Statement of General Principles of the Governing Body on promoting Good Behaviour and Discipline

The purpose of the Governing Body is to work together with the staff to have a positive impact on the all-round development of every pupil in the school.

The Governing Body is made up of volunteers. These volunteers are drawn from parents of pupils at the school, teaching and support staff, along with member of the community nominated by the Church of England, Methodist Church and the Local Authority.

Governors find being part of the Governing Body a worthwhile and rewarding experience. They enjoy being involved in the life of the school, being able to make a difference and seeing the children develop as strongly rounded individuals with a clear grounding in the school Christian values.

The full Governing Body meets six times a year. Members of the Governing Body are assigned to meet with key members of the school staff on a regular basis to maintain monitoring between meeting. All Governors aim to visit the school 6 times a year to observe lessons, collective worship and community events.

The key roles of the Governing Body are:

  • Strategic Leadership – the decision making based around the values, aims and aspirations of the school
  • Support and Challenge – the monitoring and evaluation of the school’s effectiveness, asking challenging questions and pressing for development within the framework of our Christian Values.
  • Accountability – the Headteacher is accountable to the Governing Body for the attainment and progress of every pupil in the school, the curriculum they receive and the leadership and management decisions that help this to happen.

The key responsibilities of the Governing Body are:

  • Pupil achievement – the Governing Body establishes an ethos of expectations and aspirations for all. It will identify how well the school and individual pupils are achieving and challenge any underperformance of cohorts and groups each year and over time. It identifies whether pupils are making expected progress, and where pupils fall behind, what action the school is taking to support those pupils, and whether that remedial action is successful
  • Financial Management – the Governing Body has overall responsibility of the delegated budget and reviews the finances regularly to ensure that the school is on track and obtaining value for money.
  • Staffing – whilst recruitment and appointment of new staff is the responsibility of the Headteacher, the total number of staff employed remains the Governing Body’s responsibility. They appoint the Headteacher and carry out the performance management of the Headteacher each year. Retention of good staff and leadership planning is an important consideration for the Governing Body.

In carrying out their role all governors have regard to the Governors’ Handbook (DfE, March 2019)

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Governors October 12, 2019
Governors May 21, 2019

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PARENT GOVERNORS – appointed by parents of the school for a 4-year term of office
Mrs Abbie Amos
(end 02/11/2020)
Business Interests: Teacher at Kingsnorth CEP School
Early Years Governor, Year R Link Governor
Dr Edem Onofeghara
(end 27/03/2021)
Business Interests: Secondary Teacher in Training at Hundred of Hoo Academy
Year 4 Link Governor
LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR – appointed by the Governing Body for 4-year term of office
Miss Julia Robinson
(end 06/02/2023)
Business Interests: Director of Construction Company
Health & Safety Governor
STAFF GOVERNORS – appointed by the staff for 4-year term of office
Miss Rachael Harrington
Headteacher
Business Interest:
Mrs Cathy Clark
Deputy Headteacher (end 22/04/2023)
Business Interest: None
CO-OPTED GOVERNORS – appointed by the Governing Body for 4-year term of office
Mr Tristan Stevens
(End 22/11/2021)
Business interest: Parent of 2 children on roll, volunteer within the school; Police Inspector
Year 3 Link Governor, Finance Group, Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor
FOUNDATION GOVERNORS – CANTERBURY DIOCESAN BOARD appointed for 4 years
Vacant
Mrs Janet Sullivan
(end 27/05/2022)
Business Interests: Parish Councillor, Grandchild on roll
Mrs Belinda Naiken-Payne
(end 01/09/2022)
Business Interests: Director Our General Counsel
SEND Governor, Year 2 Link Governor
FOUNDATION GOVERNORS – METHODIST CHURCH appointed for 4 years
Mr David Challoner
(end 31/08/2021)
Vice Chair (end 12/07/2020)
Business Interests: Teacher at Benenden School, (Spouse) Teacher at John Wesley
Training & Development Governor; Year 5 Link Governor
Mrs Caroline Rae
(end 29/03/2023)
Chair (end 19/03/2019)
Business Interests: Management Committee for Little Ark Preschool
HT Performance Management & Pay Panel, Finance Group
Vacant
FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO
Rev Cathie Aldis
(Canterbury Diocese)
Business Interests: Director CA Educational Ltd
HT Performance Management & Pay Panel, Year 6 Link Governor
Rev Helen Hollands (Methodist) Business Interests:
HT Performance Management & Pay Panel, R.E. & SIAMS, Year 1 Link Governor
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS – appointed by the Governing Body for 1 year (No voting rights)
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS invited to attend meetings periodically
Mr A Peach Assistant Headteacher A.C.E. (Reports on Pupil Premium)
Mrs Louise Denton Finance Manager
CLERK TO GOVERNORS Service Level Agreement with KCC Clerking Service
Mrs Wendy Settle wsettle@john-wesley.org.uk

Business Interests: Company Secretary; Aegis Advisory Ltd

Clerking Service placements; Capel le Ferne Primary, Castle Hill CP Folkestone and Elms School Dover. Clerking employment contracts with; Brook CP Ashford, Chilham St Mary’s CofE Primary, Godinton Primary Academy Ashford, St Augustine’s Catholic Primary Hythe and St Peters CofE Primary Folkestone

The Village Academy: Local Academy Council Member at Lydd & Dymchurch Primary Schools

RESIGNATIONS/END OF TERM OF OFFICE DURING PAST YEAR
Mrs S Wells resigned 02/05/18
Rev P Luscombe resigned 12/06/18
Rev T Wilson resigned 13/07/18
Associate Member – Ms L Windon resigned 31/07/18
Associate Member – Mr A Peach End of term of office 14/09/18
Associate Member – Mrs R Olley End of term of office 27/09/18
Associate Member – Mrs L Denton End of term of office 27/09/18
Rev J Mackenzie resigned 04/10/18
Mrs K Hanks resigned 22/04/19
MEETING ATTENDANCE 2017 – 2018
Governors 28/09/17 23/11/17 01/02/18 15/03/18 27/04/18

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02/05/18

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24/05/18 12/07/18
Mrs A Amos

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Rev C Aldis

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Mr D Challoner

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Ms C Clark

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Mrs K Hanks

 

 

 

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Rev P Luscombe

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Dr E Onofeghara

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Mrs C Rae

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Ms J Robinson

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Mr T Stevens

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Mrs J Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

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Mrs S Wells

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Rev T Wilson

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Associates

Mrs L Denton

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Mrs R Olley

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Mr A Peach

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Ms E Windon

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MEETING ATTENDANCE 2017 – 2018
Governors 27/09/18 22/11/18 CANX 29/01/19 28/03/19 23/05/19 11/07/19
Mrs A Amos

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Rev C Aldis

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Mr D Challoner

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Ms C Clark

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Mrs K Hanks

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Miss R Harrington

Rev H Hollands

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Rev J Mackenzie

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Dr E Onofeghara

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Mrs B Naiken-Payne

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Mrs C Rae

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Ms J Robinson

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Mr T Stevens

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Mrs J Sullivan

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Information and Resources for School Governors

KCC is committed to support good governance in all Kent schools including academies, trust and free schools. The governing body has a range of duties and powers, and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

Click here to visit the Kent Gov UK website for further information about; The Governing Body, Becoming a School Governor and Become a Clerk to Governors.

KCC Governors Support Services

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OFSTED reports make specific comments about the effectiveness of the governing body.  With this in mind the Governor Services team offers support, a comprehensive range of training and advice to clerks and governors to help governing bodies fulfil their role effectively, and you will find a variety of documents and links to external sources within the following pages to assist schools in this role. Click here to visit KCC Governor Support Services Website.

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Clerk to Governors

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