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Governing Board

What do Governors do?

The governing board’s responsibility is to ensure the school improves each year. It guides the strategic direction of the school and makes sure targets are met; whilst allowing the Headteacher and teaching professionals to manage the school on a day to day basis.

Our Governors attend 6 meetings per year, where reports about the school's progress are discussed. They challenge and monitor key information given by school leaders and ensure the school spends its budget wisely,  in line with priorities agreed in the school improvement plan.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)


King Ethelbert School and Dane Court School
Governors 2023-2024

Chair of Governors

Vicky Crawley -appointed from 2nd July 2023 to 2nd July 2027



Judith Baker-Staff Governor -appointed from 11th February 2009 to 11th February 2025

Lyndsey Copper-Governor- appointed 24th January 2019

Kay Cowell-Governor appointed from 13th March 2013 to 13th March 2025

Nick Thomas- Governor appointed from 30th November 2022 to 30th November 2026

Peter Tucker- Governor appointed from 30th September 2020 to 30th September 2024

Sarah Hickman-Governor appointed from 23rd January 2024 to 23rd January 2028

Adam Solly- Staff Governor -stepped down 23rd January 2024

Paul Richards-Vice Chair -stepped down 23rd January 2024

Samantha Webb- Governor -stepped down 23rd January 2024



Emma Thomas



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Governor Attendance 2022-2023

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Local Governing Board meeting dates 2023-2024

11th October 2023 5pm at Dane Court

6th December 2023 5pm at King Ethelbert School

24th January 2024 5pm at Dane Court

13th March 2024 5pm at King Ethelbert School

8th May 2024 5pm at Dane Court

19th June 5pm at King Ethelbert School


To contact the Governors

Please write to

Chair of Governors

c/o The Clerk

King Ethelbert School

Canterbury Road