Chair of Governing Board’s Annual Report 2018-2019

The purpose of this report is to summarise the work of the governing board during the school year 2018/19. Its principle audience is parents and carers of our pupils.

We operate the Circle model of governance which loosely means that all governors attend six Full Governing Board meetings a year with the occasional extra meeting, if required, for prevailing circumstances. We have had another busy and rewarding year both supporting and challenging the school to make sure we deliver the best possible outcomes for all our pupils.

Our Ofsted inspection in July which resulted in ‘Good’ (congratulations to all), did also show some improvements we can make in governance and we have started the process of further development with bespoke training from KCC.

We are delighted to have taken on some new governors this year and welcome back to the school Della Skilton (ex Deputy Head at East Stour) who has embraced governance and become Vice Chair. 

In conjunction with the school plan governors undertook monitoring visits to ensure that the school is where it should be at milestones throughout the year.  On top of this, there are standard governance actions that happen every year including Headteacher review and approving the budget as examples, all of which have been carried out successfully.

East Stour Primary School is part of the CATS federation of Ashford schools. The idea is to share resources, experiences, cost etc for mutual benefit. This also extends to governance and some of our governors are ‘on call’ to help with other schools should the need arrive, and of course other schools can help us. I attend a meeting of other CAT’s chairs three times a year where we share experiences and propose ideas that could make a positive difference.

Moving forwards the 2019/20 year is anticipated to be an even better year for governance with the increased number of governors now on board and ‘jobs’ allocated in term 1 for the forthcoming year.

Finally the governing  board welcomes comments and suggestions from parents, carers, staff, and other members of the school community who can contact the Chair of Governors, Robert Cooke, via the school office or by email at


Robert Cooke

Chair of Governors

East Stour Primary School


East Stour Primary School,
Earlsworth Road,
TN24 0DW
01233 630820