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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?


Hayley Foyle

My name is Hayley and I have been part of the Governing Body since 2015 when I was elected as Parent Governor. During my tenure I have been responsible for various link roles and have actively participated in committees. I currently remain on the Board as an Associate Governor tasked with supporting and mentoring our newer board members.


Joanne Shorter

My name is Joanne Shorter. I'm a Parent Governor and joined the governing body in September 2017. I am a construction professional and Healthcare Estates Consultant and have one son in the school. I am on the Finance, Pay and Head Teacher Performance Management committees.



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 am on the Head Teacher Performance Management and Chair of the Worship Committee. I am the Safe Guarding Link Governor. I have a long background in Youth, Schools and Children's work before being ordained. As I have three 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!



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 I am the governor for pupil premium.

Jane Bennett

My name is Jane Bennett and I am the staff governor for the school and I am the community link governor. I am the teacher for Willow Class and started at St Helen's in September 2018. I have been teaching for over 20 years and during this time have been both a staff and parent governor. I am very pleased to  be part of the governing body at St Helen's.


Sue Lamb

I am Sue Lamb. I am the Local Authority Governor. My profession is a teacher and at present I am an Early Years Consultant working with children and staff within the Early Years Foundation Stage. I am also a Paediatric First Aid trainer and have particular interest in Mental Health First Aid. I am delighted to be part of the Governing Body at St Helens and look forward to supporting the school to deliver the very best education for our Children.

Jade Marco

My name is Jade Marco and I am a Parent Governor who was elected in October 2019. I am an assistant headteacher for Inclusion as my day job (currently working across two schools in Kent and Medway) so education and inclusion are my passions in life, as well as my two children - one of whom still attends St Helen's. I am a member of the Finance, Pay and Head Teacher Performance Management committees and I am currently being trained to become the Link Governor for SEN and Pupil Premium.

Jamie Wyatt

My name is Jamie, I am a foundation governor and joined the governing body in September 2020. I have one child in Year 3 at the school. I have recently joined the Pay and Worship Committees and will also be involved in Early Years and Health & Safety Link Governor Role.

Michelle Howe

My name is Michelle Howe and I am a Foundation Governor. I have been a Primary School teacher for 20 years, working in a variety of schools. I live locally and I am an active member of St. Helen’s Church where I very much enjoy helping organise Messy Church. I am part of the Finance Committee and the Worship committee.

Louise Martin

My name is Louise and I am a Co-opted Governor and I joined the governing body in September 2020. I am an HR professional in my day job and also have two children in the school. I am a member of the Finance, Pay, Head Teacher Performance Management and Worship committees and I am the governor for Sports Premium


The Governors' Tea Party

The Governor’s Award is an award given to children who show that they are following the school core values of friendship, trust, love and perseverance on a consistent basis. One child from each class is selected by their class teacher to receive the award at the end of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. The winners are presented with their certificate during a special assembly which parents of the winners are invited to. The winners and their parents are then invited to enjoy an afternoon tea provided, and served, by the governors.

Constitution and Meeting Attendance