Governing body

Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SIP is an annual strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Our legal duties include:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives

  • approving the school budget

  • reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives

  • appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher

The Governing Body meets once every new term. We  have committees: teaching & learning,  finance and health & safety that also meet termly. All governors are informed about what happens at these committee meetings.

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Foundation, Co-opted, Authority, Parents, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.

We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.

 

Who’s Who on the Governing Body

Paul Martin – Chair/Co-opted governor
Appointed: 1/9/2004 by Full Governing Body
Term of office ends: 23/9/19
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Co-opted governor at Weald of Kent Grammar School Academy Trust
Attendance at full GB meetings 2015-16: 100%
Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: 80%

Wieb Vuursteen – Parent governor/ Vice Chair
Appointed: 31/1/2014
Term of office ends: 30/1/18
Elected by parents
Attendance at full GB meetings 2015/16: 60%
Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: 100%

Alison Saunders – Headteacher
Appointed: 1/9/2002
Term of office ends: ex officio
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Married to Mr Guy Saunders, who conducts the St Lawrence School Orchestra
Attendance at full GB meetings 2015/16: 100%
Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: 100%

Mary Green – Staff governor
Appointed: 4/2/2014 by staff
Term  of office ends: 3/2/18
Attendance at full GB meetings 2015/16: 80%
Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: 100%

Eric Jackson – Foundation governor
Appointed: 9/6/2016 by Rochester Diocese
Term of office ends: 9/6/20
Attendance at full GB meetings 2015/16: 40%
Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: 100%

Sandra Herbert – Authority governor
Appointed: 3/12/2004  by local authority
Term of office ends: 2/12/16
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Mother of Assistant Head
Attendance at full GB meetings 2015/16: 80%
Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: 100%

Rachel McQuillin - Authority governor
Appointed: 10/5/2017  by local authority
Term of office ends:9/5/2020
Relevant business and pecuniary interests: 

Ms Sally Rees – Foundation governor

Appointed:  12/9/16 by Rochester Diocese
Term of office ends: 11/9/2020
Attendance at full GB meetings 2015/16: n/a
Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: n/a

Mr Marc Russell-Jones – Parent governor
Appointed:  13/9/16 by parents
Term of office ends: 12/9/2020
Attendance at full GB meetings 2015/16: n/a
Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: n/a

Mr Nick Joy – Co-opted governor
Appointed:  14/9/16 by governing body
Resigned: 11/1/17
Term of office ends: 13/9/2020
Attendance at full GB meetings 2015/16: n/a
Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: n/a

Mrs Paola Morley- Clerk

Committees

Teaching and Learning (Chair: Sandra Herbert)

Health and Safety, ESafety & Behaviour (Chair: Wieb Vuursteen)

Finance, Pay & Appraisal, Staffing and Buildings (Chair: Paul Martin )