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: Chair of Academy Members of Weald of Kent Grammar School

Attendance at full GB meetings 2017/2018: 83%

Attendance at committee meetings 2017/2018: 100%

 

Wieb Vuursteen – Parent governor/ Vice Chair

Appointed: 31/1/2014 Term of office ends: 02/03/22 Elected by parents

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None declared

Attendance at full GB meetings 2017/2018: 83%

Attendance at committee meetings 2017/2018: 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 2017/2018: 100%

Attendance at committee meetings 2017/2018: 100%

 

Mary Green – Staff governor

Appointed: 4/2/2014 by staff Term  of office ends: 03/02/2022

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None declared

Attendance at full GB meetings 2017/2018: 100%

Attendance at committee meetings 2017/2018: 100%

 

Rachel McQuillin - Authority governor

Appointed: 10/5/2017  by local authority

Term of office ends:9/5/2020

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Employee at Sevenoaks school

Attendance at full GB meetings 2017/2018: 66%

Attendance at committee meetings 2017/2018: 100%

 

Mr Marc Russell-Jones – Parent governor

Appointed:  13/9/16 by parents

Term of office ends: 12/9/2020

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None declared

Attendance at full GB meetings 2017/2018: 66%

Attendance at committee meetings 2017/2018: 50%

 

Rev. Serena Willoughby – Foundation governor – ex officio

Appointed: 01/9/2017

Term of office ends: on resignation

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None declared

Attendance at full GB meetings 2017/2018 50%

Attendance at committee meetings 2017/2018 N/A

 

Governors who have served during the preceding 12 months

 

Eric Jackson – Foundation governor

Appointed: 9/6/2016 by Rochester Diocese

Resigned: 3/10/2017

Attendance at full GB meetings 2017/2018: 100%

Attendance at committee meetings 2017/2018: N/A

 

Ms Sally Rees – Foundation governor

Appointed:  12/9/16 by Rochester Diocese

Resigned: 3/10/2017

Attendance at full GB meetings 2017/2018: 0%

Attendance at committee meetings 2015/16: N/A

 

Committees

Teaching and Learning (Chair: Rachel McQuillan)

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

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