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Local governor opportunity

We are currently looking for governors, including a Chair, from our local community to join our school’s Local Governing Body. Our governors come from a range of backgrounds, skills and experience but all share a common interest of wanting the best education and outcomes for the children in our school.
We would be delighted to hear from anyone who is:
·         Interested in children’s education and the performance of the school
·         Has spare time and energy for the role
·         Is able to work well as part of a team
·         Has an enquiring mind and the confidence to ask questions and debate issues which affect
the school
·         Considers matters objectively and makes informed judgements
We are also looking to appoint a Chair of Governors who embodies these qualities and is able to
·         Lead the Governing Body by giving clear direction in effective governance
·         Help build an effective and collaborative team of governors
·         Work in partnership with the Headteacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement
Governors gain a great deal from their work and time they contribute. It gives them a charitable opportunity to serve the local community, contribute to children’s education, and a chance to help realise their own potential by learning new skills and practise existing ones.
For more details, please see the information sheet below or contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs Finch, via the school clerk, Mrs King, at office@fordcombe.kent.sch.uk.

Fordcombe CE Primary School's Current 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 Michelle King - 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 Michelle King

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 Michelle King, 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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