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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.

Name Governor Responsibilty Email
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 Murrell Headteacher
Mr R Kemsley

Health and Safety Governor

HT Performance Management committee

Pay Committee
Mr E Murphy Chair of  Finance Committee
Mrs L Scott
Mrs E Aldous EYFS Governor
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 Williamson Cyber- Security Governor
Mr Lee Mitchell Finance Committee


Name Governor Type Appointed and by whom Term of Office Voting Rights
Mr A Horton Co-opted 01/03/2024 by GB 4 years Yes
Mr M Smith Co-opted 01/03/2024 by GB 4 years Yes
Mrs N Murrell Headteacher 01/01/2024- Ex-officio Ongoing Yes
Mr R Kemsley Co-opted 01/03/2024 by GB 4 years Yes
Mr E Murphy Co-opted 01/03/2024 by GB 4 years Yes
Mrs L Scott Co-opted 01/03/2022 by GB 4 years Yes
Mrs E Aldous Co-opted 01/03/2023 by GB 4 years Yes
Mrs E Baecke Co-opted 22/09/2022 by GB 4 years Yes
Mrs T Martin Staff 01/04/2020 elected by staff 4 years Yes
Mrs E Walker-Smith Co-opted 01/03/2024 by GB 4 years Yes
Ms A Williamson Parent 12/10/2023 elected by parents 3 years Yes
Mr Lee Mitchell Parent 13/07/2023 elected by parents 3 years Yes

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


Governor Attendance for meetings held 2022-2023

Governor Governor Type



Emma Aldous

Co-opted Governor

Elspeth Baecke Co-opted Governor 3

Darran Callaghan

Headteacher 3
Kate Espley Head of School 1

Alan Horton

Co-opted Governor 4

Ray Kemsley

Co-opted Governor 4

Tina Martin

Staff Governor 4
Lee Mitchell Parent Governor 1

Edward Murphy

Co-opted Governor

Lenore Scott Co-opted Governor 4

Mark  Smith

Co-opted Governor 3

Tracey Snellings

Clerk to Governors 4
Emily Walker-Smith Co-opted Governor