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The Governing Body

Welcome to the Governing Body page for Riverside Primary School.


Our Governing Body consists of staff, parent and co-opted governors who meet 4 times per year. We also have sub-committees which meet several times per year dealing with Standards & Welfare, Resources, and Pay.


As a Local Governing Body, our responsibilities are delegated by Rainham Mark Education Trust (RMET) via the Terms of Reference. The latest version can be viewed by following this link, where you can also find descriptions of our roles as governors and a copy of RMET's code of conduct.


The three core roles of Governing Bodies are as follows: 


  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction


  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of its pupils


  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


For information about our current members, please see below. You can find out more about our work in our Annual Governance Statement:


Members of the Governing Body:

(November 2017)


Category of Governor

Term of office


Mr T Scott         

Parent Governor and Chair     

July 21, 2016

July 20, 2020

  • Standards & Welfare
Mr D Brockman Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair and Pupil Premium Governor; Whistleblowing Governor

July 21, 2016

 July 20, 2020

  • Resources
  • Standards & Welfare

Miss K Williams


August 31, 2013 

 September 1, 2017

  • Resources
  • Standards & Welfare

Mr J Bell

Staff Governor and E-safety Governor

September 30, 2016 - September 29, 2020

  • Resources

Mr S Carter

Parent Governor, H&S

January 24, 2017 - January 23, 2021

  • Resources

Mrs H Maxwell

Parent Gvnr; Parental Engagement Governor

November 8, 2013 - November 7, 2017

  • Standards & Welfare
  • Resources

Mrs H Robson

Staff Governor

July 7 2017 - 

July 6 2021

  • Standards & Welfare
Mrs K Murray Co-opted Governor November 14 2017 - November 13 2021
  • tbd
Mrs N Gordon School Business Manager Associate member without voting rights
  • Resources
VACANCY Co-opted Governor Please scroll down for details about becoming a governor.


Link Governor Roles

Mr Bell Early Years, Training
Mr Carter Health and Safety
Mr Bell and Mrs Maxwell Phonics
Mrs Maxwell Healthy Eating, Year 6, SEND
Mr Brockman

Pupil Premium, PE & Sports Premium, Safeguarding, Whistleblowing


Being a Governor is very rewarding...


Riverside School has a governing body that works with Miss Williams to make sure our school is running properly, that our children achieve well and that our school budget is used wisely so every child gets the best education possible.


There are different groups represented on our governing body, parents, the staff, the community and the local authority. You don’t have to be an education expert to be a governor at our school. It’s the range of experiences that governors bring to the job that make a great governing team. What you do need to have is an interest in education, energy and enthusiasm.


Being a school governor is a two-way street. Not only are you giving to the community, you’ll also be gaining new skills. It’s not a full-time job but it does require a regular commitment. Our full governing body meets three times a year, in the late afternoon for about two hours.  Governors also sit on sub committees that deal with matters such as finance, staffing, curriculum and school environment.  These meet three or four times a year. Governors are usually appointed for four years and are expected to get to know our school and the children by making regular visits, such as learning walks and going on visits with youngsters, and attending school events.


Governors are expected to take an active lead in their own development. Induction training is delivered at Gun Wharf, and a range of face-to-face or distance learning options are available which will equip you with the necessary competencies for effective governance. 


Parent governors are elected from parents or carers of current Riverside Pupils. When a vacancy arises, nominations will be sought via the school newsletter.


Co-opted governors are appointed by the Trust board from the wider community. We currently have a vacancy for a co-opted governor and would welcome enquiries from people with the necessary drive and commitment.


If you are interested in becoming a governor, or finding out more, please contact our Chair of Governors (Tim Scott) or Parental Engagement Governor (Helen Maxwell) via the school office.


If you would like more information about being a governor, we recommend


The National Governors' Association website: http://www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx


The DirectGov website: https://www.gov.uk/become-school-college-governor

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