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Church of England Primary School

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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Our Governing Body


The key role of the Governors is to support the school as critical friends, providing a strategic overview and ensuring accountability. They are unpaid volunteers who represent the community the school serves.  As a Voluntary Controlled C of E School 3 of the governors are Foundation governors.


If you wish to contact the governors all communication should be addressed to Ms Sharon Page, the clerk, via the school office.

The governing body is made up of 12 governors as shown below:

  • 2 parent governors; appointed by parental election.
  • 1 LA governor; appointed by the local authority.
  • 1 staff governor; elected by a vote of the staff
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 3 foundation governors
  • Up to 4 co-opted governors, appointed by the governing body to fill any gaps in their skills base.


Mrs Lois Gunn - Parent Governor - Chair
Term of office expires: October 2022
Learning & Development committee

My husband and I have two children at the school. I am a qualified primary school teacher with many years experience teaching children with Autism and special educational needs. I have a BSc degree in Social Psychology and am interested in psychology and promoting positive mental health generally.

I also attended the school as a child and now live in the village so I am very aware of issues that present themselves to a small village school. In my current role as a teacher I have led my school to gaining the Gold level UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award. We have found that teaching children about their rights has been an incredibly valuable experience and made them more aware of not only their own rights as young people but also national and global issues that affect others.

As well as my background in education I am creative and have a small online shop selling handmade jewellery and art. I enjoy sports and play netball in the Thanet league.

I am a sensitive person and think deeply about issues that affect our children in this ever changing world, I strive to help people and make things better, I am approachable and friendly and hope that I can contribute to the future of the school through being part of the governing body.

Please feel free to stop me at drop off or pick up for a chat if you would like to.



Mr Harvie Palmer - Co-Opted Governor - Vice-Chair
Term of office expires: February 2023
Resources committee


My name is Harvie and I currently work in IT for the Local Authority. I have extensive experience of working in schools and am also a governor for another local primary school. 


I have previously worked at St Nicholas so know the school & staff well.


I feel my IT knowledge and previous experience as a Finance Governor enables me to give advice & recommendations to the school governing body with regards to IT and communication systems, ensuring the school is as up to date as it can be where the budget allows. 


Children are at the forefront of all we do in education and being able to assist in ensuring they have a learning environment equipped to prepare them for the future is one of the main reasons I decided to apply to be a governor at St Nicholas!


Mr Peter Paul - Foundation Governor
Term of office expires: April 2021
Resources & Strategy committee
I was born in the village and attended this school, as did most of my family including my father, sister, wife and daughter. I have been a Diocesan appointed governor for a long time (over sixteen years) and at present I am Chair of the Resources Team (which keeps an eye on finances, premises etc). 


Mrs Janet Graham - Co-opted Governor
Term of office expires: May 2023

Learning & Development Committee

I am a qualified teacher graduating from Leeds University. I later completed a Masters Degree at Canterbury Christ Church. I had 35 years experience when I retired 4 years ago. I was a teacher in the Medway Towns followed by a Deputy Headship in Faversham and finally 25 years as a Head Teacher at a village school in Thanet.


I have experience of leading and managing a village school, an understanding of data and the curriculum as well as financial issues which face schools. I continued to teach in the classroom throughout my headship. I believe this gave me a clear understanding of the curriculum, planning, marking and assessment and the pressures which teachers face every day.


I have lived in St Nicholas for 20 years and my son attended the school.


My other interests include history, especially family history and local history. I completed detailed research on the First World War soldiers on the war memorial in the village where the school I worked in was situated. I am also interested in art, gardening and walking. I am the treasurer of the St Nicholas at Wade and Sarre Gardeners’ Club.

Mrs Lisa Shaw - Parent Governor
Term of office expires: April 2023


I was in the Police for 12 years specialising as a detective within child protection which is a role I loved and found very rewarding, alongside this I also worked as Family Liaison Officer supporting families who had experienced bereavement.

I am married with 3 children 2 of whom attend the school and another due to start in September.

I am in my 3rd year as vice chair of the PTFA, I love being involved in organising the events for the children and seeing their enjoyment while also raising much needed money for the school and am sure that these two roles will compliment each other and benefit the school.

I wanted to be a parent governor to be more involved with the school and how it works as well as having a keen personal interest in child welfare, development and education.

In my role as a parent governor no matter what decisions I am involved in I will always have the best interests of the children at heart.



Mrs Poppy Montgomery - Foundation Parochial Church Council Governor
Term of office expires: July 2023

Having lived in the Parish of St Nicholas–at–Wade and attended the Church for the last 43 years I am delighted to have joined the Governing body of the school.


I initially qualified as a primary school teacher and moved to Thanet following my marriage.  I have spent the last 42 years running a farm/holiday letting business locally.


As a Grandmother of four I realise the importance of these formative years in instilling and developing the values and skills in young people that will serve them well throughout their lives .

Mr Glenn Pugh - Co-Opted Governor
Term of office expires: July 2023