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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) 



NameGovernors Type

Date of appointment


Terms of Office endsAppointed byResponsibilities

Register of Interests


Relationship to staff

Mr Steven Williams


Headteacher1.9.16n/a  None 
Mr Micheal Berriman (Chair of Governors)Authority1.9.1731.08.21 SafeguardingNoneMarried to Mrs Berriman - Year 3 teacher

Mrs Sally Morrison

(Vice Chair of Governors)

Mr Abdul ThadhaParent1.9.1931.08.21 Anti Bullying


Managing Director of a book publishing company 

Mr Osman KhatriParent5.   Married to Mrs Khatri - Year 1 teaching assistant
Mrs Mary MontgomeryCo-opted3.11.1702.11.21 SafeguardingNone  
Mrs Wendy HarrisonCo-opted15.10.2014.10.24  


Some consultancy support given to the school 

Mrs Nosaiba InayatullahParent 12.3.2011.3.22    
Ms Michelle RobinsonStaff1.9.1931.08.21 Special Educational Needs  
Mr Luke WatkinsStaff      
Mrs Jo Lawrance (Clerk) n/a12.12.07n/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   


NameFull  27.8.20 (Virtual) Full 15.10.20Full 19.11.20Full 17.12.20Full 28.1.21 Full 25.2.21Full 25.3.21Full 22.4.21Full 20.5.21Full 17.6.21Full 8.7.21
Mr BerrimanYYY (V)YY (V)Y (V)YYY (V)Y 
Ms MorrisonYNY (V)Y (V)Y (V)NY (V)Y (V)N 
Mr ThadhaNNY (V)Y (V)Y (V)NY (V)Y (V)Y (V)N 
Mr KhatriYYYY (V)Y (V)Y (V)Y (V)NY (V)Y (V) 
Mrs InayatullahYYYYY (V)NY (V)NY (V)N 
Mrs HarrisonYYY (V)Y (V)Y (V)Y (V)Y (V)Y (V)Y (V)Y 
Ms RobinsonYY (V)Y (V)Y (V)NY (V)

Y (V)

Mrs Montgomery YY (V)Y (V)Y (V) Y (V)Y (V)Y (V) Y (V)Y (V)Y (V) 
Mr Watkins       YYY 


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



We've had 1 2 4 7 2 7 visitors
Please join Mr Williams, the staff and the governors in wishing all our amazing year 6 pupils a huge, heartfelt farewell. We will miss you and wish you every success at your new school. Everyone else, see you back on 25 August 2021; we wish you a restful summer break. Any questions over the break, then as usual, email the school.