What are Governors?

Governors work with the headteacher and senior leadership team in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement.

Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the headteacher.

They must be able to support and challenge the headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. Governing bodies work as a team and make collective decisions. 

What should I do next? For an informal chat and to find out which schools have vacancies, contact Brighton & Hove Governor Support Team on 01273 293465 or email governor.support@brighton-hove.gov.uk Useful links · www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/governors  

Ofsted Reporting

We are delighted that we were judged to be outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in our inspection in June 2015.

You can read the full report here.

Letter from the Inspector

Dear parent or carer

Inspection of Royal Spa Nursery School by Ofsted

 We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 04/06/15 and 05/06/15. The lead inspector will be Wendy Forbes. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child’s school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by 11am on 04/06/15 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection.

Speaking to an inspector

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 01273 607480. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Yours faithfully

Wendy Forbes, Ofsted.


First name Surname Role Term of office from Term of office to Appointed by Original appointment
Emma Bennett Parent Governor 01/12/2016 01/12/2020 Elected by parents 01/12/2016
Mary Ellinger Headteacher 01/09/2016 - Member by virtue of their office 01/09/2016
Jennie Hill Staff Governor 18/09/2016 17/09/2020 Elected by staff 18/09/2012
Laura London Parent Governor 28/04/2017 28/04/2021 Elected by parents 28/04/2017
Peter Osborne Co-opted Governor 29/06/2015 28/06/2019 Governing body 01/02/2007
Jenny Perrin LA Governor 08/11/2015 07/11/2019 Local Authority 01/02/2007
Alberto Schiannini Co-opted Governor 11/11/2015 10/11/2019 Governing body 01/10/2015
Louise Vosper Co-opted Governor 13/09/2015 13/09/2019 Governing body 13/09/2015
Polly Dyer Co-opted Governor 22/06/2017 22/06/2021 Governing body 22/06/2017
vacancy co-opted Governor

In the past 12 months we have also had the following members on our governing body:

Syb True Headteacher 01/09/2007 22/07/2016 Member by virtue of their office 01/09/2007
Emma Curtayne Parent Governor 30/09/2012 31/12/2015 Elected by parents 30/09/2012
Cathy Hayward Parent Governor 20/03/2013 20/03/2017 Elected by parents 20/03/2013

Register of Interests

First name Surname Date declared Business/pecuniary interests Governance roles in other educational establishments
Emma Bennett 06/04/2017 none none
Polly Dyer
Mary Ellinger 29/09/2016 HT at Royal Spa Nursery School none
Jennie Hill 26/01/2017 Teacher at Royal Spa Nursery School none
Laura London 11/05/2017 Partner of Tendra Web Design, Gallery Manager none
Peter Osborne 29/09/2016 Company Director, Datanauts Governor at Queen's Park Primary School
Jenny Perrin 29/09/2016 Childcare Officer BHCC Vice-Chair Hertford Junior School
Alberto Schiannini 29/09/2016 Head of Localisation MAG Interactive none
Louise Vosper 29/09/2016 Supply Teacher none


FGB 22/06/2017 Y N/A Y Y Y N/A N/A N Y N Y Y
FGB 11/05/2017 Y N/A Y N Y N/A N/A N Y Y Y
FGB 06/04/2017 Y N/A Y Y N N/A N/A Y Y Y -
FGB 26/01/2017 Y N/A Y Y Y N N/A Y Y Y -
FGB 01/12/2016 Y N/A Y Y N N N/A Y Y N/A -
FGB 29/09/2016 Y N/A Y N Y Y N/A Y Y - -
FGB 15/06/2016 Y Y Y Y Y Y N/A Y Y - -
Finance, Premises, Health & Safety 23/05/2016 N/A Y Y N/A Y Y N/A N/A Y - -
FGB 09/03/2016 Y Y Y Y Y N N/A Y Y - -
Staffing, learning & Safeguarding 25/02/2016 N Y Y Y N/A N/A N/A N Y - -
Finance, Premises, Health & Safety 27/01/2016 N/A Y N/A N/A Y Y N/A N/A Y - -
FGB 11/11/2015 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N/A - -
Staffing, learning & Safeguarding 16/10/2015 Y N Y N N/A Y Y N/A N/A - -
Finance, Premises, Health & Safety 14/10/2015 N/A Y N/A N/A Y N/A N/A N/A N/A - -
FGB 14/09/2015 Y Y Y N Y Y N N/A N/A - -

The governing body is required to publish individual governors' attendance at meetings in the last year. In the table above, governors' initials are listed along the top and meetings are listed on the left hand side.

KEY: Y = Yes (in attendance), N = No (not in attendance), N/A = not a member of that committee / resigned