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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, 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.

David Rosenthal

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.

Committee Membership: Curriculum Committee, Data Committee, Headteacher Performance Management Committee, Pay Committee.

End of Term of Office: 26th November 2021

Attendance Record 2021/22: 1 of 1

Business or Pecuniary Interests: DR Consulting, Educational Advice, Inspection and Support Service provided to the Government of Jersey.

Karen Blake-Morris

During her teaching career, Karen has been a local authority advisor, a Deputy Headteacher and a training provider for Primary School teachers. She is now a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). Karen currently has two children at St Botolph’s.

Committee Membership: Data Committee, Ethos and Welfare Committee, one of the nominated Governors for Special Education Needs and Disabilities

End of Term of Office: 4th October 2022

Attendance Record 2021/22: 1 of 1

Business or Pecuniary Interests: None declared

Amy Chitty

End of Term of Office: Not Applicable

Attendance Record 2021/22: 1 of 1

Business or Pecuniary Interests: Chitbrook Services (Spouse’s company)

Roxan Montgomery

Appointed by the staff of St Botolph’s. Roxan has worked at St Botolph’s since 2016. She is currently a Year 6 teacher, the Phase 3 Leader and the Maths Lead.

Committee Membership: Curriculum Committee.

End of Term of Office: 13th October 2024

Attendance Record 2021/22: 1 of 1

Governors Appointed by the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust

Martin is retired and previously worked for 14 years as Bursar at Gravesend Grammar School and, prior to that, as a Management Accountant for 32 years at Thames Water.  He has been a Governor at Mayfield Grammar School for 16 years and was a past Governor at St Botolph’s. Martin is a Finance Advisor to the Governors at Lawn School and is the Finance Officer of several local charities.

Committee Membership: Curriculum Committee, Finance Committee, Pay Committee

End of Term of Office: 17th September 2024

Attendance Record 2021/22: 1 of 1

Business or Pecuniary Interests: Governor at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

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 holds a pastoral office at St Mary’s.

Committee Membership: Curriculum Committee, Finance Committee

End of Term of Office: 17th July 2023

Attendance Record 2021/22: 1 of 1

Business or Pecuniary Interests: Governor at Saint George’s School, Gravesend

Revd Charlie Lloyd-Evans is the Priest-in Charge of the Parishes of St Mary, Greenhithe and St Peter and St Paul, Swanscombe. Prior to taking up her appointment in these parishes she had been living in the United Arab Emirates for 9 years. Reverend Charlie trained for ministry while in the UAE, and was Priest at St Andrew’s Church in Abu Dhabi and St Thomas Church in Al Ain. Prior to her calling to ministry, she had a career in Engineering and Software Development.

Committee Membership:

End of Term of Office: 28th March 2025

Attendance Record 2021/22: 0 of 1

Business or Pecuniary Interests: Trustee of Mary’s Child Charity

Father Cyril was formerly a teacher and is currently the Priest of the Parish of St Botolph’s and St Marks.

Committee Membership: Ethos and Welfare Committee, one of the nominated Governors for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

End of Term of Office: 29th April 2023

Attendance Record 2021/22: 0 of 1

Business or Pecuniary Interests: Parish Priest, St Botolph’s and St Mark’s

Wendy 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.

Committee Membership: Ethos and Welfare Committee, Pay Committee, one of the nominated Governors for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

End of Term of Office: 9th October 2023

Attendance Record 2021/22: 0 of 1

Business or Pecuniary Interests: None declared

Chiedu Uraih

Chiedu’s work life has equipped him with patience and some skills to help people get the best out of technology. His interests lie in identifying processes and mapping them diagrammatically. Chiedu has one child at St Botolph’s.

Committee Membership: Data Committee, Nominated Governor for Training

End of Term of Office: 17th September 2024

Attendance Record 2021/22: 0 of 1

Business or Pecuniary Interests: Spouse of Teacher at St Botolph’s CEP School

Governors who have stepped down within the last 12 months

 

NamePositionDate of Stepping Down
Joe KingGovernor6th July 2021
Darren SmithGovernor29th March 2021
Lynda PollardStaff Governor12th October 2020
Penny Scott-BeaulieuGovernor27th September 2020
Michele WoodhamParent Governor31st August 2020

Clerk

Louise Lawrence – clerk@st-botolphs.kent.sch.uk


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