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Our Governors

What do governors do?

The governors play an extremely important role within our school. They work closely with the Headteacher and staff to ensure the best possible education for our children. Our governors come from a variety of backgrounds and offer an extensive range of experience. They often visit the school to work with the children and to see what is happening.

Our Governing body is made up of: 

The Headteacher, and a representative from both the teaching and support staff,

Representatives from the Parochial Church Councils, the Diocese of Chichester, the Local Education Authority and the Bradshaw Trust,

Elected parent representatives,

Associate members.

The documents below explain the role of governors in our school. Please note that associate governors do not have voting rights.

Do you know who our governors are?

Please see who our governors are and what responsibilities they have by opening the document below.

Governor attendance

Please find below the Governor attendance record for 2020-21 

    Meet our governors

  • Gill Plank - Chair of Governors

    I spent 35 years  in Primary Schools as a teacher, deputy and headteacher. On retirement I was persuaded to be a governor of Guestling, which is very close to where I live. I also help in the school with groups of children, teaching my favourite subject - maths.

    I spend my spare time gardening, singing in two small choirs and  attending yoga classes. I am  a Churchwarden at Pett Parish Church where I play the organ.

    I enjoy travelling and as two of my children and my grandchildren live abroad - Geneva and Harare -  I look forward to visiting as often as possible.

    I help lead the School Council at Guestling and feel strongly about children having their say on school matters.

    Working with the school and the children is very rewarding and I hope to support, challenge and encourage as much as I can.

  • Monika Betson – Foundation Governor

    I have been involved with Guestling School for the past twenty years, both my children having attended there.  I live in Three Oaks and am on the Parochial Church Council at St. Lawrence Church Guestling. I work full time for a firm of solicitors and I am a Justice of the Peace.



  • Isabel Hodger – Local Authority Governor and Vice Chair

    I have been in education all my working life as class teacher, adviser, head teacher and governor. Towards the end of my career, I spent 3 years in Ethiopia for VSO, where I worked on a National Strategy for Continued Professional Development, and learnt all about a different culture. Even though I am retired, I still love watching children learn.  Hopefully I can use my experience to help the school where appropriate.

    In my spare time I look after my own grandchildren, I am a member of a singing group that sings in local care homes each week, I enjoy growing my own vegetables, and I run round the park occasionally to keep fit!




  • John Read – Foundation Governor

    I am on the Finance & Premises and Curriculum Committees and also have a liaison role with the Reception class.

    My three grandchildren attend the school.

    I am a retired Primary school teacher and Headteacher and started my career here at Guestling Bradshaw School in 1971.




  • Nicola Boulter – Foundation Governor

    I have been a governor at Guestling Bradshaw CEP School for 12 years, since my eldest son started there in 2004. Since then two other sons have followed. I currently have one still at the school. I am a business woman and own my own hotel with my family. I also work as an assessor for apprenticeships in Hospitality, Business Administration and Customer Service at Bexhill College.

    I wanted to be a governor because I believe in a good education for all children and wanted to offer my help and support to do this. I am currently the Safeguarding Governor at Guestling and I also sit on East Sussex Children’s Service Scrutiny Committee, where I have been involved with review boards concerned with raising the participant age from 16-18 years and raising attainment in early years education.    

Contact Details

If you would like to contact our Governors please use the following details:

Chair of Governors
Mrs Gill Plank
email: gplank@guestling.e-sussex.sch.uk

Clerk to Governors
email: clerk@guestling.e-sussex.sch.uk




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