Introducing our Governors
Andrew Ratcliffe – Local Authority Governor Chair of Governors
I have lived in the Sedlescombe and Battle area since 1996 and have three children at different state schools within the area. I am married to a teacher at a local secondary school. I am currently the Local Authority Governor and Chair of Governors. I joined the Governing Body at Sedlescombe in April 2014 as a Community Governor but I have been a Governor since 2004 at both primary and secondary schools in the area. I am a Councillor in Battle where I am Chair of the committee responsible for business and tourism. I am also a member on the 1066 country executive board. Professionally since 1999 I have been the Managing Director of a design & manufacturing company providing accessory products to brands. Prior to 1999 I was a senior manager in the grocery industry. I was educated and started my career in the north of England but moved to East Sussex in 1987. I love sport and spend a lot of time with my children travelling to sporting events and playing sport with them.
Mike Dixon – Co-opted Governor, Vice-Chair and Safeguarding Lead
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 and both my children attended the college when I was Head. 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 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 Ex-officio Governor
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 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.
Mandy Hardes -Staff Governor
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.
Rachael Talbot – Foundation Governor and Academy Lead
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, wife of a headteacher 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.
Michael Taylor – Co-opted Governor and Finance Lead
I am a Chartered Valuation Surveyor who moved to Battle five years ago from the Canterbury area. My local connections run deep as my grandparents farmed for many years between Sedlescombe and Westfield. I decided three 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.