Governor Information

Role and work of the Governing Board

In accordance with the Government's requirement for all governing boards, the three core strategic functions of Grovelands Governing Board are:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The Governing Board meets every term for a formal pre-arranged meeting but the Governors will be in school much more often. Our Governors are hard working and committed to making Grovelands the best school for your children and the community.

At our full Governing Board meetings, we receive and discuss reports from the Headteacher and other members of the senior leadership team. We monitor the results of internal and external assessments of the children's progress and measure the impact of policies which we have adopted to help the school's work.

We oversee and set the school’s financial budget and make sure that we spend wisely. We check to make sure we are receiving good value for the money we spend. We also make sure that the school’s provision complies with current equalities and safeguarding legislation and also that the children and staff have a safe and healthy place to work in. We work as strategic partners with the Grovelands staff to plan the school’s development whilst maintaining its core vision and ethos.


At Grovelands School, all governor business is managed through Full Governing Body meetings

NAME Governor Category Appointed By Term of Office Link Governor Responsibilities Relevant Business Interests Other Governing Positions Held Relevant Relationships within the school
Nicki Dale Co-opted Governing Board 01/2020 - 12/2023 Safeguarding; Finance; Sports Premium; HR Has a fixed term contract teaching role in the school working with year 4 to provide intervention groups three afternoons per week. NIL NIL
Dara Wakeling Co-opted Governing Board 10/2018 - 10/2022 SEND

Teacher at Uckfield Community College; Husband is a member of SLT at Uckfield Community College

NIL Child/ren at the school
Paul Young Co-opted Governing Board 09/2019 - 08/2023 Chair of Governors;
Health & Safety
Employed at Be Valued, Eastbourne as Senior IT Developer; Director of Animazing C.I.C; Director/Owner of PaNic Games Ltd; NIL Child/ren at the school
Vacancy Co-opted Governing Board          

Alicia Ford

Foundation Trust 03/2019 – 03/2023 Health & Emotional
Well Being
Teacher at St Andrews Prep, Eastbourne NIL  NIL




Joy Mercer

Local Authority Governing Board (Nominated by E.S.C.C.) 01/2020 – 01/2024 Curriculum; Training NIL NIL NIL 

Sally Barnard



12/2020 – 12/2024   Maths Member of the SLT at Polegate school.    Child/ren at the school Sibling employed at the school.  

Lucy Elder



09/2018   09/2022

Vice Chair of Governors;
Early Years; English; Information Governance

Learning Assistant at Uckfield College NIL Child/ren at the school

Kathleen Swaine


Staff 12/2020 – 12/2024 NIL I am a member of the joint committee for the consultation process for the proposed Federation of Hellingly Primary and Grovelands Primary Schools. NIL NIL

Jon Goulding

Headteacher Ex-officio

Governing Board 01/2018 - NIL NIL NIL


Darren Brand

Associate Member

Governing Board

05/2019 – 05/2023

Data; Pupil Premium

Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton. Local Authority Governor – Stone Cross School Child/ren at the school
Angela Duley Clerk to Governors Governing Board Ongoing NIL NIL NIL NIL


Resigned Governors who have served in the last 12 months

NAME Governor Category Appointed By Term of Office Link Governor Responsibilities Relevant Business Interests Other Governing Positions Held Relevant Relationships within the school

Rachael Marshman

Parent Parents 10/2016 -10/2020 Safeguarding & Child Protection

Product Manager ‘Capita SIMS’ Husband created and manages the school website

NIL Children at the school

Michelle McKay

Staff Staff 10/2016 -10/2020 NIL NIL NIL NIL


(All business is conducted through FGB meetings, there are no sub-committees)

NAME 26/09/2019 09/01/20 13/02/20 26/03/20
Number Attended % Attended

Darren Brand
Associate Member 

6/6 100%

Nicki Dale
(01.01.20 onwards) 

N/A 5/5 100%

Lucy Elder
Parent Governor

6/6 100%

Alicia Ford
Foundation Governor

3/6 50%

Jon Goulding

6/6 100%

Rachael Marshman
Parent Governor

5/6 83%

Michelle Mckay
Staff Governor

6/6 100%

Joy Mercer
LA Governor
(09.01.20 onwards)

5/5 100%

Kathleen Swaine

3/6 50%
Dara Wakeling 3/6 50%

Paul Young
Co-opted Governor

6/6 100%
Angela Duley
6/6 100%

* = Virtual Meeting

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Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Executive Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Head of School: Miss Kathleen Swaine
  • School Business Manager: Mrs Helen Fingerneissl
  • School Secretary: Mrs Carol Williams
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Paul Young
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Deputy DSLs: Miss K Swaine, Ms C Adams, Miss N Squires, Miss S Coates, Mr R Williams
  • Inclusion Leader: Ms C Adams