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Our Governors

Instrument of Government effective 9thJanuary 2017

  • The name of the school is St. Anthony’s
  • The school is a Foundation Trust Special School
  • The school is part of Ksent (Kent Special Educational Needs Trust) Co-operative Trust
  • The name of the governing body is “The Governing Body of St. Anthony’s School”.

The governing body shall consist of:

  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Headteacher of the school
  • 3 Co-opted Governors
  • 2 Foundation Trust Governors

Total number of governors is 10

The Chair of Governors can be contacted through the Clerk to Governors (Mrs Val Woodin) either through the School Reception by letter or email at


Name Term of Office Category of Governor Responsibility Business and Pecuniary Interests FGB Attendance 2020-21
Appointed End of Term
Diana Brandon 30.09.2020 29.09.2024 Co-opted Governor Finance monitoring Group
Behaviour and Attitudes monitoring pair
Headteacher’s Performance Management
Careers Link Governor
Covid catch-up
None 6/6 – 100%
Katrina Cooper 07.07.2021 06.07.2025 Co-opted Governor Personal Development monitoring
Pay Panel
Website monitoring
Cantium Business Solutions - HR consultant for the same company that offers HR advice to St Anthony's school but do not deal with the school in this capacity due to a conflict of interest 6/6 – 100%
Eden Geddes 20.09.2017
Parent Governor - appointed by parent election Vice Chair of Full Governing Body
Pay Panel
SEND Governor
Behaviour and Attitudes monitoring pair
None 5/6 83%
Craig Kelly 12.07.2017
Staff Governor – appointed by staff election Enhance School Site monitoring
Health and Safety Governor
None 3/6 – 50%
Robert Page 01.09.2015 ongoing Headteacher All None 6/6 100%
Linda Samson 01.09.2015
Co-opted Governor – appointed by Full Governing Body
Foundation Governor – appointed by KSENT
Foundation Governor – appointed by KSENT
Quality of Education monitoring pair
Safeguarding (including child protection)
Headteacher’s Performance Management
Independent Education Consultant 6/6 100%
Patricia Warnecke 02.07.2014
Parent Governor – appointed by parent election
LA Governor
Chair of Full Governing Body
Finance Monitoring Group
Covid catch-up
Headteacher’s Performance Management
Budget Monitoring team
Quality of education monitoring pair
Enhance school site monitoring pair
Training & Development Governor
None 6/6 100%
3 vacancies

  • 1 Co-opted
  • 1 Foundation
  • 1 Parent

Governors in Post during 2020-21 but who are no longer in post

Name Term of Office Category of Governor Responsibility Business and Pecuniary Interests FGB Attendance 2018-19
Appointed End of Term
Caroline Ratcliffe 30.09.20 15.01.2021 Co-opted Governor - appointed by Full Governing Body None 2/2 - 100%

Are you interested in becoming a governor?

St Anthony’s School currently has 2 vacancies for co-opted governors and 1 LA governor. No special skills are required other than a desire to make a difference and enthusiasm. Governors play a vital role in raising standards and monitoring the performance of the school as such you will be required to make important decisions on a range of issues to improve the school.

Role and Responsibilities of a School Governor

Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment.

The Governing Body needs a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective.

Anyone aged over 18 can be a Governor (but there are some exceptions) and you do not need to be a parent. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education. Schools needs and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their Governing Body including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.

As a Governor you will be able to:

  • Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations
  • Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment
  • Make a valuable contribution to education and your community
  • Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff
  • Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights in to decision-making in the interests of the school community

What Governors do

The Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupil
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school or group of schools and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher.

Term of Office and Meetings

The term of office for a school Governor is normally four years. The school has a full Governing Body meeting once a term – 6 per year (for approximately 2 hours). The average time commitment is five to eight hours per month, although this could vary. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits.