West Malling CE Primary School

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West Malling CE Primary School

– and The McGinty Speech and Language Centre

"Let your light shine”, Matthew 5. 16

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Meet the Governors

West Malling CE Primary School and The McGinty Speech and Language Centre has ten current governors.


Mr Andy Rathbone, Chair, (Tenax Appointed Governor – July 2026)

Mrs Vanessa Dunnet, Vice-Chair, (Tenax Appointed Governor – July 2026)

Revd. David Green (Tenax Appointed Governor – July 2026)

Mrs Ann Lee (Tenax Appointed Governor – July 2026)

Busola Gbadamosi (Tenax Appointed Governor - July 2026)

Matt Harvey (Parent Governor - July 2026)

Mr Russell Trewartha (Parent Governor – July 2026)

Mrs Fiona MacDonald-Gay (Staff Governor – January 2027)

Mrs Emily Reeves (Staff Governor – December 2024)

Mr David Rye (Ex-Officio - Headteacher)


All Governors are appointed by Tenax Schools Trust, with the exception of the two parent governors who were elected by parents and the two staff governors who were elected by staff.


Our local governing body also includes the Headteacher, Mr David Rye.


Our Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Philippa Gibbs.          


Our governing body meets once every other term, three times a year.


The roles and responsibilities of the Local Governing Body are:

  • Standards and Safeguarding
  • Ethos, Character and Local Traditions
  • Working with Parents and the Local Community


Further details of the LGB's roles and responsibilities are contained in the Terms of Reference document below.


Individual governors also take on specific responsibilities as “link governors” for areas of the curriculum and aspects of the school’s life. These are detailed in the school’s Local Governing Body Information document.


 The Chair of Governors, Mr Andy Rathbone, can be contacted in writing via the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs Philippa Gibbs, either by post using the school postal address, or by email:   


We are fortunate to have such a dedicated board of governors who are very active within the school; regularly coming into school and sharing in the learning and teaching taking place.

LGB Business Interests and Attendance Details

LGB Terms of Reference