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Kingsham Primary School

Our Governors

Meet the Governors

The role of governing bodies in all schools is to have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

In addition, as part of the University of Chichester Academy Trust, governors of Kingsham Primary School are expected to work in partnership with the University and the other academies in the Trust to secure excellence for our students.

The University of Chichester Academy Trust has set up a small, strong Interim Local Governing Body (ILGB) for Kingsham Primary School which includes staff and parent governors. The ILGB meets three times in each school term. A key element of all meetings is to review the progress the school is making towards its Journey to Excellence Plan.

Being a school governor is a rewarding voluntary role which gives an insight in the workings of the school and an understanding of the education system more generally, as well as an opportunity to develop skills in strategic decision-making. All the governors are keen to hear views and opinions about the school from parents. Wherever possible Governors are in attendance at Parents’ Evenings so please feel free to approach any of us on those occasions or make contact with us at any time via the school office.

You can read more about the role of a Governing Body in the Dfe Governors Handbook. 

All of the governors at Kingsham Primary School are appointed by Chichester Academy Trust. For information about the governors and their roles on the governing body please see below.

Unless explicitly detailed alongside the name of the governor, the governor has declared no business or financial interests that impacts Kingsham Primary School. Details of registered interests are also included in the attendance information at the bottom of the page. If you would like to contact a member of the governing body please email office@kingshamprimary.org.uk. 

The representatives of the governing body are:

Carol Hughes

Chair 

Carol Hughes is the chair of the governing body at Kingsham and Maths lead. She works as a senior lecturer in education at the University of Chichester and gets great job satisfaction from playing a part in training the next generation of teachers. She started working at the university in 2009 and prior to that had over 25 years as a primary teacher in schools in many different parts of the country. In her spare time she tries to stay as fit as possible and enjoys spending time in the company of her friends, family and dog!

Term of office: August 2022


Hilary Faulkner

Headteacher: Email: office@kingshamprimary.org.uk

In a career spanning 30 years Hilary has enjoyed working in primary schools in London, Devon, Portsmouth and West Sussex. She is an experienced Headteacher with a commitment to continual school improvement. Hilary is passionate about achieving the vision for Kingsham to be an aspirational and inclusive community school where children are continually inspired, enjoy learning, thrive and achieve success.


Anna O'Neill

Vice Chair 

Anna is the Vice Chair of the governing body and is also the lead for English and GDPR. Anna is the Director of Learning and Information Services at the University of Chichester. A qualified Librarian, she is responsible for a converged Library and IT service. 

Term of office: January 2020


Jo Bennett

Jo a Parent Governor and is also the lead for Safeguarding and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).Jo is employed by the Chichester Academy Trust as a Teaching Assistant and Lunchtime Supervisor at Kingsham Primary School.

Term of office: The end of the academic year their child leaves the school


Helen Girling

Helen is the link governor, taking responsibility for  ensuring governors training and development is up to date. She is Deputy to the Director of Human Resources at the University of Chichester. Helens love baking and cooking and is a very keen gardener having had the luxury of creating her garden from scratch. She enjoys living right on the coast which allows her to walk miles with her dogs.

Term of office: December 2019


James Martin

James is the Sports lead. He is Head of Primary Partnership at the University of Chichester. He and his team have the responsibility of placing primary PGCE and BA (QTS) students in the institute’s partnership schools. Before working at the University James spent 25 years teaching in three schools and was the Deputy Headteacher of two of these schools.  He has experience of teaching from Early Years to the end of KS2.

Term of office: January 2022


Vito Mastrolonardo

Vito is a Parent Governor and the lead for Health & Safety. Vito is Head of Support and Customer Experience at the University of Chichester with a background in learning technologies and service improvement. As a local resident, he is committed to the role communities and families play in supporting local schools. Vito is married to a teacher and has two children attending Kingsham Primary School. 

Term of office: The end of the academic year their child leaves the school


Suzanna Troy

Suzanne Troy is the lead for Attendance. Suzanna lives locally and used to teach next door at Chichester High School for Girls.  She enjoys spending time outdoors and she now works for Chichester Harbour Conservancy in their Education Team teaching school children of all ages about the wonderful area we live in.

Term of office: June 2022


Talie Wood

Talie is a single mum and, in 2001, stepped out of a mainstream career to form her own business which allowed her more time to raise her daughter – now 26!! She has an interest in the success of local schools as both she and her daughter were educated locally.

Term of office: March 2021


Information regarding individual governors attendance at meetings can be found in the attachment below.