Welcome to the Governing Body

Welcome to our school!


I hope this introduction will explain more about the role of the Governing Body and how it fits within the school.


Being part of the formal leadership structure of the school, the Governing Body  holds the school, and its senior leadership, to account via several statutory responsibilities. (More details are below.)

Our governors are a mix of elected parents, members of the community, together with a Local Authority representative. We are supported by our clerk, Mrs Julie Roe.



The governors of The Discovery School are:


Name Type of Governor Term of Office

Date of Appointment

Mrs Catriona Stringer

Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor


4yrs 22/05/2019
Mrs Annabel Cornall

Vice Chair of Governors/Parent Governor

4yrs 12/09/2018
Miss Tina Gobell Headteacher --- 01/01/2018 
Mr Roland Parrott Co-opted Governor 4Yrs 07/02/2017
Vacancy Co-opted Governor    
Mr Tony Steel Co-opted Governor 4yrs   12/09/2018
Dr Tina Ivanov Parent Governor 4yrs  07/11/2018
Mrs Louise Connelly Parent Governor 4Yrs 07/11/2018
Vacancy Parent Governor 4yrs   
Miss Kelly Dey Staff Governor 4Yrs 11/07/2018 
Mr David Waller Local Authority Governor 4yrs  07/11/2018 
Mrs Julie Roe

Clerk to the Governing Body



The Governing Body is separate from our fantastic Friends of Discovery School (FoDS), the registered charity which works hard to raise money for the school. Further information on FoDS, our parent/teacher association (PTA), can be found in its section of the website by clicking here. I hope to see you at some of its upcoming events.

With best wishes


Catriona Stringer
Chair of Governors.

The Governing Body, their roles and responsibilities and any business interests are shown below:-

The Governing Body is established according to an “Instrument of Government” which is recorded and agreed with Kent County Council and can be downloaded below.

As can be seen above, Governors are a mix of Parents, Local Authority, Staff, the Headteacher and “co-opted” Governors - as set out in the Instrument of Government. The co-opted Governors are appointed so as to maintain a good blend of experience and skills on the team.

Governors normally serve for a fixed term of 4 years. Parent Governors are elected by parents with each individual parent having a single vote.

What do we do?

As you might imagine, there are reams of documents describing the role of the Governing Body. Some high level key tasks are:-

  • ensure safety and wellbeing of all children (Safeguarding is our top priority)
  • set the strategic direction, vision and ethos of the school
  • monitor and challenge the progress of children in the school
  • recruit and performance manage the Headteacher
  • ensure the school meet its statutory responsibilities
  • ensure financial probity
  • ensure the premises are well managed

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets at The Discovery School five to six times per year. Every governor adheres to an agreed Code of Conduct


Governor meetings follow a clear agenda and the minutes of the meeting, apart from any confidential items, are a matter of public record. The last few sets of FGB minutes are available on this Website. Normally, the meetings are timed so as to align with key activities in the school year. For example, at the end of the summer term, the meeting will review SATS results and use these to plan monitoring and interventions for the following year. Likewise, school accounts are signed off to align with the requirements of KCC and financial reporting timelines.

If any activity is required outside of the scheduled meetings, extra-ordinary meetings or committees may be convened. Examples of this would be to recruit and appoint a new Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or to investigate a complaint against the School.


Some schools have many sub-committees to manage specialist areas. At Discovery, we have a relatively simple structure. This is called the “Circle Model”. In addition to monitoring the children's achievements we oversee any finance, health and safety issues raised. The Governing Body also carries out routine safety inspections at the school and deals with buildings and premises management. Our only committee is the Pay Committee which approves the overall approach to performance pay increases and ensures that the school budget supports the pay bill.


The Terms of Reference sets out individual governor responsibilities.  Associate governors may also be appointed to the governing body to offer expertise in a specific area.  The Governing Body has determined that Associate Governors will not have voting rights.