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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.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

NameGovernor ResponsibiltyEmail
Mr A Horton

Chair of Governors

Compliance Lead
Mr M Smith

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of HT Performance Management committee

Chair of Pay committee
Mrs N
Mr R Kemsley

Health and Safety Governor

HT Performance Management committee

Pay Committee
Mr E MurphyChair of  Finance
Mrs L Scott
Mrs E AldousEYFS
Mrs E Baecke
Mrs T Martin
Mrs E Walker-Smith

SEND Governor

Pupil Premium and Inclusion Governor

Safeguarding Governor

HT Performance Management Committee
Ms A WilliamsonCyber- Security
Mr Lee MitchellFinance


NameGovernor TypeAppointed and by whomTerm of OfficeVoting Rights
Mr A HortonCo-opted01/03/2024 by GB4 yearsYes
Mr M SmithCo-opted01/03/2024 by GB4 yearsYes
Mrs N MurrellHeadteacher OngoingYes
Mr R KemsleyCo-opted01/03/2024 by GB4 yearsYes
Mr E MurphyCo-opted01/03/2024 by GB4 yearsYes
Mrs L ScottCo-opted01/03/2022 by GB4 yearsYes
Mrs E AldousCo-opted01/03/2023 by GB4 yearsYes
Mrs E BaeckeCo-opted22/09/2022 by GB4 yearsYes
Mrs T MartinStaff01/04/2020 elected by staff4 yearsYes
Mrs E Walker-SmithCo-opted01/03/2024 by GB4 yearsYes
Ms A WilliamsonParent12/10/2023 elected by parents3 yearsYes
Mr Lee MitchellParent13/07/2023 elected by parents3 yearsYes


What do we discuss at our meetings?

 At each of our meetings, we make recommendations and decisions on a number of key priorities that affect the school.  These are recorded along with our discussions and what we have supported and what we have challenged. Part of our role as Governors is to act as a 'Critical Friend' to the school.


Working in Partnership

Holywell School is led by Mrs Murrell as Headteacher.  She has an excellent team of teachers and support staff and I take this opportunity to thank them for their marvellous contribution to the school.

We also have an excellent team in Parents and Friends of Holywell School (PFHS), and they are superb in their efforts to raise money for the benefit of the pupils at Holywell.


The Governors hugely values its links with the local Upchurch community.  We are proud to be involved in community events throughout each year and we continue to find new ways to work alongside those in our community. 


As Governors, we regularly visit the school and our most recent focus was ‘Curriculum in Action’, observing different activities going on throughout the school and speaking to subject leaders and children about their learning in particular subjects. 

How can you help?

When you have a free moment, please provide your thoughts and views on the school as part of ' Parent View' on the Ofsted website.  This can be found here.


What about the Future?

We are on a continuous journey to be the best school we can be.  To achieve this, we are:

  • A UNICEF Rights Respecting School.  The rights of the child are at the heart of every decision we make
  • enriching our curriculum through partnership and collaboration with the EKC Schools Trust
  • Maximising and achieving the potential of every learner
  • Strengthening and enhancing our communities
  • Enabling the power of education to inspire children
  • Ensuring that our environment, including ICT equipment, promotes all aspects of our vision
  • That all stakeholders, including pupils, parents, staff and governors have a voice and a place in our school community.


Holywell School has a wonderful story to tell.  The pupils are excellent ambassadors and are a great credit to you as parents and guardians.  There is a vibrant and hugely positive atmosphere at Holywell School.  The Governors are most grateful to you for your continued support - which is greatly appreciated.


Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to meeting you in the future.

Alan Horton

Business and pecuniary interests

Governor Attendance for meetings held 2022-2023


GovernorGovernor Type



Emma Aldous

Co-opted Governor

Elspeth BaeckeCo-opted Governor3

Darran Callaghan

Kate EspleyHead of School1

Alan Horton

Co-opted Governor4

Ray Kemsley

Co-opted Governor4

Tina Martin

Staff Governor4
Lee MitchellParent Governor1

Edward Murphy

Co-opted Governor

Lenore ScottCo-opted Governor4

Mark  Smith

Co-opted Governor3

Tracey Snellings

Clerk to Governors4
Emily Walker-SmithCo-opted Governor



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