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Our Governors

School governors are volunteers whose collective aim and responsibility is to ensure that the education and welfare of all of the children remains the primary focus of the school.

We do this by holding to account the headteacher and staff in a constructive and supportive way.

We take collective responsibility for the overall strategic management of the school and we are legally responsible for this. We are not responsible for managing the day to day running of the school – that is the responsibility of the headteacher.

Our three principal responsibilities are:

  • a) To determine the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • b) To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • c) To oversee the financial performance of the school to ensure that its money is well spent.

Our Governing Body

 

Nominating Authority

First Appointed

Term Start

Term End

Co-opted governors

 

 

 

 

Mr Ian Fidge

Board of Governors

27 Jan 2021

27 Jan 2021

26 Jan 2025

Mr Graham Letley

Board of Governors

16 Jul 2016

15 Jul 2020

15 Jul 2024

Dr Catherine Sotillo

Board of Governors

27 Sep 2017

27 Sep 2017

26 Sep 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

Mrs Kristina Dyer

Board of Governors

01 Jun 2019

01 Jun 2019

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

Parent governors

 

 

 

 

Dr Ed Morgan-Jones

Parent Election

14 May 2019

14 May 2014

13 May 2023

Mr Julian Norris

Parent Election

27 Jan 2021

27 Jan 2021

26 Jan 2025

       Ms Rachel Van de       Merwe

   Parent Election

    26 Jan 2022

    26 Jan 2022

 26 Jan 2026

Staff governor

 

 

 

 

Mrs Grainne Pickles

Staff Election

04 Feb 2020

04 Feb 2020

03 Feb 2024

 

 

 

 

 

Foundation governors

 

 

 

 

Catherine Wagstaff

Methodist Church

 6 July 2021

6 July 2021 

 5 July 2025

Rev Paul Glass

Methodist Church

21 Mar 2019

21 Mar 2019

20 Mar 2023

 

 

 

 

 

Local Authority Governors

 

 

 

 

Mr John Benner

KCC

27 Sep 2017

27 Jan 2021

26 Jan 2025

 

 

 

 

 

Foundation Ex-Officio

 

 

 

 

Rev Timothy Nicholls

Methodist Church

01 Sep 2018

01 Sep 2018

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk

 

 

 

 

Ms Lin Walkerdine

KCC

 11 Mar 2022

11 Mar 2022 

 

 

Click here for our Governing Body Structure

Governors at St Peter’s are drawn from the local education authority, the church, parents, teachers and representatives of the local community.

In consultation with Mrs Dyer and her senior leadership team we are responsible for setting the annual budget, preparing and reviewing the multitude of policies schools are now required to have, appointing staff and agreeing pay, monitoring the school’s performance, and agreeing targets.

The governors have to act collectively and not as individuals although we encourage each governor to take a leading role in a particular area of the school’s affairs.

To sum up our role in a phrase, we are expected to act as a ‘critical friend’ to Mrs Dyer and the school. We challenge in a constructive way how the school is run and support her and her team in carrying out the policies we have agreed. We come from very varied backgrounds: some of us are retired; some of us are still at work; some are parents (with all the family demands that entails) and we can all bring a different contribution to the life of the school including expertise in various fields that can reinforce the resources available to the school. The common strength we have is that we all care about the education and welfare of the children in the school, albeit from varying points of view, and we contribute our experience freely.

We are expected to undergo regular training so that we are up to date in a wide variety of topics including: Safeguarding, Handling complaints, Analysis and interpretation of data, Financial management and Performance management of the headteacher. We monitor what is happening at the school by visiting, observing and asking questions of the staff and the children.

If you want to contact governors, either with positive comments about the school or about an issue that concerns you, please do so by emailing:

jbenner@st-peters-canterbury.kent.sch.uk

Statutory Information 2020-21

St Peter’s Methodist Primary School

Minutes of FGB meetings are available on request from the school office

Governors’ Record of Attendance 2020-21

 

Name/Date

16/09/21

25/11/20

27/01/21

23/03/21

17/05/21

06/07/21

% attendance

Kristina Dyer

P

PP

PP

PP

P

P

100

John Benner

P

P

P

P

P

P

100

Cathy Sotillo

P

A

P

P

P

P

83

Tim Nicholls

A

P

P

P

P

A*

66

Graham Letley

P

P

P

P

A

P

83

Ian Fidge

 

n/a

P

P

P

P

P

100

Paul Glass

 

P

P

A

P

P

P

83

Ed Morgan-Jones

P

P

P

P

P

P

100

Julian Norris

n/a

n/a

P

P

P

P

100

Grainne Pickles

P

P

P

P

P

P

100

P| Present
P* | Present for part of meeting

A | Apologies

A*| Sabbatical Leave

St Peter’s Methodist Primary School

Governor Declarations of Interest 2020-21

Governor

Declarations

Details

John Benner

None

 

Kristina Dyer

None

 

Paul Glass

TBA

 

Graham Letley

None

 

Ed Morgan- Jones

TBA

 

Tim Nicholls

TBA

 

Julian Norris

TBA

 

Grainne Pickles

None

 

Catherine Sotillo

Yes

Husband is a governor at Kent College (since 01/06/19)

 

Ian Fidge

Yes

Partners in Learning Trust – Member since 09/11/18

Milton Court Primary School – Governor since 30/06/20