Governance Model


Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership is a charitable trust and a company limited by guarantee. The Trust was established in August 2012 by the Archbishop of Southwark.


The Trust Board of Directors ('Trustees') are responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the Trust and they fulfil this role by delegating functions to committees. 


The Trust understands the importance of the role of governance committees and the Trust has set out guidance and support in its Governance Handbook and Scheme of Delegation.


The Governance Committee is a ‘critical friend’ of the school. It provides Strategic Leadership in school improvement. It does this by being appropriately involved in the school improvement cycle as follows:


  1. Developing and sharing the values and vision.
  2. Setting out the aims and objectives of the school.
  3. Setting out the policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved.
  4. Establishing the criteria by which the aims and achievements will be seen to be achieved.
  5. Taking the views of stakeholders into account.
  6. Evaluating evidence on how well the school is doing.
  7. Finding out how well the school is doing in comparison with similar schools.
  8. Agreeing targets for improvement.
  9. Planning to achieve improvement.
  10. Ensuring that deployment of staffing and resources match the school’s priorities.



Key Issues 

The governance committee will consider and keep under review: the progress and attainment of all groups of pupils, evidence of narrowing gaps between under achieving groups and other pupils, improvements in the quality of teaching, the school’s improvement since the last inspection, and the school’s self-evaluation of how well it is doing currently. Governance committee members are not expected to be involved in the day to day running of the school.


 Who can be a governance committee member? 

  • Almost everyone over 18 can become a member. Governance committee members are volunteers from all walks of life – everyone has experience and skills to offer.
  • An effective governance committee has people from different backgrounds and with a mix of skills. No formal qualifications are needed to be a member.
  • Governance committee members are not education experts – they are there to offer a fresh perspective.


What makes a good governance committee member? 

  • The ability to work in a team.
  • An interest in education and a commitment to the school.
  • Patience, energy and enthusiasm.
  • A willingness to listen, learn and to spend time in school.
  • A willingness to undertake training.

Local Governance Committee 2023-2024


Member Name Type

Appointed by 


Lead role Date of AppointmentTerm of Office Dates 

Clare Nursey


Appointed by KCSP

Joint Safeguarding Lead


12 Jul 2021



12 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2025

Rob Sharpley


Appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark


Chair of LGC

Curriculum Lead

01 June 201801 Jun 2022 - 31 May 2026

Keith Mewes


Appointed by KCSP




Joint Safeguarding Lead01 Dec 201708 Feb 2022 - 07 Feb 2026

Pamela Parnell


Appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark



Catholic Character & Ethos Lead

06 Nov 201714 Feb 2022 - 13 Feb 2026

Megan Underhill





Felicity  Goldsmith


Elected by Staff



CPD Lead08 Nov 202108 Nov 2021 - 07 Nov 2025 

David Goldsmith


Appointed by KCSP



Health and Safety Lead19 Jan 202319 Jan 2023 - 18 Jan 2027 

Gemma Comber


Elected by parents


 27 Apr 202327 Apr 2023 - 26 Apr 2027

Gower McCarthy



Elected by parents


 15 Jan 202415 Jan 2024 - 14 Jan 2028

Committee Members Attendance records for Academic Year 2022-23

Our Chair of the Local Governance Committee, Rob Sharpley, can be contacted by email :-


The Clerk to the Committee, Phil Barham, can be contacted by email :-


Copies of the Governing Body minutes are available from the School Office.


Governance handbook - Governance Handbook 23/24

Scheme of delegation - Scheme of Delegation 23/24

Former Executive Governance Committee information

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