Governors come from a variety of different backgrounds, reflecting the many interest groups in the school, but they have one important thing in common: they are dedicated to ensuring that the children in our school have the best education possible. This is the primary focus of all governors.
A school's governing body comprises of: Parent Governors (PG); Staff Governors (SG); and Community Governors (CG). The full governing body usually meets four times a year, with additional meetings called when necessary.
Becoming a Parent Governor is open to all parents or carers of children within the school. When a vacancy arises, elections are held to select a new governor, who would be in office for four years. Support and training is available for all new governors.
The Local Governing Body (LGB) at Meopham Community Academy has a wide range of experience, knowledge and competency working effectively in teams making corporate decisions.
The LGB's role is to exercise leadership on behalf of The Pathway Academy Trust in the running of an individual school, to hold the school's Senior Leadership Team to account on the operation and performance of the school and to exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher, staff, and the Trust's Directors.
The Local Governing Body at Meopham Community Academy (2018-2019)
|Governor Categories||Name (end of office)|
|Co-opted Governors||Mr A Sharrod (November 2019)|
Mrs T Dunk (November 2019)
Mrs J Herod (November 2019)
Mr D Angus (November 2019)
|Parent Governors||Mr I Knowles (December 2021)|
Ms E Green (May 2020)
Mr J Fotheringham (May 2020)
Mrs S Barrett (June 2021)
|Staff Governors||Miss R Nicholson|
Mr P Hale (December 2019)
Mrs S Jarvis (March 2021)
Within the Governing Body there are several areas of responsibility
|Role of the Governor||Person Responsible||Responsibility|
|Chair of Governors||Mr A Sharrod||Lead the Governing Body & ensure that it fulfils its statutory responsibilities.|
|Vice-Chair||Mrs J Herod||Act as the Chair when the Chair is unavailable. Chairs and Vice-Chairs decide themselves how the workload is divided between them according to individual areas of interest.|
|Inclusion Governor||Mrs J Herod||Work with the Academy's SENCo (Mrs H Parke) and ensures the Governing Body is aware of, and fulfils its responsibilities for additional education, as required by the Government.|
|Early Years Governor||Mrs T Dunk||Liaises with the early years staff, monitoring how early years pupils settle into school and that the early years curriculum is developed appropriately.|
|Safeguarding Governor||Mrs E Green||Liaises with the designated Safeguarding Lead (Miss R Nicholson) responsible for safeguarding and to monitor all statutory measures are in place and implemented appropriately.|
|Clerk||Mrs T Barnby||Convenes and minutes meetings and should also advise the governors on constitutional issues, statutory duties and powers.|
In addition to these individual roles, governors work within teams. These teams meet three times a year, feeding back to the full governing body at their meeting:
|Finance and Staffing Committee||Mr D Jayaprakash (Chair)|
Mr A Sharrod
Mr D Angus
Miss R Nicholson
|Buildings Sub Committee||Miss R Nicholson|
Mrs S Jarvis
Mr I Knowles
|Pay Sub Committee||Mr D Angus|
Mr D Jayaprakash
|Pupils & Curriculum Sub Committee||Mr J Fotheringham (Chair)|
Mrs J Herod
Miss R Nicholson
Mr P Hale
Mrs E Green
Mrs T Dunk
Each governor is linked to a staff team. They attend team meetings when possible and feed back to the governing body. This also includes monitoring visits to the Academy, including observing lessons, and attending assemblies.
|Core Skills 1||English|
Additional Educational Needs (AEN)
|Mr D Jayaprakash|
|Core Skills 2||Science|
Computing and Online Safety
More Able Pupils
Academy in the Community
|Mr J Fotheringham|
Design and Technology
|Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural||Personal, Social and Health Education|
Modern Foreign Language
Academy in the Community
|Mr D Angus|
Minutes of, and papers considered at, meeting of the governing board and its committees available on request.