Governors

An Introduction to Barnehurst Governors

by Steve Ristow, Chair of the Governing Body

Becoming a Governor is a serious but rewarding commitment.  Governors work closely with our Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that children receive the best education and achieve their individual maximum potential during their time at Barnehurst. The Governing Body sets the School’s strategic direction, and acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the School.

Governors do not manage the day-to-day running of the School, that is the responsibility of the Head but Governors do appoint the Head Teacher and we hold the Head accountable for the day-to-day management and leadership of the School as well as the progress that our children make.  In practice that means that Governors attend full Governing Body meetings once a term and sit on subordinate committees that take responsibility for particular areas of School business; curriculum and finance being two examples. 

The work of a Governor at Barnehurst includes understanding how funds are spent and ensuring that investments are aligned to our development plan.  Governors visit the school with a focus on a particular area and we always report back on our findings.  This is the way we can see for ourselves how the school is progressing.

Governors do not need special qualifications but there is training available that helps us do our job.  Training is something that doesn’t stop and at Barnehurst we have a culture of continuous professional development in the Governing Body. It is important that we understand the way that the education system works and how to use the tools that are available to us to monitor the Schools’ performance. 

We also bring other professional skills with us and the people that make up our Governing Body bring a wide range of expertise with them.  From engineers and project managers to professional educators and recruitment specialists our professional backgrounds are most varied. Whilst we all bring different skills the thing we have in common is that we all share the same enthusiasm for the children of our School.

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please address your letter to:

Mr Steve Ristow, c/o Mrs Sarah Bates
Clerk to the Governors,
The Primary First Trust
The White House
Clifton Marine Parade
Gravesend  DA11 0DY

Members of the Governing Body

Mr Saurabh Agarwal

PFT Appointed

Ms Claire Eskelson

PFT Appointed

Mr Dean Gardiner

PFT Appointed

Mr Steve Ristow

PFT Appointed

Mrs Emma Starkey

Parent

Mr Darren Whalley

Parent

Mrs Joan Woodham

Staff

Mrs Barbara Eagles

Staff

Mrs Louise Shields

Head Teacher