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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section of Holy Trinity & St John's CE Primary School

The Governing Body at Holy Trinity & St John’s CE (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School comprises of staff, parents and representatives from the Local Authority and the local community all of whom have volunteered their time to support the school. As the school is a voluntary controlled school, the vicar of St John the Baptist Church, Rev Dawn Watson, is also a member of the governing body. She is appointed by the Canterbury Diocese of Education as she holds the post of the Principle Officiating Minister at St John the Baptist Church, Margate.


The Governing Body has a general responsibility for the management of the school. Mr Garratt (Headteacher), Mrs Harding and Mrs Lowdon (Deputy Headteachers) also sit on the governing body, but they are non-voting members. Mr Garratt is responsible for making day-to-day decisions about the running of the school. The Governing Body acts as a “critical friend” to the school and with guidance from the Senior Management Team of the school and the Local Authority they have responsibility for:


  • Approving the first formal budget of the financial year and monitoring of expenditure thereafter.
  • Driving strategic improvement by overseeing the implementation of the school plan.
  • Overseeing how the curriculum is taught.
  • Staffing and personnel. 
  • Buildings – maintenance, health and safety.
  • School policy reviews.
  • Dealing with formal complaints.
  • Some disciplinary matters.


If you would like further information about the role of Governing Bodies and their involvement with the school this can be found on the web site of the Department of Education at




It is important that governors and staff are seen and to act impartially.  Governors have a responsibility to avoid any conflict of interest between any business interest, personal interest and affairs and those of the school.  Governors have a legal duty to declare any interest that could lead to questions of bias when discussing items of business at a meeting.  If necessary, any governor concerned will withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is discussed.


The governing body is required to establish and maintain a register of interests for all governors and the headteacher.  The register will enable governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit from any decisions that they make.  A copy of the declaration form that all governors sign annually is shown below.

REGISTER OF INTERESTS - signed by all Governors at the start of each academic year.


Governor attendance at meetings is of a good level, with any absences having been fully explained and accepted and approved by the governing body.  Good attendance by governors allows discussions and debate to take place with school leaders and in turn the governors are kept fully up to date with what is happening in school and with local and national developments in education.


The level of commitment shown by members of the governing body allows the governing body to operate in an effectual and professional manner.



Governors make regular formal visits to the school to monitor and evaluate the impact of our work.  In the past year, these visits have included:

  • Financial procedures and practices
  • School ethos and values
  • Assessment
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Early Years
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Use of Pupil Premium funding
  • RE
  • Breakfast Club