As a Governing Body, we provide strategic leadership in the school and hold the school’s senior leadership to account.

The full Governing Body meets at least six times a year, once each short term.  Our governors are a mix of parents, members of the local community, members of staff and representatives of the Rochester Diocese.  Our governors are as below:

Mrs Daphne Rowlands


Co-opted Governor (Appointed 06/02/18 for 4 years)

Attended 5 of 5 meetings last academic year.

I have spent most of my working life working in Further and Higher education. I was Assistant Principal at a large FE/HE college.  For the past nine years I have also been involved in reviewing institutions across the country that offer higher education programmes. 

I enjoy walking, reading and playing bridge and the ukulele and being with my grandchildren when the opportunity arises.

I retain an interest in all education from pre-school to post compulsory. It is after all our childrens’ childrens’ future.’

Current Responsibilities: Finance

Business Interests: Partner of David Urmston

Mr Roger Gillett


Foundation Governor (Appointed 22/07/20 for 4 years)

Attended 5 of 5 meetings last academic year, 2019-20.

I have lived in the village since 2007 with my wife Ann and we have two daughters and five grandchildren.

I had a long career in financial service. Prior to retiring from my role as an independent Financial, I worked in a wide variety of roles primarily for a major Building Society. I have a degree in economics and hold professional qualifications with the Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators.

In addition to being a keen golfer, I have a passion for music and am a member of the Parochial Church Committee for the School’s local church, St Peter & St Paul Trottiscliffe. I am also a trustee of the school farm project.’

Current Responsibilities: Health & Safety and Finance

Business Interests: Trottiscliffe School and Community Farm Trustee

Mrs Jenny Leake

Parent Governor (Appointed 11/5/19 for 4 years)

Attended 4 out of 5 meetings last academic year.


Current Responsibilities: Safeguarding

Business Interests: None

Mrs Jeanette May

Co-opted Governor (Appointed 22/11/16 for 4 years)

Attended 4 of 5 meetings last academic year, 2019/20.

‘ I have worked in Special Educational Needs for the past twenty years, after retraining when my youngest child started school.  Currently, I am a Pastoral Care Manager and Safeguarding Officer at a school in Kent for children with Specific Learning Difficulties.  I feel strongly that all children should be given the same opportunities for learning, regardless of their needs and I am pleased to be able to support this in my local community.  I enjoy reading, travelling and socialising and love spending time with my family, particularly with my new grandson.’

Current Responsibilities: Safeguarding

Business Interests: Safeguarding Officer and Pastoral Care Manager at Brown’s School

Mrs Victoria Penna

Parent Governor (Appointed 19/10/17 for 4 years)

Attended 4 of 5 meetings last academic year, 2019/20.

‘ I joined the governing body in 2017 as a parent governor, the same year my eldest daughter started at the school. I am a Physiotherapist and work at Maidstone hospital a couple of days a week, mostly in the Intensive Care Unit and the Respiratory wards. I live in Trottiscliffe and I am passionate about supporting this very special school to thrive and provide the best educational experience possible for all pupils within our community.’

Current Responsibilities: Pupil Premium & Sports Premium

Business Interests: None

Reverend Linda Shuker

Foundation Governor (Appointed 06/07/11 as ex officio)

Attended 5 of 5 meetings last academic year.

‘ I am the Rector of the BART Churches (Birling, Addington, Ryarsh & Trottiscliffe).  We have strong links between the church of St Peter & St Paul and the school.  I enjoy leading Collective Worship in school and meeting the children at the lunchtime Leading Lights Bible Club. 

On my days off,  I enjoy gardening, although only as a beginner; reading; and when I can get there, walking along the beach in Norfolk and spotting seals bobbing in the water.’

Current Responsibilities: Christian Distinctiveness

Business Interests: None

Mr David Urmston BA; MSc

Co-opted Governor (Appointed 14/03/17 for 4 years)

Attended 5 of 5 meetings last academic year 2019/20.

‘Prior to retiring, I had a career in Education.  I worked for many years as a Head of Department, and this culminated in a position as Head of Professional Development in a Secondary School, whilst working part-time as a Teacher Trainer for a School Centred Teacher Training consortium.’

Current Responsibilities: Health & Safety

Business Interests: Trottiscliffe School and Community Farm Trustee, Partner of Daphne Rowlands

Mrs Michele Yates

Foundation Governor (Appointed 15/09/20 for 4 years)



Current Responsibilities: SEND

Business Interests: Manager of The Plough

Miss Lucy Henderson

Head Teacher

Appointed 01/09/2016

Attended 5 of 5 meetings during previous academic year, 2019/20.


Staff Governor Vacancy

Appointed :

Previous governors who have served in past 12 months

Name of GovernorRoleDate of AppointmentResponsibilitiesDeclaration of Interests

Attendance at Meetings


Mrs S JonesStaff Governor9/9/18-9/9/19

Governor Training

Mrs Jude JohnsonCo-opted Governor21/5/19-10/02/20Teaching & LearningAdvisor for Local Authority2/2

This information is updated each seasonal term. 

This page was last updated on the 5th October 2020.