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Chyngton Primary School

Our Governors

Governors' Welcome

Welcome to Chyngton School Governing Board. We are a hard-working and friendly team, committed to helping the school be the best it can be.

Governors are often referred to as “critical friends”, and our role is to support and question on all aspects of school life. We meet formally about seven times a year, and regularly visit the school on many other occasions to help us fulfil our duties. We get involved in interviews, monitor school developments and standards, and keep an eye on the school budget. We help oversee the school building and grounds, check on attendance, manage the headteacher’s performance and support pupil and staff welfare. Perhaps our most important job is to shape the direction and vision of the school. This means looking at the curriculum, staffing and our ethos. Mr Tollyfield is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and governors concentrate on the ‘big picture’, asking themselves “What sort of school would we like to see in five years’ time?”  “What do we have to do to get there?”, and “How will we know when we have got there?”

If you would like to contact the governors, please ask at the school office or email our Clerk on clerk@chyngton-primary.e-sussex.sch.uk. Our minutes are available on request.

Register of Governor Interests 2021.pdf



Mrs Jane Branson

Co-opted Governor, Co-Chair of Governors

Experienced teacher and education advisor.

Especially interested in reading and writing.

Loves books, cats, theatre and baking!

Mr Chris Mercer

Co-opted Governor, Co-Chair of Governors

Experienced physiotherapist and team lead.
Special interest in staff development.

Keen if hapless surfer.

Mrs Sharon Richenberg

Associate Member

Background in healthcare and psychology.

Interested in listening to the views of our pupils.

Enjoy growing vegetables, our glorious countryside, opera and reading.

Mrs Jacky Cross 

Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair 

Background in education 

Especially interested in Science 



Clerk to Governors




Mr Robin Tollyfield

Robin Tollyfield


I have been headteacher at Chyngton for the past nine years.

I am enjoying developing our school curriculum so that it is as relevant and engaging as possible.

I am very interested in neuroscience and how it links to mental health.

In my spare time I do a bit of music production & mixing.

Mrs Tara Burn

Parent Governor

I bring 15 years experience in education and training as a director of a successful health, safety and training business.
I have two children at the school.
In my spare time I work for the ambulance services in the 999 control room and look after the family puppy!

Mrs Helen Cryer

Co-opted Governor

I taught in many different schools and colleges in the U.K and New Zealand until I retired. Now I love my role of grandmother, am a (struggling!) student of Spanish, and an enthusiastic member of Seaford Cinema.
Education continues to be a great interest.

Mrs Jemima Hutchinson

Associate Member

I have worked in safeguarding, youth and children's    services for local government for over 16 years now. Specialist interest in safeguarding and CSE. I have always lived in Seaford and went to Chyngton as a  child myself.

Mrs Chris Jennings

LA Governor 

I am a mother of 4 children. I jointly started and ran Chyngton playground for 15 years. I also have experience of teaching and working with children and adults with learning difficulties. I have been a Governors at Chyngton since 2008. 

Mrs Rachel Barnes 

 Rachel Barnes


Staff Governor

Mrs Linsey Scotcher

Parent Governor

I have two young children who attend Chyngton.
Having always been keen on reading and learning, I’m really passionate about education.
My other passion is running, having done countless fun runs and a couple of half marathons over the years.

Mr Russell Wood

Russell Wood

Parent Governor

I have two children at Chyngton.
I have always enjoyed my education and hope to assist the school with bringing that to the next generation.