The Governing Board

The Governing Board

The Governing Body is the key strategic decision-making body of a school. It is their role to set the school’s strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.

The Governing Body has three core strategic functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Holding the Headteacher 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

Greatstone Primary School is classified as a Foundation School and, therefore, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority, the Employer of all Staff and the owner of the land and buildings in addition to the normal responsibilities of school governance.

Governing Body meetings are convened six times a year. In order to carry out its duties more efficiently and to ensure the expertise of individual Governors is used in an effective manner, some functions of the Governing Body have been delegated to three sub-committees, Finance, Personnel, Buildings and Grounds, who meet regularly and report back to the full Governing Body. 

The Governing Body of Greatstone School and Nursery is comprised of 12 members:

  • 2 Partnership Governors – nominated by parents and appointed by the Governing Body
  • 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 Headteacher – an ex-officio Governor
  • 5 Co-opted Governors – appointed by the Governing Body
  •  3 Associate Members

Associate members may vote on committees, if agreed by the Governing Body, but have no voting rights at full Governing Body Meetings.

The Committee is responsible for the oversight of all financial matters, setting the Annual and Three-Year Budget projections, which have to be ratified by the full Governing Body, and sits to consider any recommendations with a financial implication such as building projects, staff payroll amendments, school meal prices etc.

The day to day administration of the School’s financial business is carried out by the Headteacher and the School Administrator. Thanks to their continuing careful management of the allocated budget, Greatstone School continues to be in a healthy financial position. The Governing Body is most appreciative of the high degree of professionalism with which they carry out this difficult task.

The Personnel Committee has been delegated responsibility for all matters relating to human resources, including the appointment, dismissal and redundancy of staff and for the School’s Pay and Rewards Policy. This Committee also has responsibility for Admissions, Appeals and Exclusions. Regular meetings are held during the year to consider a range of employment issues, including reviews of the various Human Resources Policies.

Current Membership

  • Brian Sullivan – Partnership Governor – first elected as Parent Governor (June 1999), appointed Partnership Governor (nominated by parent, appointed by the Governing Body) 2002, re-appointed 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 – current term of office expires 202 Chair of Governors since 2009.Appointed National Leader of Governance in 2015. Previously Chair of Curriculum Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee, Personnel Committee and Strategy Group. Chair of Governors at John Mayne CE Primary school, Biddenden Chair of Interim Governing Board at St Nicholas’ CE Primary Academy, New Romney
  • Louise HarkinsParent Governor – Elected 02/12/14 until 01/12/18  – Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Governor since 2014, Link Governor for EYFS
  • Nicola WoodHeadteacher – ex-officio member of all Committees and the Strategy Group
  • Sam AdamAssociate Member – Elected 10/02/2015 until 09/02/2019 –  Governor since 2011. An experienced finance professional, who has been a member of the governing body since 2011.
  • Michel LaRueCo-opted Governor Elected 09/02/16 until 08/02/2020 – Nominated Governor for Buildings and Grounds. Governor since 2016. – I am an architect by profession. I worked in Local Government in London for forty years, more than thirty of those on buildings for children and young people (nurseries, day centres, schools, youth clubs, etc.). My biggest project was a sixth form college in East London. During my last seven and a half years I acted as a Client Design Advisor within the LB Lambeth Children and Young People Service (CYPS), working as Asset Programme Manager for the Service’s property portfolio. I was a Governor at Thomas Peacocke for fourteen years, during which I helped the College achieve specialist status. I was a Governor at La Sainte Union Voluntary Aided School in Camden for seven years during the time when it went from VA to Foundation status and then back again. 
  • Phil Morgan-JohnCo-opted Governor Elected 01/05/2013 until 30/04/2021 – Chair of Finance Committee, Member of Personnel Committee and Teaching & Learning Committee. Governor since 2001.
  • Rachel Sharman – Co-opted Governor Elected 08/05/2013 until 07/05/2021 –   I am a professional mum of two children who currently attend Greatstone Primary School. I gained my degree in Environmental Health (BSc Hons) and have 20 years experience in food safety and health and safety, both as an enforcement officer for local authority and as a consultant for commercial clients. Whilst relatively new to Greatstone and the school, we have now been here for 5 years, my strengths include being motivated, proactive and approachable. I see this role as a challenge to support the school, parents and carers to ensure the best possible learning experiences and life skills are provided to all children at Greatstone School. Striving to support the head teacher and senior leadership team in maintaining to remain a good school and to progress to an outstanding school, as outlined by Ofsted requirements.
  • Carole SimpsonCo-opted Governor Elected 23/06/2015 until 22/06/2019 Member of the Personnel Committee. I initially came to Greatstone as a Voluntary Reading Helper with Beanstalk.  I live in St Mary’s Bay having moved here from London on my retirement three years ago.  Prior to retirement I worked in a Lewisham primary school as an administrator for 17 years and was also a Staff Governor.  I hope that my prior experience in the education sector will enable me to play an active and effective role as a member of the Governing Body.
  • Mr Nicolas Brooks  – Elected 09/02/2017  Expires 20/02/21 – Co-Opted Governor. Nick became a Co-opted Governor in 2017.Nick is a former Army Officer who became a Governor at Greatstone School in 2017. Retiring from the Army in 2013, Nick worked overseas in Risk Management for two years, in Dubai Afghanistan, Libya and China, undertaking some interesting projects (and encountering some lucky escapes).Operational experience around the world (coupled with the frustration of sustaining an injury as a volunteer crew member of an RNLI lifeboat) gave Nick cause to think about how we integrate life-skills with life-experience and how people overcome injury and disability in the face of adversity. He spent the next two years teaching life-skills to people with learning disabilities and working with adults with autism within the community.Nick now works as a Children’s Officer within fostering services. He specifically represents children with physical and learning disabilities; seeking to match and place the children within foster-family settings. He also acts as a children’s champion, representing the individual child’s interests in all respects, assisting in giving themselves a voice within their own fostering process and finding new ways to enable children to celebrate their development and wonderful achievements.Nick is also a governor of The Beacon School.
  • Mrs Caroline Allen – Elected 21/12/2016 Expires 20/12/2020 – Parent Governor
  • Mrs Jaclyn Kay – Elected 4/17  Expires 4/21 – Co-opted Governor Associate member
  • Mrs Fiona Roberts – Elected 4/17  Expires 4/21 – Co-opted Governor Associate member
  • Mrs U Wooding – Elected 01/08/01 – Clerk
  • Mrs C Oliver – Elected 23/11/16 Expires 22/11/20 -Staff Governor

Members Resigned since September 2015 Clive Wire – Local Authority Governor 07/10/15 until 07/2019

Clive WireLocal Authority Governor 07/10/15 until 07/2019

Paul Black – Partnership Governor 14/10/2014 – 13/10/2018

Darren Sharp – Co-opted Governor  17/09/2013  – 16/09/2018

Elaine Warne – Staff Governor, Liza Cayley – Parent Governor, Sarah Challis  – Parent Governor 09/02/16 – 5/16, Neil Powney – Co-opted Governor 12/11/2013 until 21/02/2017, Nicola StaceCo-opted Governor 21/02/18, Clive WireLocal Authority Governor 07/10/15 until 07/2019

The following Governors have Registered Business Interests in relation to the School:

Brian Sullivan – Physical Education Consultant, Swimming Teacher, Vice Chair of Governors at Smeeth Primary School and a Governor at John Mayne C of E Primary School.

Louise Harkins – Partner employed by the School

Nicola Wood – Husband  employed by the School

Nicolas Brooks – A governor of The Beacon School. Partner employed by the School

CommitteeMeeting DateAttendedApologies
Teaching and Learning19/10/201670