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.
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 JPhilpott@st-edmunds.com
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
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Chair of the Local Governance Committee
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: