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School Governors

Chairs of Governors' Statement

The aim of the Governing Body is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for education and financial performance.  The three core functions of the Governing Body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Governors are there to be critical friends to the schools’ leadership team. They will monitor and challenge the work of the school six times a year, and robustly question the progress and impact of any observations made.  Along with the school’s Improvement Adviser, the governors will scrutinise progress and achievement data throughout the school and question the strategies that are being used to ensure that all pupils are reaching their full potential.

The safety and well-being of the children at Marden School is of paramount importance, and the governors will work with the Leadership Team to help formulate robust strategies to ensure that this happens.

In 2016, Marden was deemed by Ofsted to be a Good School, and the aim of the Governors is to help the school in its desire to become Outstanding.

If you need to contact any of the Governors please contact the school office.

We currently have two Co-Chair of Governors, Andy Puncher and James Sawle, who can be reached on the following e-mail address: chair.governors@marden.kent.sch.uk. Alternatively, please address correspondence to Chair of Governors, c/o School Office. 

Please see below for a list of all our governors and their responsibilities. Details of attendance at meetings and declared business interests can be viewed in the attachment below.

 

Current Governors Category & appointing body Date of appointment Term of office Relevant business and other interests Other governships Relationships to staff
Mrs Fiorina Brooker Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 19/11/2018 4 years None None None
Mrs Kim De Haan-McFie Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 15/07/2019 4 years None None None
Mr Robert De-Keyzer Staff Governor - elected by the staff body 28/11/2017 4 years None None None
Revd Lesley Anne Hardy Local Authority Governor - appointed by Governing Body 18/03/2019 4 years None None None
Mr John Paul Hutchins Parent Governor - elected by parent body
(Previously Associate Member - appointed by the Governing Body 28/11/17)
08/11/2019 4 years None None None
Ms Carol Rosemary Irwin Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 19/11/2018 4 years HR Director, Sage Publications Ltd. Partner Timothy Peter Kneller, Director of Adventum Ltd None None
Mrs Gillian Victoria Lloyd Parent - Elected by parent body 18/10/2017 4 years Journalist Trustee of Tenax Academy Trust None
Mr Andrew John Puncher Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 16/09/2019 4 years None None None
Mr James Richard Sawle Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 18/07/2017 4 years None None None
Mrs Tracy Thomas Headteacher Governor - ex officio 16/04/2018 ex officio None None None
Mr John Charles Weir Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 03/02/2020 4 years None None None
Associate Members              
Mr Richard Charles Hawkes Associate Member - appointed by the Governing Body 16/09/2019 4 years Hawkes Architecture Ltd.
 Self: Director/Owner.
Spouse: Practice Management / Company Secretary / Owner
None None
Mrs Jean Mary Robertson Associate Member - appointed by the Governing Body 19/11/2018 4 years Elected member of Marden Parish Council None None
Ms Susan Barbara Thomas Associate Member - appointed by the Governing Body 19/11/2018 4 years None None None
Former Governors (12m) Category & appointing body Date of appointment Term of office Relevant business interests Other governships Relationships to staff
Mr Alistair James Anthony Johnson Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 18/07/2017 4 years; resigned 15/7/19 None None None
Mr David Orford Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 09/02/2016 4 years; term ended 8/2/2020 None None Wife is employed in the school office
Mrs Jodie Osbaldeston Parent - Elected by parent body 18/10/2017 4 years; resigned 15/7/19 Occasional supply cover at school None None
Mrs Holly Williams Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 19/10/2015 4 years; term ended 18/10/2019 Employed as teacher at Marden Primary School None None