Shorne School Governing Body

What is the Role of a Governor?

The Governing Body is responsible for making sure the school improves each year. It sets the direction and ensures that the school is meeting its targets, while allowing the headteacher and teaching professionals to manage the school on a day-to-day basis.

Governors attend meetings where reports on the school’s progress are discussed. They test information received by asking the right questions to ensure that the school spends its budget wisely against the priorities shown in the school plan

Constitution of the Governing Body

Parent Governor Elections Letter to parents – March 2017


Miss Caroline  Conroy – Headteacher, Staff Governor

Dr Ian Craig – Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Ian Craig has been a teacher, headteacher, LEA and Ofsted inspector, education officer, a government official and Director of Initial Teacher Education at University College London Institute of Education (UCL/IOE). He is currently a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, and at UCL/IOE, where he teaches education policy and leadership to post-graduate students. He has previously been a member of both Rochester and Canterbury Diocesan Boards of Education.

Mr Luke Steggles – Parent, Vice Chair of Governors
I’ve been a parent governor at Shorne since April 2014. I have a daughter (recently left 2016) and a son in KS2. I’ve worked in IT for 30 years and have been a business analyst for the last 15. My hobbies include motor racing, music and most sports.
I have been very interested in education since my children started school.  I’m thoroughly enjoying being a governor and will contribute to help pupils reach their full potential.

Mrs Shakila Khela – Parent Governor

Mrs Claire Waller – Trust Appointed Governor
I have lived in Shorne for almost 30 years, I am married to Michael and our three daughters went to Shorne School. Two of them are now primary school teachers themselves. I am a nurse working locally and I hope that I contribute positively to our community. I am at the moment actively involved with the Shorne Action Group campaigning to stop the proposed route for the next Lower Thames Crossing which would run through Shorne and would, if it is chosen by the government, directly affect our school.

Mr Dennis Usher – Foundation Governor
I am a Foundation Governor, representing Shorne Parish Church where I worship, and have been a Reader for the past 8 years. I regularly lead worship at Shorne. My main role is to help to draw the school and church closer together.  I have spent most of my career in F.E. colleges training chefs of the future. For the past 14 years I have been running a food safety consultancy.

Mrs A Tompkins – Trust Appointed Governor
I have been a governor of Shore School since 1996. I was first appointed by Kent County Council as a LEA governor, I am now a Trust Governor. During that time I also server, for four years, as a Governor of Mayfield Academy (when it was Gravesend Grammar School for Girls) these dual roles giving me experience of governorship at both primary and secondary levels. My present areas of responsibility are: Special Needs and Disability (SEND), Pupil Premium, English and History – all subjects close to my heart.  Throughout my time as governor I have volunteered in class 6 one afternoon a week, apart from being immense fun this also gives me an insight into the day-to-day running of the school and keeps me up-to-date with current education thinking and practices.

Mrs E Jesson – Staff Governor
I have worked at Shorne School for 25 years. My two daughters, Samantha and Emma attended Shorne School. I have two grandchildren. I live locally and have been on the governing body for 20 years. I am  ICT technician and one of two Play Therapists at Shorne School.

Mr John Bugg – Trust Appointed Governor

Mr Keith Syrett – Trust Appointed Governor
I have lived in Shorne for 24 years.  Born & bred in South London in a very cosmopolitan area.  I have been married for 38 years and have four grown up children (born in Gravesham) and five grandchildren.  Had a career in Finance (from age 11) commencing in Retail, moving to Corporate & Commercial, working within Audit &Risk, finally managing Business Continuity for UK & North America. Hobbies – Computing, flying and travel.

Rev. Ted Hurst – Foundation Governor
I have been married to Sylvie for 39 years, we have three grown up sons, Colin 38, Andrew 36 and Karl 30.  Colin is married to Sarah and they have one son Henry and another son due in January [Charlie].
I has been actively involved in ministry for about 30 years. I have worked for different churches as Children’s, Youth and Families worker.
I was Ordained in 2011 and served my curacy in the Parish of South Gillingham.

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