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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.




On 14 January, the Local Governing Body of St Thomas’ was dissolved.


The school now has two committees:


  • St Thomas’ Academy Committee (AC) – specific to our school
  • Executive Governance Committee (EGC) – oversees the three Academy Committees of St Thomas’, St Margaret Clitherow, and St Augustine’s.


Whichever committee a person is on, we are ALL here to serve the school and, above all, the children. We have our mission – Learning in the Light of Christ – very much at the heart of all that we do.


The EGC determines the strategic direction of the three schools, and it also has direct responsibility for certain key areas, such as finance. Both committees support and challenge the leadership of St Thomas’, but covering different areas:


Teaching and learningOversees the 3 Academy Committees
Student well-beingFinance
Special Educational NeedsHealth and Safety
Pupil PremiumSafeguarding
Child ProtectionAdmissions
RE and Catholic ethosApproves and implements Academy specific policies
Endorses Academy specific policiesAssists with performance review of the Executive Principal

Assists with performance reviews of the Academy Principal


This means, for example, that if you have concerns or questions about the financial management of St Thomas’, they should go to the Finance Committee Member on the Executive Governance Committee. You can always contact them through the school office.


The Academy Committee will be updating parents on their work at the beginning and end of each term as part of the school’s weekly newsletter. We are currently looking for parents to join us on the Academy Committee. Our work is vital to development and well-being of our children. If you believe that you can make a contribution, please consider volunteering and serving with us.



Catherine IngramChair; HR; Admissions; Health & Safety
Madeleine BusvinePupil Premium
Clare CopelandCo Vice Chair; Literacy & Numeracy
Trish PiningtonCo Vice Chair; SEN; Curriculum
Catherine BennettCommunity Engagement
Stephen HoganEquality
David Milner-PearceSafeguarding
Jill Cooper 
Geraldine LeahyAcademy Principal
Mary-Clare DaviesClerk



Colin RickettsChair
Mark DennisonVice Chair
Phillipa BerryEquality
Karolina CowlingParent Governor
Fr David Gibbons 
Judy GreenChair of St Augustine’s AC
Anthony HalterChair of St Margaret Clitherow’s AC
Catherine IngramChair of St Thomas’ AC
Deacon Neil PhilipsonFinance (tbc)
Annemarie WhittleExecutive Principal
Mary-Clare DaviesClerk

Academy Committee Minutes

Mary-Clare Davies (Clerk)
c/o St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School
South Park
TN13 1EH



Chair of Academy Committee
c/o St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School
South Park
TN13 1EH

Our Mission and Values

'Learning in the Light of Christ'

Read Our Values And Ethos


Trust Information

St Thomas' Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Thomas’ Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.