Birdham CE Primary School

From our Chair of Governors

A warm welcome from the Governors at Birdham CE Primary School.

Our governing body is made up volunteers from the Local Authority, the Diocese of Chichester, parents, teachers and the local community. We are very fortunate to have a wide cross section of skills and experience that we bring together for the benefit of the school.

Our role is strategic, working in close partnership with the Head Teacher and staff to create and realise the vision for our school and promote continuous improvement in the schools performance. We support the leadership team to formulate an improvement plan, setting challenging but achievable targets and interpreting information to assess progress and to monitor appropriate action.

Linked to our improvement role, the Governing body is there to act as a critical friend providing a balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the Head Teacher and the school.

As governors, we also ensure that:

  • •  Local and national government legislation and targets are met
  • •  Policies are monitored and followed
  • •  The school budget is spent wisely
  • •  The curriculum that meets the needs of all our children

And, most importantly, that our children and staff are all safe.

This is a challenging but most rewarding role.

It is my privilege, honour and pleasure to have become the chairperson and I acknowledge and sincerely thank the hard work of my two predecessors, Sally Lillywhite and Jim Mould as their diligent work along with the rest of the governing body supported the school towards it's latest GOOD Ofsted rating.  One of our advisers can be quoted as saying " the Ofsted report is one of the best I have ever seen".

Should you require any further information about the work of the Governing Body, wish to provide feedback or are interested in becoming a Governor should a vacancy arise then please contact us through or via the school office

Chris Watson

Vision Statement

Governor Attendance during academic year 2022/23

Governance attendance is updated annually each September, for the previous full academic year.


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It is a requirement for all schools to declare if any staff earn over £100,000...

We confirm that there are no staff who earn over £100,000 (As if, I mean, come on, really? Not even close!)

The Governors

Governors (ID 1068)

  • Mark McCadden
  • Mr Chris Watson
    Chair of Governors
  • Mrs Gabbie Carter
    Parent Governor
  • Mrs Caroline Harmer
  • Jonathan Farnell
    Foundation Governor
  • Ms Cat Newman
    Staff Governor
  • Mr Daniel Penfold
    Parent Governor
  • Mrs Charlotte Reed
    Co-opted Governor
  • Mr David Rigglesford
    Co-opted Governor
  • Rev Jonathan Swindells
  • Mrs Pauline Warren
    Parent Governor

Governor Committees 2023-24

Governors who have retired within the last year ...

Governors who have retired within the last year.. (ID 1069)

  • Mrs Sally Lillywhite