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.






Liz Fitzpatrick

Vice - Chair

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.





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.


John piercy

Staff Governor

Having been at Ocklynge for 16 years now I am very excited to start my role as staff governor.  I have very much enjoyed working here throughout the years and felt now was the right time to use my experience of being at the school for these years and the opportunity to give something back.

I also was a pupil at Ocklynge between 1986 – 1990 and only have the fondest memories of my time here, and the staff.  My main highlight was being able to play football at Wembley as the school team won the National Football Finals and school trips to Paris and Wales (PGL).

My role at the school now is as a behaviour mentor where we help children who find some aspects of school life hard, I work in a wonderful team who have nurture at the forefront of this approach.

I live in Eastbourne and have a fiancé and 3 step children, 2 in senior schools and 1 at college in Brighton.

I am very much looking forward to contributing to the SDLT and Ocklynge in their continued progress.


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. ’

Di Clarke

Community Governor

I have spent over 35 years as a teacher, always in Special Needs Departments, first in London and for 21 years as SENCO in an Eastbourne school.

have built up a wide area of expertise in this field and have served as SEND Governor at Ratton School for 13 years, undertaking regular training updates and sharing good practice with other specialist governors on the East Sussex SEND Hub to increase my knowledge. I greatly enjoy my regular contact with students and staff at Ratton and look forward to renewing my relationship with Ocklynge , having spent a year as SEND governor there recently.

It goes without saying that my special interest lies in achieving the best possible success for every student and the exploration of all strategies to remove barriers to learning in order for students to feel happy, successful, and included.

ciaran treloar

Parent Governor

I have been a teacher for 13 years in 4 different schools and I am currently a senior leader in a large secondary school in East Sussex. I am passionate about giving all young people the opportunity to be the best they can be and look forward to supporting all members of the Ocklynge Community to do the same. 

I am a Dad to two wonderful children one of which attends Ocklynge, enjoy all sports and being as active as possible with my young family.