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Staplehurst School Governing Body

Together with the Headteacher, the Governing Body has overall responsibility for the running of the school. The Governing Body has a largely strategic role, providing advice and support whilst delegating day-to-day management to the Headteacher and her Senior Leadership Team.

Our Governing Body is made up of 15 representatives from the local community, parents and school staff who are appointed on a voluntary basis and meet up to six times per year.

As well as sitting on the Governing Body, Governors can join one of the committees. The Learning & Development Committee reviews pupils’ performance and looks at the Curriculum and the way it is taught; the Finance & Premises Committee monitors the school’s finances as well as discussing any matters relating to premises and staff; and the Community, Engagement & Growth Committee looks at school development plans and how to engage with the school’s stakeholders. There is also a working party which focuses on pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare. Minutes of the Governing Body meetings are matter of public record and are held in the school office for parents/carers to view upon request.

We also ask Governors to link themselves to a core subject or another important aspect of the school. So our Numeracy ‘Link Governor’ will meet up with the Numeracy Subject Co-ordinator to discuss teaching and learning, while our Safeguarding ‘Link Governor’ will meet up with our Inclusion Manager to discuss any issues which need addressing.

Governance Statement for 2015-16

List of Governors

including Meeting attendance record

Name and type of Governor Date of appointment
Meeting attendance for the 2015-16 academic year
FGB L & D F & R CEG F & P
Ex-officio Staff Governor
Cathy Farthing Headteacher n/a 5/5 5/6 3/4 1/1 n/a
Staff Governor appointed by Staff Electorate
Parent Governors appointed by Parent Electorate
Caroline Bennett 12.02.2016 3/3 n/a n/a 1/1 n/a
Penny Evans 12.02.2016 3/3 1/1 n/a n/a n/a
Co-opted Governors appointed by Governing Body
Sean Clark
Chair of F&P
09.03.2016 2/3 n/a 1/1 n/a 1/1
  Declared interest: Wife is Administration Assistant: SIMs & Communication at the school.
Caroline Downey
Chair of FGB
Chair of L&D
31.08.2014 4/5 4/6 4/4 n/a n/a
Rob Hartley 16.09.2014 4/5 5/6 n/a 1/1 n/a
Mary Henley 16.09.2014 5/5 6/6 n/a n/a n/a
  Declared interest: Son is a Director of Zulogic Ltd – a supplier to the school.
Denize Jackson 20.01.2016 2/2 n/a 1/1 1/1 0/1
Victoria Laslett 16.09.2014 5/5 n/a 4/4 0/1 1/1
Paul Turpin
Chair of CEG
31.08.2014 3/5 n/a 4/4 1/1 n/a
Fran Zimber Business Manager 31.08.2014 5/5 n/a 4/4 1/1 1/1
Local Authority Governor appointed by Local Authority
Chris Roome Vice-chair of FGB 27.04.2016 4/5 5/6 n/a n/a n/a
  Declared interest: Associate Governor at Abbey Court School.


Former Governors (2016-17)
Liz Rickaby
Co-opted Governor
18.05.16 – 03.05.17
Sarah Friend
Staff Governor
13.02.15 – 31.03.17
Simon Hoult
Local Authority
27.04.2012 – 30.08.2014
31.08.2014 – 11.01.2017
Jo Campbell
Associate Member
23.09.2015 – 13.04.2016
Amanda Jones
13.02.2015 – 11.02.2016


All Governors have a term of office of four years.

Governors who are unable to attend meetings due to prior commitments/unforeseen circumstances are still able to review all
relevant documentation and provide written input. Attendance at FGB and Committee meetings is just one aspect of Governors’ time commitment;
they also come into school for monitoring sessions, meetings with staff members and pupil-led celebrations, as well as attending external


FGB = Full Governing Body

L&D = Learning & Development Committee

CEG = Community, Engagement and Growth Committee (created May 2016)

F&P = Finance & Premises Committee (created May 2016)

F&R = Finance & Resources Committee (disbanded May 2016)



Staplehurst School currently has three vacancies for Co-opted Governors on its Governing Body. A person specification and application form can be downloaded below. If you would like more information, please contact the school on 01580 891765 (term time only) or email The deadline for applications is Thursday, 31 August 2017.

Person specification for Co-opted Governor post.  (pdf document)

Application form for Co-opted Governor.  (Microsoft Word document)


How to contact us:

If you wish to raise an issue about the governance of the school, please write to the Chair via the school office or email the Clerks: