School Governors

Week Ending: 23.02.18

Whole School Attendance: 92.35%.

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The Local Governing Board comprises ten members, eight governors and two associate members; a mix of staff, parents and members of the community whose names are listed below. We have adopted the Circle Model of governance which requires us all to be familiar with all aspects of the educational, legal, financial and strategic imperatives relating to the Tenterden Schools Trust (TST) and those pertaining to St Michael's C of E Primary School particularly. We meet as a group each term.


Our remit and responsibilities are carefully prescribed by the DfE and there is a clerk, currently Jane Phillips, who attends all meetings and produces minutes of all discussions and decisions undertaken. She also provides procedural and regulatory advice on governance.


We monitor a School Improvement Plan prepared by the Headteacher in collaboration with staff and governors aimed at delivering the vision and mission of the school and identified ongoing and specific targets in a given year.   We each take responsibility for a limited number of these specific objectives, paying particular attention to a subject area, class and focus on achieving the best outcomes for our pupils within budget.


In addition to attending meetings, we also try to be in school at least once per term and undertake to attend various training programmes in order to stay up to date with latest developments in the curriculum, legislation etc. All our activity is written up and non -confidential documentation is available on request.  As well as these formal duties, we can be seen at various events in different guises - serving hamburgers on Bonfire Night, selling potted plants at the Summer Fair, baking cakes for Christmas Market!


We maintain a good two-way flow of information, exchange of ideas and sharing of good practice including that relating to school governance with all schools in the TST and with our sister schools in and around Tenterden as part of the Tenterden Rural Alliance.  We work closely with the Diocese to maintain the Christian ethos so tangible in our school.

Membership of the governing body is as follows:

Vanessa Hardy - Chair (also Chair of TST Board of Directors) Co-opted governor

Jo Gandolfo – Co-opted governor

Monica Walton – Parent governor

Rebecca Sharp – Parent governor

Kim Hamilton – Staff governor

Sara Williamson - Headteacher

Hilary Honeysett – Vice Chair/Foundation governor

Diana Tyler– Foundation governor

Jo Paskhin – Associate Member (Deputy Headteacher)

Jo Vos – Associate Member


PDF icon Summary of governor business interests 2016-17.

Meetings for the 2017/2018 academic year are as follows:

Tuesday, 19th September 2017

Wednesday, 15th November 2017

Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Wednesday, 27th June 2018


Vanessa Hardy

Kentish born and bred, I have lived in St Michaels for more than 25 years and a governor at the school for more than 15 years, where my daughter was happily educated. My experience is in banking and accounting and I am keen to make the MAT a real success and see it at the heart of our community. As Chair of MAT Board of Governors, I feel well placed to take a lead in the strategic direction of education from 0-19 in our area.


Jo Gandolfo

A Northerner by birth and half Italian, I have lived around Tenterden for more than 30 years and ran a business from the High Street. My husband and daughter are active Rotarians and I share their commitment to making Tenterden and St Michaels a community to be proud of. I began my career as a teacher and have considerable experience of the commercial world particularly in leadership and development having been an associate at LBS in Executive Education.


Hilary Honeysett

My father ran a green grocery in the High Street so I have a long history in the Tenterden area, having been schooled here. I taught RE and Music at Tenterden Junior School for 27 years and gained a PGCE in Dyslexia and Gifted and Talented Pupils and Inclusive Practice and experience at Wyvern School and two Ashford Infant Schools managing inclusion.  I value hugely the Christian ethos and dedication and atmosphere at St Michael’s and am keen to see our young people well supported.


Kim Hamilton

I have been a member of staff at St. Michael’s for 26 years and both my children attended here.

As a parent and staff member, I value the opportunities St. Michael’s provides for our children and for the solid start we offer for their education in a loving, caring and supportive environment.

As a governor, I am proud to be part of a team which strives to maintain St. Michael’s reputation as a school to be proud of.


Jo Vos

Born in South Wales and having attended a Welsh medium school I am bilingual. I moved to East Sussex in 1994 and have worked as a KCC Community Warden since 2005, based in Tenterden since 2008 and have resided here for the last two year. As part of my role I deliver safety talks to children of all ages, amongst other things, and feel that by serving as a Governor, I am able to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge gleaned from my role into the school, benefitting the children and staff and I am particularly keen to ensure cohesion between the school and the whole community.


Monica Walton

From York and a retired bank manager, I settled in St Michaels 23 years ago. I have two children in their 30’s, am now bringing up my grandson, a former pupil at St Michaels and my husband and I are foster carers with KCC, so I have years of experience of primary schools. I love our little village primary school with its Christian ethos and family feel and am keen to do all I can to support the staff and children to be the best they can be.


Diana Tyler

Born and brought up in Durham City, I have lived in the south east since university days and in Tenterden for 36 years, and with our three children within a 20 mile radius, enjoy an active family life. I taught Social Sciences at F E level in London, worked locally as a Civil Servant, married a furniture designer and subsequently established our own family furniture manufacturing business in Hastings. I sustain a strong Anglican faith, and as Foundation Governor wholeheartedly support our vibrant school and its distinctive Church of England ethos. I believe that your children and your community are our tomorrow.


Should you need to contact any of our governors, please do so via the school office.