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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.

The governing body is made up of:


  • The Headteacher
  • One elected staff Governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Two 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 finance or special educational needs, these members don’t have any voting powers, but 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, school development and pupil progress and a governing body improvement group which looks at training opportunities and outreach to other governing bodies to achieve best practice.  Governors monitor classes in the autumn, spring and summer terms and also attend open evenings and school events.

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 Teaching\Learning and Performance Management Team. 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 recently appointed Vice Chair. I am part of the Finance\Resources team."

Wendy Hoblyn

"Hello, I am the elected staff governor. I am the class teacher in Willow Class (Foundation Stage)."

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 a Parent Governor. I am part of the Finance\Resources Team and the Performance Management Team. My youngest daughter is in Key Stage 1."

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 SIAMS Team."


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


Full Governing Body Documents