Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

The Governing Body

The Role of Governors

Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards it’s set aims and objectives.

Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

The Governing Body of Harris Academy Rainham

The Academy is a member of the Harris Federation. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Federation, (Federation governance details and scheme of delegation can be found here), but much of the work of the Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body which is comprised of the Governors of the Academy. Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents or guardians of students at the Academy or by staff. The details of the Governors at Harris Academy Rainham are shown below.

The Chair of the Academy Governing Body at Harris Academy Rainham is Mr Dave Wellard

The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Martha Lopez who can be contacted on 01375 484580 or emailed at m.lopez@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk


Governing Body


Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Appointed as Business and
Pecuniary Interests
Meetings attended 2015-16

Mr Dave Wellard

01/09/2016 4 Years

Chair of Governors


Mr Gareth Stananought

01/09/2016 N/A Principal

Bentley St Pauls Primary School (Governor)

Ms Carolyn English 01/09/2016 N/A

Director of Secondary Education

None N/A

Sir Daniel Moynihan

01/09/2016 N/A

CEO of Harris Federation

Harris Federation N/A

Mr Ben Miller

01/09/2016 4 Years Vice Chairman of Governor, Chairman of F&GP Committee TBC N/A
Ms Tina Staple 01/09/2016 4 Years Sponsor Governor



Mr Rob Freeman 

01/09/2016 4 Years Sponsor Governor TBC N/A
Ms Victoria Thompson 01/09/2016

4 Years

Parent Governor TBC N/A
Ms Julie Seagroatt 01/09/2016 4 Years Parent Governor TBC