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Governing Board

What we do:

The Governors support the Headteacher, staff, children and families who make Chevening School the special place that it is. 


We oversee the school’s strategic direction and hold the school to account for its performance, educational and financial. We ensure that the vision and ethos of the school is powerful, relevant and clear and that it is reflected in all the school’s activities. We help the school to communicate effectively.  

You can find us on the playground as parents and carers, at Church as Foundation Governors and at many different school and community activities and events. We welcome all feedback and input from children, parents and staff.

How we work:

Our Governing Board meets three times each year. Between times, our work is progressed through four Committees that meet on a regular basis.


Resources Committee meets every seasonal term and oversees the school’s expenditure and income and premises. Members monitor value for money between meetings.


Learning and Development Committee meets every seasonal term and focuses on the curriculum and quality of learning and school policies.


Steering Committee meets at least once each seasonal term and reviews school staffing issues and well-being, performance data and implementation of the School Improvement Plan.


The Admissions Committee meets once a year to ensure the integrity and implementation of our Admissions Policy.

Who we are:



Role and Committee memberships

Term of office

Rev Hannah Adams

Ex Officio - on maternity leave

Vice-Chair of Governing Board;
Chair of Steering.

From September 2020. No end date.

Prue Burrlock
Appointed by St Botolph’s Church Council

Chair of Learning and Development;


From September 2020 until September 2024

Cllr Nick Chard
Appointed by Kent County Council


Chair of Admissions.


From November 2020 until November 2024

Naomi Day

Appointed by the Bishop of Rochester

Learning and Development

From March 2022 until March 2026

Alan Leaman

Appointed by the Diocese of Rochester


Chair of Governing Board; Resources;

Interim Chair of Steering.

From November 2020 until November 2024

Tom Bailey

Appointed by Chevening Parochial Church Council 

Learning and Development

From March 2022 until March 2026

Jenny McCloskey

Parent Governor elected by parents

Learning and Development

From October 2021 until October 2025

Lisa McLean

Staff Governor elected by staff

Learning and Development;

From September 2018 until August 2022

Karen Minnis

Ex officio




Learning and Development



From October 2018. No end date.

Zoe Pemberton

Parent Governor elected by parents


From October 2019 until October 2023


Frank Simon

Appointed by Chevening Parochial Church Council 

Interim Vice-Chair of Governing Board.

Chair of Resources.



From July 2021 until July 2025

Nigel Williams 

Appointed by the Diocese of Rochester 


From March 2022 until March 2026



Previous members of the Governing Board in the last twelve months:

Paul Thompson Parent Governor 01.11.17-31.10.21

David Lewis St Botolph's Church Council 13.05.2015-06.03.2022

Joseph Devine Appointed by Bishop of Rochester 30.05.2012-06.03.2022

Selected extracts from the Governors' Statement of Strategic Priorities (2022-23) 


Vision and Values:

We will embed our vision in all the work of the school and track its impact throughout the wider Chevening community.


Learning and Development:

We put the highest priority on helping all children to have the best possible educational experience at our school. Our aim is to ensure that all children at Chevening, of all abilities, can achieve their academic potential. 


Resources and staffing:

We will review our expenditure and bear down on costs ... where this does not eat into essential provision.

We also aim to grow our income from other sources, such as lettings. We are looking to invest in the future of the school and the daily experience of all children. 


Promoting our school:

We will be inclusive and as welcoming as possible to all applicants, whatever their background.

We will promote the school to the local community and potential applicants.

And we will listen - to parents, children, staff and the local community - to ensure that we learn from their views and experiences.  

A full copy of the Governor Statement is available via the school office. 


You can contact the Governors via the School Office.

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