About the School Governors

Who are the school governors and what do they do?

Governors play an important part in overseeing the running of the school in the interests of the community it serves.  Governors govern rather than manage.  The governing body is made up of a cross-section of the local community and includes parent representatives of children at the school.

Blackwell's governors have been elected and co-opted into the governing body.   Parents and carers are actively encouraged to talk to governors and put forward any views, comments and opinions that you may have about the school.  Should you wish to contact our Chair of Governors, you can do so using the following email addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The table below shows the governors at Blackwell - if you click on a governors name you will find a little more information about each of them:


Category Appointing Body Term of office Committees and panels Positions of responsibility Business Interests

Meeting Attendance


 1 Mrs Sarah Martin Interim Headteacher Ex Officio FGB 8 out of 8
 2 Mrs Jane Fairbourn Co-opted


09.05.19-08.05.23 Headteacher Appraisal Panel Chair, Quality of Education, Pupil Premium Chair of Governors at Ashurst Wood Primary School, Trustee of Age UK (East Grinstead & District) FGB 6 out of 8
 3 Mrs Janina Stromfield




Quality of Education, Pupil Premium, Looked after Children

Employee of Sackville School FGB 8 out of 8
 4 Ms Linda Waghorn



1.4.19-31.3.23 Pay Committee

Early Years

Chair of Governors at Godstone Primary School, Director of 4Governors Ltd FGB 7 out of 8
5 Ms Caroline Jefferis Co-opted FGB 4.11.19 – 3.11.23 Employee at Blackwell Primary School FGB 8 out of 8
6 Vacancy Co-opted            
7 Vacancy Co-opted            
 8 Vacancy Co-opted
 9 Vacancy Co-opted
 10 Vacancy Co-opted
 11 Vacancy Co-opted
 12 Mrs Margaret Belsey LA Local Authority 17.7.18-16.7.22   Vice Chair, Community Liaison Financial interests with Golfguard Ltd and Mead Sport & Leisure Ltd FGB 8 out of 8
13 Vacancy Parent Parent

 14 Vacancy Parent Parent

 15 Mr Nik Trotter Staff Staff 30.9.19 – 29.9.23 Employee of Blackwell Primary School, member of the East Grinstead Cricket Club FGB 6 out of 6
Previous Governors
Judith Sherrington Co-opted    Resigned 21.10.20
Annette Madden Co-opted    Resigned 18.10.20
Robert Bienkowski Co-opted

12.4.15 – 12.4.19

End of Term

Selda Enver Parent Governor Resigned 08.11.18
David Judson Co-opted

12.4.15 – 12.4.19

End of Term

Sheila Latham Co-opted

12.4.15 – 12.4.19

End of Term

Lyndsey Reeves Co-opted Resigned 13.6.19
Simon Rogers Parent Resigned 1.4.19
Phil Roper Associate Member Resigned 14.11.19
Simon Murphy Parent Resigned 14.11.19
Jill Wilson Associate Member   Resigned 01.09.20

Becoming a School Governor

School Governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. They do not need to be education experts or have formal qualifications.

The most effective governors are those who:
· listen, think and ask questions
· believe that education is important
· take an interest in the role of schools in the community
· can work with others and assimilate a wide range of information and data
· have a willingness to learn
· have sound communication skills
· are prepared to give time to doing the job well.

Being a School Governor

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body.

What do Governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing body. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

set the aims and objectives for the school
set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)