The Governing Body of The Parkland Federation is made up of 8 Governors drawn from the local and wider community.   Governors have a strategic role and act as a 'critical friend', offering support and challenge to the Senior Leaders and staff.   The Governing Body's work is carried out by the Full Governing Body who meet termly.   If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors please email: Jane McCluskey (Chair of Governors) at

Swale Academies Trust governance information can be found here.

Current Members of the Governing Body

Chris Fry

Parent Governor | Training Link Governor

I am delighted to join the newly-formed Parkland Federation in 2015, having previously been a governor for Parkland Infant School since 2012.

My career background has been in the public sector, having worked for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service since 2004 as a senior risk analyst and within the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office prior to that. I bring transferrable skills and expertise from these roles into The Parkland Federation and am looking forward to the rewarding experience of contributing to the local community.

I have four wonderful children who also enjoy being part of the family at Parkland Junior & Parkland Infant School. I am passionate about ensuring that our next generation have the best possible start they can get in their young lives and this is why I am a governor.

Dawn Berhane

Clerk to Governors

I have been the Clerk to Governors since September 2011. I support the Governors in their work but am not allowed to vote. I provide administrative support and advise on the regulatory and administrative framework.

Jane McCluskey

Co-Opted Governor | Chair of Governors

Jane MccluskeyOriginally from Essex, I graduated from Bath University in 1981. I started my working life as a Research Scientist in the Pharmaceutical industry. In my late twenties I decided to change career and returned to University, this time in London, to train as a Science teacher. My first teaching job was in Eastbourne and I have taught in East Sussex ever since, my last job being Vice Principal at The Eastbourne Academy. In the summer I left full time teaching to work as an Educational consultant part time. My husband and I have a fairly large family with four children and four grandchildren (so far!). I am now really looking forward to being the Chair of Governors for The Parkland Federation and working closely with staff, pupils and parents.

Kathy Ballard

Co-Opted Governor

The School was well known to me as friends had sent their children to the Parklands School and I was keen to participate in an exciting environment as a school Governor.

My background is as a medical doctor and I retired from that to bring up my 2 children who are now teenagers. Recently I have become a borough councillor and am interested in serving the Eastbourne community as well as my work as a governor here.

There is a lot of dynamism and change in the schools as we become Federated. It is a busy time and I am sure the schools will go from strength to strength ensuring continuing good quality education for all the pupils.

Liam McDonald

Staff Governor

Hello, I am the Head of Key Stage 1 at the Infant School and this is the 3rd school I have worked in as a teacher. I joined the Governing Body of the Infant school in May 2015 and the Governing Body of the Parkland Federation in September 2015.

Alongside being Head of Key Stage 1 I am also the Assessment and Maths Co-ordinators. In these roles I support the Heads of Schools in overseeing the many aspects of the everyday running of the schools. One area I am currently focusing on is assessment; ensuring that the teachers provide up to date assessments of the children for the Leadership Team and Governors to monitor. This is particularly important as we move away from the old curriculum levels of the past. These assessments are then shared with you as Parents on a regular basis, for example at Parents' Evenings. In addition, this year I have taken on Mathematics and will be working with the teachers to ensure that the recent rise in progress and the very high expectations of our team continue so that attainment is raised further and your children make excellent progress.

As part of the Federated Governors I will use my everyday experience, experience in other schools and desire to see our Learners reach their potential.

Marion Ponting

Co-Opted Governor

All my life I have been involved in education. I trained at Oxford in the early seventies and taught first in a school in West Sussex, before joining the Service Schools Education Authority and moving to a school in Oslo, Norway. Following a short couple of years there, I was posted to Germany where I spent the next fifteen years in a variety of schools. During these years I met a very wide variety of families and children as well as enjoying and experiencing a rich seam of cultures and traditions.

Following the fall of the Berlin wall, with the subsequent drawn down of troops and closure of many garrisons and bases, I returned to East Sussex.

I worked in East Sussex for twenty two years, and have recently retired from the headship of a small local Primary School.

I am passionate about children and their learning and hope that I can bring some of my expertise, knowledge and experience to enable children at the newly formed Parkland Federation achieve amazing outcomes and set them on the path for a fulfilled and rich future.

Mark Jones

Co-Opted Governor

I have been working in education for 34 years in Hampden Park and undertaken many roles as a teacher, Head of Department, Head of Year and currently as Assistant Principal at the Eastbourne Academy. I presently have many leadership roles including Transition from Primary, Head of Darwin School, Intervention at KS4 and marketing. I have played Rugby for Eastbourne and represented the club as captain in the past. I have two grown up sons who have both been educated in Eastbourne schools.

Tina Nay

Co-Opted Governor | Vice Chair

Tina NayAs a trained secondary school teacher I have pursued a long career in many sectors of education (secondary, Further, Adult and Higher Education) until my retirement three years ago. Moving to Eastbourne to be near a daughter and her family I wanted to get involved in volunteering and a school governor seemed the obvious choice. I have been a governor of Parkland Junior since March 2013 and I am committed to its welfare as it moves on to its next phase as Parkland Federation. In addition to my family I have strong interests in the theatre, literature, music, religion and politics.

Val Farrant

Co-Opted Governor

I am the Manager of Jumping Beans Pre School and have been in this post for over twelve years. The Pre School is charity run and is situated on the Parkland site.

Since 2003, I have been working with the school in a professional level and also as a parent. I was a governor at the Infant school several years ago as both my children went to Parkland Infant and Junior Schools; however I had to step down due to time restrictions as I started a Degree in Professional Learning and Development in Childcare at University. As I have now finished my studies I am pleased to be part of the governing body again.

I am looking forward to working with the teaching staff, leadership teams and parents to support the school.