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The Governing Body

Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of a school and will make decisions about a wide range of issues.

The core responsibilities involved are:

  • Ensuring accountability
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher
  • Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Planning for the long term future of the school
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior members of staff including the Head Teacher
  • Ensure the Christian ethos of the school is maintained and developed.
  • Ensure there is daily Collective Worship and weekly teaching of Religious Education.

The role of the Governors is to ensure that all the statutory duties of governance in the school are carried out.

In addition they are charged to ensure that the school carries out its School Improvement Plan and becomes an Outstanding school at it's next OFSTED Inspection. We follow a committee  model of governance, with  governors also allocated to monitor specific key responsibility areas within the school, as identified on the School Improvement Plan. We have 3 full governing body meetings each year as well as 3 committee meetings each for the Standards and Finance committees. Minutes from these meetings are held by the school and the Multi Academy Trust and are available upon request.

The Governors work with the Diocese as part of the Multi Academy Trust.

The Chair of the Governors is more than happy to answer any questions on governance and can be contacted through the school or on the following email address: governor AT

Note: Please replace AT with @ in the above email address (this is to prevent spam).

The Governors:
Vacant Chair of Governors
Sue Davis Vice Chair 
Early Years
Frances Bishop  
Laura Bullen  
  Church Distinctiveness & R.E
  Key Stage 2
Jo Tames Attendance
Rev Sue.Martin Church Distinctiveness & R.E
Avril Nicholas Parental Link
Paul Sinnock Website
Key Stage 1
Health & Safety
  Children in Care
Special Educational Needs
Stephen Hulks Pupil Premium & Sports Funding​
Jenny Ashley-Jones Head Teacher
Stella Collins Deputy Head Teacher
Pen Portraits

Sue Davis

Having grown up in Derbyshire, I have lived in Kent and the surrounding area for the past 20 years. We've recently settled as a family in the area and have three children attending school at Reculver.

I am an accountant and since 2014 have worked part-time for the Diocese of Rochester as a parish accounts adviser. Before that I spent seventeen years at the Bank of England in a variety of roles. Away from work I have been a school governor since 2012 during which time I helped lead the transition to academy status. I currently sit as a member on an academy trust board.

I am also treasurer for the PTFA and my previous parish church in Medway.

In the little spare time that I have, I enjoy reading and taking our dog

Barney for a walk on the beach!

Jo Thames

I originated from Kent and have lived in the Herne Bay area for the last 18 years. All three of my children have benefitted from a great education at Reculver Primary School, two have now left to attend local secondary schools and the youngest is in year 5.

I began my working career as a secondary maths teacher, before taking a break to have my family. When returning to work, I was keen to be involved in the education of local young people and have been working at Reculver School ever since. Currently I am working in year 6 as a class teaching assistant in the mornings and running maths intervention sessions in the afternoons.

As a member of staff and a parent I was already heavily involved with the school so choosing to become a governor here seemed like a natural choice. Through my role as a governor, I am looking forward to contributing to the continued development of the school and helping to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Avril Nicholas

The second column.

Rev. Sue Martin

Hi everyone you all will know me as Rev Sue the local Vicar and I have been a Governor at Reculver School for 3 years now. Before getting ordained in 2010 I have worked as a Youth and Children’s Worker for Churches and also as a Learning Mentor for a Primary School in Kent. I am married to Simon and we have a son Samuel who is at present a pupil at the school. My role means I am in school quite a lot taking assemblies, for meetings and helping with RE subjects. As a Governor my special roles are Church Distinctive Governor and Parent Link Governor.I am delighted to be a Governor at Reculver to work with an amazing staff team and with the lovely children and to serve the Reculver Family.

Paul Sinnock

I have lived in Herne Bay for just over 30 years, moving to Beltinge 4 years ago. I have a son in the reception class at the Reculver School and a baby daughter. As a parent I am passionate about my childrens education and want them to have the opportunity to excel and be happy. I feel these early years are so important and that is why I volunteered to be a parent governor at Reculver School.

I am a qualified IT professional and after graduating from University I started working in the Pharmaceutical industry. I then made the change to the higher education sector and have worked for both Imperial College London and now the University of Kent. My current role as IT and Technical Services manager involves leading a team of people who provide technical support and leading edge technical services and solutions to staff, students and visitors. My job is challenging but also rewarding. I am lucky to work with many students towards the end of their academic journey enabling them to graduate and go on to fulfil their early career ambitions. Although at a later stage in their education, I see many similarities in what makes students successful and happy at all ages.

It is great to have the opportunity to be a parent governor at Reculver School, to represent parent’s views from across the School and to offer my support in the Schools continuing success.

Lorraine Bondzie-Mensah


I have worked within education for 15 years, beginning my career as an AAT internal auditor.  I have been a qualified clerk for 2 years and support 6 Governing Bodies in total, as well as the Trust Board of the Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust. The purpose of my role is to provide governors at Reculver with legal and compliance advice on governance, constitutional and procedural matters. I provide administrative support to the main body and to its sub-committees of Finance & Standards, by convening meetings, co-ordinating and distributing papers; and recording the minutes of the meeting. The clerk is the “constitutional conscience” of the governing body and I am accountable directly to the Chair of the Governing Body, which ensures I work impartially and separately from the daily operations of the school.

Stephen Hulks

I have lived and worked in the Herne Bay area for over 50 years.  I attended Reculver School myself as did my wife and children. I was married at Reculver Church in 1981. Having benefited directly from the high standard of teaching and development available at Reculver, I wanted to give something back to the school by supporting its ongoing endeavour to nurture our children’s talents and abilities. This I am endeavouring to do through the role of a Governor.

Having worked in banking In Herne Bay, then in Beltinge as a butcher, I moved to the NHS in 1989, becoming a Paramedic in 1991. Until recently I worked out of the Ambulance Station in Herne Bay and worked for several years on the Kent Air Ambulance. I have a particular interest in staff welfare and developed staff support schemes and structures within the Ambulance Service including peer support schemes.

With my wife I worked in a voluntary capacity with disabled children providing respite care in our home, working with Kent Social Services. 

I am excited to be involved with the School and am enjoying working more closely with all at Reculver as we aim to help our children find their full potential.




Fran Bishop

My name is Fran Bishop, I have worked at Reculver C of E Primary School for more than 25 years. I was employed in 1993 when funding was agreed for a VI resource base here. I worked with the very first VI pupil. Over the years I have worked with a wide range of children in each Key Stage.

Three years ago, I became The Lead VI TA and spent some time in SEN. I have continued within this role alongside my other duties as a TA. I support others to adapt work for the children, arrange visits and training for the VI staff, research equipment, arrange outreach and inreach with other schools that have VI provisions. I also set up a Steering Group for the SRBP and this has now been successfully operational for several years. I have an excellent knowledge of the daily running of SEN department and I am proud to be part of this team.

Jenny Ashley-Jones

As the Headteacher of Reculver Church of England Primary school, I also sit on the governing body. Part of my role as Headteacher is to work closely with the governors. I report important updates about attainment and progress of the pupils at Reculver and make sure that I inform them of the wonderful things we do in school, as well as let them know about things we need to do to improve further. I plan for the governors to come into school to visit the children and carry out their monitoring work . I am proud to work with the governing body to make our school as special as it is.

Stella Collins

I am the Deputy Head Teacher at Reculver CEP School and an associate member of the governing body. I attend the meetings of the governing body and the various committees, provide them with information and reports and answer questions that arise as part of their monitoring. Another part of my role is Curriculum leader for the foundation subjects. The foundation subjects  link governor works with me to monitor the foundation subjects across the school, sharing data, asking questions and working through ideas that will promote improved teaching and learning. Working closely with the members of the governing body is an important part of my role as we all share a common goal; we are all striving to ensure that our children believe in themselves so that they can achieve well and succeed in reaching their full potential. I enjoy working alongside them and feel fully supported by a team of people who have a vested interest in our school, supporting us to continue to improve the outcomes for our children.