The Local Governing Board comprises eight 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:
Hilary Honeysett - Chair Foundation governor
Sara Williamson - Headteacher Governor
Diana Tyler– Foundation governor
Jo Paskhin – Staff Governor (Deputy Headteacher)
Jo Vos – Co-opted Governor
Jeanette Kennett - Co-opted Governor
Gill Pont - Parent Governor
Nick Brooks - Parent Governor
Should you need to contact any of our governors, please do so via the school office.