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Lighting the way to a brighter future

Governors/ Local School Committee



What is the role of our Executive Governor Board?


We have an Executive Governor Board, who are drawn from both within the federation schools and also externally to provide the challenge, strategic view and experience that we need to continue to succeed. 

The Governing Board has overall responsibility and accountability for all of our schools and leads on delivering the Lighthouse Federation vision.

It is the responsibility of the board to undertake the due diligence of any school wishing to join the federation and to support leaders at all levels in driving forward with improvement. 


Who is on our Executive Governor Board?


In line with the Department for Education's Federation Guidance, The Lighthouse Federation Governing Board is made up of 24 members and are composed of:

  • 1 Chief Operating Officer   
  • 7 Headteachers (Including Executive Headteachers)                                                                             
  • 1 Local Authority Governor 
  • 2 Parent Governors 
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 13 Co-opted Governors 
  • 9 places are allocated to Chairs of School Committees 
  • 3 places are allocated based on the skill requirements of the Executive Board.


The Lighthouse Federation Governors are listed in the document below:



Local School Committee


Welcome to Beacon Primary Local School Committee

The School Committee  is comprised of representatives from our the Lighthouse Federation Governors, Local Authority, Local Community, Councillors and Parents.


As a critical friend, the School Committee  offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion and help and guidance where needed.  Committee members in collaboration with the Lighthouse Federation Governors  are responsible for establishing the aims and policies of the school, implementing the school budget and ensuring the curriculum is taught effectively.

We set targets for the school and ensure implementation when visiting school regularly to act as a link between parents, pupils and school.


Beacon Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children. We expect all Committee members, Governors, staff and volunteers to share in this commitment and as such we insist all members  have a satisfactory Enhanced DBS.

All Beacon Governors and Committee members  welcome feedback and suggestions from parents, carers and the local community. Any correspondence received will be promptly dealt with at the next scheduled committee meeting and the outcome will be reported back appropriately.


Beacon School Committee  Vision and Values Statement


The School Committee we will work with staff and parents to help children to enjoy their learning and to achieve their best potential in all aspects of their school life. At Beacon our vision for our children is embedded in our school motto “Lighting the way to a brighter future”.


The School Committee and the Lighthouse Federation Governing Body works alongside the and work in partnership with our Headteacher, our staff and the Beacon community to provide the best possible education for our pupils. It has three key roles:


Working Strategically


Defining the school values, vision and aims, to discuss, agree and continually evaluate strategic plans and policies. To have an input into the school development plans to include curriculum development which cover the schools immediate future and shows longer term progress the school will make over the next 3 years.


Acting as a Critical Friend


Supporting the Headteacher and staff as well as constructively challenging and building on their expectations to ensure the best possible outcomes for children are achieved.


Ensuring Accountability


Governors and Committee Members  are able to answer for their decisions and performance to key people; parents, carers and staff. In order to achieve this they work closely with the Headteacher to ensure a cycle of continual improvement. Governors are individually linked to different school areas and undertake regular school visits and reviews relating to their specific responsibilities. 


School Committee and Federation Goals 


   As Governors  and Committee Members we work with staff and parents to help our children

  • Enjoy their  learning
  • Achieve their potential  
  • Ensure our pupils enjoy and benefit from the highest quality of teaching and learning. Our teachers and support staff are pupil centred and passionate about their roles.
  • Ensure that our school is financially sound and we are making the best use of its income in ways which have a positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning, achievement, assessment and the pupil’s experience of the school. This can be seen through the implementation of our Harry Potter, Narnia and seaside corridors to name but a few.
  • Ensuring support for all groups of children including, boys, girls, vulnerable learners, EAL, pupil premium, SEND and/or medical needs children is of the highest standard so all children are supported to achieve their best.
  • Evaluating the schools effectiveness and benchmarking performance locally and nationally.
  • Ensuring the school remains up to date with current educational thinking and is fully compliant.
  • Help to create and sustain a school environment in which all parents, carers, pupils, staff and visitors feel welcomed, valued and safe.
  • Work in collaboration with other schools in our community to bring together pupils for wider education purposes.
  • Value every individual pupil and take the opportunity to celebrate their success.
  • Enable our pupils to develop moral values, confidence and resilience to make a difference at Beacon and beyond.
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining inspirational staff of the highest calibre, which through their continuous drive for improvement and innovation create an enriching and supportive environment.

Members of the Local School Committee


Name Details
Councillor Adam HickenGovernorChair of Lighthouse Executive Board/Local Councillor 
Mr Paul DrewGovernorCOO- Chief Operating Officer- Lighthouse Federation 
Mrs Sheila HaywardGovernorChair of the Local School Committee 
Mrs Claire ChandlerGovernorHeadteacher
Mrs Karen MeredithAssociate memberStaff member
Mrs Julie RobertsAssociate memberStaff member
Mr Nick EtheridgeAssociate memberParent 
Mr Neil Hayward Associate memberParent
Mrs Leigh EtheridgeAssociate memberParent 
Mr Simon GriffithsGovernor Vice Chair of Local School Committee 
Mr David BentleyAssociate Member Community 


How to contact our local school committee

If you wish to contact the local school committee, please make your request through the school office. A member of the committee will be get back to you as soon as possible.

To get to know each of our Local School Associates please click on the stars below. Each member of the committee has introduced their self and their background.

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