School Governors

The Department for Education is very clear that the purpose of the Governing Body is to “conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school”.

Specifically, the Governing Body must have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, pupils and the performance management of staff;

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

There are 12 governors who meet regularly and make frequent visits to school to monitor progress against the school improvement plan and targets. All governors are volunteers serving a period of four years and the Governing Body meets formally six times per year. The role of the governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role; therefore, a governor does not:

  • Deal with day-to-day operation of the school – this is the responsibility of the Headteacher and senior leaders;

  • Undertake audits of any sort – whether financial or health & safety – even if the governor has the relevant professional experience;

  • Spend much time with the pupils of the school – if you want to work directly with children, there are many other valuable voluntary roles within the school;

  • Fundraise – this is the role of the school or PTA – the Governing Body should consider income streams and the potential for income generation, but not carry out fundraising tasks;

  • Undertake classroom observations to make judgements on the quality of teaching – the Governing Body monitors this by requiring data from the senior staff and qualified external sources;

  • Do the job of the school staff – if there is not enough capacity within the paid staff team to carry out the necessary tasks, the Governing Body need to consider and rectify this.

Toby Butler, Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor appointed by Governing Body
1 September 2014 to 31 August 2018
Attended 5 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration:
Kent County Council employee and spouse works as Bursar in School Office

Amanda Woolcombe, Headteacher

Staff Governor (Ex Officio member)
1 September 2014 ...
Attended 5 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

Yvette Best, Assistant Headteacher

Staff Governor elected by Primary School staff
23 October 2014 to 22 October 2018
Attended 5 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

Jo Considine

Parent Governor elected by parent community
7 November 2014 to 6 November 2018
Attended 5 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

Natalie Wensley

Parent Governor elected by parent community
12 February 2016 to 11 February 2020
Attended 3 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

 

Kelly Barnett

Parent Governor elected by parent community
9 February 2017 to 8 February 2021
Attended 2 of 2 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration:
Works for local printing company

Carolyn Christie

Local Authority Governor appointed by KCC
28 June 2013 to 27 June 2017
Attended 5 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

Richard Ash

Co-opted Governor appointed by Governing Body
1 September 2014 to 31 August 2018
Attended 3 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

Ian Hayne, Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor appointed by Governing Body
1 September 2014 to 31 August 2018
Attended 4 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

Steven Hughes

Co-opted Governor appointed by Governing Body
1 September 2014 to 31 August 2018
Attended 5 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None
Governor at Leeds & Broomfield C of E Primary

Shirley Lall

Co-opted Governor appointed by Governing Body
17 March 2015 to 16 March 2019
Attended 4 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

Charles Tanswell

Co-opted Governor appointed by Governing Body
27 January 2015 to 26 January 2019
Attended 4 of 5 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

 

Vanessa Stevens, Clerk to the Governing Body

KCC Clerking Service

Deborah Morris (Term of office expired)

Parent Governor elected by parent community
5 December 2012 to 4 December 2016
Attended 1 of 2 meetings in current academic year

Business interest declaration: None

If you have any questions for the Governing Body or wish to find out more about becoming a School Governor please contact the Toby Butler, the Chair of Governors by email:

tobybutler@mps.kent.sch.uk