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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.

At Archbishop Courtenay Primary School we have a committed and dedicated Governing Body. All governors work to ensure the effective management of the school, alongside the Headteacher and her Deputy, and contribute a range of skills from a variety of backgrounds. The Governor's role is largely strategic, not operational, and includes ensuring vision is being turned into reality, ethos is being embedded and progress is being made against the School's action plan. The relationship between the Governors and the Head Teacher and staff is one of support and challenge.


Governors are often in school, formally and informally, keeping in touch with school life. They meet regularly throughout the year, either as a 'whole body' or in sub committees. Our Governors also undertake regular planned monitoring visits to the school, monitoring a specific area of the School's action plan.


We recognise that Governance works best when we listen to your views, discuss the results, act and then report on the actions we have taken. We value your views and would welcome any comments you may have. Please email our Chair of Governors at Alternatively, you can complete the Parent View Questionnaire

Parent View is an online questionnaire that allows parents and carers to give their views about their child’s school at any time. It is also the main way for parents to give their views about their child’s school to inspectors at the time of a school inspection.


Meet the Governors

Andrew Rathbone - Chair of Governors

I am the Chair of Governors’ and have been a governor for six years having started as a parent governor at the school of my two daughters. During my time in governance I have held a broad range of positions and responsibilities and have completed the Chair of Governors’ Leadership and Development Programme. Outside of governance, I enjoy swimming, spending time with my family and supporting my local Church as safeguarding officer. I believe in equal opportunity for all children and am passionate about helping children to achieve and exceed expectation in education and their personal, spiritual and social lives.

Rowena Linn - Vice Chair of Governors

I was a Headteacher for 25 years and also Kent’s Advisor for Tunbridge Wells Schools and part of their Leadership Advisor team for a number of years. I have served as a governor at a variety of schools for over 30 years. In addition to my work in schools I have supported deputies aspiring to become Headteachers as a tutor, trainer and assessor for the NPQH qualification for headship. I worked as a Consultant Leader and Professional Partner for the National College of School Leadership. I have experience as both a Coach and Mentor and as a Kent Coach and Mentor Trainer. Examples of my wider contribution to Education include serving as Chair of Sevenoaks Council of Headteachers, Chair of Maidstone’s Local Children’s Partnership Trust and as a member of Kent’s Safeguarding Board and Education Safeguarding Board. Since retirement in 2012 I have worked part time as a Consultant or Acting Head to support schools in difficulties or without a Headteacher and as a Kent recommended External Consultant supporting Headteacher Appraisals. This role first brought me to Archbishop Courtenay as a member of the Interim Executive Board and consequently as a governor and I am proud to be part of the team supporting the development of the school.

Reverend Ian Parrish


My job is to keep the church community and school focused on Jesus. Contact me for support in any area of your life, for anything relating to faith, church or God. I am married to Frauke, and have two sons, a daughter-in-law and a grandson. I love triathlon, football, gardening, walking and talking about God.





Lorna Priddle

I was the executive Headteacher at Archbishop Courtenay C.E Primary school and St Michael’s C.E.Schools federation but retired from headship in 2015 to take up the role of school improvement advisor for the Aquila Multi Academy Trust. I also work for other multi academy trusts in Kent which keeps me busy in my semi retirement. I was a national leader of education from 2008-2015 which saw me working for the department of education improving schools in challenging circumstances. I have a passion for education and want to be able to give back some of my expertise into improving the  outcomes for all children.


Paul Ryan

My teaching career started back in 1993 when I worked in Chatham. I moved to All Saints’ Primary School Maidstone which later became part of Archbishop Courtenay School. Since 2005 I have been Headteacher of a primary school. I live locally and attend All Saints’ Church. I have 2 sons and I served as a governor whilst they attended their primary school; a position which I found most rewarding. I have been a member of this Governing Body for the last 5 years and I will be continuing to support the Headteacher and her team so that every child, regardless of their starting point can make great progress and achieve their very best.


Kelly Haynes - Parent Governor

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2016 and have two children who attend the school and nursery. I am an experienced Environmental Health Officer but have always wanted to make a positive contribution to children's education. I am proud to be working with the school's dedicated staff to ensure that it delivers the best education and opportunities for all of the children. I will continue to support the school to encourage the children to fulfil their potential in our wonderful school.




Mike Parker - Staff Governor

My association with Archbishop Courtenay began in April 2013 when I was employed as Site Manager. I am a Dad (albeit of grown up children) and a very hands-on Grandad to eight grandchildren ranging from 3 – 19 years old, a role that I relish. I enjoy my role at the school in looking after the site, staff and children also enjoy passing on life’s knowledge to the children both at home and in school. When I have time I love anything to do with aviation, DIY and history.

I was elected as Staff Governor in November 2017 and am very much looking forward to contributing to our aim of ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity to progress through our school. I am passionate about helping our children to get the very best from the excellent staff and facilities that we have at Archbishop Courtenay and will do everything in my power to help promote this.


Committee Structure

The Governing Body structure at the school is split into two committees which allows Governors to focus their efforts on key specialisms and allocate monitoring responsibilities more effectively.


Chair of Governors: Andrew Rathbone
Vice Chair of Governors: Rowena Linn


Finance & Resources Committee

Learning and Development Committee

Andrew Rathbone (Committee Chair)

Lorna Priddle (Committee Chair)

Reverend Ian Parrish

Rowena Linn

Kelly Haynes

Paul Ryan

Mike Parker



Useful Information

As a Multi Academy Trust, the Aquila Board of Directors hold ultimate responsibility for the governance in each Academy. However, to build and support local provision and ensure that each school stays true to their founding purpose, the Board delegates responsibilities to each Academy. This is outlined in a document called a Scheme of Delegation which can be accessed using the link above. A personalised version of this document is waiting to be signed and will uploaded as soon as possible.


Congratulations to Ella Amess and Freya Haynes - read their stories on our Parents' Page under Latest News.