Our Local Governing Body

The three core functions of a Governing Body, as reflected in Ofsted’s inspection criteria are: 

  • Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders and ensuring statutory duties are met;
  • Holding Headteachers to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety, challenging and strengthening leadership, and contributing to school self-evaluation; and

  • Ensuring probity with effective management of devolved financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards.

They are also responsible for specific actions such as ensuring that there is a procedure in place for handling complaints, approving the Academy budget and appointing the Headteacher.

 St. James' Church of England Primary Academy is a proud member of the Medway Anglican Schools Trust (MAST), which we joined on 1st January 2019.

 

  • Mrs Kerrie Cook

    Chair of Governors - Appointed by The Governing Body

    DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 28th March 2013
    GOVERNOR ROLE: Pupil Premium and PE Funding
    TERM OF OFFICE: 28th March 2017 to 27th March 2021
    BUSINESS INTERESTS: Employed by NatWest Bank / Chair for the SJPA Charity

  • Rev Jill Wright

    Foundation Governor - Appointed by The Governing Body

    DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 26th June 2017
    GOVERNOR ROLE: Ethos, SIAMS and British Values / Vice Chair of Governors
    TERM OF OFFICE: 26th June 2017 to 25th June 2021
    BUSINESS INTERESTS: Church of England - Christian Minister / WHOO Cares - Visitor to the Lonely / Family Trust - Leader

  • Mrs Sarah Malone

    Parent Governor - Appointed by Parents of St. James' Church of England Primary Academy

    DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 28th March 2013
    GOVERNOR ROLE: Health and Safety
    TERM OF OFFICE: 28th March 2017 to 27th March 2021
    BUSINESS INTERESTS: Treasurer for the SJPA Charity

  • Miss Clare King

    Staff Governor - Appointed by St. James' Church of England Primary Academy

    DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 1st July 2015
    GOVERNOR ROLE: Governor Training
    TERM OF OFFICE: 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2019
    BUSINESS INTERESTS: None

  • Miss Ellie Rees

    Foundation Governor - Appointed by The Governing Body

    DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 3rd January 2019
    GOVERNOR ROLE: Safeguarding and Attendance / SEND and High Achievers
    TERM OF OFFICE: 3rd January 2019 to 2nd January 2023
    BUSINESS INTERESTS: Employed by Teach First as Professional Development Lead

  • Mrs Ruth Sivarajah

    Head of School and Ex-Officio - Appointed by St. James' Church of England Primary Academy

    DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 1st April 2016
    TERM OF OFFICE: Ongoing

  • Miss Sarah Studart

    Parent Governor - Appointed by Parents of St. James' Church of England Primary Academy

    DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 6th 28th March 2019
    GOVERNOR ROLE: Pupil Premium and PE Funding / SEND and High Achievers
    TERM OF OFFICE: 6th March 2019 to 6th March 2023
    BUSINESS INTERESTS: None