School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. 


The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.

Ocklynge Junior School Local Governing Committee

Anne Wardle

Chair of Governors Ocklynge Junior School

I am proud to be a trustee of SDLT since 2017 and Chair of Governors at Ocklynge from 2018. I started my teaching career in Coventry and worked in schools in the city until our move to Eastbourne in 1991.

I took up a teaching post at Ratton School, where I worked until my retirement as Deputy Head teacher in 2014.

I was co-opted as a governor in 2013 and chaired the Wellbeing committee at Ratton School until the MAT was formed and I became a Trustee of SDLT.

I live in Eastbourne and I have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren all in primary school in Cornwall and Hertfordshire.

I am passionate about education and the transformative role it can play in the lives of our children and young people.

I am committed to supporting SDLT and Ocklynge in providing the best opportunities and in achieving the best possible outcomes for all its children and young people.

Jon Reynard


I have worked in Education in East Sussex for 33 years and as a Headteacher for the past 22 years. I am passionately committed to primary education with the child at its heart.

It is this philosophy that I continually seek and develop for all children equally. I am very proud to have been at Ocklynge since Easter 2016. We are a large Junior school of nearly 800 children and 120 staff. We have all worked very hard since our last inspection and have improved dramatically in a large number of aspects.

We have also benefitted enormously from being an active contributor to the South Downs Learning Trust.






James Woodward

Community Governor

I have been a school governor since 2015, initially at Ratton School and then also at Ocklynge Junior School from 2017. I currently have a daughter in Year 6 at Ocklynge, who we hope will go onto Ratton afterwards.

I work at Drusillas Park as their Head of Education, where my role principally involves hosting school visits and teaching classroom sessions. I have been there for over 18 years and see groups ranging from pre-schools to university groups.

As a governor my main role is to monitor the two schools Safeguarding procedures. I am also Vice-Chair of Ratton School, and retain an interest in Wellbeing and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance, from my previous roles in these areas.

I’m originally from Somerset, and attended a comprehensive school quite similar to Ratton, before moving to Sussex for university and settling in Eastbourne.

Liz Fitzpatrick

Community Governor

My background is in education and I have always felt committed to improving the life chances of young people. I have lived and worked in Eastbourne for many years and have three grown-up children who all attended local schools.

In July 2019, I retired as Head of School at Ratton, having worked there as a senior leader for twelve years. I was delighted to join the Ocklynge Governing Body during 2020 and I hope that my experience of teaching and school leadership will enable me to provide both support and challenge in the coming years.






jessy wilson

Staff Governor

My name is Jessy Wilson and I began at Ocklynge School as a parent governor before becoming a member of staff and then a staff governor. I have worked in a variety of sectors within primary education, both in the UK and abroad, and I feel strongly that children need to be helped to develop both their academic skills and their sense of self-worth and community.

My own children very happily attended Ocklynge School and we have loved living in Eastbourne for the past 18 years with its amazing scenery and space.



Marcella Aldous-Brown

Community Governor

I came to Eastbourne for the weekend in 1992 and never left. This is such a wonderful place to live and work and I’m so proud to be raising a family in our beautiful landscape.

During my career I have been lucky enough manage operations, portfolios and programmes across the commercial, charitable and local authority sectors. I look forward to sharing my skills as well as developing new ones in my role as a community governor.

In this role I am committed to contributing to the fabric that supports our wonderful children to grow, dream and flourish. ’



Dr Rose Godfrey is a retired educational professional who joined Ratton School’s governing body in 2012. When the SDLT Board of Trustees was established, she took on the role of member.

After twenty years teaching biology at a multi-racial comprehensive school in the London Borough of Brent, Rose became an advisory teacher in Brent’s Advisory & inspection team, supporting colleagues with the introduction of the National Curriculum. Her work as a local authority school improvement adviser continued as she supported curriculum development in science for Leeds City council and leadership and management development in East Sussex secondary schools. Rose widened her expertise taking on national roles, including leading secondary school inspection teams as an Ofsted Registered Inspector, acting as a National Challenge Adviser supporting underperforming schools in raising standards and supporting performance management of staff and head teachers as both an External Adviser & an External Assessor. She was a School Improvement Partner to numerous secondary schools. Since retiring Rose’s interest in school self-evaluation and improvement planning were developed through studies of school leadership & management at the University of Hull, gaining a doctorate of Education in 2015.