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Chartham Primary School

Governing Body - September 2017

The governors are appointed in different ways: one is appointed by the LA; two are parent representatives; two are staff representatives, one of these being the headteacher and seven are co-opted governors.


LA Governor Mrs J Power (Chair)
Parent Governors

Mrs J Dodd

Mrs E Whitehead

Co-opted Governors

Mr R Hover (Vice-Chair) *

Mr N Benson

Mr W Stow




Staff Governors

Mr I Rudgyard

Mr D Jones (Executive Headteacher) *


* Mr D Jones and Mr R Hover are both governors at St Stephen's Infant School as well.

The main role of the governing body is to influence the ethos of the school – its general atmosphere and philosophy, and hence its standing in the community.

The governing body has responsibility for:

  • Delivery of the curriculum
  • Care and safety of children and staff
  • Appointment of staff
  • Management of the budget

Members of the Governing Body

Mrs J Power

I have had very rewarding career in Education, as a Headteacher of three London schools, and here in Kent since 1999, until I retired as a Local Authority Adviser/Inspector. 

Since retiring, I have been able to spend time on a variety of interests.  Singing is a great passion, I am currently in two choirs, and the Amici choral group.  I like to keep fit, so walking, dancing and Pilates are in my diary on a weekly basis.

I enjoy my book group, opera, theatre and cinema, exhibitions both here and in London.  I have two grown up children and delightful granddaughters. 

I am delighted to use both my career skills, as well as personal skills and my life experiences to the role of governor.


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Mr William Stow

I have been a governor at Chartham since 2011, and really enjoy being able to help out at my children's school. 

I have three children here, Megan (10), Oliver (8) and Caitlin (5).  I work at Canterbury Christ Church University, heading up the School of Teacher Education and Development and so am able to help the governors keep up to date with the latest changes in education. As a former primary teacher, I am passionate about the importance of primary education. 

As a parent of a child with special needs, I love the strong focus at Chartham on everyone being included, and able to learn and achieve.  I am particularly excited about helping to develop the fantastic outdoor environment, to help make sure that all the children benefit from inspiring activities outside the normal curriculum.

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Mr R Hover

I'm 39 years old, married with two children and have lived in the Chartham/Chartham Hatch area for approximately 10 years.  I have worked in the Civil Service for the last 16 years, where my job is to question, gather information and challenge.  I have a proven track record of driving through change, building continuous improvement, and challenging poor performance.

I have been a co-opted governor since September 2014.  To me, being a governor means supporting the school to ensure the effective education and wellbeing of all the children; using my skills, enthusiasm, commitment and experiences in life, to enhance to environment where the children continue to thrive for the satisfaction and delight of their families and the community.

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Mr N Benson

I have been a governor now for almost two years and it's been an honour to work with such a dedicated, skilled and hard-working team as the Chartham School Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team.  My day job is working as a scientist and I often work with numbers.  This experience has been useful in contributing to the monitoring and interpretation of the school's important and extensive pupil progress data.

It was very gratifying to see, due to the good work of the staff, the distinct improvement in these performance measures over the last few years.  Lately, my role in the Governing Body has included responsibility for Governing Body informed about the school finances.  Going forward, I am very excited about contributing to the development and implementation of a strategic vision for the school that will make Chartham a leading institution in the provision of an exciting, holistic education for all of the children.

Outside of work, I like sport including swimming, running and football and I am one of the coaches for the Chartham Sports Club U7's.

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Mrs Joanna Dodd

I joined the Governing Body in September 2014 as a Parent Governor.  I have two children at Chartham Primary School; Max (8) and Poppy (6).  I am a qualified primary school teacher with fourteen years’ teaching experience across both Key Stages.  I have had both professional and personal experience of supporting children with Special Educational Needs.  I am currently the Planning and Assessment Co-Ordinator at the Firs Nursery in Chartham which has given me a thorough understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage leading up to school entry, to complement the experience I had already gained from teaching in Reception.  As such, I am particularly excited about supporting the work of the Early Years team at Chartham, as well as contributing to the school’s development and continued improvement.

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Mr Iain Rudgyard

I have just joined the governing body as a teacher governor, having started working at the school in May 2015 as the Key Stage 2 Leader, and teacher of Dolphin class.

I have been teaching for 12 years. Initially in South East London, where I also worked on the governing body for five years, and more recently in Broadstairs, with a short stint in Hong Kong in between. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the computer industry as a database consultant.

I have experience in teaching every year group, as well as leading a range of areas, and I am passionate about maths, behaviour for learning and inclusion among other things.

I currently live in Whitstable, where I enjoy walking my dog and I am a keen cyclist. In the summer I participated in my first Sprint Triathlon!​

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Mr Dean Jones

I have been in teaching for almost 15 years, having taught across the primary range.  I have held a range of senior positions in schools, including SENco and two Deputy Headships.  I have served on three Governing Bodies, two as a Headteacher Governor, and one as a staff Governor.  I am particularly interested in Governing body strategy and working with Governors and the community in setting the vision for the school. I am married with three primary-aged children, and in my spare time I enjoy cycling and playing squash.

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Mrs Emma Whitehead

I was delighted to join the Chartham Governing Body in October 2017, finding a new and rewarding role in school life as a Parent Governor.

I have been in Primary Education for over 18 years, firstly as a teacher focused mainly within Key Stage 2 and both leading and developing music throughout the school. During this time I spent 7 years as a Staff Governor with particular interest in teaching and learning, assessment and my first love music and the creative arts.

I look forward to using and sharing some of this valuable experience and insight into strategic leadership aspects of school life during my time here as a governor.

More recently I have moved into peripatetic music teaching.

I have two young children, Jack and Mollie and have lived in Chartham for over 15 years. In my spare time I play the cello in a local symphony orchestra and enjoy reading, music and any opportunity for time spent with friends and family.

I am excited to join such a dedicated team and look forward to contributing towards the shared vision and future of the school. 

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