Governing Body on the basis of their expertise or interest. All governors have a four-year term of office but can be re-appointed at the end of this period. The Governing Body has a paid Clerk whose job is to circulate agendas, take minutes and advise the Governing Body on its statutory responsibilities.
Our governing body meets at least six times a year, and has a Finance sub-committee which meets when required.
The Governing Body also appoints and manages the performance of the Headteacher, and acts as an independent body which can deal with complaints about the school. If you would like to know more or would like to get in touch, please contact the Chair of Governors through the school office email