Introducing our Governors
Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors
My focus is ensuring the school follows a direction that always puts the children at the heart of everything we do and that the work is embedded in Christian values including love, forgiveness and the celebration of our individual specialness. I am a mother of 3 and owner of a private practice which includes speech and language therapy, pupil advocacy and service development. I have a strong Christian faith and a real love for Sedlescombe CE Primary School.
Parent Governor and Health and Safety Governor (from December 2018)
I moved to East Sussex from London in 2004 and have now settled in Sedlescombe with my two daughters. I have held the position of Parent Governor previously at a school in St Leonard’s and found it very rewarding.
My career has been quite varied. I worked for the police in Central London for 13 years, and am now a physiotherapist in a busy A&E department at the local hospital. Prior to this I was employed as a PE assistant and play leader in some very challenging schools in some of the most deprived areas of Central London. My experience of working with families is extensive and I hope that I am able to draw on this in my role as Parent Governor.
I believe that Sedlescombe School is going from strength to strength, and I hope to make a positive contribution to its future success. I look forward to being a part of the team and playing an active role in working with the governors, leadership team and staff to support the children on a holistic basis and ensure they have the very best care and education.
Mike Dixon – Co-opted Governor and Safeguarding Governor
I joined the Governing Body because I loved the ethos of the school and after many years working in education with older students I thought it would be fascinating to support the teaching and learning of younger children. I was Head of Park Sixth Form College in Eastbourne until 2009, during which timeboth my children attended the college. After Park I worked for the University of Brighton before becoming a freelance education consultant. In this role I help run the national poetry project called Poetry By Heart. I love most sports and still play tennis and hockey.
Jane Fleming – Co-opted and Vice Chair
After moving from St Albans to beautiful Rye in 2014, I decided to become a school governor. I felt I could make a positive contribution to the education at Sedlescombe Church of England Primary School by using my extensive experience from working in primary education for over 25 years as a class teacher and deputy headteacher.
I feel privileged and fortunate to have been able to join such a warm, welcoming school with polite and well motivated children.
My aim is to take an active role in helping Sedlescombe to continue to go from strength to strength and provide a safe, caring, enriched learning environment where all children feel valued and reach their potential and excel academically and creatively.
Reverend Kevin Mepham
I was appointed priest-in-charge of the Parishes of Sedlescombe and Whatlington at the beginning of 2012 and therefore am a Foundation Governor of Sedlescombe School. I have previously served as a governor at schools in various parishes in Sussex and Kent. The responsibility of Foundation Governors is to ensure Sedlescombe School, as a Church of England School, displays its Christian distinctiveness, which we know is valued by parents and staff alike. We consider whether the Christian ethos is evident through the whole education experience in both religious education and collective worship.
As well as being the Staff Governor I am the School Secretary and Health and Safety Coordinator. I joined the school in January 2010 and thoroughly enjoy the life of the school. I feel my role within the school and the contact I have with the families enables me to be an effective governor. I feel very fortunate to work in such a warm and welcoming school.
Parent Governor & Finance Lead
I have been a parent at Sedlescombe School since 2011. I have two daughters, one currently at Sedlescombe School and one now at Claverham College. I am married to a headteacher of a special school in Kent and I work as part of the financial management team at the Conquest Hospital. We value the school and the impact it has had on our children growing up and I have joined the governors as I think I can make a positive contribution in supporting the continued developments of the school. I am also the designated Finance Lead for the governing body and hope to be able to use my experience to support the school wherever possible.
Co-opted Governor and Health & Safety Lead
I am a Chartered Valuation Surveyor who moved to Battle six years ago from the Canterbury area. My local connections run deep as my grandparents farmed for many years between Sedlescombe and Westfield. I decided four years ago that I would like to make some contribution to the local community and noticed in the press a national plea for people to volunteer to be school governors. A vacancy came up at Sedlescombe and I applied in the hope that my business and property experience may have some value to the functional operation of the school in addition to its educational aims and purpose in continuing its path towards excellence.