The governing body at Sholden School oversee the strategic direction of the school. It is made up of a wide range of individuals with many different skills and experiences. Members represent the parish, parents, the Local Education Authority and also staff. The full governing body meets regularly throughout the year; there are also sub committees that take responsibility for finance and resources, premises and curriculum. The governing body is responsible for a number of areas including: overall standards within the school; ensuring the school meets its statutory duties; safeguarding measures; the Christian ethos; the strategic direction of the school and the successful implementation of the school improvement plan and priorities.

Governing body attendance breakdown

The current Governing body comprises of:

The children, their development and welfare are always at the centre of all decisions made by governors.


 Phil Marsh  Phil Marsh (KCC Governor -  Chair) 

Phil was appointed Sholden School’s Local Authority Governor in 2013. He has lived in Sholden for 24 years, very close to the school. All three of his children were pupils at the school; the two older ones are now in full-time employment while the youngest is at Dover Girls Grammar School.

Phil’s wife used to be a Teaching Assistant at Sholden. During the children’s time at Sholden School Phil was always involved in helping the school where he could and was active within FOSS, holding the Chairman and Secretary posts.

He has worked for British Telecom for 35 years, currently as a Survey Officer.  Phil is chairman of Sholden Parish Council. His aims in being a governor is to assist the school to remain successful and continue to achieve great results, while enabling actions in those areas identified for improvement.

  • Date appointed: 2008
  • No interests declared.
  • Roles:  Premises/ Resources
  • Material interest: None
  • Attendance in the past 12 months: 100%



   Linda Dixon (Foundation Governor & Vice-Chair)


Linda was born and has lived in Deal all her life. Happily married with two  grown    up hildren and five grand children. Linda is a committed Christian who has worshipped in the Upper Deal Parish for 40 years, in that time has covered many roles in the workings of the church's life and continues to do so. Additionally, Linda has fundraised for breast cancer for the past 19 years locally.

Linda’s main past occupations before retirement in 2009 include: seventeen years working in Marks and Spencer as a departmental manager, then a total change of direction in 1983 which led to training in dental nursing, then practice management and then combined in latter years as a lecturer in dental nursing, supporting students in their studies in college and their workplace.

All aspects of the work have involved the skills of management of purchasing merchandise, stock, property maintenance, health and safety, finance and most importantly people.

Linda firmly believes all people's valuable life time skills have a great part to play in the nurturing of the young people of today.

  • Date appointed: 2012
  • Interest declared - Grandchildren attend the school.
  • Roles: Resources Committee/ Safeguarding/ Curriculum
  • Material interest: None
  • Attendance in the past 12 months: 100%


Robert Coe Robert Coe (Foundation) 

Robert works for a global contract research organisation where he is responsible for managing a team of European project managers working on delivering clinical trials and new medications to better people's lives. He puts his financial management expertise to use on the Resources Committee and his drive for quality to ensure that the school improves continually. Robert has had a long association with Sholden School and both of his children attended the school. He has a passionate interest in special educational needs through having a disabled child and in ensuring that all children have the best opportunity to harness their potential especially those most disadvantaged.

  • Date appointed: 2012
  • No interests declared
  • Roles: Chair of Governors/ Resources/ Vulnerable Learners
  • Material interest: None
  • Attendance in the past 12 months: 100%


Mrs Terry Mrs Polly Terrey (Foundation Governor)

Polly Terrey currently works as a Transformation Manager for a Service Provider across the East Kent Hospitals portfolio.  Polly moved to the local area from London three years ago with her husband and two sons where she had been working as a Facilities Contract Manager for a large Mental Health Trust.  Polly is a Foundation governor, with a passion for ensuring that our children receive the best possible education underpinned by true Christian values. 

  • Date appointed:2016/17
  • Interest declared - Foundation
  • Roles: Website monitoring
  • Material Interest: None
  • Attendance in the past months: 100%


Mary Treadwell (Foundation Governor)

Mary is a volunteer here at Sholden School, assisting with reading groups and any Religious Education requirements. Mary is the school's strong link to St Nicholas Church.

Mary has been an active member at the School since her Grandchildren attended.  

  • Date appointed: 2009
  • No interests declared.
  • Roles: Vice Chair/ Curriculum/ Foundation
  • Material interest: None
  • Attendance in the past 12 months: 100%


Rev’d. David Flewker. MA (Foundation Governor)

Currently Rector of the C of E parish of Upper Deal & Great Mongeham David has been in ordained ministry for 37 years, and been a school governor at a variety of schools since 1984. He has served 17 years as chair of governors in Liverpool, Whitstable and High Halden.

Over the years he has been involved in most aspects of school governance and believes that there is a significant and positive contribution to be made by faith schools to the quality of our education system and to the life of local communities.

  • Date appointed: 2008
  • Interests declared - Governor at Deal Parochial School.
  • Roles: Church representative/ Safeguarding Lead/ Pay and Rewards/ Curriculum and Member of strategy committee
  • Material interest - Governor at Deal Parochial School
  • Attendance in the past 12 months: 100%

Foundation Governor Mr Carl Lidgley - Awaiting bio




Mr Darren MantelMr Darren Mantel - Parent Governor

Darren works for a locally based logistics company and manages the night shift operations. Prior to this he spent ten years as a chef. These two roles have given Darren a passion for delivering a high level service.

Locally Darren is an activist for a local government party.

Since his Son started at Sholden School Darren has helped out at the school in various ways, cooking with the ducklings class, running the after school football club and actively involved in FOSS, believing that positive change and development is bought about by those who turn up.

  • Date appointed: 2018
  • Interests declared: Son at the school and wife is a MDM supervisor
  • Roles: Parent Governor
  • Material interest: None
  • Attendance in the past 12 months: 100%


 Mr Stuart GemmellMr Stuart Gemmell - Parent Governor

A former Corps of Royal Engineers (Army) Staff Sergeant, Stuart retired from the service in June 2016 after a career spanning 21 years. The family moved to Sholden in 2014, and two daughters are currently attending Sholden Primary School. 

Stuart is currently studying towards an Accounting & Finance Degree at Canterbury Christ Church University and works for an accounting practice in Sandwich.

 Stuart is also a volunteer for the Royal British Legion Downs Branch, Deal, as a youth liaison officer, supporting the Army, Air and Sea Cadets of Deal and Dover

  • Date appointed: 2018
  • Interests declared: Daughters attend the school
  • Roles: Parent Governor
  • Material interest: None
  • Attendance in the past 12 months: 100%



 Mrs Bowman Mrs Vikki Bowman - Staff Governor

 Date appointed: June 2018

  • Interest declared -
  • Roles: TBC
  • Material Interest: None
  • Attendance in the past months: 100%


Sharon Bailey  Sharon Bailey (Headteacher)

As a senior assistant headteacher for several years in a local school, I was instrumental in raising standards and significantly improving educational outcomes for all children.  As a member of the Chartered College of Teaching and having been a primary school teacher and leader for a total of almost 20 years, I have experienced a variety of school contexts, from large schools in challenging areas, to small rural village schools.  My recent experiences have also included successful roles in leading school improvement; as a primary school leadership coach, strategic leadership support advisor and an education and literacy consultant with a focus on supporting and developing various primary school leadership teams.

They are supported by the KCC Clerking.

For more information about being a Governor please click here.

If you are concerned about a possible conflict of interest - please email the Clerk to the Governors - details of which are available from the school office.


Please find the link to the frequently asked questions document in relation to the proposed DEALT Academy.

Sholden School have ensured that the Governing Body (GB) have made clear in their code of conduct that this information will be published. Any Governing Body (GB) failing to provide information to enable the GB to fulfil its responsibilities may be in breach of the code of conduct, and in these cases the GB could consider suspending the governor.