Governors

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, se 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 fulfil 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.

Current Vacancies

We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor.  For further details, please click here.

Chair

Name End of Term of Office
David Rosenthal 26 November 2021
Member of the Curriculum 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
Anne Southgate 11 February 2019
Member of the Ethos and Welfare Committee, Data Committee and Pay Committee. As Headteacher of Saint George’s CE School, Anne set up the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust. She is currently a SIAMS inspector for Rochester and Canterbury Dioceses and an assessor for the Church of England Professional Qualification for headship.

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 the Year 6 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
Canon Ted Goodyer 14 May 2022
Fr Ted is a Governor at three schools.  He is the Chaplain of Huggens College, Northfleet, which provides Almshouse accommodation for members of the Church of England, or members of Churches affiliated to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

 

Name Expiry of Term
Rev Joe King 14 July 2019
Member of the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee and Ethos and Welfare Committee.

Rev King has been involved with church school and education all of his working life, so the opportunity to become involved with St Botolphs 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 year.

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

 

Name Expiry of Term
Nick Richmond 14 July 2019
Member of the Finance Committee and Ethos and Welfare Committee.

Nick is a qualified chartered accountant (CIMA; The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) with over 15 years of experience in analysing and maintaining the finances of professional services organisations.

 

Name Expiry of Term
Penny Scott-Beaulieu 26 November 2021
Member of the Curriculum Committee, Pay Committee and nominated governor for additional educational needs.

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
Darren Smith 24 September 2018
Member of the Finance Committee.

Darren has two children who attend the St Botolph’s and has been a governor for four years.  He is an Operations Manager in transport & logistic for John Lewis Partnership.

 

 

Elected Parents

 

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 now has two children at St Botolph’s and currently works part time in various rolls.

Clerk to Governors
Kim Barton – Clerk@st-botolphs.kent.sch.uk

Register of Business Interests

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2017/18