Sea Lane, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 5DU

01903 243 945

Ferring C.E. Primary School

An Inspiring Place to Grow, Believe and Achieve

School Governors


                                                                  Our vision for Ferring CE School

There should be expectation of the highest possible achievement and attainment for all children, as a result of consistently good/ outstanding teaching of a broad balanced curriculum enriched by extra curricular activities. This will be achieved, in part, by the children's good behaviour and attitudes to learning which should be taught, modelled and expected. 

 Within the principles of inclusion and equality, underpinned by our Christian beliefs and values, children will feel safe and well prepared for life in modern Britain.

Our children will learn within a safe, stimulating environment which is well resourced and led by motivated and effective staff.

Children will benefit from the school's strong relationship with all stakeholders and collaborative locality working with other schools.




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)
(current 4-year term of office
ends 21 Oct. 2022)


Foundation Governors
(Appointed by the Diocese)












Mrs Sue Pratt

(Start date: 01-01-1989)
(current 4-year term of office
ends 31 Aug. 2021,
Vice Chair from 9 July 2020 to
31 Aug. 2021)





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,
Chair from 9 July 2020 to 31 Aug. 2021)



Local Authority Governor
(Appointed by West Sussex County Council)









Mr Peter Dale

(Start date 01-01-1978)
(current 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)
(current 4-year term of office ends
31 Aug. 2022)



Mr Chris Silk

(Start date 25-01-2011)
(current 4-year term of office ends
31 Aug. 2022)









Rev. Stuart Robinson
(Start date 24-07-2011)
(current 4-year term of office ends 31 Aug. 2022)


          Mr. Peter Byrne
       (start date 21-11-19)

(4-year term of office ends
         20 Nov. 2023)






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

Declarations as at 1 September 2020

Other Governorships: Mr. Chris Silk (Co-Opted Governor) is also a Parent Governor at Chatsmore Catholic High School in Worthing.  Mr. Peter Byrne (Co-Opted Governor) is also Headteacher and 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 2019-20

Peter Dale: 5 out of 6
Aimee Esswood: 6 out of 6
Rev. Gary Ingram: 4 out of 6
Sue Pratt: 6 out of 6
James Roberts: 3 out of 6
Rev. Stuart Robinson: 5 out of 6
Terry Ryan: 5 out of 6
Chris Silk: 6 out of 6
Gill Silk: 6 out of 6
Jenny Trace: 6 out of 6
Peter Byrne: 4 out of 5


Click here for the Governing Body Impact Statement 2018-19


Particular Areas of Responsibility

Sue Pratt: Child Protection/Safeguarding, Leadership & Management, Worship, Behaviour & Attitudes, Finance, Personal Development
Rev. Gary Ingram: Worship, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development
Peter Dale: Quality of Education, Personal Development, Finance, Health & Safety/Premises, School Website Audit
Aimee Esswood: Supported Data Review/Target Setting, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development, Health & Safety/Premises
Chris Silk: Leadership & Management, Quality of Education
Rev. Stuart Robinson: Personal Development, Behaviour & Attitudes
James Roberts: Leadership & Management, Finance, Health & Safety/Premises
Jenny Trace: Quality of Education, Leadership & Management, Special Educational Needs/Disabilities, Pupil Premium, Health & Safety
Peter Byrne: Quality of Education, Leadership & Management

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'.