Dear Parents/Carers and visitors to our website,
On behalf of the Governing Body I would like to extend a very warm welcome and tell you a little bit about what the Governing Body does and to introduce ourselves to you.
Governors, together with the Headteacher, make important decisions on how the school is run. We are here to ensure that every child in the school achieves the best possible outcome during their time in our school. We act as a critical friend to the Headteacher and staff which means we both support and challenge them to ensure the best outcome for the children. We make decisions on policy and strategy for the school and are accountable to parents and carers as well as the wider community and Ofsted.
The Governing Body:
- Sets strategic direction, objectives, targets and policies
- Reviews and approves the school budget
- Reviews progress against the budget, plans and targets
- Supports and challenges school leadership
We are here to help the school raise standards and improve performance by supporting the work of the Headteacher and staff while at the same time challenging them to ensure the best outcome for all of its children.
The full Governing Body meets at least three times per year and we have two groups which also meet at least three times per year. One group has responsibility for strategy which includes a critical review of performance and progress against specific improvement targets. The second group has responsibility for oversight of the financial management of the school as well as the staffing structure and personnel issues.
As well as the meetings, the governors will visit the school throughout the year to gather data to assess the results of improvements which have been implemented or to look at specific subjects or areas of school life.
The Governing Body is always keen to hear from parents and carers about their thoughts and ideas for the school and can be contacted via the school office.
We often attend school events throughout the year; you will see us with our official badges on, so please feel free to say hello, ask us questions about the school and give us your views.
I look forward to seeing you at various school functions across the school.
Chair of Governors
This has been awarded in 2011, 2014 and 2017. This is the quality mark accreditation for excellence in school governance.
What do Governors do?
Meet the Governors
Mr Stephen Beale - Chair of Governors
I am Chair of Governors at Callis Grange. I sit on both the Finance and Personnel Group and the Strategy Group. I am also the nominated Safeguarding Governor. Before becoming a Governor, I worked for many years as a Social Worker and Team Manager for Kent Children Services, mainly in Thanet. This experience helps me carry out my role as a Governor. I have lived in Broadstairs for twenty years. My son attends Charles Dickens School where I been a Parent Governor since 2015. I am also a trustee for Upton School PTFA.
Mrs Wanda Crago - Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
I have a daughter and a son at Callis Grange and am a Parent Governor. I am on the Strategy Group and mostly work on practical aspects of governance such as bids, monitoring visits and Governor training. I have recently been appointed as Vice Chair of the Governing Body. I volunteer one morning a week at Callis Grange helping children with their reading and Maths. I am currently a stay at home mum, although I worked as a secondary school Science teacher and Deputy Head of the Science Department at Sandwich Technology School for eleven years, where I made strategic decisions to help raise standards within the department. I run my own network marketing business and also tutor my friend’s children in their GCSE revision.
Mrs Marshall - Headteacher
I have worked for three local authorities and a range of Infant, Junior and Primary schools as well as Church of England and Community Schools. During my time as Headteacher at Callis I have undertaken the role of National Leader of Education and have worked as an Ofsted Inspector. As a Headteacher Governor at Callis Grange I strive to ensure the school is providing the best education and educational experiences for our pupils and feel passionate about ongoing improvement in order to achieve this.
Mr Bryan Mitchell - Co-opted Governor
I live locally, have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I am now retired and previously served as an Education Officer and had a working experience of the school during that time. I am currently the Chair of the Strategy Group. I believe very strongly in the need for all children to be given the very best education and to this end I try to serve the school by holding strongly to that value. Schools have a vital contribution to make in serving the local community and I believe Callis Grange demonstrates that in serving this area of Broadstairs and St.Peters so well.
Mrs Kerry Sabin-Dawson - Co-opted Governor
I have two daughters, both of whom enjoyed a fabulous start to their education at Callis Grange. I joined the Callis Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2004 when my eldest daughter joined Callis Grange in Reception. During my time on the Governing Body I served as Chair of Governors for eight years and have also been Vice Chair. I am currently the Chair of the Finance and Personnel Group. I am a Primary teacher and have taught in a number of local schools including St. Peter’s Junior School. I am now teaching English and Science at Wellesley House, Broadstairs where I am also Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Coordinator.
Mr Aaron Cross - Parent Governor
I am happily married to Sarah with two children, one of each, and have been a parent governor since 2017 joining the Governing Body two months after my eldest started in Reception. I am a member of the Finance and Personnel Group. For the majority of my career I have been an Analyst in Energy Trading focusing on improving systems and business processes. Currently I am the sole governor on the Governing Body who is from a non-school, non-local authority background, and hope that my alternate career experiences add to the diversity of the body and the wide range of perspectives given.
Mrs Teresa Lucy - Co-opted Governor
I have worked in schools for over 30 years always in a support role, mainly finance. I have two grown up daughters and moved with my family from London to Thanet 20 years ago. I then took on the Certificate of School Business Manager Diploma course and on completion was lucky to be appointed as School Business Manager of Callis Grange by Mrs Marshall, the Headteacher, who created this new role within the school. I was one of the first School Business Managers in Thanet. Over many years we worked closely together to make many improvements to transform the school into a safe, friendly environment for children’s learning to take place. I retired two years ago from this post that I very much enjoyed and now look forward to joining the governors and supporting Callis from this aspect.
Mrs Oram - Staff Governor
I have worked as a Class Teacher at Callis Grange for the past eight years. I have taught across all three year groups gaining an excellent understanding of teaching and learning within the EYFS and KS1 curriculum. Being a parent of young children has enriched my passion for teaching children in their first years of education. I enjoy leading the School Council and encouraging pupils to have an active part in their school community. I look forward to sharing the children’s thoughts and ideas with the rest of the Governing Body.
Miss Palmer - Associate Governor, Deputy Headteacher
I have always had a firm belief that the first years of children’s education are crucial to developing a life-long love of learning and it has been a privilege to spend my teaching career within the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. I have also had the opportunity to lead training and provide support for several Infant and Primary Schools around Kent developing teaching, learning and leadership. Within my role as Deputy Headteacher at Callis Grange I am the Curriculum, Assessment and Mathematics Leader and I am currently a County Moderator for Key Stage One which is a role that I have enjoyed for the last few years.
Current Parent Governor Vacancies
There are currently no vacancies for Parent Governors.