Fletching CE Primary School


Chair of Governors – Mrs Jenny Barnard-Langston

Contact Address: Fletching CE Primary School, Church Street, Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3SP

In the following documents, you will find the information regarding the Register of Governors’ Business Interests, Terms of Office and an Attendance Register for recent Full Governing Body Meetings. Meetings take place six times per year.

Register of Governors’ Business Interests and Terms of Office for 2020-2021

Governors’ Attendance Register 2018-2020


Mrs Gemma White

Executive Headteacher

05.09.2016 ex officio                                                                                    

Gemma White became the Headteacher of Fletching CE Primary School in September 2016 and then the Executive Headteacher of both Fletching and Chailey St Peter’s Primary Schools in January 2019. She has lived in California and spent two sunny years enjoying spending time with her family, whilst learning more about the education system in the USA. Prior to this she was the Deputy Headteacher and SENCO at Godstone Village School for nearly 7 years.


Mrs Jenny Barnard-Langston

Chair of Governors 

Co-opted Governor

27.07.2020 -26.07.2024

Jenny Barnard-Langston is an experienced Chair of Governors and is designated by the National College for Teaching & Learning as both a National Leader of Governance and a National Leader of Governance Advocate. Jenny offers a range of expertise and experience to support governors, build capacity and mentors chairs of governors across maintained schools, academies and Church Schools (VA & VC).

Jenny also chairs a Sussex-based charity supporting children and adults with learning disabilities and she is a proficient leadership and management development trainer as wells as a professional psychotherapist.


Mr Richard Hannay

Vice Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

25.09.2018 – 24.09.2022

Richard Hannay lives with his wife Emma and family on the outskirts of Fletching and currently their youngest child (of four) is at Fletching School. He spent 17 years in the Army and 12 years running a day nursery in London with his wife. He has been a magistrate in London for 15 years and now has the opportunity to devote some time to helping Fletching School.



Mrs Sue Minter

Staff Governor

05.12.2016 – 04.12.2020

Sue Minter began teaching in middle schools in 1982 and completed a Diploma in Education Management before leaving full time teaching to have a family. She then returned to teach part time, focussing on special needs and booster groups. In 1997, she joined the staff at Fletching School to support Maths and English in year 4. This led to her teaching French and coordinating Special Needs. The role of SENCO has grown over recent years and this, together with an increase in the number of current staff able to teach French, means that she is now able to focus solely on Special Needs. Sue is also a qualified McTimoney Chiropractor and runs a clinic in Scaynes Hill with her husband. Her other interests include coaching trampolining and swimming, belonging to a Bobbin Lace Making Group and being President of the W.I. in Scaynes Hill.

 Mrs Sheila Smith

Foundation Governor

16.10.2017 – 15.10.2021 

On leaving school, Sheila Smith studied at Loughborough University and then at the London School of Economics. She initially worked in the Home Office undertaking Scientific Research for the Police and Fire Services. After this, she became a Maths teacher and taught in a variety of schools in Croydon and Sussex. Sadly, her husband became terminally ill with cancer so she took early retirement from her job as Deputy Head at Great Walstead School and she now works voluntarily at St Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill as a Church Warden and Mission Coordinator. She loves the outdoors and enjoys gardening, walking and exploring other countries.


Father Brian Murphy 

ex officio 29.09.2016 – 31.08.2020

Fr. Brian has been able to volunteer his time as Priest-in-Charge of Fletching Parish since Autumn 2016. He lives in the village vicarage (Mill Lane) with Catherine his wife, and Ella, his daughter. Catherine is currently studying to become a Church of England priest.

Brian has an extensive mental health background, as both a director and clinician in both the U.K. and Canada. Although he chiefly works with adults, he was also involved in managing child/adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Much of his former work involved directing charities as well as private clinics. Brian also advises other professionals (psychoanalysts) on spirituality and meditation practices, as he was a monk for a decade and a half. He also acts as an occasional advisor to Chichester Diocese.


Mr Wayne Emerson

Co-opted  Governor

17.06.2019 – 16.06.2023

Wayne Emerson lives in Piltdown and has a daughter at the School and a son who has recently moved from the School to secondary school.

Wayne has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years in commercial and financial roles and currently runs a successful IT Services business. He is passionate about the community we live in and is keen to contribute to the ongoing success of the School.

In his spare time, Wayne spends time as a Football and Cricket Coach working mostly with young people.

Mrs Venetia Harrison

Parent Governor

           24.01.2020 – 23.01.2024


Venetia Harrison has two children – one is already at Fletching and the youngest will start there in September 2021.  She lives with her family in North Chailey and likes to spend as much time as possible gardening, cooking and walking with the boys.


Prior to having children, she was an English teacher at a Secondary School and she has worked in education since 2006. She graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Psychology and then spent two years working for a magazine publishing house.