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St Helen’s Governing Body

All schools in England have a governing body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school and all of the staff are accountable to the Headteacher.  In turn the Headteacher is held to account by the governing body and reports back to us. A key role of the St Helen’s governors is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions and ultimately to represent the school community, ensuring the school is a safe environment where every child is given the education they deserve.

The governing body is a voluntary group which works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the local authority; Governors are involved with such things as staffing, school buildings, safeguarding and finance.  We do not assess teachers, (we leave that to the professionals) but we do ask challenging questions in order to ensure high standards across the school.

St Helen's governing body is made up of:


  • The Headteacher
  • One elected staff Governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Three appointed foundation Governors, from the Diocese of Rochester
  • Three elected parent Governors
  • Three co-opted Governors


We also have a clerk and associated Governors who specialise in certain areas such as health and safety or finance; these members don’t have voting powers unless delegated by the FGB. They attend meetings and play an important part in our team.

Our governing body meets in full four times each year, we also have sub-committees which deal in finance and resources, performance management and staffing and a worship team. We have link governors who learn about specific areas like safeguarding, pupil premium,send provision and health and safety to name a few.  We undertake regular training to assist us in our roles and offer outreach to other governing bodies to achieve best practice.  Governors conduct learning walks  in the autumn, spring and summer terms and also attend open evenings offering a tea stall for parents and school events in support of the school.


St Helen's Governors share a common passion for the school, the staff who teach here and the outcomes of every child who come through its doors.  We also have a love of biscuits, a tendency to chat too much and regard ourselves as a very friendly bunch! We are also always on the lookout for other like minded people who care about the direction of the school and would like to play a strategic role alongside us.  If you would like to find out more, please leave your details with the school office.


St Helen’s Governors

Who’s Who?



Sue Powell

"Hi my name is Sue Powell. I have been a Parent Governor at St Helen's since July 2013 and became Chair in September 2015. I am currently part of the Performance Management Team, finance and worship teams. I am the Safeguarding Governor aswell. I have 2 children in the school and am always free for a chat in the playground."


Michelle Whyte

"Hi, my name is Michelle Whyte and I'm the appointed local authority governor and Vice Chair. I am part of the Finance\Resources team."


Jill Wright

My name is Jill Wright. I have been a governor at St Helens school since July 2015. I am a foundation governor and I'm Chair of the worship committee. 


Andy Hobbs


My name is Rev. Andy Hobbs and I am the Priest-in-Charge of St. Helen's Church and a foundation governor at school. I have a long background in Youth, Schools and Children's work before being ordained. As I have two children at St. Helen's school you'll often see me in the playground at drop off and pick up time and am happy to chat to you about anything - whether school, church or simply football!"

Liz Harrison

"My name is Liz Harrison, I have been a Parent Governor for St Helen's since October 2013 and I am currently the governor for Sports Premium and I am part of the Community Engagement team."


Alex Benocci

"My name is Alex Benocci and I am an associate Governor. I am part of the Finance\Resources and performance management Team and I am the Link Governor for Health and Safety."


Shelley Holbrook

"My name is Shelley Holbrook. I'm a co-opted governor and joined the governing body in September 2017. I am on the Finance and Resourcing committee and the governor for Pupil Premium."


Hayley Foyle

"My name is Hayley and I have been a Parent Governor since 2015. I am part of the Finance Committee and I am the Link Governor for EYFS."


Ursula Baldwin

"My name is Ursula. I am a Foundation Governor at St Helen's and I am part of the worship team."


Claire Henning

"My name is Claire. I am a co-opted governor and I am responsible for SEND and whistleblowing at the school."

Joanne Shorter

My name is Joanne Shorter. I'm a Parent governor and joined the governing body in September 2017. I am on the Finance and Performance Management Pay Committees.


The Governor's Tea Party

Constitution and Meeting Attendance

Register of Business Interest

Full Governing Body Documents