Hove school governor wins national acclaim

Posted On 30 May 2013 at 9:40 am

A former Mayor of Brighton and Hove who chairs the board of governors at two local schools has won national recognition.

Jenny Barnard-Langston has been appointed a national leader for governance. She is the first in Brighton and Hove and one of just 130 across the country.

The Department for Education describes national leaders for governance as “highly effective chairs of governors, who use their skills and experience to support chairs of governors in other schools and academies”. The role includes mentoring and giving advice.

Mrs Barnard-Langston chairs the board of governors at Blatchington Mill School in Hove, where she has been a governor since 2002, and Benfield Primary School in Portslade.

Jenny Barnard-Langston

Jenny Barnard-Langston

As a councillor, she chaired the East Sussex County Council Education Committee. During her 20 years as a councillor, she also served on Hove Borough Council and Brighton and Hove City Council.

She previously chaired the governors at Patcham High School, in Brighton, Somerhill Junior School, in Hove, and Cuckmere House School in Seaford.

She has also served as a governor at Davigdor Infant School and Hove Park School, in Hove, and she chaired the corporation board of Lewes Tertiary College, now Sussex Downs College.

She said: “I am delighted to take up this role as national leader of governance.”


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  2. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Jenny also served a year as Mayor during her time as a councillor.

  3. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Oops! Missed the opening words of this article STATING she was a Mayor. Sorry.

  4. John Snelling Reply

    Hi, Paynter is a fairly unusual name henc it caught my eye when browsing through Brighton stuff. It was my home town until 1967.
    I had a mate at school in the 50’s called Albert Paynter who then lived in Carden Avenue Patcham. He later married Shirley and they had 2 girls and lived in Cowper(?) Street in Hove. Albert was my Best Man when I married in Hove and lived in the next street up called Wordsworth Street. He sadly died quite young. He had a younger brother called Steve who was a plasterer.
    I wonder if you are on of his children or probably grandchildren? I now live in Dereham, Norfolk. Please let me know.


  5. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Mr. Snelling, clicking on your name failed to get up a website. So I will comment here. The spelling of my name was originally Painter and changed to Paynter by a 19th century ancestor. My forebears came from the west country. I have no knowledge or known connection to your friend.

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