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Chyngton Primary School

Our Governors

Governors' Welcome

Welcome to Chyngton School Local Governing Committee. 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 alongside the trustees of Seaford Learning Trust.  This means looking at the curriculum, staffing and our ethos. Mr Tollyfield and Miss Clarke are 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 gaynornewnham@seafordhead.org.  Our minutes are available on request.

Register of Governor Interests 2022-2023

 Register of Governor Interests 2023-2024


Mrs Jane Branson

Co-Chair of Local Governing Board 

Appointed Local Governor 

Experienced teacher and education advisor.

Especially interested in reading and writing.

Loves books, cats, theatre and baking!

Mr Chris Mercer

Co-Chair of Local Governing Board 

Appointed Local Governor 

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

Keen if hapless surfer.

Mrs Jacky Cross 

Vice Chair of Local Governing Board

Appointed Local Governor 

Background in education.

Especially interested in Science. 


Ms Gaynor Newnham

Clerk to Governors




Miss Amy Clarke  

Amy Clarke


I have worked at Chyngton for 7 years,  first as the Deputy Headteacher and now as the Co-Headteacher working alongside Robin.

I enjoy working with all of the children and staff and my favourite part of my job is when I get to spend time with the children.

I am passionate about the curriculum and making sure children get to experience exciting and interesting learning.  This included making sure we make the most of our local community and area, as well as inviting interesting people and organisations into our school.

In my spare time I enjoy exploring the world and teaching my dog new tricks

Mrs Jemima Hutchinson

Associate Local Governor

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

 Appointed Local 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. 

Ms Angela Raven

Angela Raven


Staff  Local Governor


Mr Russell Wood

Russell Wood

Parent  Local 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.