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KCSP Governance Model 




Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership is a charitable trust and a company limited by guarantee. The Trust was established in August 2012 by the Archbishop of Southwark.


The Trust Board of Directors ('Trustees') are responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the Trust and they fulfil this role by delegating functions to committees. 


The Trust understands the importance of the role of governance committees and the Trust has set out guidance and support in its Governance Handbook and Scheme of Delegation.




The Governance Committee is a ‘critical friend’ of the school. It provides Strategic Leadership in school improvement. It does this by being appropriately involved in the school improvement cycle as follows:


  1. Developing and sharing the values and vision
  2. Setting out the aims and objectives of the school
  3. Setting out the policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved
  4. Establishing the criteria by which the aims and achievements will be seen to be achieved
  5. Taking the views of stakeholders into account
  6. Evaluating evidence on how well the school is doing
  7. Finding out how well the school is doing in comparison with similar schools
  8. Agreeing targets for improvement
  9. Planning to achieve improvement
  10. Ensuring that deployment of staffing and resources match the school’s priorities.




Key Issues


The governance committee will consider and keep under review: the progress and attainment of all groups of pupils, evidence of narrowing gaps between under achieving groups and other pupils, improvements in the quality of teaching, the school’s improvement since the last inspection, and the school’s self-evaluation of how well it is doing currently. Governance committee members are not expected to be involved in the day to day running of the school.


 Who can be a governance committee member?


  • Almost everyone over 18 can become a member. Governance committee members are volunteers from all walks of life – everyone has experience and skills to offer
  • An effective governance committee has people from different backgrounds and with a mix of skills. No formal qualifications are needed to be a member
  • Governance committee members are not education experts – they are there to offer a fresh perspective


What makes a good governance committee member?


  • The ability to work in a team
  • An interest in education and a commitment to the school
  • Patience, energy and enthusiasm
  • A willingness to listen, learn and to spend time in school
  • A willingness to undertake training

St Edmund’s Catholic School Governance


St Edmund's is an academy within the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP):  26 of Kent and Medway's Catholic schools belong: 21 primaries and 5 secondaries.  More will join during 2024.

Governance at St Edmund’s lies with the KCSP Trust Board, devolved at local level to a Local Governance Committee.

What do the committee members do? 

They work with the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership Trust Board and school leaders to ensure that

  • The school has a clear vision for the future and is well-led
  • The school is able to provide the best education it can for its students
  • The school is fully-staffed with good teachers and support staff
  • Students and staff get the resources they need
  • Students and staff are safe and cared-for
  • Public money allocated to the school is well-spent

How do committee members fulfil their responsibilities?

 We meet at least 6 times a year and between meetings we visit the school to get first-hand knowledge.  We need to know our school really well and we also need to be up-to-speed on what’s happening in education nationally.  We hold the Head Teacher to account and ensure the strategic vision for our school addresses the need of current and future pupils and is financially viable, so we look at long-term issues, budgets and admissions.  We ensure our school is run in line with the decisions of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership Trust Board.

How many committee members are there and how are they appointed?

We can have up to 12 members.  Seven are appointed by the diocese (called foundation committee members), 2 by the parents, 1 by the staff, 1 is co-opted and the Head Teacher is a governor, too!  Each year the committee members elect a Chair and vice-Chair.  Committee members are volunteers and serve for 4 years.

Who are the Local Governance Committee Committee members?

Foundation committee members:  John Philpott (Chair), Maria Milner,  Verity Irvine, John McCann, Deacon Jed Watkins (and Bridie Dodson and Keryn Poulter are awaiting diocesan sanction)

Parent committee member:  Nicola Coveney (vice-Chair) and Kevin Rackham

Staff committee member:  Danni Hyden

co-opted member: Robert Walsh (awaiting KCSP sanction)

Head Teacher:  Gráinne Parsons

Clerk:  Mandy Boxall

How do I contact the committee members?

You can write to Mandy Boxall, clerk to the committee, at the school address or e-mail the Chair of the Academy Committee, John Philpott, at 

How do I become a committee member?

Get in touch and we’ll gladly talk you through all that’s involved!  It’s rewarding, challenging at times and makes a difference to our children’s futures!








St Edmund's Catholic School, Dover






Member Type appointed by:

Date of Appointment:

Term From

Term To


Mandy Boxall








Nicola  Coveney

Parent Member

(Elected by parents)


14 March 2022

14 Mar 2022

13 Mar 2026

Vice Chair

PP & SEND Lead

Danni Hyden

Staff Member

(Elected by staff)



19 September 2023

19 Sep 2023

18 Sep 2027


Verity Irvine

Foundation Member

(Archdiocese of Southwark)


01 December 2021

01 Dec 2021

30 Nov 2025

Curriculum Lead - Literacy, Teaching & Learning

John McCann

Co-opted Member




01 September 2023

01 Sep 2023

31 Aug 2027

Finance Lead

Maria Milner

Foundation Member

(Archdiocese of Southwark)


15 October 2020

15 Oct 2020

14 Oct 2024

PP & SEND Lead

Curriculum Lead - More Able

John Philpott

Foundation Member

(Archdiocese of Southwark)



01 April 2019

01 Apr 2023

31 Mar 2027


Safeguarding Lead

Kevin Paul Rackham

Parent Member

(Elected by parents)


08 March 2023

08 Mar 2023

7 Mar 2027

H & S Lead

Deacon Gerald Watkins 

Foundation Member

(Archdiocese of Southwark)

02 October 202302 Oct 202301 Oct 2027 
Keryn Poulter

Foundation Member

(Archdiocese of Southwark)

16 January 202416 January 202415 January 2028Safeguarding Lead
Robert Walsh

Co-opted Member


19 January 202419 January 2024

18th January



Grainne Parsons









Chair of the Local Governance Committee 

Mr John Philpott 


If you wish to contact the Chair of the LGC Committee, please use the email link above. Alternatively you can send a letter addressed to the Chair of the LGC Committee to:


St Edmund's Catholic School

Old Charlton Road




Copies of Governing Body minutes are available from the School Office.


Clerk to the Local Governance Committee: 


The Clerk to the Committee is Mandy Boxall who can be reached via: 

Our Mission and Values

“Therefore learn as if to live forever; live as if to die tomorrow” (St Edmund of Abingdon)

Read Our Values & Ethos Statement

Trust Information

St Edmund's Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.