We are recruiting!
We currently have spaces for Governors to represent out Trust family of schools and are looking for passionate, skilled and forward thinking Governors to join us. Are you one of those people? Do you have a genuine interest in the following?
Improving children's life chances
Helping children succeed in education
Supporting schools in your local community
If the answer is yes, then please read the leaflet below with details of how to get in touch - we would love to hear from you!
Our Island Schools Governing Body
I'm Claire, I was elected as a parent governor in July 2021. Having lived in Minster my whole life and with a son at Minster Primary, I am fully committed to the schools continued success. I bring both a parent perspective and relevant skills and experience to the role of Governor. I have worked in the Education and Skills sector for over 22 years. I support Schools, Colleges and Independent Training providers to develop a curriculum that supports learners aged 14 to adults progress through lifelong learning. While promoting inclusivity and fairness for all to enable them to reach their true potential. I believe a good education that is broad and goes beyond academic, is fundamental to ensuring our children become the best versions of themselves. The ethos at The Island Learning Trust seeks to do just that. I will appropriately challenge and support the school and its senior leadership team to achieve their goals. I will use my experience, time and energy to help us to achieve this for the benefit of all the children.
I have worked in Independent Education since 1999; as an IT Manager in a boarding school for 18 years, and more recently as a Data Manager for a large London school. I am ITIL-certified and also a certified Project Manager (PRINCE2). As both an IT Manager and a Data Manager, I have had a consistent interest in technology and data regarding how it improves outcomes for students, makes teacher roles easier, and increases parental engagement. In recent years I have had a particular focus on data analysis and parental communications. I am also very heavily involved in web application development, having developed school intranets allowing teaching staff, pupils, and parents to access and analyse data stored within various databases in a format which is relevant and useful. My wife is an Art & Textiles teacher in Secondary education, so it is safe to say that as a family education has very much been our focus! I have three children at Halfway Houses Primary School.
I have lived on the Island since I was two and have fond memories of my time in Minster Primary as a pupil, knowing how special and important the teachers and the school were in bringing out my personality. The teachers there encouraged my mindset to work hard to achieve my goals and because of this, I now have an LLB(Hons) Law degree and have just started my career in Kent Police as a Call Handler. This is a dream job for me as I have always aspired to be in a role where I am able to help the local community. As a young professional, I can bring a fresh opinion for change and diversity to the Board of Governors. I am excited to able to work together with the other members of the board to strive to provide the best education and experiences for the young people at Minster Primary, allowing them to reach their potential.
I am the Assistant Headteacher at Halfway Houses Primary School with responsibility for Literacy and Reading and my day-to-day role includes aspects such as Safeguarding, Mentoring and Assessment. I have been lucky enough to have worked in all three of the schools within the Island Learning Trust over the last fourteen years. I have a Doctorate in Education looking specifically at building teacher resilience and expertise and a Masters in Education that focused on assessment as well as a NPQ in Senior Leadership; I am about to start an NPQ in Leading Literacy. Over the last few years I have been a part of the Local Cultural Educational Partnership and worked on building opportunities for the arts across Medway and Swale through the work of Theatre 31. I live with my family in Minster and have a son who has just leaving Minster Primary School to start his secondary education. I have a diverse range of hobbies including horse-riding, rugby and reading as well as walking my dog and enjoying family time. I have a passion for improving education on the island, believing that every child can exceed their potential creating greater opportunities for their future lives.
My name is Ellie and I joined the Island Schools’ Governing Board in December 2022. I am the Governor responsible for SEND and was selected for this role as I have experience with supporting children with ADHD, autism, challenging behaviour and speech and language difficulties.
I am a deputy manager of a children’s residential home and I am passionate about those who need additional support and guidance to achieve to the best of their ability. I work closely with families and schools within this role on a day to day basis providing them with support and ideas for their children to flourish.
I am looking forward to working with Governors and Staff to help children achieve their full potential.
KCC Clerk is Clare Levere
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.
Governing Body Key Activities
|Key Activities||Typical Inputs|
Understand our school
Pupil attainment and progress
Pupil behaviour, attendance and safety
Teaching quality and staff development
Set our school's strategic direction
Champion our vision, values and ethos
Set priorities for school improvement
National floor standards
Parent and pupil voice
Agree improvement targets and strategies
Agree allocation of resources
Agree how to monitor and review progress
Performance manage our school leaders
Appoint Head of School and support their leadership
Hold school leaders to account for progress
Ensure financial probity and efficiency
Check we are fit for purpose
Clarify our role and purpose
Review constitution and ways of working
Make sure members have necessary skills
Governing Body Audit Programme
Governors want and need to know their schools. Many governors find that visiting, particularly during the day, is a helpful way to find out about the schools. Visits can also be an important part of robust school accountability. Through pre-arranged visits, governors can check that the schools are implementing the policies and improvement plans they have signed off, and see for themselves how their vision and plans for the schools are working in practice. Visits also provide an opportunity to arrange meetings with pupils, staff and parents about what they think of the school and how it is changing.