Our Governing Body
The Governing Body is constituted in law: which require that a third of governors are directly represented by parents. The church nominates 3 representatives and one member is nominated by the Local Education Authority. Together with a staff representative and 3 co-opted representatives from the local community this makes up the members of the governing body . The governing body can also appoint associate members to address specific issues or short term projects. Our governing body year runs from January to December each year.
The Governors’ use their skills and work life experience to contribute to the leadership and management of our School. We work with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School and Senior Leadership Team to help achieve the best outcomes for all children here at St Alphege CE Infant School & Sunbeams Nursery.
Our focus is on three core strategic functions:
- Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and the performance management of staff;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Statutory Governing Board Information for Academic Year 2022 - 2023
Instrument of Governance and Current Governing Board Membership
- 3 Co-Opted Governors: - Requirement met
- 3 Foundation Governors – Requirement met
- 1 Staff Governor – Requirement met
- 1 Local Authority Governor - Requirement met
- Executive Headteacher / Head of School
- 4 Parent Governors - Requirement met
- 1 Associate Governor at present: -
- Instruments of Governance states the total number of Governors as 13.
- Half, plus one, of those in post must be present at FGB meetings to be legally quorate.
- The School Business Manager and Senior Leaders may be asked to attend meetings as appropriate and agreed at each meeting to report in their professional capacities.
The Governing Board operates in accordance with the requirements of the Education Acts, School Governance Regulations and all other relevant legislation including KCC Local Authority’s Scheme for Financing Schools and with recommended governance practice by DfE; LA; NGA and other advisory bodies.
Within the context of continuing National focus on governing bodies becoming more ‘professional’ in their practice; as evidenced by the OFSTED framework within which governance is judged as part of the leadership and management function, and in the changes to governance legislation driving ‘smaller skills-based’ membership, the Governing Board recognises the need to develop their collective skills and to plan for the future through targeted succession planning and development to ensure continuous improvement in governance for the greater good of the School community.
The full Strategic Governing Board meets 3 times each year, considers reports and recommendations, makes decisions and conducts procedural business.
School Improvement: Resources Team: Finance and Resources Committee meets 4 times each year covering: HT Appraisal; Budget Monitoring; Health and Safety; Facilities and Fabric; Staffing
School Improvement: Standards Team: Pupil Issues and Curriculum Committee meets 3 times each year covering: Pupil Outcomes; Admissions; Attendance; Exclusions; Safeguarding; Behaviour for Learning; Pupil Welfare; Teaching and Learning; Diminishing the Difference; Pupil and Sports Premiums; Christian Distinctiveness and SIAMS; Community Engagement
Governing body statutory information, business interest declarations and meeting attendance data can be found here.
If you are interested in becoming a school governor please speak to the Chair of Governors or the Head of School. For further details about the role of governors click here.
Meet the Governors of St Alphege CE Infant School
Paula Trewin MBE - Co-Opted Governor & Chair of Governors
Currently managing recruitment in London and the Southeast for the Royal Navy, my 29 year service has encompassed roles for training, business, recruitment, government inspectorates, scientific delivery and, above all, leadership. Strategic and structural development, to both protect the school and to take it forward, requires sound commitment, as well as innovative approaches, from the governing body, school team and parents, and I would endeavour to ensure delivery from all who input into the whole school development.
With a daughter who attended the school, I am acutely aware that education is not just about the academics, but about the entire life journey, and we are all responsible to ensure that our children are given an experience that gradually introduces them to the feeling of opportunity, a love of learning, and the confidence to achieve. I would offer a mature, faith driven outlook, ensuring the leadership deliver exciting challenges for the students to develop to their maximum potential, within an environment that is engaging, caring, encouraging and supportive.
Erim Covac - Co-Opted Governor & Chair of Finance and resources committee
I am a Risk Advisory Consultant within the Financial Services sector, as well as a qualified Accountant. I work with numerous organisations helping them achieve regulatory compliance in an efficient and commercially viable manner. I aim to bring my financial acumen and risk governance skills to this role and play a small part in helping the school achieve its ambitious goals in the right way. I have two children, one of whom is in his final year at St Alphege, and the other, currently in Sunbeams, is looking forward to joining Reception next year.
For me, being a co-opted governor is a small payback for the huge efforts put in by the staff of the school which truly benefits not just the children in attendance but the wider community of Whitstable. In my spare time I enjoy watching various sports and keeping fit by running and cycling.
Claire Dale - Co-Opted Governor
I am retired and have lived in Whitstable most of my adult life. I have a grown up family and grandchildren that range in ages from primary school to their mid-twenties, most of whom are still in the Whitstable area.
I have had a varied career working primarily in the Public Sector where I developed strong organisational and listening skills. By working in a variety of organisations from the Australian Government to the NHS I have learnt that if people are involved and engaged at many levels of a business and its environment, not only are they happier, but they are more productive. I took early retirement and lived in Spain for 6 years before returning to the Whitstable in 2020.
I believe that education opens doors to all children. Given the opportunity to grow and develop into the best you can enables each and everyone of us to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. To believe in yourself and your abilities allows you to explore paths in life you would not have anticipated.
Reverend Rachel Webbley – Ex Officio Governor
I work closely with the Headteacher and the RE lead teacher in delivering and monitoring RE and collective worship, as well as the school's performance as a whole. I facilitate the well-established links with St Alphege Church and Diocese, and am also a governor at the Endowed CE Junior School. I am proud of our diverse and inclusive school and am available to provide pastoral care for all members of the school community. My children have progressed through Sunbeams Nursery and continue to flourish in Year R and Year 2. I really enjoy being with the children leading Godly Play sessions and collective worship in school and welcoming the school to the church for visits and collective worship. I have also established and now run the weekly 'StArs' homework club based in the community, giving extra support to many of our school families.
Sally Dixon – Local Authority Governor
I am an aviation consultant with many years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. My previous experience in education has been with degree and postgraduate students having worked with Cranfield University, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. I am the LEA appointed Governor and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference to the community of St. Alphege. The early years in education are so very important to each child’s life chances and I am mindful of this responsibility as I undertake my duties as part of the governing team at the school.
Sarah Hadler - Associate Governor
Being self employed means I have the flexibility to be greatly involved in my children's schooling. I am a trustee and treasurer for a local nursery as well as co-leading their successful PFA team. I feel that it is now that I should also invest time into being a pro-active and effective St Alphege governor. As both of my children attended the school, I am keen to see St Alphege maintaining its high educational standards fo future children.
I would like to be involved in many ways and can bring a parental perspective to issues discussed and am both willing and able to learn and develop new skills if needed. I believe that I am an approachable, reliable, enthusiastic and self-motivated parent and I have the future of St Alphege high on my list of priorities.
I love the feeling of community within the school and feel so fortunate to have been able to send my children into that warmth.
Richard Brown - Parent Governor
Tim Jones - Parent Governor
Russell Valler - Parent Governor
I have worked in the Health and Fitness industry for the last decade as a Managing Director and multi-site owner for a nationwide network of gyms. I also have several other business interests ranging from contact centres to coffee shops.
Having run my own businesses for a number of years I bring a spectrum of experience and drive to St Alphege that I feel will be hugely beneficial to the already impressive leadership team.
My Wife and I were looking for a different lifestyle for my family and therefore relocated to Whitstable last year and have been delighted in the progress my eldest has made since arriving at the school. The environment and ethos are something I look forward to helping support and drive forwards in the coming years.
Pamela Pitman - Parent Governor
I am one of the Directors of a Lighting and Stage Design company working in the music industry both across the UK and internationally. I have a son currently in Yr2 and a daughter due to start in reception next year. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the St Alphege team helping to raise and maintain high standards at our school by representing the parent’s perspective on decisions. I’ve worked extensively within the Arts both in education departments and administration at the National Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Tate Modern Gallery and Royal Court Theatre and believe in the vital and lasting impact that culture and creative engagement (creating, making, building, imagining and moving) can have throughout every aspect of life for children (and for all of us). I would love to be a part of ensuring that all children have the best possible start on their educational journey enabling them to learn, grow and thrive.
Abigail Mason - Foundation Governor
I am a Financial Manager with many years’ experience across a variety of sectors including Corporate (City of London), Private (construction) and Charity (education).
My experience within education was gained over ten years working for an education charity in Hackney, East London. The charity works with schools across the borough from early reception to Year 13. I was part of the team that set up the independent school which is housed at the charity and offers a full time curriculum to students aged 14-16 who have been excluded from mainstream school.
I am a member of the St Alphege Church congregation and, as a foundation governor, I am especially interested in how Christian distinctiveness is embedded within the school. I feel privileged to be a Governor at a school with such dedicated staff who are creating a rich learning environment which also encompasses community and play.
Ralph Norman - Foundation Governor
I am an academic theologian with long experience of working in the university sector. I manage a team of academics delivering degree programmes in Theology as well as Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics at Canterbury Christ Church University. I also serve as an External Examiner for other universities in the UK.
My experience of working in Higher Education has included visits to educational institutions in places such as Hong Kong, Tanzania, South Africa and the U.S. where I have gained knowledge and understanding of different perspectives on learning and teaching. I have had experience of working with the Church of England to train people for Ordained Ministry in Kent and London, and I have also helped provide theological education for BAME church leaders in SE London.
I am a member of the St Alphege Church congregation. As a foundation governor, I am interested in questions of meaning, value, identity, spirituality, and belonging at St Alphege School.