The Island Learning Trust 'board of trustees' took the decision to combine both Minster Primary and Halfway Houses Primary Learning Governing Body so they now work across both schools as part of the academy setup.
I have been a teacher at Halfway Houses Primary School for 17 years and have been the Deputy Headteacher since September 2015.
I have been a staff governor since January 2013 at Halfway and until recently was also a governor at Hartlip CE Primary school as this is where my children have been at school.
Initially I became a governor to broaden my own professional development and to gain more experience of being held to account as the Deputy Headteacher within the meetings.
Halfway Houses and the children and staff are at the heart of all that I do and I am passionate about ensuring that they receive the best possible learning experiences and opportunities through an engaging curriculum.
I work closely with governors and teachers across the Trust and strive to make it the best it can be.
I have a BA (Hons) in Early Years Education and lead and manage an outstanding early years setting on the Island.
I live with my family in Minster and all my 3 children are in secondary education.
I have an interest in education and providing the best outcomes for families, my passion is promoting inclusiveness and ensuring children have the best opportunities that are as unique as they are.
I have been a school governor for many years and built upon my skills and knowledge to support schools on their journey to becoming outstanding.
My name is Wendy Chambers and I worked in the City in the Investment Banking sector for over 20 years.
My experience includes recruitment, leadership, people management, performance management, time management,
communication, accountancy/reconciliations and compliance.
I have five years governance experience, firstly as an elected Parent Governor and more recently Trustee appointed.
I have a good understanding of finance/accounts and a keen interest in school performance and data analysis.
I believe passionately that all children should reach their full potential and a core function of the Governing Body is to help every child to achieve.
I am proud to be part of this process.
Chairman of Minster PTFA 2011-2015.
Treasurer of Minster PTFA 2015 to date.
I am the year six leader and staff representative on the governing body.
I take special responsibility for school performance data analysis; delving into our successes and areas of improvement.
In addition to this, I update and monitor the governor development plan which we use to map out our visits and visit reports.
I have been teaching for nearly 9 years at two schools, teaching years 2, 5 and 6.
In my staff role at Minster Primary I work alongside the numeracy lead, working to deliver elements of the school improvement plan and ensure that the children at Minster receive the highest quality teaching and learning available, researching new strands of thinking and evaluating their impact.
We work hard to ensure that Minster is at the leading edge of maths teaching.
I also lead year six, which links well with my keen interest in analysing data.
It gives me great pleasure to lead such a caring, professional and dedicated team, a team who I believe personify the ‘Minster Muscles’.
I am an active participant on the PTFA and am also the vice chairperson; supporting fundraising events to support school projects.
I am determined that every young person at Minster Primary School experiences the very best education, in all aspects of their young lives: this is the reason I was keen to serve on the Governing Body.
I have had the privilege of being a Parent Governor for six years at Minster-in-Sheppey Primary School, I am very aware of the important role played by parents in their children's education and this was my motivation for becoming a governor.
I have one daughter that attends the school and I have always had an interest in education both personally and professionally.
It is clear that the school not only provides an impressive academic platform for its children, but also embraces the importance of promoting the qualities of a caring, nurturing and supportive environment.
My aim is to support the good work already in place, provide challenge to sustain improvement and to continue to develop the school in an ever changing environment.
What governors do?
Governors make a difference. They have a strategic role supporting and challenging the headteacher.
And it is more than having something that looks good on a CV.
You have to put some time in. The exact amount of time depends on the particular circumstances of your school.
It needn't be daunting and it can be an interesting and rewarding experience.
Working for the best interests of the children, the school and the wider community.
Governors work as a team, in the best interests of the children and the school, to raise educational standards.
More specifically, they
Appoint the headteacher, who has day to day responsibility for everything that happens in a school and is accountable to them.
Agree how the school's money is allocated.
Agree policies about the way the governing body and the school work.
Ensure new initiatives and guidelines from the Department for Education and the education authority are put in place.
More widely, schools are increasingly becoming a focal point in the community they serve.
Some open their sports facilities to the community while others offer education and life improving chances for adults.
So you could influence community involvement with your school.
A governing body is not a supporters club. Governors are not there to 'rubber stamp' decisions.
You have to be prepared to give and take and be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body.
You may become involved in confidential matters and must respect that confidentiality.
When a school is inspected by the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted), the effectiveness of the school and its governors is taken into account.
Meetings and time as a governor
The full governing body usually meets at least once a term and to be effective and remain a governor, you should attend.
Most of the governors' work is done in committee meetings when financial, staffing, curriculum and premises issues are discussed in detail.
You would be expected to join one or two of the main committees and they would also meet at least once a term.
They may meet more often if, for example, there is a lot of building work going on.
And there are other occasional committee meetings that you might be asked to join, from time to time.
Time in post
Governors are usually in post for four years and may serve for longer.
If you need to give up because your circumstances change, the governors may be sorry to lose you, but will understand.