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.
If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact Lucia Page – The Clerk of Governors via the contact section of the website.
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.
In addition to the full governing body we have two committees in operation:-
Learning & Development Committee
Mr S Ive, Chair of commitee
To monitor pupils’ progress and achievements and to evaluate the way in which the school actively responds to pupil views.
Monitor & Evaluate the implementation of the policies delegated to this committee.
Dr J Wong, Chair of committee
To draw up an annual budget and financial plans for Great Chart Primary School.
To agree an effective procedure for monitoring the budget.
Monitor & Evaluate the implementation of the policies delegated to this committee.
Ensuring any identified safeguarding and Health & Safety issues are addressed.
Meet the Governing Body
Mrs C Dottin-John
Chair of Personnel & Pay Committee, Vice Chair of the Learning & Development Committee
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. As the English Governor she meets regularly with the English Leader to discuss achievements, progress and challenges. 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.
Mr S Fitch
Chair of Governors, Pupil Progress & Attainment Governor, member of Learning & Development, Resources Committee and 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, Chair of Learning & Development Committee, Inclusion and Mathematics 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
Vice Chair of Resources Committee, Governor with responsibility for Health & Safety and Security, Training & Development Governor
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.
Mr P Shevlin
Mr Shevlin is married to Luan and has 2 girls attending Great Chart Primary School. He works for Bouygues Energies and Services since 2010 and is a Project Manager on the Kent Term Maintenance Contract. Originally form County Mayo in Ireland, Mr Shevlin has lived in Ashford since 2010. He enjoys following Rugby, Gaelic Football and playing Golf.
Mrs K Watson
Early Years Foundation Stage Governor, member of Learning & Development Committee
Mrs Watson is an Assistant Headteacher at Great Chart Primary School. She has worked at this school since 1998 and, during this time, has watched the school grow and develop. She is responsible for monitoring pupil progress, co-ordinating Citizenship and has a special interest in English.
Dr J Wong
Chair of Resources Committee, 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.
Mr B Ervine
Mr Ervine is very proud of the fact that two of his children currently attend our ‘Outstanding’ Primary School and a third that will hopefully attend in the future, He has a vested interest in the continuation of the school’s success and this is the reason why he was compelled to run for Parent Governor. He takes on roles for school fundraising and enjoys being an active member of the Friends’ Association, ensuring that his children and others receive diverse experiences and all the support extra funding can give them gives him great satisfaction. In his professional life he is a Business Development Manager. He has 14 years of experience in assisting companies to analyse certain aspects of their business and see where he can contribute to add value, streamline costs or increase their compliances. Typically, he has worked alongside Educational institutes, Healthcare providers, large corporations and Local authorities. His main skill sets therefore include analytical reports, negotiation and problem solving. He describes himself as personable, community minded, ambitious and outgoing.
Mrs S Gathern
Member of Learning & Development Team
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 P High
Member of Resources and Learning & Development Committee
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
Headteacher, member of Resources and Learning & Development Committee
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