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About School Governance


Governors are volunteers who work closely with the Head teacher and the school’s senior leadership team to ensure that the school provides the best possible education for all children. Governors are generally parents, professionals and members of the community from all walks of life, who bring varied skills and experience to support the leadership of the school.


The Governing Body focuses on three core functions:

  1. To ensure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. To hold the Head teacher to account for the school’s educational performance, and the performance management of staff.
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure its money is well spent.


We make decisions as a corporate group so no single Governor is ever solely responsible, and as a body some of our specific responsibilities include:

  • Setting the strategic vision for the school.

  • Appointing and performance managing the Head teacher.

  • Ensuring the quality of teaching and learning and therefore pupil achievement in the school is meeting or exceeding agreed targets.

  • Ensuring that an appropriate curriculum is taught.

  • Celebrating the school’s successes.

  • Ensuring all the school’s results are published each year.

  • Inputting to and ratifying school policies.

  • Monitoring the school budget to ensure financial security.

  • Helping to decide priorities for the school such as new building work or staffing structures.


We currently meet monthly as an establishing governing body, to focus on all key areas such including finance, safeguarding, learning and teaching, standards and leadership. Please see the calendar for past and near future dates.

We receive the Head teacher’s report termly covering the crucial areas of the school’s work that we are required to monitor against the School Improvement Plan: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment results, Special Educational Needs (SEN), Pupil Premium activity (how we spend additional funds from Government specifically to support our children in receipt of Free School Meals), how school challenges high achieving pupils, Foundation stage, PE/sport, staffing, budget, premises and more. There’s a lot of ‘business’ to address at each meeting but the children’s safety, happiness and progress is always our priority in all that we do, as it is for everyone at school.


Governors also play an active part in school life (attend performances, fundraisers, sports days etc.) and carry out regular monitoring visits in school on an area of focus (e.g. SEN, Mathematics, English, Safeguarding etc.) so you and the children should see us around and about at school!


Who can be a school governor? 

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. 
What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people. 

Our current Governing Body (currently being updated) 


Name Governors Type Terms of Office ends Responsibilities

Register of Interests


Relationship to staff

Mr Steven Williams


Headteacher n/a   None  
Mr Micheal Berriman (Chair of Governors) Authority 31.08.21 Safeguarding None Married to Mrs Berriman - Year 3 teacher

Mrs Sally Morrison

(Vice Chair of Governors)

Co-opted 10.01.22      
Mr Abdul Thadha Parent 31.08.21 Anti Bullying


Managing Director of a book publishing company 

Mr Osman Khatri Parent 4.12.23     Married to Mrs Khatri - Year 1 teaching assistant
Mrs Mary Montgomery Co-opted 02.11.21 Safeguarding None   
Mrs Wendy Harrison Co-opted 14.10.24  


Some consultancy support given to the school 

Mrs Nosaiba Inayatullah Parent  11.3.22      
Ms Michelle Robinson Staff 31.08.21 Special Educational Needs    
Mrs Jo Lawrance (Clerk)  n/a n/a   None  
Mrs Rehana Miah (Deputy Head) n/a  n/a   None  
Mrs Sarah Niner (Deputy Head)  n/a n/a   None  



Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies


Medway Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools. For further information please view or download the full document below.

Governors Attendance 2020 - 2021


V = Virtual   


Name Full  27.8.20 (Virtual)  Full 15.10.20 Full 19.11.20 Full 17.12.20 Full 28.1.21  Full 25.2.21
Mr Williams Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mr BerrimanV Y Y Y (V) Y Y (V) Y (V)
Ms Morrison Y N Y (V) Y (V) Y (V) N
Mr Thadha N N Y (V) Y (V) Y (V) N
Mr Khatri Y Y Y Y (V) Y (V) Y (V)
Mrs Inayatullah Y Y Y Y Y (V) N
Mrs Harrison Y Y Y (V) Y (V) Y (V) Y (V)
Ms Robinson Y Y (V) Y (V) Y (V) N Y (V)
Mrs Montgomery  Y Y (V) Y (V) Y (V)  Y (V) Y (V)


Governors Attendance Academic Year 2019- 2020


Due to COVID19, 5 meetings from March were conducted via TEAMS



Meetings Attended

Mr Williams


Mr Berriman


Ms Morrison


Mr Thadha


Mr Khatri


Mrs Inayatullah


Mrs Harrison


Ms Robinson


Mrs Montgomery



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