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Welcome from the Governing Body of Smeeth Community Primary School.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher
The roles and responsibilities of School Governors are broad-reaching and an overview can be found on the link below:
The Smeeth Governing Body meets once a term. Training for governors is generally attached to a meeting or can sometimes be a whole day of training, although dates are always given well in advance. All governors receive full induction training into the role along with a governor mentor/buddy to support them within the role.
To find out the role of a governor, please see the attached document at the bottom of this page.
The Smeeth Governing Body is a dedicated, enthusiastic and positive group of volunteers who work hard to fulfil their role. We strive to stimulate, support, develop and safeguard the children in our care, managing the school finances, driving development and improvement, monitoring progress and supporting and challenging the staff in their work of delivering “Small School, Big Dreams”.
The Governing Body of Smeeth Community Primary School is comprised of 8 members:
- 2 Parent Governors - elected by parents
- 1 Local Authority Governor - nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body
- 1 Staff Governor - elected by the School Staff
- The Head Teacher - an ex officio Governor
- 1 Co-opted Governor - appointed by the Governing Body
- 2 Foundation Governors.
Our current Governing Body is made up as follows:
L.A. Governors appointed by Kent Education Committee
(Awaiting decision for Keith Bowley's application for position)
Chair of Governors - Mr Lee McRoberts (Appointed October 2012)
Responsibilities for 2018/2019 - Performance Management (Head Teacher Management Team), Safeguarding and Online Safety
My name is Lee McRoberts and I am a Parent Governor, appointed as Chair and I currently live in Brabourne Lees with my family. My eldest daughter is in Eagle Class and my youngest daughter is in Woodpecker Class.
I am currently a Senior Manager within Network Rail and I have been in the rail industry since leaving school. Over the years my roles have varied from engineering, construction and project management and within my current role I am responsible for the delivery of a number of projects in excess of £100 million. I therefore have a good grounding in a number of key governance areas such as commercial and financial matters with respect to budgets, performance management, strategic planning along with excellent people and programme management skills. These are all supported by my engineering and construction background which I hope can be used to support the staff and children at Smeeth Community Primary School.
My main reason for joining the Governing body was to get a better understanding of the running of the school and to actively support any development and improvements by drawing on the skills and knowledge I have gained throughout my career. My belief is that a primary school should provide a good level of education but that it should also produce a rounded and confident child who is secondary ready when they move on. In my personal opinion Smeeth School does a fantastic job of giving our children the best education possible along with some great life skills, especially first class sledging fun when the weather allows!
Vice Chair of Governors - Mr James Dearden (Appointed January 2018)
Responsibilities for 2018/19 - Performance Management (Head Teacher Management Team), Website & Communications
I am a Parent Governor living in Willesborough, on the edge of Ashford. I have two daughters at Smeeth, who joined the school in Robins and Woodpeckers, but are now making their way through the classes. The enjoyment I see in their faces and the care with which the school looks after them, motivated me to join the Governing body. I wanted to contribute to the school in recognition of the excellent job they are doing for my daughters.
I travel to London every day for work in my role as an IT Consultant, but I always look forward to the opportunities I get to visit the school and assist where I can. In my spare time, what little there is after my DIY chores, I enjoy skiing and sailing.
(Keith Bowley applied for LA Governor position - awaiting decision)
Keith Bowley (Appointed 26th September 2017)
Responsibilities for 2018/19- Health & Safety
Born in West London I moved to Kent more than 40 years ago having lived mainly in Hythe and Brabourne Lees. Until my retirement I had worked for Saga Group as an Operations and Administration Manager for 25 years and for the last 5 years worked on the Roger De Haan Charitable trust as the link person between schools and sports organisations in the Shepway area. This led me nicely into education where for 15 years I worked at a local secondary school working primarily with disadvantaged children.
The chance to share my knowledge and experience as a governor at a local school and to once again to be involved with teachers and children was an opportunity I could not miss and look forward to helping the School and its children grow and develop in every way.
Kathleen MacPhee (Appointed April 2018)
My name is Kathleen MacPhee and I am a Foundation Governor. I am a retired Civil Servant and I have lived in Brabourne Lees since 2008. My interest in education started with my three children and I was a school governor at a primary school in Hampshire. I was also involved in three senior schools where I was on the committees of the Parent Teacher Associations. This interest continues with my grandchildren. In the current educational climate I think that it is very important to support local schools and I look forward to giving my support to the staff and children of Smeeth Community Primary School.
Mr Michael Stickler (Appointed October 2011)
I have had a long association with Smeeth, having had various foster children enrolled here over 18 years. I now have three grandchildren attending the school and enjoy being involved in school events and activities. I care very much about the school and the educational experience that the staff and parents aim to provide. My child in care background may help with keeping children safe and helps with pastoral care and protection.
Ms Jennifer Payne - Head Teacher (Appointed September 2015)
Responsibilities for 2018/19 - SEND
Mr James Peall - Teacher (Appointed January 2019)
Responsibilities for 2018/19 -
Mrs Charlotte Burke (Appointed October 2012)
Responsibilities for 2017/18 - Training and Development
I am a Parent Governor, living in Smeeth, and have a daughter in Eagles and a son in Woodpeckers. As a Governor, my particular focus in on EYFS/Robins, Pupil Progress and Curriculum, and I am also working to increase and improve the music provision in the school. Outside school, I run my own music buisness and am a keen Nordic Walker.
Vacancy for Parent Governor as of 11th February 2019.
Clerk to the Governors
Ms Susan Foster (Appointed 1st September 2017)
Clerk of the Governing Body
Register of Business Interests
Please see attached table for business interests, terms of office, roles and responsibilities;
Policies and Procedures
In order to ensure the School operates efficiently and to comply with legal obligations, a number of policies and procedures have been put in place. The impact of these policies is monitored and they are reviewed regularly.
The Policies currently in place are:
Pay and Rewards Policy
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Looked After Children Policy
Leave of Absence (Staff) Policy
Behaviour Management Policy
Managing Sickness Absence Policy
School Medication Policy
Accidents and Illness Procedures Policy
Capability Procedure and Physical Intervention Policy
Staff Disciplinary Code Policy
Grievance Procedure Policy
Sex and Relationships Education Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Charging and Remissions Policy
FoI and Data Protection Policy
Some Policies are available to view on the School website (as required by law). Requests to view copies of other Policies will be given consideration.
Minutes of the Governor Meetings can be requested through an email request to the headteacher.
All of our Governors attend Full Governing Body meetings which take place seven times a year. In addition to this Governors have a link to individual classes and subject or project development.
Some of our Governors have specific responsibilities for statutory duties such as Safeguarding, SEND and Health and Safety.
If you are interested in becoming a School Governor, please speak to one of the exising Governors or get in contact with the School.