Information for Prospective Governors

What do we do?

The Governing Body is legally responsible for:

  • setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

How do we operate?

The full Governing Body meets once per term (ie 6 times per year). We discuss a wide range of business and every meeting begins with an opening prayer.

In addition the Governing Body has 5 “Monitoring Pairs” to which two or more governors are assigned. The Monitoring Pairs take responsibility for a specific area of work, and report back to the full Governing Body. The frequency of meetings varies depending on the area and can be from once per term to two times per year. Currently Monitoring Pairs work in the following areas:

  • Standards and Achievement
  • Quality of Teaching and Curriculum
  • Finance, Personnel and Premises
  • Behaviour and Safety
  • Christian Distinctiveness

How do I contact the Governing Body?

You can contact us by emailing the Clerk:

Or by telephone to the School Office 01227 831312

Or many of us are parents, and always happy to chat at the school gate!

Important Documents


Terms of Reference 2016-17 562.49 KB 22 downloads


Terms of Reference 2015-16 391.95 KB 18 downloads


Annual Governance Statement Sep 2015 382.55 KB 20 downloads


    List of Current Governors:

    The Governing Body includes representatives from the church, the community, local education authority (LEA), parents and staff. Most serve for a 4 year term. Parent governors are elected by a ballot of parents.

    The current membership of the Governing Body is listed below.

    Name Governor Type  Term Ends   Image
    Jacqui Connelly(Chair) Foundation Governor (appointed by Barham Church)  19.05.19  jc
    John Pierson (Vice Chair) LA Governor 07.10.19  jp
    Alison Higgins Headteacher  ah
    Victoria Bruce Staff Governor  31.08.19  vb
    Colin Morrall Co-opted Governor 31.08.19  cm
    Foundation Governor – Vacancy
    Stef Gidney Foundation Governor 31.08.19  sg
    Katrina Brown  Parent Governor  27/06/16  dsc_1449
    Lucy Gill Co-opted Governor 31.08.19  lg
    Peter Williams Co-opted Governor  10/03/20
    Michelle Weatherby Clerk to the Governors
    Tim Hopthrow Co-opted Governor  10.03.20
    Anna Weinel Parent Governor  23.11.16  aw


    You can see the current full Governor Record of Interests below:

    Governor Name Business


    Pair membership  Other
    Relationships to


    Alison Higgins Staff member
    Johnnie Peirson
    Quality of Teaching & the Curriculum
    Katrina Brown Finance, Personnel and Premises
    Tim Hopthrow Standards & Achievements
    Jacqui Connelly
    Finance, Personnel & Premises
    Victoria Bruce Behaviour & Safety  Staff member
    Stef Gidney Christian Distinctiveness
    Colin Morrall Finance, Personnel & Premises  Partner, Hannah Brice,
    Teaching Assistant
    Lucy Gill Quality of Teaching & the Curriculum
    Peter Williams Behaviour & Safety Governor of Mundella Primary School in Folkestone


    Can I see a record of meeting minutes?

    Yes! If you wish to discuss anything, have a hard copy or obtain further information please just ask. Please note that papers referred to in the minutes are available on request.