The role of the Governing Body

All schools in England have a Governing Body.  School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.  Governors appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.  A key role is to act as a 'critical friend': to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)
  • Supporting the school in its attendance targets
  • Supporting the school in its exclusion and behaviour policies
  • Monitoring the expenditure of the Pupil Premium and Sports Funding received to ensure it has the most effective impact
  • Reviewing and agreeing to the new staffing structure

To view what Bean's Governing Body have been involved in over the last year and the impact they have had please click on the link below:








Our Governing Body

Bean Primary School operates a 'Circle Model' of governance which involves meeting at least six times a year and uses governor monitoring to evaluate and challenge the work of the school. The Finance Committee meets four times per year to ensure pecuniary efficiency. No governor receives any form of payment for undertaking their duties. 

Finance Committee:  This committee's main purpose is to ensure that the school sets a budget and monitors its spending to ensure that all spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely with the best value to best meet the needs of the pupils.

Individual and Monitoring Pairs: monitor an identified area on the School Development Plan or a statutory function of the Governing Board and report back to the Governing Board, ensuring all the challenge and support which would have taken place in a committee is captured and evidenced within the written report. It is expected that at least 3 monitoring visits will be made to the school during the year.

Pay Panel:  all decisions relating to the pay of staff and the leadership team would be reviewed and approved by a panel of governors.

Curriculum and Standards governors: review and approve school policies, discuss and monitor all aspects of the school's work around pupil attainment and progress.  They also ensure that the school's curriculum is broad and balanced and meets the statutory requirements.

Personnel governors:  oversee the appointment of all staff in the school, their professional development and their well-being.


Following statutory guidance, the Governing Body successfully reconstituted in May 2015.

The Governing Body now consists of:

  • The Headteacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Four elected parent governors
  • Three co-opted governors

The standard term of office for a governor if four years.  The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Mrs E Waugh, who can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors at

All Governors complete an annual skills audit to ensure our Governing Body have the necessary skills to be effective.  This also enables the Governing Body to be prepared for succession planning.  All Governors are encouraged to attend regular training courses to keep up to date with current legislation.  Please click on the link below to view what courses our Governors have attended:









Monitoring Visits

Our Governing Body believe that monitoring visits are crucial.  They enable Governors to have a presence within the school and facilitate the Governors in questioning and challenging the Headteacher effectively at Full Governing Body meetings and Committee meetings. Please see below the the visits that have taken place:


2016 - 2017



Governor monitoring of the curriculum and standards 2018-2019



Mrs Waugh – Health and Safety

Mrs Munday – SEND / Vulnerable / Safeguarding

Mrs Munday – Curriculum

Mrs Munday - Safeguarding

Mr Prescot – Leadership and Management

Mrs Turner and Mrs Waugh – Curriculum

Mr Ryan – Covid-19 Risk Assessment review

Our Members

The Governing Body of Bean currently consists of the following members:


Mr Keith Prescott                                                          

  • Local Authority Governor
  • Term of Office ends: - 22 November 2024
  • Committees Finance and Personnel
  • Governor Attendance 2014-2015:  FGB 6/6    Finance 5/5
  • Governor Attendance 2015-2016: FGB 5/6     Finance 4/4  Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2016-2017: FGB 5/5    Finance 5/5       Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2017-2018: FGB 8/8     Finance 5/5      Personnel 3/3
  •  Governor Attendance 2018-2019: FGB 6/6     Finance 4/4      Personnel 2/2
  • Governor Attendance 2019-2020: FGB 7/7     Finance 4/4      Personnel 2/2

I joined the governing body of Bean Primary School some 20 years ago as a parent governor when my two daughters (now in their 20's) both attended the school.  I am now retained as a Local Education Authority governor.  I am married to a Primary School Teacher that previously taught at Bean Primary School. Professionally, for the last 30+ years I have been the Chief Buyer of Britain's Oldest Construction Company overseeing the procurement process necessary to carry out the construction of its multi million pound contracts, many of which are in education.  This role involves a wide range of financial skills, statistical analysis and contract negotiation and agreements with various suppliers and subcontractors and the ability to interact with people.  My professional experience has enabled me to assist the school in many aspects of its decision making.  I am proud to be part of the governing body at Bean Primary School and look forward to further contribute to the school's already outstanding leadership and pupil performance.


Mr Graham Reilly - Headteacher                                                  

  • Since September 2014, a member of the governing body by virtue of position in the school
  • Committees:  Finance and Premises, Curriculum and Standards and Personnel
  • Governor Attendance 2014-2015:  FGB 6/6    Finance 5/5    Curriculum and Standards 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2015-2016:  FGB 5/6    Finance 4/4   Curriculum & Standards 2/2     Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2016-2017:  FGB 5/5    Finance 5/5   Curriculum and Standards 3/3  Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2017-2018:  FGB 8/8    Finance 5/5   Curriculum & Standards 3/3     Personnel 3/3 
  • Governor Attendance 2018-2019:  FGB 6/6    Finance 4/4   Curriculum & Standards 3/3     Personnel 2/2
  • Governor Attendance 2019-2012:  FGB 6/6    Finance 4/4   Curriculum & Standards 3/3     Personnel 2/2

Having worked in  the private sector for over a decade, I decided to turn my attention to education.  In terms of seeking a challenging and worthwhile profession, both as a Headteacher and previously as a classroom teacher, I haven't been disappointed.  My interest has always been not only to start initiatives that raise standards, but also ensure these initiatives are sustainable and meaningful to the school community.

In September 2014 I was appointed as Headteacher of Bean Primary School.  There have been many changes since my arrival and as a school we are very fortunate to have such a professional and committed staff and governing body; they really do make a huge difference.  We also benefit from a supportive and engaged parent community.


   Mrs Marion Boston         


  • Co-opted Governor

    • Term of Office: Ends May 2024

     I am new to the Board, however I have had contact with the school for seven years via two grandchildren, who moved seamlessly from Jumping Beans pre-school.  I spend one day a week support reading and joining in activities with Reception Class. Early years is my passion, it is the foundation of children’s education.  I have a background in advertising, press, project management, brief period of medical work and 26 years within a public sector trade Union in negotiation, mediation and conference/workshop organisation.  I want to be part of Bean children acquiring confidence and self worth and reaching their own potential.  I am interested in their mental well being and that of the staff. 


    Mrs Anna Munday                                                      

    • Co-opted Governor 
    • Term of Office end:  20th May 2023
    • Curriculum and Standards / Safeguarding / SEND & Vulnerable Pupil 
    • Governor Attendance 2014-2015:  FGB 5/6    Curriculum and Standards 3/3
    • Governor Attendance 2015-2016:  FGB 5/6    Curriculum and Standards 2/2
    • Governor Attendance 2016-2017:  FGB 4/5    Curriculum and Standards 2/3
    • Governor Attendance 2017-2018:  FGB 6/8    Curriculum and Standards 2/3 
    • Governor Attendance 2018-2019:  FGB 3/6    Curriculum and Standards 3/3
    • Governor Attendance 2019-2020:     FGB 4/7       Curriculum and Standards 3/3

    I have lived in Bean for fourteen years and became a parent governor in 2007 whilst on a career break from the Metropolitan Police.  My eldest son left Bean Primary School in 2011 and my youngest in 2017.  I am on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and have also spent time on the Finance Committee.  I am lucky enough to have been involved in a number of outdoor learning programmes which have been incredibly rewarding (and massive fun!).  I go into Italy Class weekly to listen to the children read or help with activities and thoroughly enjoy spending time with them.  I also sit on the steering group for the Community Forum at Bluewater and am currently Vice Chair of Bean Parish Council.



    Mrs Emily Waugh - - Chair of Governing Body



    • Chair of  Governors
    • Term of Office end:  20 September 2024
    • Finance and Personnel
    • Governor Attendance 2016-2017 (not applicable new governor)
    • Governor Attendance 2017-2018: FGB 6/8  Finance 5/5 
    • Governor Attendance 2018-2019: FGB 4/6  Finance 4/4
    • Governor Attendance 2019-2020: FGB 6/7  Finance 4/4


    I have lived in Bean for 6 years and have recently been elected as Parent Governor. My youngest 2 children attend the school, in Williams (Year 1) and Thompson (Year 4) class. I am the Treasurer of Friends of Bean and really enjoy getting involved in the activities we put on. I believe our children should enjoy school whilst being given exciting opportunities to learn. I cannot wait to get stuck into the Governor role, working with the staff and other Governors to continue making Bean Primary School a place where our children thrive. 



    Mr Simon Ryan

    • Co-opted Governor
    • Term of Office end - 20th March 2023
    • Finance & Personnel
    • Governor Attendance 2018-2019: FGB 3/3  Finance 1/2  
    • Governor Attendance 2019-2020: FGB 4/7  Finance 3/4 

     Simon is a parent and a foster carer. He chairs our finance committee to help us look after the pennies.

    He is the head coach for girls’ football at Swanscombe Tigers and a Trustee of a charity in East Dartford called Mary’s Child. He goes to church at St Mary’s in Greenhithe.

    Simon supports businesses to invest in our region for a living. He works for an organisation called Locate in Kent. He likes running, reading and wine.

    Mrs Victoria Turner



    • Vice Chair of Governors
    • Term of Office end:- 17th November 2022
    • Finance
    • Governor Attendance 2018-2019: FGB 4/4  Finance 2/2
    • Governor Attendance 2019-2020: FGB 5/7  Finance 2/2

     I am Victoria Turner,  a private client Lawyer, and I have lived in Bean since 2006.

    I am a Parent Governor and recently elected Vice Chair.
    I have a daughter at the School, which prompted me to become a Governor. I am passionate about Bean Primary and want to assist it in continuing to succeed and improve. 


        Miss Venessa Shrosbree   


    • Parent Governor 
    • Curriculum
    • Term of Office end: 30 November 2024

    Hi, I’m Vanessa Shrosbree, I’m new to being a parent governor and have been doing the role a few months now, so I have been spending my time listening, understanding and training to help me make a difference to Bean Primary School.

    Career background is mostly in office administration, book-keeping and sage accounts.

    My son Max is in year 4 and has excelled from day one, this was my motivation to volunteer to became a parent governor.

    I look forward to working with the governors to help bring much needed change and improvement to the school.

    Mrs Karen Walker



    Parent Governor 

    Term of Office end: 30 November 2024

    Safeguarding / SEND & Curriculum


    I have recently been elected as Parent Governor in November 2020. My youngest child Elijah (Year 4) attends the school after moving here from another local Primary School. Since this time Elijah has excelled and loves the school and the teachers. I am on the Safeguarding Committee having experience in this area being a Social Worker and a Foster Carer. I am excited and proud to be part of the Governing Body at Bean Primary School and I look forward to contributing to making a difference and working with all the staff, parents and children.  


     Mrs Gayna Cherry



    • Staff Governor
    • Term of Office End: 23 January 2024
    •  Curriculum
    • Governor Attendance 2019-2020: FGB 3/5 

     My name is Gayna Cherry.  I am a Teaching Assistant and support the teaching and learning here amongst the children.  I have worked at Bean Primary School since 2016 but I’ve been connected with the school for much longer.  I have lived in the village since childhood.  My own children came to this school.  Myself and my husband both came here.  My mother-in-law even came here as well!  I feel extremely protective of this school and the children who attend it.

    I started my career in the travel industry and then moved into retail when my eldest child was born.  In 2009 I moved into childcare starting at our local nursery, the amazing Jumping Beans.  Between here and Jumping Beans I have had the pleasure of watching many of our current children grow into the amazing young people they are today.


    Retired Governors


    Mr A Edwards (Parent Governor), Term of Office 16 June 2011 - 15 June 2015.

    Mrs E Ashley (Parent Governor), Term of Office 3 November 2014 - 1 June 2016

    Mrs F Carney (Staff Governor), Term of Office 3 November 2014 - 2 November 2018

    Mrs N Wiltshire (Parent Governor), Term of Office 17 July 2015 - 5 March 2019

    Mr S Bonner (Co-opted Governor), Term of Office 18 May 2015 - 14 March 2019

    Mr K Golding-Williams (Co-opted Governor), Term of Office September 2014 - July 2019 

    Mrs S. Jones (Staff Governor) Term of Office 1st September 2018 - 28 October 2019

    Mrs C Atkins (Co-opted Governor), Term of Office

    Mrs K Marino (Parent Governor), Term of Office 1 September 2019 - 1 September 2023

    Miss A White (Parent Governor) ended 15 October 2019



    Register of Interests

    Statutory legislation requires every Governing Body to have a register of interests.  The register documents interests which may potentially unethically or unlawfully influence members' official duties.  It is signed annually at the first Full Governing Body meeting of the academic year.  Governors are also required to declare any interests at every Full Governing Body meeting and committee meetings.

    Name                                                    Business and Pecuniary Interests   Governance Roles in Other Educational Institutes Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff


    Mrs G Cherry

    None None None

    Miss V Shrosbree

    None None None
    Mrs A Munday

    Vice Chair of Bean Parish Council

    None None

    Mr K Prescott


    None None None

    Mr G Reilly


    None None None

    Mr S Ryan


    None None


    Mrs V Turner

    None None



    Mrs E Waugh

    None None




    Mrs Karen Walker

    None None


      Governor Attendance

    To see the attendance records of governor meetings please click on the links below:

     - Academic Year 2014/15

    Attendance - Academic Year 2015/16

    Attendance - Academic Year 2016/17

    Attendance - Academic Year 2017/18

    Attendance - Academic Year 2018/19

    Attendance 2019-2020 - see individual governor profiles 

    Governing Body Circle Model Terms of Reference