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 T rust.

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:


The Governors:

Alan Rogers Chair of Governors
Sue Davis Vice Chair 
Early Years
Tracey Rose Clerk
  Church Distinctiveness & R.E
Andrew Goatly Key Stage 2
Jo Tames Attendance
Rev Sue.Martin Church Distinctiveness & R.E
Matthew Norton Pupil Premium & Sports Funding
Paul Sinnock Website
Key Stage 1
Health & Safety
Kate Corbishley Children in Care
Special Educational Needs
Stephen Hulks Pupil Premium & Sports Funding​
Jenny Ashley-Jones Head Teacher
Stella Collins Deputy Head Teacher
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Alan Rogers

I have lived in Herne Bay for 40 years and have brought up three children who all attended Reculver School and used the opportunities provided to them to become successful adults. I am now a grandfather and am proud to say that my grandchildren are also benefiting from the provision in their local schools.

I am a governor because throughout my career I have worked with, or on behalf of, young people. I have a passion to ensure they are offered the best possible opportunity in their schools and believe everyone should have the right to a high quality education. It is our responsibility to ensure that since each child only gets one chance they should be given every opportunity and encouragement to succeed. Between 1977 and 2002 I was a secondary school teacher in Kent and from 1992 to 2002 a Deputy Head responsible for curriculum and finance. Between 2002 and my retirement in 2012 I worked in school improvement supporting schools to do their best for young people, first with Thurrock Council and from 2005 onwards with Kent County Council.

Now that I am retired I welcome the opportunity to continue to support young people and schools though being a governor.


Sue Davis

Having grown up in Derbyshire, I have lived in Kent and the surrounding area
for the past 20 years.  We've recently settled as a family in the area and
have two children attending school at Reculver and another attending the

I am an accountant and since 2014 have worked part-time for the Diocese of
Rochester as a parish accounts adviser.  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 director on the academy trust board.
I am also treasurer for the PTFA and my previous parish church in Medway.

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


Kate Corbishley

I am very excited to be a Parent Governor at Reculver.  

My daughters have attended Reculver since they started school and are currently in years 3 and 5. Reculver seems very much part of our extended family.

I have qualified teacher status and prior to having my daughters I worked in a secondary school in Thanet as a PSHE and Citizenship Teacher.  I then spent time at home being a full-time Mum to my daughters.  I became a Foster Carer for the Local Authority once my eldest daughter started school and did this for over four years.  I am now a Post 16 Support Officer for Virtual School Kent, supporting young people in care with their transition into further education, training or employment and work in collaboration with a number of professionals.

I am passionate about helping young people of all ages to participate and engage in a form of learning that captures their interests and am extremely supportive of the hard work and dedication of all of the staff at Reculver.  Our children spend so much of their time at school and this should be a positive and enjoyable experience for them.

Outside of work I love spending time with my daughters, partner and family.  I love baking and my speciality is making birthday cakes!


Andrew Goatly
I'm Andrew Goatly, and I have recently retired to Blean, near Canterbury, after a career as a professor of English Studies and Linguistics in universities in the Far East for over 25 years. This involved some teacher education in Singapore and Hong Kong. Before that I taught in a secondary school in Orpington and 6th form college in Luton. I have a Ph.D in English and M.A in TESOL, and  I've written 5 academic books on discourse analysis, humour, metaphor and the language of literature. I'd hope to be involved with advising on curriculum development in English and perhaps with music in the school--I have long experience of choral and solo singing. 
I'm a member of Blean Parish Church and the Green Party, and I'm married with two adult children, both engineers (too much Lego in childhood!).My wife is Thai-Chinese.
I realise that academies are more independent than local authority schools, and so probably rely more on committed governors for extra help and guidance. I'm impressed by the way Reculver Primary School has responded to challenges over the last few years, and I'm enthusiastic in offering my services to help it progress even further. I was lucky enough to receive government financial support when I was a student, and welcome this opportunity to pay back society  in a small way. 
Young people face an increasingly uncertain future. I believe that by encouraging every pupil to realise their full potential, and to think critically and sympathetically about their relationship to environment and society around them we can all have a more hopeful future. I volunteered to be a governor as it's a privilege to be involved in this kind of educational process.

Jo Thames

Matthew Norton

Rev. Sue Martin

Paul Sinnock

I have lived in Herne Bay for just over 30 years, moving to Beltinge 4 years ago. I have a son in the reception class at the Reculver School and a baby daughter. As a parent I am passionate about my childrens education and want them to have the opportunity to excel and be happy. I feel these early years are so important and that is why I volunteered to be a parent governor at Reculver School.

I am a qualified IT professional and after graduating from University I started working in the Pharmaceutical industry. I then made the change to the higher education sector and have worked for both Imperial College London and now the University of Kent.  My current role as IT and Technical Services manager involves leading a team of people who provide technical support and leading edge technical services and solutions to staff, students and visitors. My job is challenging but also rewarding. I am lucky to work with many students towards the end of their academic journey enabling them to graduate and go on to fulfil their early career ambitions. Although at a later stage in their education, I see many similarities in what makes students successful and happy at all ages.

It is great to have the opportunity to be a parent governor at Reculver School, to represent parent’s views from across the School and to offer my support in the Schools continuing success.


Tracey Rose

I joined KCC’s Clerking Service in 2012 and became Clerk to the Governing body in 2013.  Initially this was for the Interim Executive Board and then for the Governing Body.  I clerk a number of schools and this gives me a wealth of knowledge and I can advise on best practice.  My role is to support the Governing Body in their administration.  I draft the agendas for meetings and then minute the Local Governing Body meetings, maintain the Governing Body records, source and provide information where necessary and advise the governors on training opportunities.  It is an interesting job and I have enjoyed helping develop the new governing body.  I am a co-opted governor at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and my nine years’ experience as a governor gives me a deep understanding of the governor role .


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.


Jenny Ashley-Jones

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.

Stella Collins


  2. Scheme of Delegation Appendix 2 Reculver