Our Governing Body consists of twelve volunteers. Their role is to support and challenge the Headteacher, to help set the vision and strategic direction of the school and to ensure that our school is the very best it could be.

Register of Business Interests

This is a statutory document for the Governing Body to ensure that governors not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. The governing body have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.

Governors are required to complete a ‘Declaration of Business Interests’ on appointment and this declaration is reviewed annually.  These are maintained as a Register of Business/ Pecuniary Interests. Additionally, as an item on the agenda of every Governing Body and committee meeting, Governors are required to state whether they have any such interests.

The register enables governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions, which they make.


JULY 11th


These are the members of our governing body.

Deborah Bennett – Parent Governor

Deborah moved to Wittersham in June 2014 . She has an arts background and works as an actor and an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. Deborah is delighted to be a member of the Governing Board and to have the opportunity to support the school and to be a part of the village community.

John Collins-appointing body: Foundation/Trust 

Chair of Governors

“ After retiring as a Secondary Headteacher in London I moved to Stone 10 years ago. I’m the Stone PCC Foundation Governor and have been privileged to be Chair of Governors since November 2011. After a long career in secondary education it has been an absolute joy to be able to offer my time and support to a fantastic primary school, which Wittersham certainly is.”

Jo Dadson-Parent Governor

‘Originally from Ireland, I have lived in England for 15 years and I now live in Appledore, I have 2 daughters at Wittersham, one in year 3 and one in year 1. I enjoy being active in my community. My aim is to make a positive contribution to the school to help it be the best that it can be. Just like any other parent I want the best for my children and for them to have a good education to help support them in whatever future they decide’.

Lucy Avena-Teacher Governor

Reverend Judy Darkins-Ex-Officio Foundation Governor

The Reverend Judy Darkins lives in The Rectory in Wittersham and has responsibility for Wittersham and Ebony Churches. Before ordination she worked in social work and education welfare. She was a Foundation Governor in the primary school of her last parish for eight years and strongly believes that both church and school should be integral parts of the whole community. 

Reverend Patricia Fogden-CDBE Appledore PCC Foundation Governor

The Reverend Tricia Fogden lives in The Vicarage in Appledore and has responsibility for Appledore and Stone churches as well as being the Methodist minister for Appledore and Ruckinge.  Before moving to Kent she was a Senior Nurse Manager in Southampton. Tricia was a Community Governor at Hamstreet County Primary School for ten years and enjoys being Governor of a church school.  

Sue Mash-Wittersham PCC Foundation Governor

Sue has been a Wittersham resident since 1987. She was a past treasurer of the WSA during the late 80s/early 90s. Her three daughters all attended Wittersham School.  “My passion is for equal education for every child irrespective of their ability”

Jennifer Maynard-CDBE Foundation Governor

Vice-Chair of Governors

Jennifer is a Governor representing the Diocese, a retired Primary School Teacher who has lived in Wittersham since 1990.  She is also Secretary to the Parochial Church Council and Assistant Organist/Choir Leader. She is a keen amateur musician who helps with the school band, and volunteers one afternoon a week at the school.


Oliver Walker-Foundation Governor

Oliver is a Foundation Governor and believes in providing all children with the opportunity to benefit from a strong educational experience within a cohesive local community. He has two children currently at the school with a third due to start this year. Oliver is a partner at an international law firm based in the City.

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Vacancy – LEA Governor

Claire Frost – Headteacher / Teacher Governor



Mrs Jane Phillips is the Clerk to the Governing Body 


Governors have a wide range of responsibilities, which include: 

Ensuring that the school meets its legal responsibilities
Setting the school budget
Making decisions about the school building and premises
Setting school policies
Appointing staff and making decisions about current staffing
Looking at how well groups of pupils are performing and ensuring

action is taken if there are any concerns


As Governors we are accountable to:

Pupils, Parents and the Local Community

The LEA, which funds the school

The Foundation Trust (The Church)


The Governing Body uses the ‘Circle Model’ of Governance functioning under the  Model terms of Reference provided by ‘The Education People’. We hold a  Full Governing Body meeting  each term and at these meetings we receive reports from the Headteacher on the progress made on the School Improvement Plan and on the progress pupils are making towards the school targets. Our role at these meetings is to hold the school to account and to both support and challenge the school.

In addition a Finance committee is assigned to strategically monitor the financial management of the school on behalf of the Governing Body. The committee is also assigned to consider any changes to the pay of members of staff on the Leadership team and to make such recommendations to the Governing Body.

Finance committee

John Collins

Johanna Dadson

Jennifer Maynard (Vice-Chair)

Oliver Walker (Chair)

Claire Frost


Across the year there are a range of monitoring visits. These not only focus on aspects identified as requiring improvement through the school improvement plan, but also on a wide range of school activities.


These governors focus on specific areas in their role as Link Governors:

Jo Dadson – Health & Safety

John Collins – Pupil Premium Champion

Revd. Judy Darkins –  EYFS & OPAL project

Jennifer Maynard – SEN , SAFEGUARDING


Governors are linked to the following subjects:

Deborah Bennett-Art & Dt 

John Collins- English & PE

Revd. Tricia Fogden-RE

Jennifer Maynard- Maths & Geography

Sue Mash – Science 

Oliver Walker – History & Music