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Governors’ Prayer

God our Father,

We seek your blessing and support in all the responsibilities we bear as Governors of this school.

May we reach our decisions prompted by a desire to serve.

May your Spirit grant us wisdom and understanding.

Keep the children and staff and all associated with our school under your watchful eye, so that the purpose of our school may flourish for the good of all at all times.

St Margaret Clitherow, St Edmund Campion, St Thomas More and St John Fisher - Pray for us

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen

Governors' Vision

"The school community work together to achieve excellence; all are valued, resilient and confident; have no limits placed upon them and grow as individuals in God's love."



School Governors

Please see below for information about what our governing body do and how they ensure that we are providing your children with the quality of education they deserve. You can get in touch with Governors via the school office but should contact the Headteacher or class teacher in the first instance regarding operational matters.

School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the Governing Body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.  School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. The Governing Body is made up of different types of Governors including foundation, parent, staff , local authority and co-opted governors. As a Catholic school, our Foundation Governors play a crucial role in preserving the Catholic ethos and character of the school. For more information about becoming a Foundation Governor, click here.

Each individual Governor is a member of the Governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual Governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Body.

For more information about the role of School Governors visit the websites:



English Martyrs' Governing Body

Reconstituted - September 2015

The governing body of the school consists of 12 Governors drawn from the following stakeholders:

  • 7 Foundation Governors
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • The Headteacher
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Local Authority Governor

Click on this link to view the Governing Body Membership details.

Governors Attendance

Previous Years

Meet the Governors

Foundation Governor

Mr Philip Campbell

Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

Mrs Kate Taylor

Vice Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

Mrs Susan Hibbert


I have lived in Strood all my life and English Martyrs school and church have always been a very important part of it.   Both my sons and myself attended the school and I made my First Communion, Confirmation and was married at the church.   I have also worked in the school as dinner lady, teaching assistant and finance officer.   

For the past 18 years, I have worked in local authority finance of which the last 10 were spent as the accountant for Childrens’ Social Care. 

I became a Foundation Governor in June 2016 and am a member of the Finance committee.  I also have responsibility for Early Years.

I believe passionately that all children should be able to grow and develop in a caring, loving environment both at home and school.   I feel very privileged to again be working with the school and see my role as governor to support the school in enabling all children to reach their full potential both academically and as individuals.

Local Authority Governor

Mr Akinola Edun


I became a Parent Governor in late 2014. I have had 3 children at the school.

I have lived in Medway Towns since 2005 and work in strategy and policy for a financial institution in the city of London.  

I sit on the building & finance and staffing committees.

I see my role as facilitating and enabling English Martyrs' staff to make our school the primary school of choice to local families, offering excellent education in a safe, God fearing and nurturing environment; challenging all our pupils to achieve their best. 


Ms Catherine Thacker

Staff Governor

Mrs Catherine Clifford

Parent Governor

Mr Simon O'Rourke

Parent Governor

Mr Stephen Walker

Foundation Governor

Mrs Anna Krzyzanowska

Foundation Governor

Fr Thomas Lynch

Foundation Governor

**Vacant Position**

Foundation Governor

**Vacant Position**