The governing body of Brookland Church of England Primary School reconstituted on 9 July 2015 in line with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012. Ten governors are appointed to sit on the school’s governing body. They are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school, ensuring financial health, probity and value for money, and holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school. The governing body review their structure, terms of reference and standing orders on an annual basis, and have adopted the ‘2 teams’ model of governance. This requires the Learning & Development Committee, and Resources Committee to carry out regular monitoring, and report back to the full governing body.
Mrs Emily Carr
Elected by parents for a 4 year term in January 2014, and currently holds one of the 2 parent governor posts. Emily was re-elected as Chair of Governors at the full governing body meeting held on 17 September 2015; she is also a member of the Strategy, Learning & Development, and Resources Teams. Emily has a wealth of experience in education and, alongside her partner, is joint director of an educational publishing company.
Mrs Tara Pollard
MA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH.
Elected by parents for a 4-year term in February 2014, Tara holds one of the 2 parent governor posts. Tara was elected as Vice Chair of Governors at the full governing body meeting held on 17 September 2015; she is also a member of both the Strategy and Learning & Development Teams. Tara’s professional background is in education and she is currently Vice Principal of a Kent High School.
Reverend Shuna Body
Holds one of the 2 foundation governor posts, appointed by the Canterbury Diocesan Board of Education in April 2005. Reverend Body is a member of the Resources Team.
Mr Richard Sullivan
Richard is our newest recruit to our Governing Body. He holds the second of our foundation governor posts. Richard was appointed in September 2016 for a four year term. He, along with Vivienne, will work as ‘Safeguarding’ governor. Richard will join the Resources Committee and will have a role in overseeing the Governor’s responsibilities to ‘Health and Safety’.
Mrs Vivienne Cubbon
Vivienne was reappointed by the Local Authority to the Authority governor post, for a 4-year term, in December 2016. Vivienne is a long-serving member of the governing body, having previously held the post of Chair and has a vast array of experience across the teams. Vivienne is currently a member of the Resources Team, and was appointed joint governor for ‘Safeguarding’, and ‘Training & Development’ governor at the full governing body on 17 September 2015.
Ms Victoria Wardrope
Victoria Wardrope was appointed by the govering body to one of the 3 co-opted governor posts at their meeting on 17 September 2015. Vicki’s appointment is for a 4-year term, and she is a member of the Learning and Development Team. Victoria has been appointed as the governor with responsibility for ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities’.
Mrs Celine Couchman
BA Ed (Hons), PGCE
Elected by staff to take up the staff governor post for a 4-year term in June 2014. Celine teaches Year 5/6 at Brookland and is a member of the Learning & Development Team.
Mr Stephen Spooner
BSc (Hons), DipIT, PGCE
Stephen was originally appointed by the Governing body to a ‘community’ governor post, and has since moved to an associate governor post. Stephen is a member of the Resources Team. He also works at the school as Site Manager and IT Support. When not working at the school, Stephen is an 11+, Maths and Physics tutor, and owns an educational website.
Mr Martin Hacker
B Ed (Hons) NPQH
Headteacher at Brookland, has held the remaining (staff) governor post since taking up his position in January 2011. Martin sits on all the teams, and will retain his governor post whilst employed at the school as Headteacher.
Vacancy – Co-Opted
Vacancy – Co-Opted
Governing Body Teams
The full governing body meets four times a year. In addition, the following teams have been set up to manage specific responsibilities:
Resources Team: Chaired by Richard Sullivan
Learning & Development Team: Chaired by Tara Pollard
Team Chairs are elected at the first Team meeting of the academic year.
|Name/Office||4 Year Term of Office
Start – End
|Business/Pecuniary Interests of Governor and/or Partner/Spouse (Date of Declaration)|
|PARENT GOVERNORS x 2 – Nominated/Elected by Parents|
|1.||Ms Emily Carr
Chair of Governors
|11.01.14 – 10.01.18||Joint Director (with partner) of educational publishing company (11/10/17)|
|2.||Ms Tara Pollard
Vice Chair of Governors
|07.02.14 – 05.02.18||Chairperson, Towers Tiny Tots 11/10/17)|
|LOCAL AUTHORITY (LA) GOVERNOR – Nominated by the LA and appointed by the Governing Body|
|3.||Mrs Vivienne Cubbon||01.12.16 – 30.11.20||None declared (09/10/17)|
|HEADTEACHER (ex officio appointment)|
|4.||Mr Martin Hacker||01.01.11||None declared (10/10/17)|
|STAFF GOVERNOR – Nominated/Elected by Staff|
|5.||Mrs Celine Couchman||07.06.14 – 06.06.18||None declared (11/10/17)|
|FOUNDATION GOVERNORS x 2 – Appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education|
|6.||Reverend Shuna Body
|01.04.05||KCC Officer (11/10/17)|
|7.||Mr Richard Sullivan||02.09.16 – 01.09.20||UNDER REVIEW|
|CO-OPTED GOVERNORS X 3 – Appointed by the Governing Body|
|9.||Ms Victoria Wardrope||17.09.15 – 16.09.19||None declared (11/10/17)|
|ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP – Without Voting Rights – Appointed by the Governing Body|
|Mr Stephen Spooner||9.07.15 – 08.07.19||Contracted as Site Manager & IT support. Private Tutor (12/10/17)|
|FORMER GOVERNORS – Over the last 12 months|
|Ms Karen Pettit||former Co-opted Governor, stood down May 2017|
|Mr Stephen Spooner||former Co-opted Governor, moved to Associate Membership May 2017 (no requirement to attend all GB meetings)|