At St Botolph’s, we pride ourselves on offering our children quality education within a safe and nurturing environment. We continually strive to improve, giving our children exciting opportunities to broaden their horizons.
The St Botolph’s Curriculum has carefully planned activities and learning which matches our children’s needs, expanding their opportunities and widening their horizons. Learning is carefully connected, interweaving knowledge and skills to make it meaningful, while ensuring that the National Curriculum is followed.
Our school is a member of the Aletheia 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 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: Quality of Education (Incl. curriculum) Committee, Data Committee and Pay Committee
End of Term of Office: 25th November 2025
Attendance Record 2022/23: 5 of 6
Business or Pecuniary Interests: DR Consulting, Educational Advice, Inspection and Support Service provided to the Government of Jersey.
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: Quality of Education (Incl. curriculum) Committee, Finance Committee and SIAMS Committee
End of Term of Office: 31st August 2027
Attendance Record 2022/23: 4 of 6
Business or Pecuniary Interests: Governor at Saint George’s School, Gravesend
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, Safeguarding, Ethos and Wellbeing Committee and one of the nominated Governors for Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
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: Quality of Education (Incl. curriculum) Committee, Finance Committee and Pay Committee
End of Term of Office: 17th September 2024
Attendance Record 2022/23: 6 of 6
Business or Pecuniary Interests: Governor at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend