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The Governing Body

The Governing Body of the Riverside Federation (Etchingham C E School & Bodiam C E School) is made up of volunteers from the local community, parents, teaching and support staff, the Children’s Services Agency (LEA) and the Diocese of Chichester. We meet regularly, both as a full body and in committees, to assist the smooth running of the school and to promote the highest possible standards to ensure that every child in our care reaches their full potential. We work in close partnership with the Headteacher, setting aims and objectives for the school, adopting and reviewing policies to achieve those aims and outlining clear targets. Our role is seen as a ‘critical friend’, offering constructive advice and support. 

Whilst the Headteacher has responsibility for the internal organisation, daily management and control of the school, Governors have statutory duties and a responsibility to monitor the impact of teaching and learning. We assist with self-evaluation and continuing school development. 

This is a challenging but most rewarding role. We welcome a wide range of experience and skills amongst our dedicated members.

Should you require any further information about the work of the Governing Body or are interested in becoming a Governor should a vacancy occur, please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office. 

Our Committee Membership

Finance:

Mrs Annette Childs (Chair of Governors)

Miss Beverley Waldis (Chair of Finance Committee & Vice Chair of Governors)

Mr Matthew Montebello

Mr Gregory Coleman

Mr Patrick Stevens

Premises, Health & Safety:

Mr Phillip Hinde (Chair)

Mr Matthew Montebello

Mr Gregory Coleman

Mr Patrick Stevens

Staffing:

Mrs Annette Childs ( Chair)

Miss Beverley Waldis

Mr Matthew Montebello

Mr Patrick Stevens

Standards, Curriculum and SEN:

Mrs Annette Childs

Mr Jason Waring ( Chair)

Mr MatthewMontebello

Miss Claire Day

Mrs Heloise Prus

Mrs Rebecca McCormick

Mr Phillip Hinde

Mr Richard Fretwell

Our Current Governors

Chair of Governors (Appointed by Governing Body)  Co-opted Governor

Mrs Annette Childs (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Governor (Appointed by Governing Body)    Associate Governor

Mr Geoffry Lucas (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Foundation Governor (Appointed by the Diocese)

Mr Phillip Hinde (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Co-opted Governor (Appointed by the Governing Body)

Mrs Rebecca McCormick (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Vice Chair of Governors (Appointed by the Local Authority)

Miss Beverley Waldis (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Co-opted Governor (Appointed by the Governing Body)

Mr Jason Waring (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Parent Governor (Elected by Parents)

Mr Richard Fretwell (Term of Office 01/07/2021 to 30/06/2025

Staff Governor (Ex-officio) Mr Matthew Montebello (Term of Office linked to role)

Co-opted Governor (Appointed by the Governing Body)

Miss Claire Day (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Co-opted Governor (Appointed by the Governing Body)

Mrs Cindy Rea (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Co-opted Governor (Appointed by the Governing Body)

Mr Gregory Coleman (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Foundation Governor (Appointed by the Diocese)

Mr Patrick Stevens (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Co-opted Governor (Appointed by the Governing Body)

Mrs Heloise Prus (Term of Office 01/07/2020 - 30/06/2024)

Foundation Governor (Ex-Officio)

Rev Christopher Irving (from 1st March 2018)   Term of office linked to role)

Governor Attendance at meetings

Governor Declaration of Business Interests

Governors are required to declare any business interests they may have annually. The 2021-22 data is available in the pdf document below together with the previous 2 years.