School Governors

Governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to Herne Bay Infant School and Seashells Nursery and the education of its children. They will contribute to the strategic direction of the school and have an effective input toward to the educational achievements of its pupils. A governing body’s overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the Headteacher to promote continuous improvement in the performance of the school. Aligned to its improvement role, the governing body is there to be a ‘critical friend’ who can provide the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of both the Headteacher and Herne Bay Infant School and Seashells Nursery. Being a parent governor can be stimulating, enjoyable and rewarding. If you have the enthusiasm and desire to become closely involved in the running of the School, then please consider putting yourself forward for vacancies that arise. Parent Governors are an important component in achieving an effective and well-balanced governing body.

Governors Information


Every school in the country has a Governing Body. This is a group of people representing the interests of parents, staff, the local authority and the wider community who volunteer their time to work with the school to:

  • provide strategic direction for the school
  • set policies and procedures
  • set and manage the school budget
  • recruit and appoint new staff
  • share ideas for development and evaluate the school’s work
  • set development targets and monitor progress
  • deal with serious complaints

The Governing Body of a school is accountable for its performance, its finances and the safety and well-being of pupils and staff. All of this is done by governors on a voluntary basis and who come from all walks of life. Governors bring a wide range of experience to the school, including business and finance, parenting experience, further and higher education and administrative expertise. The roles and responsibilities of governing bodies are clear in law and there is a defined distinction between the responsibilities and powers of the Headteacher and those of the governors. To ensure clarity and transparency all governors are required to declare any business or pecuniary interests to ensure there are no conflicts. The school holds a record of Governor’s business interests that is updated annually alongside a standing agenda item that requires governor’s to declare any business or pecuniary interests against any agenda item. Mr R. Newman is currently a governor at both Herne Bay Infant and Herne Bay Junior School, which assists the schools in working together.