The Governing Board shall comprise:
- Eight foundation governors
- Two parent governors
- One Local Authority governor
- One staff governor
- One co-opted governor
Our school governors are all connected with the school in different ways. Read on to find out about their connections to Aldrington.
Susannah Kendrick (Co-opted Governor, Chair)
I joined the board 9 years ago and whilst my 4 children have now left Aldrington, I have had the tremendous privilege of chairing since September 2018. Together the board and school cultivate a team approach to working towards our vision. I commend our governors to you - they are a diverse, progressive group who bring colour and interest to everything we work on together.
The ethos at Aldrington is one of the things that makes us special. Governors have made it a priority to ensure that our school remains ‘Deliberately Different’. I strongly believe in high expectations for all. I am especially committed to supporting the staff team here both in achieving an inspiring, creative and engaging educational experience for all of the learners in our school and in ensuring that their roles do not become overwhelming.
I am a Primary School teacher and I continue to be excited by the opportunities we have to open the world to children. Much of my free time is spent spectating at my children’s sporting and dramatic pursuits, and I enjoy cooking, playing netball and living in this amazing city.
Clare Lines (Foundation Governor, Vice-Chair)
I have been a Foundation Governor at Aldrington (appointed by the Parochial Church Council of Bishop Hannington Church) since 2001. I was Chair from 2007-2018 and Vice-Chair since September 2018. My two sons both attended the school and still speak fondly of the educational experience they enjoyed as pupils at the school.
I work as a manager for Brighton & Hove City Council in Children’s Services and have particular skills in Children’s Safeguarding and supporting families. I believe that education can hold the key to many life opportunities and am passionate that all pupils who attend Aldrington should receive a high quality education and a solid foundation for future life choices. I currently sit on the Curriculum Committee and the Community Welfare Committee and am also a member of the Headteacher Performance Management Committee.
Suzi Arnold (Foundation Governor)
I have 2 boys at Aldrington and our family are members of Holy Cross Church family. I am honoured to be a foundation governor and am committed to upholding the school's ethos and desire for all children to know God's love for them in Jesus. I am a Physiotherapist and currently work for Health Education England, being passionate about developing and supporting people to learn and love their jobs. I am excited to be working together in a team of governors supporting our wonderful school.
Nicholas Carr (Foundation Governor)
My daughter attended Aldrington a number of years ago. I have been a member of Holy Cross, Hove for 23 years and currently serve as a Church Warden. I retired from full-time employment in late 2016. I previously worked at a local sixth form college as one of two college Vice Principals, and I have many years of experience of being involved in strategic decision-making. I had responsibility for Finance and Audit, Premises, HR, IT Services and Admissions Management. I have served as a Foundation Governor since 2017, and am currently chair of the Finance, Staffing and Premises committee. I am committed, as a member of the governing board, to ensuring that the strong Christian ethos displayed by the school continues to thrive.
Leila Day (Parent Governor)
Steve Edwards (Foundation Governor)
I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in June 2018. I chair the Curriculum Committee and sit on the Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee. I have been incredibly impressed by the ethos of the school and the dedication and creative energy of the staff. I consider it a privilege to be able to work alongside them in this way. During my career I spent 23 years in Engineering and Research followed by 17 years in a Legal team specialising in Intellectual Property. Previously, I have been a Governor at Worthing (Sixth Form) College so it is interesting now to be helping in the primary sector of the education system.
My interests and hobbies include travelling, photography, music and the occasional game of golf.
Tim Gage (Ex-Officio Governor)
I have been a Governor at Aldrington since May 2020 when I became Rector of St. Peter's, West Blatchington. My wife and I also have two sons at Aldrington. In the past, I have loved visiting the classes to talk about Jesus, along with reading stories and playing my guitar. I'm delighted that I now get to support the work of this wonderful school as a Governor. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, photography, music and spending time outdoors.
Rev. Dave Howarth (Ex Officio Governor)
Since 2002 I've been a follower of Jesus and I am the Vicar of Holy Cross Church, Hove. I'm married to Hannah, and we have two young boys. We've lived in West Hove since 2018.
Morag Martin (Foundation Governor)
My family moved to Hove as my husband is Curate of Bishop Hannington Church and then my son started Aldrington School. Having previously been a primary school teacher I have a love for teaching and learning and I am passionate about children flourishing and reaching their full potential through fostering a love for learning especially learning God's way! I see it as a wonderful privilege being a Foundation Governor.
Rich Miles (Staff Governor)
Rich was elected as Staff Governor on 3rd September 2021.
Shadrach Mwale (Parent Governor)
I am an experienced life coach and an academic with over ten years’ experience of working in higher education. During this time, I have been actively involved in quality assurance and course developments. As a parent governor, I believe it is important to be available to listen to parents, pupils and teachers, and hear the opinions and concerns they voice. I attend CityCoast Church, Brighton. I am also a keen cyclist in my spare time.
Anna Samuelsson (Foundation Governor)
I am a member of the PCC at St Peter's, West Blatchington and was appointed a Foundation Governor by the Diocese in October 2020.
Formerly, I was deputy company secretary at The Economist.
Justin Slater (Associate Member)
Originally a Foundation Governor appointed by Bishop Hannington Church, I am now an Associate Governor serving on the Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee. I am an economist by profession and have held senior positions in Whitehall and the City. My eldest two children were Aldrington pupils and I have two boys still here. When I can find a spare moment, I enjoy climbing and playing hockey.
Sue Ward (Local Authority Governor)
I have been a Governor at Aldrington since 2001, appointed initially as a Foundation Governor by Bishop Hannington PCC and more recently as a Local Authority Governor. The commitment to excellence in education and the ethos at Aldrington is something I am passionate about upholding.
My working career spanned 40 years in the NHS, as a nurse, midwife and clinical service manager. Managing multi-disciplinary teams, budget-holding, safeguarding and governance are all areas I held responsibility for.
I am a member of the Finance, Staffing and Premises committee, Ethos committee and Chair of the Headteacher Performance Management Committee.
Additionally, the following have served on the Governing Board since September 2017:
- Geoff Payne (resigned January 2018)
- Julian Milson (resigned January 2018)
- Rev. Phil Moon (resigned September 2018)
- Kate Vickers (resigned October 2018)
- Jane Clasby (term ended September 2018)
- Helen Day (resigned June 2019)
- Rev. Daniel Smith (resigned December 2019)
- Liz Barrows (resigned January 2020)
- Paula Langrish (resigned May 2020)
- Christine Jefferson (resigned June 2020)
- John Spearman (term ended May 2021)