The core responsibilities involved are:
- Ensuring accountability
- Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher
- Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
- Budgetary allocation and control
- Planning for the long term future of the school
- Setting the school’s aims and values
- Appointing senior members of staff including the Head Teacher
Ensure the Christian ethos of the school is maintained and developed.
Ensure there is daily Collective Worship and weekly teaching of Religious Education.
The role of the Governors is to ensure that all the statutory duties of governance in the school are carried out.
In addition they are charged to ensure that the school carries out its School Improvement Plan.
The Governors work with the Diocese as part of the Multi Academy Trust.
The Chair of the Governors is more than happy to answer any questions on governance and can be contacted through the school or on the following email address: COG@eastchurch.school
Our Governors are:
Mr Aaron Janes, Chair of Governors - Director Appointed Governor
Mrs Naomi Ivory - Headteacher Governor
Mrs Kelly Lockwood - Staff Governor
Ms Vikki Street - Parent Governor
Ms Anne Panayiotou, Vice Chair of Governors - Director Appointed Governor
Mr Mark Butler - Parent Governor
Mrs Bridget Methuen - Director Appointed Governor
Ms Danni Driscoll - Director Appointed Governor
Mrs Clare Evenden - Director Appointed Governor
Terms of Office - Local Governing Board
Aaron Janes - Chair of Governors
Hello and welcome. I am currently the Chair of Governors at Eastchurch being elected by the Governors to serve as their Chair at the start of the school year 2017/18 initially for one year. At the start of the 2018/19 school year the Governors elected that I serve as Chair for 4 more years.
Anne Panayiotou - Vice Chair of Governors
I have lived on Sheppey since 1996, and both my children attended schools on Sheppey. I am keen to still be involved in education on Sheppey so when I was asked to consider becoming a school governor, I was pleased to do so.
I am a retired teacher, I spent over half of my career teaching in Swale schools, including eleven years in a Middle school on Sheppey. I have always enjoyed working with and supporting the children and parents as well as the staff in the schools where I have been employed. Eastchurch School has a happy, welcoming atmosphere, where the children are polite and keen to do their best.
I have just completed my first year as a governor for Eastchurch Primary School and this year, I have been invited to be Vice Chair of Governors. I am looking forward to working with the school and supporting them in all their endeavours.
I have been in education for most of my adult life, both as a primary teacher and as a tutor for trainee teachers, but am now retired. I have also been a Governor at several primary schools, mainly in London. I am a child of the vicarage and also married a vicar, so am rooted within the Church of England. Most of the schools in which I have taught have been Church of England Aided, however as a Governor I have worked both with schools which have a faith foundation and with those which do not. I have recently moved onto the Island to be with my family.
I have a real passion for trying to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfil their potential and believe that schools are a vital part of this. I am keen to support the staff at both sites in their endeavours to give all the children an engaging curriculum in a safe environment to ensure that the children can make outstanding progress. This will enable them to become confident in their own abilities, to have a feeling of self-worth and to develop a life-long love of learning.
I am also eager to support both staff, pupils and parents/carers as they foster a welcoming school community which is both caring and encourages them to be open to the opinions, values and beliefs of others.
I have worked in education supporting students with all aspects of financial planning and management for many years. Currently I am a Senior Finance Manager at a university managing income, its various streams and Accounts Receivable.
I have two children, one of whom is currently at university in year 3, the other is grown up now but also went to university and graduated in 2016. My oldest child was the first person in the family to go to university which I am very proud of. When she got accepted, I decided as I worked at one, I should also study and so I have also now graduated having completed my studies as a mature student. My child was an inspiration to me!
I wanted to become a governor so that I can contribute to the local community where I live and as I have worked in education for so long, want to help in any way I can to promote continuous education to children, young people, parents and the wider community. Eastchurch Primary School is passionate about its pupils success and life long learning and I am passionate about young people reaching their full potential and having a great experience along the way and so I am very happy to have this opportunity at this wonderful school.