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School Governors

Chair 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
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 None None
Mr David Orford Co-opted - appointed by the Governing Body 09/02/2016 4 years None None Wife is employed in the school office
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 16/04/2018 ex officio 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
Mr John Paul Hutchins Associate Member - appointed by the Governing Body 28/11/2017 4 years None 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
Mr John Charles Weir Associate Member - appointed by the Governing Body 28/11/2017 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
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 None None None