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Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

10th December 2021

Dear Parents

I am writing this as Term 2 draws to an end.  I find it hard to believe that means that we are a third of the way through the year.  Pupils and teachers settled down very quickly in September to normal school routine and our new intake in Acorn class soon seemed at home.  The School is so fortunate to have two minibuses so that whole class groups can go out on trips and visits and enjoy having so much fun whilst extending their learning.  One of the things I love to see when I come into school is the racks of wellies which reminds me of how much outdoor learning takes place at Eastling.  As a child who grew up in London attending a primary school that only had asphalt playgrounds I am delighted to see the school making such good use of the outside space and the new equipment in the playground.

As governors we were delighted that the visit of the Ofsted inspectors was so successful and Eastling was confirmed as a good school. Governors were glad that staff and children received the recognition that they deserved.  I am sure that you have all read the report in detail but would like to highlight one or two comments in particular.  The inspectors noticed that pupils ‘love learning’ and saw that ‘Eastling is a place where everyone is kind and friendly’ and ‘pupils care for each other.’ They remarked upon the ‘unique’ features of the school. They were particularly complimentary about the speed with which the school had been able to get back to almost pre-pandemic levels with clubs, trips and visits starting straight away in September. The inspectors acknowledged that the school’s achievements were only possible because the staff work as a close-knit team, supporting one another at all times. 

I know that the Nativity performances will be the highlight of the week for parents of KS1 children in Acorns and Silver Birch.  It was wonderful to see the church so full for the Harvest Festival with a record number of parents attending and I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Christingle Service in church on the last day of term.  It will make a fitting end to a very busy, very successful term. I am sure that you would like to join with me in thanking Mrs Dale for her impressive leadership and the whole staff for their commitment that makes Eastling School such a special place.

Thank you to all parents for their many contributions to the life of the school. On behalf of the governors, may I take this opportunity to wish you and all your families peace, hope and happiness this Christmas and in the year ahead.

Steph Youle

Co-opted Governor

Governor Type

Inst of Gov.


Contact Details


Roles & Responsibilities


End of Current Term

Head Teacher


Mrs. Melanie Dale

School House

Kettle Hill Road


01795 890252


  • Headteacher
  • Ex Officio to Monitoring Groups




Staff Governor


Miss Victoria Waugh


  • Standards, Learning and Teaching Monitoring Group


Parent Governors


Mrs. Nicola Allen


  • Chair of Governors
  • Buildings, Resources, Finance and Personnel Monitoring Group (Lead)


Parent Governors 

Mr. Scott Ryan


  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Standards, Learning and Teaching Monitoring Group


Local Authority


Mrs. Patricia Payne


  • Standards, Learning and Teaching Monitoring Group

Co-opted Governors


Mrs Tish Neaves

  • Vice - Chair of Governors
  • Standards, Learning and Teaching Monitoring Group (Lead)




Mr. Matt Tombs


  • Buildings, Resources, Finance and Personnel Monitoring Group



Mrs. C. Mitchell


  • Buildings, Resources, Finance and Personnel Monitoring Group

Mrs Stephanie Youle


  • Standards, Learning and Teaching Monitoring Group



Clemence Mitchell



  • Standards, Learning and Teaching Monitoring Group


Associate Governors







Andy Flatt


  • Clerk to The Governors