Our school is a member of the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust, which has overarching responsibility for a growing number of schools in North-West Kent. The Trust has constituted a Local Board of Governors for St Botolph’s. The Board has responsibility for the detailed oversight of all the school does.

Legally, the Board of Governors has three main responsibilities, which are to:

  • Ensure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the school’s leaders to account for educational performance of pupils and the effectiveness of staff
  • Check the school’s financial arrangements and make sure money is well spent.

As part of the above, governors:

  • Set out a vision for the way the school should function and what it should achieve
  • Support, and challenge the headteacher and her staff
  • Check and discuss how well the school’s pupils are doing by looking carefully at test results and assessments
  • Monitor the school’s plans for spending money and to make sure it is spent wisely and efficiently. This includes the appointment of staff, staff pay and pay rises
  • Checking on the welfare of pupils and the school’s arrangements for safeguarding them
  • Ensuring there is a broad and balanced curriculum which leads to good achievement in a wide range of subjects
  • Encouraging cooperation with other schools, particularly those which are members of the Trust, so we share expertise and develop our staff
  • Recruit governors and train governors so they bring the required range of understanding and skills to their work

Governors will always do their best to represent the interests of children, parents and the local community. Governors act as a Board and have no authority to act, communicate or make decisions individually, unless the Board has formally delegated the responsibility to do so. Governors have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice. In terms of their legal responsibilities for staff, they will fulfill all that is expected of a good employer. If it is necessary to consider complaints from parents or staff, they will follow the procedures set out by the Board.

We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor. For more information, please use the following link


Name End of Term of Office
David Rosenthal 26 November 2021
Member of the Curriculum Committee, Data Committee, Headteacher Appraisal Committee and Pay Committee.

David has a wide background in education, having been Headteacher of two schools, an Ofsted lead inspector and manager of a large advisory service in London.  He currently works as an independent schools adviser.

Vice Chair

Name End of Term of Office
Karen Blake-Morris 4 October 2022
See below.

Head Teacher

Name Expiry of Term
Amy Chitty N/A

Staff Governor

Name Expiry of Term
Lynda Pollard 12th June 2020
Appointed by the staff of St Botolph’s.

Member of the Curriculum Committee.

Lynda has over 20 years of teaching experience, working in schools within Gravesham and Dartford. She is currently a Year 2 teacher and English Leader at St Botolph’s. In addition to her school role, Lynda works alongside the Kent Assessment Team; carrying out moderation visits and supporting schools with teaching and assessing writing.

Governors Appointed by the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust

Name Expiry of Term
Susan Glover 17 July 2023
Member of the Curriculum Committee, the Ethos and Welfare Committee and the Nominated Governor for Training.

Susan was a secondary school teacher for over 30 years and currently volunteers as a Bereavement Counsellor.  She has been a Governor at Saint George’s since 2013.  Susan is a committed Christian and and holds a pastoral office at St Mary’s.


Name Expiry of Term
Rev Joe King 31 December 2021
Rev King has been involved with church school and education all of his working life, so the opportunity to become involved with St Botolph’s was happily accepted. He has been involved with the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust since its formation and has worked with Saint George’s School for 30 years.

He is pleased to see St Botolph’s School going from strength to strength.


Name Expiry of Term
Penny Scott-Beaulieu 26 November 2021
Member of the Curriculum Committee, Pay Committee and Nominated Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Now retired, Penny has worked as a teacher in primary education throughout her career, covering the whole primary range and both state and private sectors. She has lived in Northfleet for over forty years and is a long term member of the choir at St. Botolph’s Church.


Name Expiry of Term
Showers, Fr Cyril 29 April 2021
Member of the Ethos and Welfare Committee.

Fr Cyril was formerly a teacher and is currently an Associate Priest serving as part of the temporary clergy team at All Saints Church, Northfleet.


Name Expiry of Term
Darren Smith 23 September 2022
Member of the Finance Committee.

Darren has a child in Year 3 at St Botolph’s and has been a governor for over four years.  He is an Operations Manager in transport & logistic for John Lewis Partnership.


Name Expiry of Term
Waller, Wendy 9 October 2023
Member of the Pay Committee.

Wendy Waller is currently the church warden at St. Botolph’s Church.  She has recently retired from teaching at primary level, with a specialism in Early Years and Religious Education.

Elected Parents

Name Expiry of Term
Karen Blake-Morris 4 October 2022
Karen is a member of the Data Committee  and Ethos and Welfare Committee and is one of the nominated Governors for Special Education Needs and Disabilities.

During her teaching career she has been a SENCO, a local authority advisor and a Deputy Headteacher.  Her current role is to provide training for Primary School teachers.

Karen currently has two children at St Botolph’s.


Name Expiry of Term
Michele Woodham 31 August 2020
Michele is a member of the Finance Committee and the Ethos Committee

Michele worked for a firm of accountants as a payroll manager before becoming a parent. Michele has a child in Year 5 at St Botolph’s and currently works part time in various rolls.

Clerk to Governors
Kim Barton –

Register of Business Interests

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings