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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:


(All governors have a shared responsibility for:

Risk and Church Distinctiveness)

Nick Morgan Head of Governance
Sue Davis

Chair of Finance Committee

Key Stage One

Rob Johnson

Lower Key Stage Two


Stephen Hulks


Pupil Premium

Sports Premium

Michael Fisher


Health & Safety

Website Compliance

Joanne Tames


Gender Gap

Training & Development

Revd Sue Martin

Parental Links


Staff links

Jenny Ashley-Jones Headteacher
Mick Ware





Laura Bullen

Chair of Standards Committee


Student Council Link


Avril Nicholas




Upper Key Stage 2

Greater Depth


Claire Harrap-Stanley

Greater Depth





Pen Portraits

Sue Davis

Having grown up in Derbyshire, I have lived in Kent and the surrounding area for the past 24 years. We settled as a family in the area in 2015 and all three of my children attend/have attended school at Reculver.

I am an accountant and since 2014 have worked for the Diocese of Rochester as a Financial Analyst. 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.

​In the little spare time that I have, I enjoy reading and taking our dogs Barney and Bella​ for a walk on the beach!​



Claire Harrap-Stanley

I have a wide experience of various educational provisions over 20 years, both as a school leader and teacher, across SEND and mainstream establishments from EYFS to KS5.  I currently hold the position of Deputy Headteacher in an SEMH all through special school,  I am therefore able to contribute to professional discussions from a grounded and well-informed position.  I am passionate about education and ensuring that all children have access to a high quality educational offer that meets their individual needs and facilitates access to a meaningful and well-rounded adult life.  


Both of my children have attended and loved Reculver School, my youngest is currently in YR5 and enjoying every minute !  We have also been active members of the St Bart’s church congregation for the past 14 years,  I am excited at both being a part of Reculver School’s journey and also at the prospect of contributing further to the local community.

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.

Michael Fisher

I have lived in the Canterbury area for a number of 23 years before moving to London. My family and I moved to Beltinge in 2016 and my eldest son attends the school.

I have previously worked for a building society for ten years in a variety of roles across Kent and London and currently work for the Financial Ombudsman Service. Aside from my role as a school governor, I am also the treasurer for the school's PTFA. I believe it is important for the school to have close ties with the local community and I see my role very much as helping the school to continue to progress and thrive.

joanne tames

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.

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.


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.

Rob Johnson


Highly experienced chartered railway systems engineer and senior leader with 18 years of UK and international experience at delivering portfolios, programmes and projects in the rail sector working on some of the most exciting projects such as Crossrail, Sydney Light Rail and Great Western Electrification. 

Following success in business locally and overseas I felt it was time to contribute more to my local community.  Despite the many travelled miles globally (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan) I was born in Canterbury Hospital and very much a part of the local south east community – home for me is in Chestfield.

My recent exposure and training will hopefully bring diversity of thought, governance support and ideas to continue to enhance this great school.


I have lived in Herne Bay since the age of 5. I qualified as a primary school teacher in 2007 and have worked in 3 primary schools in Kent and Medway in that time. I am passionate about education, particularly interested in children’s early literacy skills and ensuring all children leave school as confident and competent readers. I am currently on a career break from the classroom, but utilise my teaching knowledge to create teaching resources for early years teachers!

I became a governor at Reculver Primary School in 2018 when my eldest child joined the school in Reception. I am looking forward to using my experience to support the school to continue on their exciting journey and ensuring that our children are given the best opportunities to fulfil their potential.​

Avril Nicholas

I have lived in Herne Bay all my life and am a past pupil at Reculver as well as a parent of four children. I have always been passionate about education and look forward to bringing my experience as a Secondary School teacher in the local area to my role as a governor. Currently on a break from the classroom to raise my young family I was compelled to find a role in education where I could continue to ensure that all children are nurtured in order to meet their full potential. I’m delighted to be able to do this as a part of the Reculver Team and look forward to giving something back to the community I’ve grown up in.

Rachel Carnac


I moved to Herne Bay nearly four years ago from London and have been involved in the local community ever since. I established and have run a small business for 19 years developing and organising international conferences for the global metals industry, particularly specialising in the green technology sector, for instance rare earth magnets in wind turbine blades, and lithium in batteries. I am a journalist by training and am lucky enough to have travelled around the world for my job. In 2019, I was elected a district councillor for Reculver ward, and was elected Deputy Leader of the council in September 2020. I benefited from a very good and broad education, and am passionate about ensuring our young people are given as many opportunities as possible too. I have a love of language, words and music.