Every school has a Governing Body which is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the school. As a Voluntary Aided school Lady Boswell's has a majority of Foundation Governors who have a special responsibility for ensuring that the Christian foundation of the school is sustained and developed. The Governing Body also includes the Headteacher, staff, parent and local authority Governors. The Governing Body can appoint associate members to serve on one or more Governing Body committees and attend full Governing Body meetings.
The Headteacher has delegated responsibility for the day to day management of the school and is an ex officio member of the Governing Body. The Rector of the church to which the school is linked, St Nicholas Sevenoaks, is also an ex officio member of the Governing Body. This role is currently being filled by the associate rector who leads the congregations which meet at the school.
The three core functions of our Governing Body are:
Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The full Governing Body meets six times each academic year, considers reports and recommendations, makes decisions and conducts governor business. The Governing Body approves the first formal budget plan each year; makes appointments and dismissals with respect to the Senior Leadership Team; establishes governor panels; determines the timing of the Headteacher appraisal review cycle and appoints governors to act as reviewers alongside an external advisor and institutes a health and safety policy.
Whilst the Governing Body as a whole remains responsible for the governance function, there are four distinct areas of work delegated by them to a Steering & Strategy Team, a Learning & Development Team, a Finance & Resources Team and an Admissions Team.
Chair of Governors: Kate Phillips
The Steering & Strategy Team is a small group of governors who work closely with the Senior Leadership Team of the school to develop strategy leading to school improvement. The team evaluates the proposed three year budget plan; reviews the vision and values of the school and ensures that these are shared with all stakeholders; takes an active role in School Self Evaluation, monitoring success in all areas and identifying areas requiring improvement; reviews the School Improvement Plan identifying monitoring opportunities for the Governing Body; reviews regularly how the school is regarded by pupils and parents; ensures that the school has in place all statutory policies and keeps these under review on a regular basis and approves policies on review; ensures that the school does not discriminate against pupils, job applicants or staff on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation; ensures that the school has a Complaints Procedure for Parents and that parents know how to raise concerns and make a complaint and ensures that the Governing Body complies with all legal requirements placed upon them.
Chair of Steering & Strategy Team: Kate Phillips
The Learning & Development Team focuses on the delivery and monitoring of the annual School Improvement Plan with regards to the curriculum and reports to the Governing Body. These reports will in turn inform strategy. The team monitors the Curriculum Policy and progress against the School Improvement Plan targets; reviews pupil performance data; reviews and monitors Special Educational Needs and Disability policy and practice and reviews engagement with parents on matters relating to the curriculum.
Chair of Learning and Development Team: Emma Watson
The Finance & Resources Team monitors the school finance and premises. It maintains an up-to-date ‘balanced’ three year budget plan; monitors the budget; evaluates virements; analyses tenders, contracts and insurances; benchmarks the school financial performance against similar schools and reports to the Governing Body; evaluates proposed expenditure; ensures that the school is working within the guidance of the Schools Financial Value Standard and Assurance (SFVS) recommendations; ensures that all spending provides ‘value for money’ in terms of raising standards in education and monitors and evaluates the management of the Voluntary Fund and receives the audited accounts.
Chair of Finance and Resources Team: Philip Walker
The Admissions Team applies the admissions rules as agreed by the Governing Body and advises the Local Authority of the ranked list; reviews the Governing Body’s admissions rules and make any recommendations for change to the whole Governing Body; ensures that the consultation process is carried out in accordance with guidance contained in Paragraphs A8 – A14 of the School Admissions Code of Practice; supports the Governing Body / the Chair of Governors in making the case for refusing an application for admission to an Independent Appeals Panel; considers any applications for admission after the normal point of entry that may be refused; publishes the school’s Admissions Arrangements; appeals (in specific situations where the Admissions Team considers it appropriate to do so) against Local Authority directions to admit pupils.
Chair of Admissions Team: Kate Phillips
Chair of Governors: Mrs Kate Phillips
Vice-Chair of Governors: Mr Philip Wood
Clerk to the Governors: Helen Barber
Lady Boswell's School, Plymouth Drive, Sevenoaks TN13 3RW
Mrs Kate Phillips, Appointed by the Bishop of Rochester
Kate Phillips was appointed as a Governor in 2015 and became Chair of Governors in 2016. Over the years she has developed and implemented many initiatives at school and she was Treasurer of the PTA for nine years. Kate’s career background is in corporate and investment banking. Married to Nigel, they have four children who have all attended Lady Boswell’s. One is a current pupil, one now at The Judd School and two at Tonbridge Grammar School.
Mr Philip Walker
Philip was elected as a Foundation Governor in September 2014. He is currently retired after a long career in finance, both in the UK and US. He is married to Cathy and has two sons and a daughter. They have worshipped and served at St Nicholas Church for a number of years since moving to Sevenoaks in 2003. In retirement, Philip has served as a Trustee to YMCA Training and as Chairman of the YMCA pension fund trustee body.
Mrs Emma Watson, appointed by the Rochester Diocesan Board of Education
Emma Watson was appointed as a Foundation Governor in May 2016. Emma grew up in Sevenoaks, and returned three years ago following a period overseas. Her professional background is in strategic management consultancy. More recently, Emma has provided assistance to several not-for-profit organisations in the UK and in Dubai (UAE). Emma worships and serves at St Nicholas Church in the 4 o’clock congregation. She is married to Gavin and has three children, all of secondary school age.
The Reverend Tom Nash, Ex Officio - Associate Rector of St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks
Tom is an old boy, a parent, and a governor at Lady Boswell's School. He is married to Clare and they have three boys. Tom loves talking to people about Jesus and teaching the Bible. When not overseeing the church plants from St Nicholas Sevenoaks (one of which, Grace Church, meets at Lady Boswell's School at 10.00am on Sundays) he can be found spending time with his family and waiting for his international call up in several sports
Mrs Cindy von Kaufmann, Appointed by St Nicholas Parochial Church Council
Cindy was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2018 and has been a member of and served at St. Nicholas Church since coming to Sevenoaks over 20 years ago. She is married to Robert and they have four children, all of whom attended Lady Boswell's School, with three now at university and one at Tonbridge Grammar School. Cindy began her career teaching geography at Sevenoaks School and is currently at Walthamstow Hall Senior School where she has additional responsibilities as Co- Curriculum Coordinator, Pastoral Leader and Assistant Head of Careers
Mrs Sharon Saunders, Ex Officio, The Head Teacher
Sharon Saunders joined Lady Boswell's in January 2010 as Headteacher. She has been teaching for 24 years across all age ranges. Prior to Lady Boswell's Mrs Saunders was a Deputy Headteacher for nine years at a local primary school where she completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). She is passionate about ensuring that every child receives an outstanding education within the heart of our Christian school community. She is married to Ian and has four grown up children.
Mr Philip Wood, elected by the Local Education Authority
Philip Wood is our LEA Appointed Governor. He has been a Governor since 1990 and was originally a St Nicholas Church appointee. He lives in Sevenoaks and is married to Kath. Their two adult children both attended the school. Phillip has had a long business career and is now a non executive director of a US public company and a trustee of CfBT Education Trust, which undertakes school improvement and related projects in the UK and overseas.
Mrs Sarah Horton, elected Staff Governor
Sarah Horton joined the Governing body in October 2017. She has lived in Sevenoaks for 27 years with her family. Her previous career was in the fashion industry as sales director for a PLC company, but after having her children she worked in primary education locally, teaching swimming and computing as well as managing Lady Boswell's school network. She has also in the past been clerk to the governors at a local primary school.
Mrs Kinvara Rogers, elected Parent Governor
Kinvara Rogers was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2017. She and her husband, Dan, have 2 children at Lady Boswell’s and a pre-schooler. Alongside parenting, Kinvara works part-time as a management consultant, specialising in strategy and change management. She loves the countryside, is a keen cook and is happiest spending time with family and friends.
Mrs Suzanne Morris, elected Parent Governor
Suzanne was appointed Parent Governor in March 2017. She is married to Joel and they moved to Sevenoaks from London in 2005. They have a son and two daughters, who are all pupils at Lady Boswell’s. Suzanne has worked in public relations throughout her career, and is currently a partner in a London-based consultancy.
Mrs Helen Barber, Clerk to the Governors
Lady Boswell’s CE Primary School
The Governing Body was re-constituted on 1stst August 2015 and now consists of
6 Foundation Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
2 Parent Governors
1 Staff Governor
1 Associate Governor
Governor Register of Business Interests March 2018
|Name||Date Dec Bus Int form signed||Business Interest|
|Sarah Horton||Absent due to ill health and has not completed form|
|Tom Nash||03.10.18||Parent works at school (TA)|
|Kate Phillips||03.10.18||Employed by Royal Bank of Scotland|
|Sharon Saunders||03.10.18||Son employee at school
Spouse owns nursery and after school club
|Cindy von Kaufmann||03.10.18||None|
|Philip Wood||03.10.18||Trustee of CFBT Schools Trust (MAT)|
|Emma Watson||03.10.18||Friendship with school staff: Mrs N Jude and Mrs A Saunders|
• Registered as self-employed to undertake book keeping and accounting services.
|Previous Governors & Associate Members (within 12 months)|
Personal shareholder of Educate Services
(private company offering education services)
Governing Body Information as at March 2018
|Governor Name||Governor Type||Appointing Body||Term of Office||Committees/Responsibilities||Start of Term||End of Term||Stepped Down||Attendance Record 10.2015 - 11.2016|
|Sarah Horton||Staff||4 years||Learning & Development||20.09.17||19.09.21||Absent due to ill health|
|Suzanne Morris||Parent||2 years||Giving to School; Stakeholder Relations; Learning & Development; Pay and Performance||17.03.17||16.03.19||FGB 7/7; L&D 3/3; Pay 2/3|
|Tom Nash||Foundation||Ex Officio||4 years||Admissions; Online Safety; Premises; Safeguarding||09.04.14||FGB 4/7|
|Kate Phillips||Foundation||Bishop of Rochester||4 years||Chair of Governors; Chair of Steering/Strategy Committee; Admissions; Cluster Governor Forum||15.12.16||14.12.20||FGB 7/7; Steering 3/3|
|Kinvara Rogers||Parent||2 years||Health and Safety; Finance & Resources Committee; Admissions||17.03.17||16.03.19||FGB 7/7; Finance 4/4|
|Sharon Saunders||Head Teacher||Ex Officio||Steering/Strategy Committee; Finance & Resources Committee; Learning and Development Committee; Admissions||01.01.10||FGB 7/7; Curriculum (delegated); Finance 4/4; Steering 3/3; Pay 3/3|
|Cindy von Kaufmann||Foundation||Parochial Church Council||4 years||09.05.18||08.05.22||FGB 1/2|
|Philip Walker||Foundation||Parochial Church Council||4 years||Chair Finance & Resources Committee; Pay Committee; Steering & Strategy Committee||10.09.18||09.09.22||FGB 6/7; Finance 4/4; Pay 3/3|
|Emma Watson||Foundation||Rochester Diocesan Board of Education||4 years||Chair Learning & Development Committee; Steering; SEND; SIAMS; Steering & Strategy Committee||01.06.16||31.05.20||FGB 4/4; L&D 3/3; Pay|
|Philip Wood||Local Authority||Kent County Council||4 years||Vice-Chair of Governors; Steering/Strategy Committee; Finance and Resources; Chair Pay Committee; Data||24.05.17||23.05.21||FGB 7/7; Finance 4/4; Steering 3/3; Pay 3/3|
|Karen Wicks||Associate||Governing Body||1 year||24.01.18||23.01.19||FGB 3/3|
|Andrew Boshoff||Foundation||Parochial Church Council||4 years||Chair of Finance and Resources Committee; Chair of Pay Committee; Steering/Strategy Committee||11.07.16||10.07.20||FGB 4/7; Finance 4/4; Steering 3/3|
|David Crawford||Foundation||Parochial Church Council||4 years||Learning & Development Committee; Training; Maths; Data||16.05.16||15.05.20||FGB 5/7; L&D 2/3|
|Elizabeth Miller||Foundation||Rochester Diocesan Board of Education||4 years||Learning & Development Committee; Admissions; Safeguarding||09.11.16||08.11.20||FGB 6/7; L&D 3/3; Admissions 1/1|
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