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Welcome to the Governor's section of the website. Here you will learn a little more about Fordcombe CE Primary School's Local Governing Body. 

Picture 1 Mr Chris Blackburn - Headteacher - Ex-Officio
Picture 2 Mrs Sarah Finch - Chair & Trust
Picture 3 Mr Anthony Hughes - Trust
Picture 4 Rev. Tom Holme - Trust
Picture 5 Mr David Jepps - Trust
Picture 6 Mrs Helen Pearce - Trust
Picture 7 Mr Adam Quilter - Parent
Picture 8 Miss Natalie Spurrier - Parent
Picture 9 Mrs Vanessa Howard - Clerk to the Governors

Fordcombe Primary School has nine governors.




Governor type

Date appointed

Mrs Sarah Finch


Tenax appointed

1st October 2018

Mr Christopher Blackburn



1st October 2018

Mr Anthony Hughes

Vice Chair

Tenax appointed

1st October 2018

Mr David Jepps


Tenax appointed

1st October 2018

Mrs Helen Pearce


Tenax appointed

1st October 2018

Reverend Tom Holme


Tenax appointed

1st October 2018



Elected staff


Miss Natalie Spurrier


Elected parent

1st October 2018

Mr Adam Quilter


Elected parent

1st September 2018

Mrs Vanessa Howard

Clerk to the Governors




The Tenax Schools Trust appoints all governors with the exception of the two parent governors who are elected by parents, and the staff governor who is elected by staff.


Our Local Governing Body (LGB) meets once every term, six times a year.


The roles and responsibilities of the LGB are:

  • Standards and Safeguarding
  • Ethos, Character and Local Traditions
  • Working with Parents and the Local Community


Further details of the LGB's roles and responsibilities are contained in the Terms of Reference document below.


Individual governors also take on specific responsibilities as “link governors” for areas of the curriculum and aspects of the school’s life. These are detailed in the Further Governor Information document below.


The Chair of Governors, Mrs Sarah Finch, can be contacted in writing via the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs Vanessa Howard, either by post using the school postal address or by email to office@fordcombe.kent.sch.uk.


We are very fortunate to have such an active, dedicated board of governors who regularly come into school and share in the learning and teaching taking place at Fordcombe.


Further details are provided on the governance arrangements for the Tenax Schools Trust on its website.

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