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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 six times per year and the governors will also 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.


Yours sincerely,


Stephen Beale
Chair of Governors


Governor Mark              


This has been awarded in 2011, 2014 and 2017. This is the quality mark accreditation for excellence in school governance.

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 V Palmer-Simpson - 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. I have also held the roles of KS1 County Moderator, Assessment Leader, Curriculum Leader, English Leader and Maths Leader. Alongside my Headteacher role, I am also currently the Curriculum and Maths Leader at Callis Grange.


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 Thomas Love - Parent Governor

My children have both had fantastic experiences at Callis Grange and I am delighted to be a Parent Governor at the school.

I am keen to be able to use my transferable skills and experience from my career working in the legal sector, to make a positive impact within the Governing Body and support an already excellent school.


Mr D Marguet-Turner - Co-opted Governor

My eldest son has previously been through his Callis Grange experience and hopefully my youngest will be following shortly in his footsteps.  The school has developed and nurtured so many young minds through these early years and I have a real passion to be involved with as much as I can.  My experience in building maintenance, project management and finance operations will hopefully assist the school with their day-to-day challenges and future aspirations.


Mr R Elks - Staff Governor

Throughout my teaching career I have taught at different schools and across all year groups. I am passionate about the education of children and I am especially passionate about EYFS and KS1. I have led many subjects including Computing, Art & Design and Design & Technology. I have also led initiatives relating to the well-being of pupils and staff. Now I have the privilege of leading History and PSHE at Callis Grange. I have previous experience of being a staff governor and I am happy to be part of the governing body at Callis Grange. I look forward to helping Callis Grange continue to be an outstanding environment for children to grow and learn.

Current Governor Vacancies


There are currently vacancies for the following Governor roles:


Co-opted Governor



Copies of minutes of governor meetings are available from the school office on request. This does not include confidential minutes. If you would like to contact the governors, please contact Linda Walkerdine (Clerk) at

School Address

Callis Grange Nursery and Infant School