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Minster Governing Body

Picture 1 Mr G Box - Chair
Picture 2 Rev R Braddy
Picture 3 Mrs E Shervington
Picture 4 Mrs S Thompson
Picture 5 Mr M Spanton
Picture 6 Mrs A Holmes - Clerk
Picture 7 Mrs P Gimes
Picture 8 Mrs N Sworder
Picture 9 Mrs A Moosuddee
Picture 10 Mrs A Fengas

Minster Church of England Primary School Governors.


The governing body at Minster Church of England Primary School has adopted the circle model of governance.



The governing body works as a ‘whole team’, meeting 6 times per year, spread evenly

across the year, without any separate committees. An agenda for each meeting will include

all the tasks which the governing body is required to consider.


The governing body is arranged in monitoring pairs and where possible, a third governor is added to develop succession planning. The pairs complete at least three visits per year to the school and part of the visits will be monitoring activities to inform the governing body of the progress against the objectives in the school plan. This helps to identify areas of success and assess further ways forward to improve the school.


This delegation of areas of responsibility to monitoring pairs could apply to statutory functions, as well as the priorities of the school plan. In each case where a function has been delegated there is a statutory duty to report any action or decision to the governing body at the next meeting.


The governing body may ‘commission’ assignments or activities arising from the business of the full governing body meeting, which will be recorded in the minutes. The governors taking on such roles would do this in addition to the ‘usual’ monitoring visits competed throughout the year.


The governing body is made up of 11 governors as shown below:

  • 2 parent governors; appointed by parental election.
  • 1 LA governor; appointed by the local authority.
  • 1 staff governor; elected by a vote of the staff
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 2 foundation governors, 1 appointed by the diocese, 1 appointed by the Church Council.
  • 4 co-opted governors, appointed by the governing body to fill any gaps in their skills base.



George Box Chair of Governors

My name is George and I am a former Metropolitan Police Detective. 

Shortly after obtaining my long service and good conduct award I was medically discharged due to lower back and neck injuries sustained on duty.

I have spent many years investigating child abuse and was a specialist in Paedophilia in Scotland Yard’s Specialist Operations Department, Organised Crime Group.  I was a regular Guest Speaker at Universities around the country and worked closely with the NSPCC London Investigation Team.

After my retirement I moved from London to Thanet with my wife and four children. Three of which started at Minster Primary School in years R,2 and 4. My wife and I became parent helpers.   After a year I was asked to become a parent governor, the following year I became vice chair and the following year I became Chair of the Governing Body.   

I became a Local Education Governor when a place became vacant to free up space for more parents to join the Governing Body.   I sit on all of the governing body committee’s and represents the school at District and County meetings.   As Chair of Governors I am included in consultations regarding any building projects that arise.


Term of Office :- 11/07/2018 - 10/07/2022

Appointed by :- Local Authority

Monitoring Responsibilities :- Strategy Pair

                                     Headteacher Appraisal

                                     Finance & Resource





Rev R Braddy - Vice Chair of Governors

I am the  Vicar of four local churches including St Mary's Minster. With this comes being ex-officio Foundation Governor at Minster CEPS, Chislet CEPS and Monkton CEPS.

As a former teacher, I enjoy leading Collective Worship and I am passionate about creating strong links between the school and the church and helping the school maintain and develop its distinctive Christian values, ensuring these are shared through the whole school community.


Term of Office :- 01/07/2014 - NA (Ex officio)

Appointed by :- The Church.

Monitoring Responsibilities :- Strategy Pair

                                     Headteacher Appraisal

                                     Finance & Resource

                                     Values Pair



Mrs E Shervington

My name is Liz Shervington and I am a Foundation Governor.

I became a governor as I am a member of the PCC at St Mary’s in Minster.  I feel it’s important to invest in the future of children also to foster the links with the local church and the school has an important role in the local community.  I have two daughters, who are now in their 20’s, both attended the school. I live and work in Minster.


Term of Office :- 15/11/2014- 14/11/2022

Appointed by :- The Church.

Hub Responsibilities :- Wider Curriculum

                                     Values Pair


                                     Church School -SMSC



Steph Thompson

My name is Steph Thompson and I am a Co-Opted governor at Minster school.

I became a governor when my daughter Jessica joined the school in 2011, my son Harry has since joined his older sister at Minster.

I become a governor because I wanted to take a more active role in my children's education, and to see first-hand how the school is run and try to help in any way that I can.

I am the Manager of the Kent Messenger Group and KmFm radio station and this allows me to help promote the school, with editorials and raise awareness of how good the school is in the Thanet area.


Term of Office :- 16/12/2015 - 15/12/2019

Appointed by :- The Governing Body

Monitoring Responsibilities :- Wider Curriculum

                                              Spelling and Phonics




Mr M Spanton

My name is Matthew Spanton and I am a Parent Governor at Minster Church of England Primary School. 

I have a son, Thomas, who started at the school in 2014 and a daughter, Tillie, due to start this year. 

It was important for me to become a Governor as I wanted to take an active role in my children’s education and help to make decisions that benefit all the children who attend the school.

Having lived and worked as a farmer in Minster all my life I feel that we have a fantastic school and that if we want to keep it that way then we all need to work hard towards making it the best that it can be. 

I hope that my past experience from ambassador roles and farm management will be put to good use in promoting the school and raising awareness of its many successes.


Term of Office :- 18/12/2015 - 17/12/2019

Appointed by :- Election from Parents

Monitoring Responsibilities :- Core Curriculum Pair

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Mrs P Gimes

My name is Penny Gimes and I became a school governor because I am a parish councillor and there is a post on the governing board for a representative from Minster Parish Council.

I served 30 years as a police officer, working throughout Kent and engaged in both uniform and CID duties; several periods of my service were spent in Thanet. I was fortunate in being able to progress my career to achieve the rank of Superintendent and became the first female Area Commander in Kent, and was based in Thanet.

I retired and moved to live in the Highlands of Scotland for a few years. When I returned to Kent 4 years ago I moved to Minster and was impressed by the sense of community and decided I would like to make a contribution.

I aim to support the school as a councillor and better understand the needs of children in our community.


Term of Office :- 26/01/2016 - 25/01/2020

Appointed by :- The Governing Body

Monitoring Responsibilities :- Safeguarding


                                               Spelling & Phonics   


Mrs A Moosuddee

I am a Specialist teacher for SEMH ( Social Emotional and Mental Health), with over 20 years of teaching experience working with children and young people with a range of SEND, in particular ASD, ADHD and Social and Emotional needs. I currently manage the Outreach Support Service for a local Special School and actively contribute to a range of collaborative committees to oversee the strategic direction of SEN provision within East Kent. I frequently observe lessons, support staff with Policies, provide environmental audits of SEN provision and work with children and families to ensure that their voices are also heard.


Through my work I understand the importance of Quality First Teaching to improve outcomes for all pupils including SEN, I have experience of techniques and strategies to provide an inclusive education for all pupils, the confidence to challenge staff to improve outcomes for all and a clear understanding of all Statutory SEND requirements according to the Code of Practice.

I feel confident about challenging staff to set high expectations and inclusive values in line with the culture and ethos of Minster school to ensure provision continues to meet the needs of SEN pupils.


Term of Office :- 12/07/2017-11/07/2021

Appointed by :- The Governing Body

Monitoring Responsibilities :- Inclusion

                                               Pupil Premium 



Mrs N Sworder - Associate Member

My name is Nicky Sworder and my professional background is in Mental Health. I originally trained in London as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and later in Kent as a BACP Accred. Counsellor, specialising in working with children, young people and families. I set up a School Counselling service working in different Kent schools. I also worked as a supervisor and trainer, offering workshops related to children and mental health. After gaining my MSc I reduced my work load and for the past few years have been involved in research. Mainly in connection to school policies, the psychological and emotional wellbeing of pupils and the whole school community.


I am pleased to be part of the Governing body as an associate member and aim to voice the mental health perspective when discussing school issues. As a team I believe we share a common goal: to create a healthy, happy and academically achieving school.


Term of Office :- 12/07/2017-11/07/2021

Appointed by :- The Governing Body

Monitoring Responsibilities :- Inclusion

                                               Pupil Premium 



Mrs A Fengas

My name is Alison Fengas and I am a Parent Governor at Minster Church of England Primary School.


I have two sons who attend the school, Daniel who will soon be leaving year 6 and Joshua who is currently in year 4. I wanted to undertake the role of governor, as I believed that the skills that I have acquired as Human Resources Manager at a local charity could lend themselves well to the creation and modification of policy and procedure for an efficient running of the school. I also have extensive safeguarding expertise and knowledge, which I believe, is vital to ensuring our children continue to be safe. I believe Minster school to be an outstanding setting and am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the strategy that enables it to continue to grow from strength to strength.

Monitoring Responsibilities:- Developing a language rich curriculum.





Staff Associate Members (No Voting Rights)


Mr P McCarthy :- Deputy Headteacher/Inclusion Leader.

Committee Responsibilities :- Member of Curriculum committee.- No voting rights.

                                               Member of the Strategy committee.- No voting rights.  

Mrs W Vinson :- Business Support Officer.

Committee Responsibilities :- Member of Resources committee.- No voting rights.

                                               Member of the Strategy committee.- No voting rights.  




Register of Business Interests


Mrs W Stone - Headteacher - Has no business interests to declare.

Mr G Box - Chair of Governors - Has no business interests to declare.

Rev R Braddy - Foundation Governor - Vicar of St. Mary's Church in Minster  - Has no business interests to declare.

Mrs E Shervington - Foundation Governor - Has no business interests to declare.

Mrs S Thompson - Co-Opted Governor - Media Manager at Kent Messenger Group.

Mr M SpantonParent Governor - 1. Employment Trade: Farmer

                                                           2. Employment Trade of Spouse: Farm Secretary

                                                       3. Any other interests: None declared on Form.

Mrs P Gimes - Co-Opted Governor - Minster Parish Council - Has no business interests to declare.

Mrs A Moosuddee - Co-Opted Governor


Mrs N Sworder - Co-Opted Associate Member -

Mr Paul McCarthy - Staff Associate Member - Has no business interests to declare.

Mrs W Vinson - Staff Associate Member - Has no business interests to declare.



Minster CEP Governing Body Meeting Apologies 2018 - 2019

FGB Meeting

26.09.18 Matthew Spanton - No apology given, Wendy Vinson

12.12.18 Anna Moosuddee

30.01.19 Alison Fengas- No apology given



Minster CEP Governing Body Meeting Apologies 2017 - 2018


FGB Meeting

05/09/17 George Box, Kirsty Alentis

27/09/17 George Box, Kirsty Alentis

13/12/17 Kirsty Alentis, Will Wollen

31/01/18 Kirsty Alentis, Rv. Braddy

21/03/18 Kirsty Alentis, Will Wollen

23/05/18 Kirsty Alentis, Matthew Spanton


EGB Meeting

10/10/17 Kirsty Alentis, Matthew Spanton



Strategy Pair

12/09/17 Kirsty Alentis

6/03/18 Kirsty Alentis

19/06/18 Kirsty Alentis


Finance Pair

10/10/17 Kirsty Alentis

16/01/18 Kirsty Alentis

21/05/18 Kirsty Alentis






Minster CEP Governing Body Meeting Apologies 2016 - 2017


FGB Meeting
Date:         Apologies from:  

21/09/2016   Will Wollen

14/12/2016    Will Wollen

01/02/2017    Will Wollen, Nicola Barras & Lyndsey Hogben

22/03/2017    Liz Shervington & Lyndsey Hogben


Minster CEP Governing Body Meeting Apologies 2015 - 2016
Curriculum Team 
Date: Apologies from:
10/11/2015 Paul McCarthy

Wendy Stone

21/06/2016 Lyndsey Hogben


Resource Team

Date: Apologies from:
22/10/2015 Will Wollen and Rev. Braddy
14/01/2016 None

Will Wollen and Paul McCartney

19/05/2016 None
07/07/2016 George Box
Strategy Team
Date: Apologies from:
10/09/2015 None
03/03/2016 None
08/07/2016 Rev.Braddy
FGB Meeting
Date: Apologies from:
23/09/2015 Kirsty Alentis and Jason Brown.
16/12/2015 Will Wollen and Donna Morling-Grove
27/04/2016 Penny Gimes, Lyndsey Hogben and Liz Shervington
13/07/2016 Will Wollen
EGB Meeting
Date: Apologies from:
10/11/2015 Will Wollen and Paul McCarthy