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Meet the Governors

Lydden and River Primary Schools Federation Governing Body

Governors play a key role in school leadership and provide challenge and support to each school in achieving its ambitious aims and targets.

Improvement priorities are identified in the School Plan for each school. Governors undertake regular monitoring visits to the school to evaluate progress against these targets and to challenge leaders, holding us to account as we promote further improvement.

The Governing Body is made up of a combination of appointed, elected and co-opted Governors. The Clerk to the Governors services the work of the Governing Body by taking minutes, circulating agendas and documentation. Each Governor, other than the Headteacher, normally holds office for an agreed period.

Governors are responsible for ensuring:

  • Both school have an ambitious vision and very high expectations of all pupils and teachers.
  • Each school has high quality teaching with a focus on sustained improvement.
  • Each school develops leadership capacity and sets high professional standards among staff.
  • All staff in the federation benefit from professional development and that performance is rigorously managed.
  • Accurate evaluation of each school’s strengths and identification of the key areas to develop.
  • Each school provides a broad, balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils, enabling them to make progress in their learning. The curriculum must also promote good behaviour and safety, as well as spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Each school engages parents in supporting pupil achievement and the wider aspects of their development.
  • The promotion of safety in the federation.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. 




Governing Body Membership – Register of Business Interests



Mrs Lisa Brown (Chair)           Term of Office  : 10/09/2019 – 10/09/2023 

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the clerk to the governors [see below] or via the school office at either school.         

Local Authority Governor           Responsibilities :

                                                          Chair of Governors       


                                                      Headteacher Performance Appraisal


Executive Headteacher Governor        

Mrs Claire Eggleston


Mr Peter Champion                     Term of Office:  02/11/2015 -1/11/2019       

Co-opted Governor                        Responsibilities:

                                                       Member of Resources Team

                                                       Property maintenance       



Mr Peter Read                               Term of Office: 02/11/2015 – 01/11/2019

Declaration of Interest                  Wife employed at River Primary School

Co-opted Governor                         Responsibilities:  

                                                        Vice Chair of Governors

                                                        Chair of Resources Team

                                                        Health and Safety

                                                        Personnel Matters                                                                                                   


Mr N Brinicombe                       

Co-opted  Governor                      Term of Office 02/11/2015  – 01/11/2019                            


                                                      Head of School  -  River Primary School

                                                      Member of the Learning and Development Team


Mrs M Rook                                  Term of office 02/11/2015 – 01/11/2019

Co-opted Governor                        Responsibilities:

                                                       Member of the Learning and Development Team    

                                                       Monitoring Core Subject improvements  


Mr David Metcalfe                         Term of Office 02/11/2015 – 01/11/2019

Declaration of Interest                  Headteacher & Governor at Capel-le-Ferne Primary School

Co-opted Governor                         Responsibilities

                                                        Chair of Learning & Development Team

                                                        Pupil Progress and Attainment

                                                        Pupil Premium



Dr Katy Grilli                                   Term of office 15/11/2017 - 14/11/2021

Parent Governor                            Responsibilities

                                                           Member of the Learning and Development Team

                                                           Special Educational Needs

                                                           Early Years Foundation Stage


Mr Robert Nicholas                        Term of office: 15/11/2017 - 14/11/2021

Parent Governor                             Responsibilities

                                                            Member of the Learning and Development Team


Mrs Ann Salisbury                       Term of office : 02/11/2015 – 01/11/2019

Staff Governor                                Responsibilities

                                                       Member of the Learning and Development Team

                                                       Governor Training

                                                       Monitoring Core Subject improvements


Mr Leon Green                              Term of office : 10/11/2016 - 09/11/2020

Co-opted Governor                        Responsibilities

                                                           Member of the Resources Team

                                                           Property Maintenance


Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Maureen McCutcheon

e-mail : 

The clerk can also be contacted via the school office at either school.


Team Memberships


Learning and Development Team

David Metcalfe (Chair), Megan Rook, Ann Salisbury, Neil Brinicombe, Claire Eggleston, Katy Grilli, Robert Nicholas, Lisa Brown


Resources Team

Peter Read (Chair), Peter Champion, Lisa Brown, Leon Green, Neil Brinicombe, Claire Eggleston