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Business Interests

Chair of Governors

Mr Darren Small (Appointed Governor)

Fort Pitt & Thomas Aveling Trust (Member)
John Charcol (Consultant & Director)


Mr Paul Jackson

Fort Pitt & Thomas Aveling Trust (CEO & Paid Employee)


Mrs Claire Whybourn

The Thomas Aveling School (Paid Employee)


Mrs Suzie Willlians

The Thomas Aveling School (Paid Employee)


Mr Andrew Waters

The Thomas Aveling School (Paid Employee)


Mr Tony Luff



Mr Dean Gardiner



Mrs Helen Curston

University for the Creative Arts (Senior Lecturer-Paid Employee)


Mrs Lee Kyriacou



Mr David Trevallion

Microsoft Software & Services (Paid employee)

Appointed Governors

Mrs Wendy Nye

Fort Pitt & Thomas Aveling Trust (Member)
KCC Archaeological Services (Paid Employee)


Mr Michael Gray



Mr Michael Bailey

Chatham Grammar School for Boys (Governor & Chair)
Thinking Schools Academy Trust (Director)
Richard Watts Charity (Chair)




The main Local Governing Body is a committee of the FPTA Academies Trust.  The LGB then has sub committees to consider:

  • Student and Staff Welfare
  • Finance and Personnel
  • Pay
  • Admissions

The main LGB considers curriculum (see below) academic performance and general school performance.  It also considers reports of the above committees.


The range of responsibilities for the curriculum are shared between the headteacher,
the governing body and the Secretary of State for Education. Within this, the governing body has an extensive range of responsibilities that they share with the headteacher and which include:

  • Ensure the school fulfils its statutory obligations and provides a curriculum that is inclusive
  • Set pupil achievement targets
  • Inform all appropriate bodies of public examination results and national curriculum assessments Finance and Personnel
  • Establish procedures for the appointment and management of staff
  • Deal with all matters relating to staff conduct, staff discipline and staff grievances
  • Manage the school budget
  • Determine the number of staff required to enable the school to operate efficiently
  • Ensure that the school complies with Ofsted recommendations

The Role of the Chairman/Vice Chairman

The Chairman holds a key position and it is important that the governing body appoints the right person for the post. The Chairman has the responsibility to:

  • Ensure that the business of the governing body is conducted properly
  • Ensure that meetings are run effectively, focusing on priorities and making the best use of time available; ensuring that all members have equal opportunities to participate in discussion and decision-making
  • Establish and foster an effective relationship with the Headteacher based on trust and mutual respect for each other’s roles. The Chairman has an important role in ensuring that the governing body acts as a sounding board for the Headteacher and provides strategic direction
  • Act in cases which may be deemed urgent, where a delay would be seriously detrimental to the interests of the school, a registered pupil, their parent or person employed to work at Report to and from the Academy Trust


Training for all governors and Clerks is necessary for a governing body to operate effectively and to keep informed of the latest developments that may affect the school or their role as a governor.

Minutes of the Governors meetings are available upon request.  Please write to:

The Clerk to the Governors
The Thomas Aveling School
Arethusa Road