Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body is to act collectively in the best interest of the children, ensuring the good conduct of the school and promoting high standards of educational achievement. In practice this means ensuring the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the school leaders to account for educational performance and overseeing the school’s financial performance.

St James’ C.E. Primary School's governing body has 14 governors, of which one will be a member of staff, three will be parents, one will be a local authority representative, one will be the headteacher and the remaining eight will be foundation governors.

Our current governors are as follows (please click here to see the governors' attendance record for the academic year 2020-2021):

Name Type of governor Declared business interests
Stephen Pollard Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor) None
Karen Dunn Vice Chair of Governors (Foundation Governor) None
John Tutt Headteacher Director of Tunbridge Wells Primary Schools Collaborative Trust (Sept 2020 to present); St James' After School Club Management Committee member (September 2017 to present)
Lucy Hayward Staff Governor None
Shaun Butcher Parent Governor None
Catherine Palmer Parent Governor None
Jess Austen Foundation Governor None
Kay Dunlop Foundation Governor None
Suzie Toombs Foundation Governor None
Nina Skomorowski-Brown Foundation Governor None
Judith Hammill Foundation Governor None

Each of our governors plays an important role in monitoring the work of the school.  Our governors use the circle model, where governors or teams of governors take specific responsibilities for monitoring and then report back to the full governing body.  Please click here to see how they roles have been allocated.