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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.


Governing Body


We currently have a Governing Body' which has 13 members and consists of:


  • The Headteacher
  • Two Parent Governors
  • One Local Authority appointed Governor
  • One Staff Governor
  • Eight Co-opted Governors (they are usually from the local communities).


The Governing Body is there to help the school provide the best possible education for pupils by:


  • Helping set the Schools vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies and making creative use of resources
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the head teacher to support and challenge them in managing the school
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it as well as the staff it employs


The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day organisation and management within the school.


  • Governors challenge the Headteacher and school staff, ensuring all actions have a positive effect on children's achievement.
  • Governors come into school in school hours several times a term to ensure that the School Development Plan is having a positive effect.
  • Governors are informed of actions and procedures in the school, but are not able to make any decisions about the running of the school. They monitor the spending of the school and challenge to ensure the money is spent to raise standards for all children.
  • Governors' minutes are public documents and may be viewed on request a term in arrears once they have been agreed by the full Governing Body.
GovernorCategory and appointmentPositionMeeting % attendanceTerm of officeBusiness Interests
Tobi OyedijiChair of Governing Board. Appointed by Full Governing Board. Chair of Governing Board100%21 Mar 2022 to 20 Mar 2026None Declared
Mr Darran CallaghanHeadteacherHeadteacher100%OngoingNone declared
Mr Duncan ComberStaff Governor - elected unopposed by staff at Aylesham Primary School 100% 2/221/04/22 to 20/04/26Member of staff at Aylesham Primary School
Mr Idorenyin EtokakpanCo-opted Governor - appointed by Full Governing Board 100% 6/613/10/21 to 12/10/25Parent of pupils at the school
Ms Margarita GwanzuraCo-opted Governor - appointed by Full Governing Board 50% 3/613/10/21 to 12/10/25Other Governance Role - Health and Safety
Mr David HodkinCo-opted Governor - appointed by Full Governing Board 50% 1/223/03/22 to 22/03/26None declared
Mrs Heather RatcliffeCo-opted Governor - appointed by Full Governing board 57% 4/720/05/20 to 19/05/24None declared
VacancyLocal Authority Governor    


Ms Andreea CotinelParent Governor  100% 2/201/12/2023 to 30/11/2027

Student at University of Kent

Parent of pupil at the school

David HodkinVice Chair. Appointed by Full Governing Board. Vice-Chair of Governing Board100%23 Mar 2022 to 22/03/2026None Declared
VacancyCo-opted Governor     
Oliver LaughtonCo-opted Governor appointed by Full Governing Board 100% 24/11/2022 to 23/11/2026Trustee EKC Schools Trust
Anna McCreadieCo-opted Governor appointed by Full Governing Board 100% /119/10/2023 to 18/10/2027Non Declared