Welcome to our Governors’ section
Our Governing Body is responsible for good governance of the school, and for ensuring that appropriate goals and development plans are both in place and in the process of being achieved. There are twelve governors in all including: the Head Teacher, a staff governor, a Local Authority governor, parent governors, and Foundation governors. Apart from attending the main meetings, members of the Governing Body also serve on various committees (eg Finance and Premises) and on Monitoring Groups related to the School Development Plan. From September 2015, every governor is allocated a specific area of responsibility, and those standing for any election will need to bear in mind the skills and/or experience which the Governing Body is looking for at that time.
Dr Peter Gregory – Chair
Having been appointed by KCC as a LA governor, I am very pleased to now serve the community of Ditton CE (VA) Junior School as Chair of Governors.
I have been involved in school governance for over 30 years and over that time occupied almost every position on a governing body – in ex officio, staff, parent, LA and foundation governor roles. More recently I have been designated by the Department for Education as a National Leader of Governance and support a number of Chairs across the South East in sometimes extremely challenging circumstances. I’m also a Trustee/Director for several national educational organisations.
In my day job, I still lecture part-time at Canterbury Christ Church University on a number of teacher training programmes and supervise research students. I also live and worship in Canterbury.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking, bird watching, folk music and visiting art galleries.
Sharon Shelton – Vice Chair
I have been involved in school governance in Ditton for over 20 years, starting at the infant school where I was the Chair of governors for a short time in the mid to late 90’s. I moved on to becoming a governor at Ditton Junior School, and, although my children left the school many years ago, I still live in the area and have remained on the Board of Governors to support the school and new governors as they are appointed. Until 2014, for a few years I was also a governor at a local further education college.
My professional background is in finance and accountancy, and I have always taken a keen interest in the budgeting and finances within the school. My focus has been to ensure that there is a sustainable financial plan, and that money is being well spent for the benefit of the children in the school.