Church of England Primary School

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School Governors

The Governing Body helps the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils by: 


  • Setting the school's vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies and making creative use of resources
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, supporting and challenging the headteacher in the management of the school,
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as the staff it employs.

Governor Details updated May 2020

Governor Profiles
David Stanley

David Stanley - Chair of Governors - Local Authority Governor


I have almost 40 years combined governance experience - 2 years Canterbury College (instrumental in setting up a nursery there) concurrently with 26 years at a county primary school in one of the deepest 10% deprivation areas in the UK - 1988 to date (Chair since 1998), instrumental in setting up a nursery, breakfast club/after school club & holiday club, and then a Children's Centre on site 6 years ago. 6 years concurrently as an associate governor by virtue of being appointed the Children's Centres Manager built at another school 2008 to date.

I have been a KCC 'Additional Governor' for 6 years. Presented to 6 Governor Forum / Chairs seminars / meetings events etc.

I was nominated by KCC and appointed by Secretary of State as an IEB (Interim Executive Board) Member in a failed Kent school 2012 to 2014 when taken out of special measures and academised (Sheerness).


I was Kent Governor of the Year, and finalist in the annual National Teacher of the Year Awards - 2007, the first year that governors were included.

I achieved Outstanding Chair / Governance rating in 2 Ofsted Inspections when governance was separately graded.

I have held Vice Chair and chair of Governors, Chair of Finance, Chair of Pay & Personnel Review Committee (and Head Teacher Performance Review Panel), and Safeguarding Governor portfolios.


I have appointed 6 head teachers/acting heads and 3 deputy heads.


Mrs Sylvia Wilson - Community Governor and Governor for Safeguarding


I have lived in Littlebourne for many years. I am married with 3 grown up children, 2 of whom attended Littlebourne C.E.Primary School. I have been involved in education all my working life; and, now retired, have the time to support our local school in becoming the best it can be and a valuable asset to the local community.


As a former Headteacher of 3 Kent schools and also having worked as a Local Education officer, I have experienced 4 Ofsted Inspections , 3 of which were deemed “outstanding”. I have many years’ experience of teaching & learning, managing budgets and personnel management issues. I understand how governors work to provide support and challenge to the leadership team in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for  children; and to give them the best start in school.


I currently work as a volunteer in a variety of organisiations, including schools, with my therapy dog.

I believe that the local school should participate in the life of the community; and as a parish councillor believe that I will be able to support the school in this. There are various activities in which the school will be able to take an active part.


Mrs Anne Rigden - Governor for SEND


Having lived in Littlebourne for over 40 years and our 2 children happily attending Littlebourne School I naturally feel a close link to our local school. The school is valued by and plays an active part in the life of our village community.


I was a teacher myself and latterly was the Inclusion Co-ordinator/ SENCO for more than 20 years at an ‘outstanding’ school in Whitstable.


The caring ethos of Littlebourne School results in a naturally inclusive school. All children are nurtured as individuals and their well-being and progress in all areas supported. I enjoy liaising with our experienced SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), Headteacher and all members of staff who work as a team to try and ensure all children can reach their potential.

Parent Governors are:- 


Dominic McGill (Year 3) 


I’m a husband, father of five children, four daughters and one son.


With over thirty years’ experience in senior sales and director roles, I’ve been lucky enough to work all      over the world, developing sales teams and strategic partnerships with international corporations in  developing countries.


 I’ve had the privilege to sit on several executive boards and launch seed events on four different continents, coordinated international delegations and hosted heads of state across the Middle East and North African regions.


However, my passion is coaching and supporting people development, helping executives and sports men & woman overcome personal road blocks, through a positive state of mind.


I have a long history around sport, signing my first professional ice hockey contract at the age of 15, which saw me play ice hockey in the UK, Finland, Sweden, Canada and the USA.


These days I split my time between family, coaching, tinkering with classic cars and supporting the growth and stability of our wonderful school. 


Jo Manning-Press 

Mrs Ailsa Williamson - Foundation Governor


Mrs WIlliamson is is currently filling the position on the governing body held by the vicar of St Vincent's Church and will continue in this role until a new vicar has been appointed.

Staff Governors


Mrs Stella Byrne (Headteacher) and Mrs Dianna Lim (Class Teacher) .

Clerk to the Governing Body - 



Governor Attendance Sept 2018 - July 2019