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The Local 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 5 times per year. We also have monitoring pairs which carry out monitoring visits several times per year.


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: 


  • Ensuring clarity of 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:

Parent governors are elected by parents and carers; staff governors are elected by school staff. Co-opted governors are volunteers from the wider community. All governors are formally appointed by RMET for a 4 year term, with the exception of the head teacher who remains a governor so long as they are in post. 



Category of Governor

Terms of office

Monitoring Pairs


Co-opted Governor and Chair

7 June 2021 - 6 June 2025

  • Quality of Leadership and Management (inc Safeguarding)
  • Quality of Education and Pupil Outcomes
  • Whistleblowing

Mr S Carter

Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair and Health & Safety Governor, E-Safety Governor

24 January 2021 - 23 January 2025

  • Health & Safety
  • Pupil Premium & Sports Premium

Mrs K Wilmer

Primary Executive Headteacher

31 August 2013


Mrs H Robson

Head of School/Staff Governor

7 July 2017 -

6 July 2021

  • Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare

Mrs K Cruttenden

Staff Governor

1 Sept 2021 – 31 August 2025

  • SEND
Mr Kyle Taylor   
Mr Stuart Bourne   

Mrs N Gordon

School Business Manager

Associate member without voting rights




Being a Governor is very rewarding...


Riverside School has a governing body that works with Mrs Wilmer 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 six times a year, in the late afternoon for about two hours.  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 local schools, 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 (Susanne Richter) via the school office.


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


The National Governors' Association website: https://www.nga.org.uk/Governance-Recruitment/Be-a-school-governor-or-trustee.aspx


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

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