Academy Governors

The Local Governing Body
The Academy is governed by the Trust Board and by a Local Governing Body, which is legally a Committee of the Trust Board, and only responsible for decisions delegated to it by the Board under their Scheme of Delegation. Appointments to the new Local Governing Body have been confirmed by the Trust Board as follows:

Mr John Murray – Chair of Governors
Miss Marie Burgess – Headteacher
Mr Ross Maryan – Associate Member
Rev’d Matthew Foye – Foundation Governor
Mrs. Sharon. Moye – Staff Governor
Mrs. Jean Crowhurst – Foundation Governor
Mrs Anne Hanney – Community Governor
Mrs Polly Walsh – Parent Governor
Lily Gutierrez – Parent Governor

The Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body
The three main functions of the governing body include:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy;
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.
With all of the three items above, the role of the Governing Body is to constructively challenge the senior leadership of the academy (that is, to be a “critical friend”). The Governing Body is not meant to get involved in the day-to-day running of the academy.

What does the Governing Body actually do?
The Governing Body meets once every term for a full meeting. Standard items that are discussed at these meetings include: data, finance, policy updates, safeguarding and Christian distinctiveness. A termly headteacher’s report is also circulated, which updates governors on various matters to do with the academy.

As well as these termly meetings, governors regularly visit the academy to focus on a particular element of academy life. The focus of these visits usually has a focus from the school development plan. A write-up of these visits are then circulated to other governors, so that the Governing Body can build up a collective picture of the academy.
The lead governor for safeguarding meets termly with Headteacher to ensure that the academy is up keeping its safeguarding responsibilities. Likewise, the lead governor for Health and Safety meets with the business manager and site caretaker to conduct a termly health and safety walk.

Local Governing Body Information:

NameGov SpecRoleStart DateEnd DateAttendance 2018/19Relevant Business InterestsAny other Educational Establishments governedRelationships with School Staff, including spouses, partners and relatives
Marie BurgessHeadteacher ex-officioHeadteacher01/04/15Not recorded6/6
John Daniel MurrayAppointed by Academy MembersChair28/06/1827/06/216/6Learning Manager Hastings Contemporary, started 2017.
Anne HanneyFoundationSchool Governor1/9/201831/08/204/6Governor at Churchwood Primary. Chair at Brede Primary School
Jean CrowhurstFoundationSchool Governor25/07/1924/07/236/6
Sharon MoyeFoundationSchool Governor12/12/1911/12/236/6Employed as HLTA at St Leonard’s CE Primary
Matthew FoyFoundationSchool Governor17/10/1916/10/23N/APriest at St Matthew’s and St Ethelburga churches, St Leonards on Sea
Polly WalshFoundationSchool Governor12/12/1911/12/23N/ADaughter attends St Leonard’s CE Primary
Ross MaryanDeputy HeadAssociate Member9/1/2019Not recordedN/ADeputy Head at St Leonard’s CE Primary Academy

You can contact our Chair of Governors at:

Mr John Murray
c/o St Leonard’s Church of England Primary Academy
Collinswood Drive
St. Leonards-on-Sea
Esat Sussex
TN38 0NX

DCAT Website​​​

The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust is a Multi Academy Trust. This means that it has under its stewardship more than one academy. Under a Scheme of delegation, the differing roles and responsibilities of governance are delegated between the MAT and the Local Governing Boards.

For more information about the trust please see the Academy Trust Information section on this website or alternatively visit the DCAT website.