The Governing Board

Nicola Brown

Staff governor and Head teacher

I have been a governor, in one guise or another, for nearly 20 years.  Twice as a parent governor, once as a staff governor and twice as a Head teacher governor…. all but one of these was at an infant school.  Governors have an important job ensuring that schools provide a high quality education for their pupils within the budget that has been set and at Ellington Infant School we have a talented and dedicated team of governors committed to getting our school to ‘outstanding’. I joined Ellington Infants in 2012 and I am proud to be the Head teacher of such a caring and forward thinking school, I believe that our school has the potential to be the best in Thanet!

Natassha Claydon

Parent Governor and Chair of the Governing Board

Delegated areas of responsibility: Training and Development, Quality of Education, Leadership and Management

Having been part of the PTFA at Ellington Infants for the past two years and working in a local primary school I strongly believe that every child has the right to a good, high quality education. I have had one child at Ellington and now another who started in September 2019. I therefore have a deeply invested interest in the long-term development of the school. More than anything as a parent I am passionate in my desire to help achieve the best possible outcomes and experiences for all of our children, to give them the best possible start and the foundations for a happy, healthy life ahead. I am fully committed to my role of parent governor and look forward to helping the school flourish even more.

Parent Governor – Vacancy



Vicki O’Halloran

Co-opted Governor

Delegated area of responsibility: Finance

I qualified as a teacher nearly twenty years ago and currently work for a large Catholic multi-academy trust as an executive principal across three primary schools. I was lucky enough to teach at Ellington Infant School from 2011 to 2016 and loved my time here. The school continues to be a vibrant, happy and safe place for little people to learn and it is an absolute joy to be able to return as a governor to “give something back” to the Ellington family. I hope my experience will enable me to help with strategic planning and continued school improvement for the future. 

Benjamin Crowe

Local Authority Governor

Delegated area of responsibility: Safeguarding

I had been looking for an opportunity to help the local community for a while and decided that joining the governing team at a local infant school would be great. The vacancy of LA Governor at Ellington was available, and I leapt at the chance to join.   

This role is new to me, however I am passionate about the opportunities children have as they grow up, and education and experiences are so critical to development. I hope to support the team with an ‘outside eye’ from the educational sector and utilise the skills I’ve gained over the years working in the private sector. 

Mental health and general wellbeing of children is so vitality important, especially in the current climate and I relish the opportunity to help support and drive the school to become the best it can be, providing a safe, happy and constructive environment for both pupils and staff.  

Chloe Ralph Harding

Staff Governor

I have worked at Ellington for the past 3 and half years. My role in the school is a Reception Teacher with the responsibility of Play and Learning in the outside area and PE Co Coordinator. I am a dedicated member of the team who is passionate about giving every child the opportunity to learn and providing them with the best possible start in their education. I love the ethos and enthusiasm of the whole team at Ellington and thoroughly enjoy teaching here.  I took on the role of Teacher governor as I wanted to make a contribution to the development of the school.


Kitty Martin

Co-opted governor

Delegated areas of responsibility: SEND, Quality of Education

I have over twenty years of experience of working in education and the care sector, eleven of which as a teacher. I have taught in both primary and secondary schools and I am dedicated to making a positive contribution to children’s education. I strongly believe in equipping the next generation to face the challenges of an ever-changing world. Creating opportunities for learning, questioning, problem-solving and formulating answers to enquiry is, to me, what the formative years are about. 

As a new co-opted governor, I will be working with the school, contributing my experience of learning and teaching and providing updates to governors at termly meetings. I intend to seek opportunities to attend a wide range of training courses to enable me to make an active contribution through my role as governor.  I am proud to be a governor of Ellington Infant School, and I am committed to ensure that every enrolled child is safe, happy, and enabled to develop its full potential. 

 Paula Speller

Co-opted governor

Delegated areas of responsibility: Finance, Pupil Premium

I have been a secondary teacher for over 10 years. I am currently the Curriculum Lead for mathematics at the Ursuline College, Westgate-on-Sea. I have a keen interest in the mathematical journey of students from primary school through to the end of secondary school. I have a strong belief that if students want to achieve in mathematics, with grit and resilience, they will succeed.  I am really excited to join the Governing board here at Ellington Infant School as the staff and board are very enthusiastic, ambitious and have strong core values that mirror my own. 


 Mary Michael

Co-opted governor

Delegated areas of responsibility: Quality of Education

As a retired college lecturer who moved to Ramsgate recently and wants to contribute to the community, I was glad to accept the role of Co-opted governor. I have worked with young people at university level and have a special interest in child development, education and psychology.

In my role of Co-opted governor, I look forward to working with the school on monitoring the quality of education. With my background in cognitive science I intend to support the school in making use of best practice for helping all the students reach their potential. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the pupils and their community.


Stephen Turner

Clerk to the Governing Board

My role is to provide advice to the governing board on governance, constitutional and procedural matters. I attend, minute and support all governing board meetings.


I joined the school as Clerk to the Governors in April 2016.  I am delighted to be part of and to provide support to our dedicated team of governors who are passionate about achieving success for the school and its pupils.  

The purpose of having a governing board is to:

● Help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement

● Keep the pressure up on school improvement

● Be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice

● Help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community

● Make the school accountable to the public for what it does

● Work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review

● Exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher and staff

● Not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

Becoming a Governor

Could you be a school governor at Ellington Infant School?

* Do you want all our children to get the best from school?

* Do you have the time and commitment to get to know the school, read papers, attend meetings?

* Do you want to put something back into your community?

* Are you interested in people?

* Are you able to work as part of a team?

* Are you comfortable asking challenging questions?

* Are you open to new ideas and ready to learn?


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The Structure of the Governing Board

The structure of the Governing Board is established in a document called “The Instrument of Government” which includes information such as:

The name of the School

The name of the Governing Board

The make-up of the Governing board.

Ellington Infant School has: 

2 Parent Governors

1 Local Authority Governor

2 Staff Governors including the Headteacher

4 Co-opted Governors 

Governor will normally serve for 4 years 

The Governing Board works as a “whole team”, meeting 6 times per year, once in each term, without any separate committees. An agenda for each meeting will include all the tasks which the governing board is required to consider, and the governing body will ‘commission’ assignments or activities arising from the business of the meeting, which will be recorded in the minutes.


In addition to ‘commissioning’ activities or actions on their behalf, the governing board delegates monitoring activities to ‘monitoring pairs’ or ‘individuals’. This could apply to statutory functions, and/or the priorities of the School Plan. 
In each case where a function has been delegated there is a statutory duty to report any action or decision to the governing board at the next meeting. 

Governor Newsletters

What did Ofsted say about the Governors during their last visit.......

"Following an external review, the governing body was restructured. As a result of this streamlining, governance is more strategic and focused more sharply on important priorities. Their regular visits, checks and meetings with leaders are strongly linked with gauging how well school leaders are securing improvement against the improvement plan."
"The governing body is realistic about priorities that need further work. Governors are strongly focused on improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils as well as those that fall just outside this definition. Leaders and governors work diligently to ensure that they spend pupil premium funding wisely. They have carefully identified potential barriers to better outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Consequently, spending contributes to getting these pupils ready to learn as well as providing targeted academic help. ."
"Governance is effective. Governors know the school well and provide its leaders with appropriate challenge to keep it moving forward strongly."
"Governors undertake regular, pertinent training to develop the necessary understanding and skills to be effective. They use this extremely well. For example, they asked leaders to provide a more precise overview of how well different groups of pupils are doing relative to their starting points."

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