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Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Federation of Minster and Monkton Governing Body

Mrs Wendy Stone, Executive Head
Mr Paul McCarthy, Head of Minster School
Mrs Victoria Solly, Chair of Governors
Rev. Richard Braddy, Deputy Chair
Mr. George Box, LA Governor
Mrs Elizabeth Shervington, Foundation Governor
Mrs Victoria Coneys, Foundation Governor
Mrs Joanne Guilder, Staff Governor
Mrs Karon Wilson, Head of Monkton School
Mrs Nicky Sworder, Governor
Mr Richard Knott, Parent Governor

The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools Governing Body 


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:

  • 1 parent governor; 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.


Victoria Solly - Chair of Governors

I have over 12 years of Governance, having previously been a staff Governor at the school I work at.  I was originally elected as a Parent Governor on the Monkton CE Governing Body and played a pivotal role in the Federation of Minster and Monkton CE Primary Schools.  Since Federation I have become Chair of Governors, a role that I am thoroughly enjoying and find incredibly rewarding.  I am passionate about Governance and the role it plays in ensuring that the children in our care receive the best care and education possible.  I bring a wide range of skills to the Governing Body, principally in my extensive skills and knowledge of all aspects of Primary Education, but in Leadership, School Finance and HR.  The role of Governor can be a challenging and varied role, but I feel privileged to be able to work with both schools in ensuring that there is a constant drive for school improvement, enabling all children in our care to receive inspirational and aspirational school experiences which will provide them with solid foundations for their future.


Term of Office :- 05/04/2018 - 10/07/2022

Appointed by :- Co Opted Governor - Chair of the Governing Body

Monitoring Responsibilities :- Curriculum Monitoring Pair

                                               Strategy Pair

                                               Finance Pair


George Box 

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.   


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


Joanne Guilder – Staff Governor

Senior Teacher – Monkton CEP School

My name is Joanne Guilder and I am the Senior Teacher at Monkton CEP School. My role includes being the line manager to the Teaching Assistants, leading Maths, Computing and Forest School, as well as overseeing the Early Years Foundation Stage.

This is my thirteenth year of teaching at Monkton. I started teaching Key Stage Two in the Year 3/4 class for 4 years before moving into the Early Years Foundation Stage where I taught for 7 years. This is now my second year in Key Stage One where I teach Year 1/2. I feel very lucky to have worked in all three Key Stages since working at Monkton as this gives me a real overall of School life.

My passions involve staff and child well-being, hence leading and developing Forest School. I love seeing children in the outside area and including them in leading their learning. By having the Forest School on site it also gives children a sense of pride as they develop each area and set up activities for the classes that follow on from then – such as planting in the allotment and year 5/6 are currently building a fairy garden for the younger children and they have loved every minute of this (and so have I).

Through my involvement in Maths and Early Years I have been lucky enough to have already seen the strength and support that can be built by working together across the Schools. With my role as staff Governor I look forward to building these links in other subjects to build a larger team with the interest in making both Schools, staff and children the best they can be.


Mrs N Sworder - Co-Opted Governor

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 a Co-Opted Governor 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 


Mr R Knott - Parent Governor


My Name is Richard Knott I am a teacher and Head of a successful History department at a local secondary school. I have 8 years of teaching experience in a range of specialist and secondary modern schools. Currently I have the privilege of working for one of the most successful MAP trusts in the UK who deploy a collaborative approach to education across all Key stages affording me an overview of children’s education. I am a resident of Minster and have one child who attends Minster primary. I am proud to be a part of The Federation Governing body and hope to offer my skills and competences to help drive standards across the federation ensuring that all children achieve their potential.


Term of Office :- 

Appointed by :- The Parents of Minster and Monkton C of E Schools

Monitoring Responsibilities :-  



Staff Associate Members (No Voting Rights)


Mr P McCarthy :- Head of School - Minster/Inclusion Leader.

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

                                               Member of the Strategy committee.- No voting rights.  


Karon Wilson - Associate Member (no voting rights)

Head of School - Monkton/Inclusion Manager​

My name is Karon Wilson and I am the Head of School at Monkton CEP School, I also hold the post of Inclusion Manager. I have worked at Monkton for 29 years, I live in the village and my own children previously attended the school. 

During my career I have worked for Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire and Kent Education Authorities, starting my career in a residential school for partially deaf children. 

Inclusion is a particular passion of mine and I have always worked in some capacity within SEND. I consider it a privilege to work with children and families in this role and hopefully make a difference to the experience and outcomes of these children. 

Having worked in education for over 40 years I am even more committed than ever to provide each and every child with an education and learning experience that is broad, balanced and varied. I am a huge advocate of outdoor learning and in particular Forest School.  I truly believe that children do and learn best when they are exposed to real life experiences and have opportunities to make links between their learning.

I look forward to working with the other Governors to ensure that both schools within the Federation continue to grow and flourish. It is an exciting time in the history of both schools and I truly believe that together we can become stronger and better able to serve our school communities.






Register of Business Interests


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

Mrs V Solly - Chair of Governors

Mr G Box - LA Governor - 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 N Sworder - Co-Opted Associate Member -

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

Mrs K Wilson - Associate Member - Has no business interests to declare.



Minster CEP Governing Body Meetings & Apologies 2020 - 2021

FGB Meeting

Minster CEP Governing Body Meetings & Apologies 2019 - 2020

FGB Meeting

19th May 2020 - Virtual Meeting - R Knott & M Turner - No apologies given

17th March 2020 - G Box, V Coneys, E Shervington, N Sworder & M Turner - V Stevens resigned

28th January 2020 - Everyone present

12th November 2019  - N Sworder - I Ritchie & H Coleman - resigned

24th September 2019 - H Coleman, I Ritchie - no apology given


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

21.05.19 Elizabeth Shervington

10.07.19 Richard Braddy, H Coleman

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The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

Monkton Church of England Primary School