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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

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

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Governing Body

Chair - Mrs Katherin Daking (foundation governor)   
Vice Chair - Mr Joel Mitchell (co-opted governor)
Headteacher - Ms Linda Oliver (staff governor)
Mrs Debbie Stone (co-opted governor)
Vacancy (parent governor)
Mrs Sylvia Hasler (LA governor)
Mrs Jo Greasley (staff governor)

Vacancy (foundation governor)

Mr Daniel Hyder (staff governor)

Vacancy (parent governor)

Vacancy (parent governor)

Vacancy (parent governor)

Rev John P Huggins (foundation governor)



Governor Pen Profiles


Joel Mitchell (Vice Chair of Governors)

Term of Office 3/10/17 - 2/10/20

I'm Joel and I've been Chair of Governors since September 2016.  I'm a Co-opted Governor and am dad to Jasper and Emilia who are both at the school. I became a school Governor as I’m really keen to support my local school and getting involved in the running of it seemed like an excellent way to do that. I thoroughly enjoy it; it’s not always easy but it’s important and rewarding. My day job sees me help run a railway as Director of Operations and Customer Experience. I also volunteer as a Director for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS) and I’m involved with the running of Maidstone Rugby Club’s under 8s side.


Katherin Daking (Chair of Governors)

Term of Office 9/5/16 - 8/5/19

I joined the governing body of Harrietsham School as a Foundation Governor.  This means that I have been appointed by the Diocese and I will have special interest in the continuing Christian ethos of the school.

Until recently I was teaching Child Care in a Further Education college.  I am keen to see children enjoy reading and for this reason I volunteer for Beanstalk in a local school.  During my time as Governor I hope to be able to contribute to the success of the school by providing support for all the teaching staff as they work towards producing happy and successful young people.


Debbie Stone

Term of Office 9/5/16 - 8/5/19

I have been involved with Harrietsham School since moving to the village in 1996, and my two children joined the school, increasing the schools role to 72!  In those days I was simply a parent but also an active member of the PTFA.

In 2000 I became a full time Year4/5 teacher at the school. In the same year I was elected to be Teacher Governor, a role I held until retiring from full time teaching in 2013. However, I very much wanted to stay involved with the school and became a co – opted Governor.

I see the Governing Body as being part of the strategic leadership of the school. It is a role that requires governors to question, challenge, support, monitor and evaluate as we work together for the overall good of the school and the community that it serves.



Linda Oliver (Headteacher)

I started my teaching career briefly in Bromley but have worked mostly in Kent. I was headteacher of a small rural primary school  for over 4 years before coming to Harrietsham in 2015.   The headteacher, by nature of the job, is always a member of the school’s Governing Body.  We are lucky to have such a range of interests and expertise amongst our governors who, as a result, are able to bring different dimensions and viewpoints to our work to help and support us in becoming the best that we can possibly be. 


Sylvia Hasler

Term of Office 24/6/16 - 23/6/19

I am your Local Authority Governor.  I am a retired primary school teacher and have also been a staff governor.  I moved to Harrietsham two years ago and I look forward to being more involved in our local community through working with our local school as well as helping with the local Guides.


Jo Greasley

Term of Office 15/3/17 - 14/3/20

I am a Co-opted Governor and in April, I joined the staff of Harrietsham Primary School as a Learning Support Assistant in Year 2.  Prior to this, I spent my career working in a variety of roles across central Government, including leadership roles in the senior civil service.  Before applying to become an LSA, I volunteered my time at both the Beanstalk charity and Harrietsham School which I loved so much it led me to make the decision to move into education! 


Revd John Huggins

Term of Office 30/10/17

I joined the Governing Body as an Ex-Officio Foundation Governor after being licensed to be Priest-in-Charge of Len Valley Benefice, which includes Harrietsham. I have a background in leadership within science and industry, and am of course trained in pastoral care and child development and spirituality. In my previous post, I was chair of Governors of a small village school and took particular interest in monitoring EYFS. I look forward to helping the school continue to build on their school vision of quality teaching within a Christian ethos.






Governors Attendance


What do we do?

As governors, we are volunteers made up of parents, staff, members of the local community, and members appointed by the local authority and the Head Teacher. 

The governing body has overall responsibility for managing the school and are involved in setting the strategic direction of the school, including; policies, reviewing the school budget and achievement of objectives.

Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school – this is the responsibility of the headteacher. Our role is sometimes described as a ‘critical friend’; this means not to criticize the head or the school. Instead we try to ask useful questions to challenge and gain a greater understanding of the school and to ensure continuous improvement. 

Being a governor requires time and commitment but it is very rewarding.

How do we do it?

The full governing body meets three times a year: one evening in September and two full day meetings in January and May. These are held during school times so observations/monitoring can take place. This method has proved very successful as governors are experiencing school first-hand which helps enormously.  These monitoring visits help us to appreciate and understand the workings of the school. We do not make judgments about the quality of teaching or the progress of individual children.

We also have 2 committees which meet between the Full Governing Body meetings to discuss more in-depth matters.

Strategy – The strategy committee discusses in detail School Improvement, Performance Data, Policies, Curriculum

Resources – The resources committee looks after the Budgets, Personnel, Premises, Health & Safety

Are Governors trained?

All governors are volunteers and whilst we bring our own unique skills and knowledge to the governing body we do not know everything! We are keen to ensure that we have up to date knowledge to fulfil our roles and therefore we undertake training sessions provided by Kent County Council and attend Governor briefings. 


Update from The Governing Body - November 2018


Following on from our recent successful visit from Ofsted you may have noticed that there have been some changes in the Governing body of the school. Our four Parent Governors resigned during the last term. Particular thanks are due to Paul Edwards who was a very supportive and active member of the governing body. We are sorry that work commitments meant that he felt unable to continue in his role.


A number of parents have also noticed that the Chair of Governors and Vice Chair of Governors have switched round and some parents have questioned the reason for this. Former Chair of Governors Joel Mitchell explains why:


“Back in 2015 when I agreed to take on the role of chair I made it clear that I was happy to do so, but that when there was another willing volunteer from within the governing body then I would consider whether that was the right time for me to revert back to being a parent governor. Some of my friends in the school will know that along with running a railway as my day job I also volunteer with the coaching at Maidstone rugby club and have been a non-executive director for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity so I’m not always blessed with quality time! All things considered, I felt that having seen the school secure a strong Ofsted rating along with the increasing responsibilities associated with my day job it was time to hand over the reins to someone who could spend more time within the school environment. I’m very pleased that I will still remain heavily involved as vice-chair, but in Katherin we have a dedicated, available chair that can be far more present. She will have my full support as we work with the Leadership team on our journey to becoming an outstanding school.


The Governors play a hugely important role in supporting Ms Oliver, Mrs Waller Davis and all the members of staff and we hope that some of you will feel able to step forward and take an active part in the work that we do. Our thanks are due to all the teachers and staff who work extremely hard to make the school a success and ensure the happiness and well being of your children.