Sea Lane, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 5DU

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Ferring C.E. Primary School

A place to grow

School Governors



Category Number in Category




(Ex officio)


Mrs Gill Silk

(Start date 01-01-2005)


Staff Governor
(Elected by staff)


Mr Terry Ryan

(Start date 22-10-2014)
(4-year term of office
ends 21 Oct. 2018)


Foundation Governors
(Appointed by the Diocese)

Mrs Sue Pratt

(Start date: 01-01-1989)
(4-year term of office
ends 31 Aug. 2021,
4-year term of office
as Chairman
ends 31 Aug. 2019)



Mrs Gail Holly

(Start date 01-09-2012)
(4-year term of office
ends 31 Aug. 2020)



Rev. Gary Ingram

(Ex officio)

(Start date 03-03-2009)


Parent Governors
(Elected by parents)

Mr James Roberts

(Start date 19-07-2017)
(4-year term of office ends
18 July 2021)



Mrs Jenny Trace

(Start date 27-09-2017)
(4-year term of office ends
26 September 2021)


Local Authority Governor
(Appointed by West Sussex County Council)

Mr Peter Dale

(Start date 01-01-1978)
(4-year term of office ends
29 Aug. 2021)


Co-opted Governors
(Appointed by
the Governing Body)


Mrs Aimee Esswood

(Start date 01-09-1999)
(4-year term of office ends
31 Aug. 2018)
(4-year term of office as Vice Chairman ends 25 June 2021)



Mr Chris Silk

(Start date 25-01-2011)
(4-year term of office ends
31 Aug. 2018)



Rev. Stuart Robinson

(Start date 24-07-2011)
(4-year term of office ends
31 Aug. 2018)





The Chairman of the Governing Body is Mrs. Sue Pratt.
The Vice Chairman of the Governing Body is Mrs. Aimee Esswood.
Both can be contacted via the school.


Declarations as at 1 September 2017

Other Governorship: Mr. Chris Silk (Co-Opted Governor) is also a Parent Governor at Chatsmore Catholic High School in Worthing.  

Pecuniary Interests: Mr. James Roberts has an interest in the following businesses - Roberts & Wrigley Associates, Roberts and Co. Construction Company, Roberts, Miller Redshaw Ltd.

Relationships between Staff and Governors: Mr. Chris Silk (Co-Opted Govenor) and Mrs. Gill Silk (Headteacher) are husband and wife.


Attendances at Full Governing Body Meetings in the academic year 2016-2017

Sue Pratt: 5 out of 6
Gail Holly: 6 out of 6
Rev. Gary Ingram: 5 out of 6
Malcolm House (term of office ended 19 May 2017): 4 out of 5
Sally Henderson (resigned 4 July 2017): 4 out of 6
Peter Dale: 5 out of 6
Aimee Esswood: 5 out of 6
Chris Silk: 6 out of 6
Rev. Stuart Robinson: 5 out of 6
Gill Silk: 3 out of 6
Terry Ryan: 6 out of 6
Jez Prior: 1 out of 6
James Roberts was elected on 19 July 2017 which was after the final governing body meeting of the academic year


Click here for the Governors' Newsletter


Particular Areas of Responsibility

Sue Pratt: Child Protection, Leadership & Management, Worship
Gail Holly: Curriculum, Worship
Rev. Gary Ingram: Curriculum, Worship
Malcolm House: Link Governor, Curriculum
Sally Henderson: Health & Safety/Premises
Peter Dale: Finance, Health & Safety/Premises
Aimee Esswood: Supported Data Review/Target Setting, Health & Safety/Premises, Leadership & Management,
                         Finance, Eco-Activities
Chris Silk: Curriculum, Special Educational Needs/Disabilities
Rev. Stuart Robinson: Worship, Leadership & Management, Child Protection, Health & Safety/Premises
Jez Prior: Finance
James Roberts: Premises
Jenny Trace: (to be discussed)
Gill Silk: All areas
Terry Ryan: All areas


Why become a Governor?

What qualifications do Governors need?

What do Governors do?

Term of Office

What kinds of help and support will be available?

How do I express an interest in becoming a Governor?




  • You care about the education children receive
  • You want to make an important contribution to your local community
  • You enjoy a challenging and rewarding role
  • You are keen to help all children do better at school
  • You want to help strengthen the link between schools and their communities


There are no formal qualifications, either academic or otherwise, needed to become a school governor.  The one essential requirement is an interest in, and commitment to, the education of children.  Governors have to be over 18 years of age.

Governors are ordinary people, drawn from many areas of society.  They need to be able to devote time to getting to know the school well and be available to support it.

A governor must be a good listener, and someone who is able to read and assimilate information easily.  A governor must be able to:

  • Raise questions and to participate in discussion and decision-making
  • Be discreet, open minded and fair
  • Be a source of ideas and a good communicator
  • Be enthusiastic about the work of the school
  • Be prepared to participate in its life


Governors play an important part in overseeing the running of the school in the interests of the community it serves.  Individual governors have no power or responsibility.  It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers.  All governors share in that corporate responsibility.  The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff.  The philosophy for running the school is a shared responsibility worked out by common consent.

Governors govern rather than manage.  They are there to give direction and focus by performing a vital strategic role.  Governors work with the headteacher making decisions about, for example, educational standards and targets, finance, staffing, and policies.



The usual term of office is four years.  However, governors are volunteers who can leave at any time and can similarly be re-appointed or re-elected.  Governors can be disqualified for failing to attend a main meeting of the governing body for six months from the date of the first meeting missed.



A great deal of professional advice and support is available to help governors with their duties and responsibilities, and all new governors are offered an induction course.



  • Get in touch with our headteacher or chair of governors.
  • Have a look at the West Sussex County Council website and search for 'Governors'.