Governing Body

Who are we?

The governors are a group of individuals, made up of parents, staff, members of the community (co-opted) and the Local Authority. Governors typically serve for four years, and will have a variety of responsibilities during this time. An effective governing body will have people from different backgrounds with mixed skills. Governors are not education experts – they are there to bring a fresh perspective.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • Set aims and objectives for the school.
  • Agree the policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives.
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher.

Governor Recruitment

If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact Lucia Page – The Clerk of Governors via the contact section of the website.

Annual Governance Statement 2019

Register of Interests

Chair of Governors – Mr S Fitch

Vice Chair of Governors – Mr S Ive

The Clerk of Governors – Mrs L Page

Should you wish to contact any member of the governing body, please make contact via Clerk, Mrs L Page. Visit the Contact section of the website.

If you are interested in becoming a governor or just want to find out more about what governors do, please visit National Governors’ Association for more information.


Meet the Governing Body

Authority Governor

Mrs C Dottin-John

Chair of Personnel & Pay Committee, Training & Development Governor

Mrs Dottin-John has been living in Ashford with her husband and children for over 10 years. She became involved with Great Chart Primary School when her children began attending and has been a Governor since 2008. She has worked in social housing for 27 years and holds a senior management position within a Kent housing organisation. She brings an understanding of developments in the housing sector and experience of working with services such as Social Services, Kent Police and other government agencies.

Co-opted Governors

Mr S Fitch

Chair of Governors, Inclusion Governor and member of Personnel & Pay Committee

Mr Fitch lives in Great Chart and is married to Ruth, they have 2 children. On leaving school Mr Fitch joined the RAF as a pilot. After 13 years he left and moved to live in Africa working for Mission Aviation Fellowship. He and his family spent 8 years living in Kenya and South Africa. They moved to Kent in 2011. He still works for Mission Aviation Fellowship as the International Operations Support Manager providing advice, support and training to flight operations teams in 13 countries around the world. He enjoys cycling, travelling, reading and cooking.

Mr S Ive

Vice Chair of Governors,  Mathematics and GDPR Governor

Mr Ive has been teaching since 1979 at several local primary schools. In 2004 he was appointed as a deputy head of Kennington CE Junior School. He became the headteacher of Kennington in 2008 until his retirement in December 2015. Throughout his 37 years in teaching he has maintained a keen interest in providing opportunities for children to enjoy and participate in competitive sport, running football, cricket and athletics clubs and teams in all the schools in which he has taught. He was secretary of the Ashford Primary School Sports Association from 1984 to 2015, helping to organise many inter school tournaments. From 2012, he was chair of the Mid Kent Panel for the Headteacher 11+ Appeals and he was also a member of the group of local headteachers that promoted and designed Goat Lees Primary School for the Local Authority. He has previously been a staff governor at Ashford South and Kennington and he is now looking forward to using his experience in education to help and assist Great Chart Primary School in any way he can in his role as governor.

Mr A Parish

Governor with responsibility for Finance, Health & Safety and Security

Mr Parish is married with two grown up children, who both attended Great Chart School. He has been involved in the school since 1993. Been a Governor at the school since 2002, initially as a LA Governor and later became a Community Governor. He recently retired from the police after serving 31 years in the Metropolitan and Kent forces. Worked in several areas of policing, finishing as a Detective Inspector. Proud to be part of Great Chart School.

Mrs B Walsh

Finance and Curriculum Governor

Mrs Walsh has worked for Barclays Bank for over 40 years in many different roles.  The last 20 years she has been the Branch Manager for Ashford and surrounding branches.  She is currently an Area Manager for Barclays looking after the branch network, and the colleagues within these,  across Kent and into Sussex.   She has  been involved with Great Chart School for many years through the Barclays Matched Fundraising and also the Moneyskills Programme whereby she and colleagues from Barclays have been actively involved in classroom activities supporting pupils.  Her daughter is also a teacher at the school and Mrs Walsh is now looking forward to being involved with the school as a Governor and supporting in a much broader way.     

Dr J Wong

Governor with responsibility for Child Protection, Safeguarding and Looked-After Children (incl. E-Safety)

Having worked locally as a family doctor for over 10 years,  Dr Wong hopes to bring his understanding of the health,  emotional and social needs of children and their families to the  governing body of Great Chart Primary School. Dr Wong also has a training and education background being an accredited GP trainer. He is familiar with the requirements necessary to promote a good learning environment and wishes to help Great Chart School maintain this expectation to enhance the learning of pupils.

Parent Governors

Mrs S Gathern

English Governor

Mrs Gathern is married to Dave and they have seven children, all of whom have attended Great Chart. During her time at university she lived and worked in France and Spain. After leaving university she worked in retail before training as a secondary school teacher. She taught Spanish and French in two Kent schools for several years. She is currently a parish councillor for Great Chart and Singleton Parish Council and is a member of the Singleton Leadership Team at St Mary’s Church in Singleton where she is also a children’s group leader and organises activities for children within the church and in the wider community.

Mrs S Windle

Governor with responsibility for English and Curriculum

Mrs Windle lives in Singleton with her husband Phil. They have a daughter who is currently at Great Chart. She has a background in interior design and prior to being a full time mum she worked as a kitchen designer for a showroom in West London. She is also involved in the Friends’ Association and enjoys supporting the school. Her other passions are dressmaking, health and fitness.

Staff Governors

Mrs P High

Responsibility for Inclusion 

Mrs High has been at Great Chart School since January 2000 when she started as Year 5 Teacher and ICT Manager. She came from a school in Stockton-On-Tees where she taught in Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6. Over the years she has taught throughout KS2 and was also a Senior Leader before becoming Inclusion Manager in 2008. She is currently Deputy Head with overall responsibility for Inclusion.

Mrs W Pang


Mrs Pang has been involved with Great Chart School since 1991. She became a deputy headteacher in 2004 and progressed on to being the headteacher in 2013. She has been a staff governor since 2003.

Minutes of FGB

Headteacher’s Report

June 2019
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March 2019
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November 2018
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November 2018