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Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Federation of Minster and Monkton Governing Body

Governors Welcome



Minster Church of England Primary School is a caring and nurturing place of learning, where everyone is valued as an individual and supported through an inclusive approach to succeed.


Minster is a school with a strong family ethos.  We have 14 classes (2 classes in each year group) with approximately 400 pupils on roll ageing from 4 - 11.  Minster School was founded in 1904 at it's present site, and in April 2019 we joined with Monkton Church of England Primary School to form the Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools.


The school vision 'Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing with God' pervades all aspects of school life and reflects the aspiration that all children will leave school happy, contented and ready to face the world.  Central to school life are the Christian Foundations of Creation, Justice, Love, Peace and Forgiveness and the whole school community approaches school life with the phrase ‘I Care’ (Independence, Christianity, Aspiration, Resilience and Engagement)


We are supported by the Diocese of Canterbury and have close links with the village church.  We have developed a good relationship with the local village and play an active part in community life.  The school uses the local church for services at key points in the year and members of the clergy regularly lead Collective Worship in the school.


At Minster, we intend to create opportunities for the development of the Whole Child through both our Christian Foundations and Learning Values.  The children have many wonderful opportunities to experience learning in a range of contexts and in a rich environment which motivates and inspires and is enriched through the wider curricular opportunities available. 


The Governing Body are extremely proud of the staff team at Minster who work tirelessly to create inspirational and rich learning opportunities for all of the children.  They are hard-working, dedicated and talented professionals who continually seek to improve the learning opportunities for the children.


Please explore the website, Facebook page and You Tube Channel to find out more about our wonderful school.


Mrs V Solly

Chair Of Governors


The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

                       Federation of                            

Minster & Monkton Church of England Primary Schools



Outline of our Governing Body


The Governing Body is responsible for


· Holding the Executive Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

· Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


The Full Governing Body meets three times each school year. There are currently two Committees

· Finance, Resources and Personnel

· Curriculum and Learning

Each Committee consists of at least five Governors who meet three times a year and report back to the Governing Body.

All Governor monitoring visits are recorded and shared with the Full Governing Body. They can be used to monitor aspects of each Schools Plans. Minutes are taken at all Full Governing Body and Committee meetings to evidence the work of the school and Governors.

The Governing Body is made up of 13 Governors as shown below:

2 Parent Governors – appointed by parental election

1 Local Authority Governor – appointed by the local authority

1 Staff Governor – elected by staff

1 Executive Head Teacher

3 Foundation Governors – one being the Principle Officiating Minister of the Parish in which

the schools are situated

5 Co-opted Governors – appointed by the Governing Body


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 :- 23/04/2019-22/04/2023

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

Committee:- Finance, Resources & Personnel

 Responsibilities :- FGB Chair, Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor, EHT Performance Management Panel



Wendy Stone - Executive Headteacher         


I have worked in education since I qualified as a teacher in 1987. Before becoming a Headteacher in 2004, I had several terms of office as a staff governor and now I sit on the Governing Body in my current role. As a governor, I was proactive on the various Governing Boards and committees I sat on over the years, and I gained much experience from this, working with many different people in many different settings.  


I started as the Headteacher at Minster in September 2004, taking on the temporary Executive Headteacher role at Boughton-under-Bean and Dunkirk for 2 years in 2014, while they recruited for a substantive Headteacher. In 2017, I was pleased to start working with Monkton and we formally federated in April 2019. 


I am delighted to work across our Federation, and have an excellent team of professionals at both schools, who are just as committed as I am, to the children in our care. 


Our aim is to provide a high-quality educational experience, with a strong Christian ethos, allowing each child to develop as an individual, enabling them to flourish and live life in all its fullness. 





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 :-  NA (Ex officio)

Appointed by :- The Church.

Committee:- Finance,  Resources & Personnel

 Responsibilities :- FGB Vice-Chair, Health & Safety Governor, Pay Committee & Executive Head's Performance Management Panel



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 :- 23/04/2019-22/04/2023

Appointed by :- The Church.

Committee:- Curriculum & Learning



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.


Term of Office :- 23/04/2019-22/04/2023

Committee:- Curriculum & Learning

Responsibilities :- Training & Development Governor


Mrs V Coneys                            


I am a curate and priest in the local group of village churches.  I am very glad to have a role in supporting the school through membership of the governing body. I live locally, enjoy walking and beaches, and playing the piano. I am married with three grown up children.


Term of Office :- 23/04/2019-22/04/2023

Appointed by :- The Church.

Committee:- Curriculum & Learning



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 :- 23/04/2019-22/04/2023

Appointed by :- The Governing Body

Committee:- Curriculum & Learning

Responsibilities :- SEND, Pupil Premium & Catch-up Premium Governor


Mr R Knott - Co-Opted 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 :- 14/09/2021-13/09/2025

Appointed by :- The Governing Body

Responsibilities :- Pay Committee 


Mr P Vella - Co-Opted Governor              


My name is Phil Vella, I am a federation parent governor and have lived in Minster for over 10 years with my wife and two children. My eldest is currently enjoying his time at Minster Church of England Primary School.


This is my first governor role and I’m very proud to have the opportunity to give my time and experience to this school and my community who have always been good to myself and my family.


I have worked in education for over 10 years, currently as an associate assistant head at a local secondary school but I’ve mainly been a teacher of maths that also supports teachers around Kent and Medway in improving their maths teaching. I have fulfilled a number of roles before teaching, most notably within British Telecom, Zurich Municipal and the Department for Work and Pensions.


Term of Office :- 14/09/2021 - 13/09/2025

Appointed by :- The Governing Body

Committee:- Pay

Responsibilities :-  Finance Governor



Staff Associate Members (No Voting Rights)


Mr P McCarthy :- Head of School - Minster                                  

.  Term of Office :- 23/04/2019-22/04/2023


Staff Associate Members (No Voting Rights) 


Mr C Marston :- Head of School - Monkton                 

Term of Office :- 01/09/2021-01/09/2025







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Willows Academy Trust

The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

Monkton Church of England Primary School