8 Oct


The St. Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School Governing Body all meet together at least six times a year (known as a Full Governing Body Meeting). Meetings are normally held in the St. Gertrude’s Conference Room at the school.

Governors are not paid at all and give up enormous amounts of their free time to help the school. They visit the school and develop the school ethos and values to give the very best possible educational experience to all the children that go through the doors from Nursery to Year 6. The Catholic Church provides the majority of Governors, called Foundation Governors, to run the school on behalf of the Bishop. There are then other Stakeholder Governors who are elected by the teachers, school staff, parents and Kent County Council.

If you wish to communicate with any of the above School Governors over any matters, please do not hesitate to let the school office know and they will arrange a suitable time for the Governor to meet you and/or make contact with you.

Full Governing Body

Mrs C Turner – Foundation Governor – Chair

Fr M Holden – Foundation Governor

Mrs M Francis – Foundation Governor

Mr S Kelly – Foundation Governor

Mrs S. England – Foundation Governor

Mr P Wilson – Parent Governor

Mrs S. Beaumont – Parent Governor

Mrs K Lockwood – Deputy Headteacher – Associate Governor

Mr J Letts – Headteacher

KCC CLERK – Mrs K Metcalfe


Each of the Governors of St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary is allocated a class to take on the role of Class Governor.

This Governor will visit the class and the staff members about 3 times a year and will try to attend special class events.

The Governor will move up with their class each year and follow them throughout the school.

Class allocations for 2017/18

Nursery – Mrs M. Francis

Reception – Fr M. Higgins

Year 1 – Mrs S. England

Year 2 – Mrs S. Beaumont

Year 3 – Mrs C. Turner

Year 4 – Mr P. Wilson

Year 5 – Fr M.Holden

Year 6 – Mr S. Kelly

Throughout the year, the Governors visit the school to monitor progress in various areas of the school.

The Governors work in pairs to make these visits, normally working in an area they have a specialist knowledge in or a keen interest in.

Appointment of Designated Governors for 2017/2018

Pupil wellbeing, RE and Community – Father Holden

SEN/AEN – Mr S Kelly and Mrs S Beaumont

Looked after children – Mr S Kelly and Mrs S Beaumont

Training and Development – Mrs M Francis

Health and Saftey – Mr S Kelly and Mrs C Turner

E-Safety – Mrs C Turner and Mr S Kelly

Safeguarding – Mrs C Turner and Mr S Kelly

Partnership with Parents – Mrs C Turner, Mr P Wilson and Mrs S Beaumont

Budget Monitoring  – Mr P Wilson and Mrs S England

Pupil Premium – Mrs C Turner and Mrs M Francis

PE Premium – Mrs C Turner and Mr P Wilson

Policies and Website – Mrs S England and Mrs S Beaumont

Headteacher’s Performance Management – Mrs C Turner and Mrs M Francis

Attendance 2016 to 2017

Code of Conduct

Compliance Report


Welcome to the excellent Governing Body of St. Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School in Ramsgate. The Governing Body works tirelessly on behalf of the pupils and families of the school to give the best education and development of a well-rounded child. There is a variety of expertise ranging from special educational needs, English as an additional language to finance and community engagement. Some members have been with the school for nearly three decades and some members have been appointed or voted in for the last two years. I hope that this page informs you about each of our Governors and their interests and roles.

Currently, no governor has a business interest to declare. This status is updated at the start of each meeting.

The Full Governing Body meets six times a year:

4:30pm Monday 25th September Business Meeting

4:30pm Monday 20th November Full Governing Body

4:30pm Monday 22nd January 2017 Full Governing Body

4:30pm Monday 26th March Full Governing Body

4:30pm Monday 14th May Full Governing Body

4:30pm Monday 16th July Full Governing Body


The Finance Pair meets 4 times a year (dates vary with KCC finance timetables and school holidays):

April / May to set the new budget

October for the 6 month check

January for the 9 month check

March for the budget closedown.

There are no business interests from the governors.

Mrs Claire Turner is also a Governor of The Ursuline College, Westgate-on-sea, Kent.

Mr Peter Wilson is also a Governor of Sir Roger Manwood’s Grammar School, Sandwich, Kent.

The Clerk to the Governors is trained by and supplied by Kent County Council. Kim Metcalfe monitors all attendance at these meetings.


 Claire Turner     Foundation Governor  Chair of Governors

Appointed 1/12/2014,   Term of office end: 30/11/2018     4 year term     Parent Governor at The Ursuline College

I first became a staff Governor when I was working at St Ethelbert’s as a Sports Coach in 2004. When I moved on to work for the School Sports Partnership in 2006, I became a Foundation Governor to continue my dedication to the school. I first became a Governor so that I could support the school above and beyond my involvement already. I stayed on as a Governor after I left the school because I believe being a Governor is a very important way to support the school. Over the years the Governor role has changed enormously, we, your Governors team are actively encouraged to ask questions of the school, to make sure they are providing the best possible for your children. I have had 3 children move on from the school and 2 in school at the moment, Charlie in Year 5 and Thomas in Year 1. I enjoy being a Governor at St Ethelbert’s and am immensely proud of being a part of such an excellent school.


Fr MarcusFather Marcus Holden     Parish Priest and Foundation Governor

Appointed 2/11/2014, Term of office end: 1/11/2018          4 year term     No business interests

I am parish priest for Ramsgate and Minster. Along with Father Stephen Haylett and Father Leszek Kloss (assistant priests), I look after the spiritual and pastoral needs of the school. I have been parish priest at St Ethelbert’s (I live next to the church and school) since 2010 (when I also became a governor). Previously I was assistant priest at Tunbridge Wells and at Balham (where I was also a foundation governor in the Holy Ghost Primary School). I trained to be a priest in Rome (6 years at the English College and the Pontifical Gregorian University). I’m from Lancashire and also grew up in Wales. After school, I studied for my first degree at Oxford University. I love writing and work a lot with adult education and Catholic media. In my spare time, I love foreign travel, visiting interesting places and sports. I love Ramsgate very much, its people and its history. I enjoy working at the school and believe St Ethelbert’s is a tremendous place where every child is valued and supported.


John Letts Headteacher

Appointed 1/1/2013, Term of office end: 13/12/2017          4 year term     No business interests







Maureen FrancisMaureen Francis     Foundation Governor

Appointed 1/9/2014, Term of office end: 31/08/2018           4 year term     No business interests

I first became associated with St. Ethelbert’s in 1981 when my son joined the school and my daughter joined the following year.  Both my husband and I were involved with the PTFA and my husband was a Foundation Governor.  Following his death in 1994, I was asked by Father. Gus to take his place as a Foundation Governor in 1995.  I now have grandchildren at the school and I have seen many changes over the years and have seen the school grow and develop with strong links with the Church and the local community. I feel the ethos of the school is modelled to all the students by the high standards of the leadership team, all the teaching and support staff along with the volunteers who support the school.  As a Governor I feel very privileged to work for the service of the Church and the School and will try to continue to do my best to carry out this role effectively.


September 099Stephen Kelly           Foundation Governor

Appointed 1/9/2013, Term of office end: 31/8/2017          4 year term     No business interests

I have been a Foundation Governor at the school for over 10 years.My sons David and Yan attended the school and so I joined the PTFA and went on to become chairman of the PTFA until my youngest son left the school. I grew very fond of the school during my time with the PTFA and when I was asked by Father Stephen Fisher if I would like to be a Foundation Governor, I saw this as a great opportunity to establish my link with the school and to help the future children prepare for their life ahead. I am the Child Protection Governor, I monitor Health & Safety and I have a real passion for supporting the SEN children in the school.



Susan England     Foundation Governor

Appointed 30/3/2015, Term of office end: 20/3/2019           4 year term     No business interests

My family moved to Ramsgate from London in 2014, and my daughter, Elizabeth, started at St Ethelbert’s mid-way through Year 5.  We were immediately struck by what a warm and welcoming place the school is, and how quickly Elizabeth settled in and made friends.  I became a Governor in 2015, and I feel very privileged to be able to support the school in this role.  The children are supported by an excellent, dedicated leadership and teaching team, and a vibrant and thriving Parish.


picture-2Peter Wilson           Parent Governor

Appointed 12/10/2015, Term of office end: 10/11/2019           4 year term     No business interests

I was first welcomed to the schools governing body in September 2015. I have a child presently attending St Ethelbert’s along with 3 other children who have previously attended the school but have moved on to senior school and further education. I have a deep affection for the school having seen all of our children thrive in such a devoted and caring environment, providing excellent teaching standards and exceptional pastoral support. My commercial expertise is within finance, an area I hope I can add value into the school, although as I have learned there is such a diverse scope of topics that need discussion to maintain the schools’ excellent reputation within the community. I am very proud to be a school governor at St Ethelbert’s and I hope I am able to provide input into the schools’ ongoing success whilst offering the views of parents with children at the school. From April 2017, I am now also a governor at Sir Roger Manwood’s School in Sandwich.


picture-3Sarah Beaumont       Parent Governor

Appointed 25/4/2016, Term of office end: 24/4/2020           4 year term     No business interests

I am a former pupil of St Ethelberts, and I currently volunteer in the school and am also on the PTFA. I have two children at the school, one in Y2s, and the other about to start Reception in September 2016.

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in May 2016. My working background is within the NHS and the Military.  As a family we have recently moved back to Ramsgate (2014) having spent much of our Service life in postings overseas. I look forward to a long and continued association with St Ethelberts as a Parent Governor in the future.


A5433DC474Kelly Lockwood     Associate Governor.

Appointed 16/9/2013, Term of office end: 15/9/2017         4 year term     No business interests

I am passionate about improving standards for children and ensuring that each child has an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.  I know that I can offer valuable contributions towards the improvement of the school. I am committed to the children of St Ethelbert’s and their families.  I believe that every day we are influencing the lives and values of all; therefore I want to contribute more to the school’s success. I aim to support the headteacher in achieving the vision for the school; in addition, questioning and challenging to help St Ethelbert’s progress. I aim to be honest and open when asked questions about the day to day running of the school and act as a voice for other staff members, parents or children.





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