Governing Body

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do. If you would like a copy of the latest approved minutes from the Governing Body please request via the school office.

Our main role is to challenge and support the school leaders. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.

Our legal duties include:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its 
money is well spent and has an impact on school improvement.

How is the Governing Body formed?

At St Matthew’s we have nine governors in the Governing Body:

  • Two Foundation Governors – representing the Church and appointed by St Matthew’s Church and the Rochester Diocese.
  • Two Parent Governors – elected by the parents of children registered at the school.
  • Two Co-opted Governors – recruited and appointed by the governors, often from the local community.
  • Two Staff Governors – including the Headteacher and a further staff governor elected by staff.
  • One Local Authority Governor- normally recruited by the governing body and then approved by the Local Authority or can be appointed by the Local Authority with agreement from the governing body. 
All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.
  • In addition to the above the governing body does have the ability to appoint associate governors with specific skills and expertise, however they do not have a vote.

School Governor Information, St Matthew’s Primary School, September 2017

Governor Type Surname First Name Appointed by: Start Date End Date Responsibilities Register of Business Interests signed Member of other Governing Bodies? Any business or financial interests to declare?
Co-opted Governor Mackelden Rebecca School 13.03.17 12.03.21 Finance 26.09.17   N
Co-opted Governor Brierley Julian School 13.03.17 12.03.21 Training

Assessment & Progress

26.09.17   N
Associate member MacDougall Isobel   09.01.17 08.01.21 Pay Committee

Early Years

26.09.17   N
Ex Officio Wicks Chris Rochester Diocese 12.11.01 N/A Safeguarding

Leadership & Management

26.09.17   N
Headteacher Governor (Executive HT) Hayward Stephanie   01.09.17 N/A   26.09.17 Speldhurst Primary School N
Local Authority Governor Stevenson Karen KCC 04.10.17 03.10.21 Chair of Governors

Budget Monitoring

Pay Committee

Leadership  & Management

26.09.17 Chair of Governors,

Uplands CC

Director, TWPSCT

Parent Governor Smith Mike Parent election 01.12.16 30.11.20 Vice Chair of Governors

SEND and Pupil Premium

26.09.17   N


Staff Governor Hardwick Tom Staff election 14.03.15 13.03.19   26.09.17   N
Foundation Governor Johnson David Rochester Diocese 01.11.14 31.10.17 Health & Safety


Pay Committee

26.09.17   N


Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Ally Morris

Governors meet at least six times a year and are required to attend additional training sessions and seminars to help them do their job effectively. They also go into school to meet with the Head and other members of the management team and carry out regular monitoring visits on the schools priorities for improvement and development.

How to become a governor

If you are interested in finding out more information about the work of the governing body please do contact the school.

You can also find out more online at:-