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Benenden Church of England Primary School Governors



The Department for Education’s Governance Handbook states that the three core purposes of a governing body are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;  

2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

At Benenden, we have a group of committed and hardworking governors who have the necessary skills to drive forward school improvement.  We are ably supported by Mrs Amy Vine, our clerk, who is trained through the KCC Clerking Service. She takes minutes of all full governing body meetings and advises governors on their statutory responsibilities.

The full governing body meets at least 5 times per year and has set up committees to monitor specific areas of the school in greater detail. They are:


Performance and strategy committee – they meet termly and analyse progress and attainment of all children and groups of children. They also monitor the progress of targets on the School Improvement Plan.

Finance committee – they meet termly, and more often if necessary, and track the expenditure of the school, ensuring that funding is targeted at the main priorities outlined on the School Improvement Plan.

Curriculum and monitoring – they meet termly to monitor the curriculum across the school and receive regular reports from the Headteacher and subject leaders.

Premises – they meet to monitor Health and Safety and the use and condition of the school buildings. They are also involved in the development of the new Benenden CE School, scheduled to open in September 2017. clerk@benenden-cep.kent.sch.uk or via the school office.