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 2016-17

List of Governors

Including Meeting attendance record 

Name and type of Governor Date of appointment / re-appointment Meeting attendance for the 2016-17 academic year 
Ex-officio Staff Governor

Cathy Farthing 

n/a 5/5 6/6 5/6 2/3
Staff Governor appointed by Staff Electorate
Victoria Laslett  25.05.2017  4/5  n/a 6/6  3/3
Parent Governors appointed by Parent Electorate
Caroline Bennett
Vice-Chair of FGB
12.02.2016 3/3 n/a n/a 1/1
Co-opted Governors appointed by Governing Body

Sean Clark
Chair of F&P

09.03.2016 3/5 n/a 6/6 n/a
Declared interest: Wife is Administration Assistant, SIMs & Communication at the school.
Caroline Downey
31.08.2014 5/5 6/6 n/a n/a
Rob Hartley 16.09.2014 4/5 4/6 n/a 3/3
Mary Henley 16.09.2014 4/5 6/6 n/a n/a
Declared interest: Son is a Director of Zulogic Ltd – a supplier to the school.
Stephen Harmer 27.09.2017 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Fran Zimber
Business Manager
31.08.2014 5/5 n/a 6/6 3/3
Local Authority Governor appointed by Local Authority
Chris Roome
Chair of FGB, Chair of L&D
27.04.2016 4/5 6/6 n/a n/a
Declared interest: Associate Governor at Abbey Court School.


Former Governors (2017)
Paul Turpin
Co-opted Governor
31.08.2014 - 16.04.2018
Denise Jackson
Co-opted Governor
20.01.2016 - 26.03.2018
Penny Evans
Parent Governor
12.02.2016 - 20.12.2017
Liz Rickaby
Co-opted Governor

18.05.2016 - 03.05.2017

Sarah Friend
Staff Governor
13.02.2015 - 31.03.2017

Simon Hoult
Local Authority
Co-opted Governor

27.04.2012 - 30.08.2014 
31.08.2014 - 11.01.2017


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 training.

  • FGB = Full Governing Body
  • L&D = Learning & Development Committee
  • CEG = Community, Engagement and Growth Committee
  • F&P = Finance & Premises Committee



Staplehurst School currently has two 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Person-Specification-Co-opted-Governor.pdf.  (pdf document)

Application-Co-Opted-Governor.docx.  (Microsoft Word document)


To view letters from the Governors click here

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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