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Jane McCarthy-Penman, ​Chair of Governors

Sally Simpson, Parkland Federation Headteacher

Nicki  Kaufman,  Shinewater Headteacher

Benjamin Bowles, Langney Headteacher

We have a team of very dedicated and skilled volunteers who serve as school governors and focus their efforts on what really matters – improving education and pupil outcomes for every child at Langney Primary Academy.

The governors at Langney Primary Academy challenge and support the Executive Headteacher, Headteachers and other senior leaders as key strategic decision makers and vision setters for the school.  All the day-to-day operational matters are the responsibility of the Heads of School and staff.


Governors play a vital role in:​

  • driving up the school’s and pupils’ performance;

  • ensuring resources are used well to give every child the best possible education;

  • ensuring statutory duties are met;

  • holding school leaders to account for improving school performance.



There is one Local Governing Body (LGB) for all of the Eastbourne Swale Primaries.  Joint LGB meetings take place once a term and are attended by representatives from Langney Primary Academy, Shinewater Primary School, Parkland Infant School and Parkland Junior School. 

Governor roles and responsibilities are agreed at the start of the academic year.  Link governors then monitor the following areas across all four schools:

  • Safeguarding

  • Leadership Impact

  • Special Educational Needs Provision

  • Progress of disadvantaged learners

  • Health and Safety

  • Curriculum

  • Attendance


All governors work strategically with senior leaders in order to:

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • support and strengthen school leadership;

  • contribute to the school’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses; 

  • monitor progress against the school development plan;

  • ensure statutory duties are met and priorities are approved;

  • carry out regular audits of governors’ skills in the light of the skills and competences they need and actively seek to address identified gaps;

  • evaluate the impact of the work being undertaken by panels and individual governors.



The Local Governing Body meet in order for all governors to:

  • ensure financial resources made available to the school are managed effectively;

  • monitor the use of pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning including reading, writing and mathematics;

  • monitor the use and impact of Sport Premium funding.

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Lauren Post  (Langney Primary Academy)
Jo Mans (Shinewater Primary School)
Alison Das (The Parkland Federation)


Anna McCallum (Langney Primary Academy)

Gary Batchelor (Shinewater Primary School)

Siamack Danesteh-Pour (Shinewater Primary School
Jolly Pett (The Parkland Federation)

Kate Jackson (The Parkland Federation)


Jane-McCarthy Penman
Sarah Benge
Jo Carvall 

Marion Ponting

Marion Banner

Claire Ellis

Karema Abdalla


Dawn Berhane

Gaynor  Newnham


Julie Prentice

Mike Wilson

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