Monkton Church of England Primary School is a calm, happy and caring place that provides a Christian environment where pupils are made to feel special and respected as individuals. There are four mixed aged classes with 105 children on roll ranging from 4 to 11 years of aged.
The school was founded in 1872 and modernised in 2007 and has an excellent learning environment. In April 2019 Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools joined together to form The Federation of Minster and Monkton CEP Primary Schools.
The school promotes its Christian Foundation and is proud of its distinctive Christian values:
Trust, Friendship, Compassion, Forgiveness, Justice
We are supported by the Diocese of Canterbury and have close links with the village Church. We cherish our relationship with the local village and play a part in community life. The school uses the local Church for services at key points in the year and members of the clergy regularly lead Collective Worship in school.
The teachers are an exceptional team, who plan an inspiring curriculum for our children. They are all hard-working, dedicated and talented professionals. They are always looking for ways to improve and develop their teaching and the pupils’ learning. They are supported by experienced teaching assistants and a dynamic business manager.
It is our intention at Monkton School to cater for the all-round development of the child. We aim to develop self-respect, a knowledge and respect of others as well as self-discipline in behaviour and attitudes to learning. We value the traditional high standards in reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. We see knowledge as important but stress the value of learning through investigation and self-discovery.
Our school is a happy, stimulating environment where parents feel at ease to discuss their child’s progress so that learning becomes a partnership between home and school.
The school benefits from a dedicated Sports Specialist and visiting sports coaches. We currently have Football, Netball, Swimming and Cross country teams, who have won a number of sporting accolades over the years. The school choir takes part in the annual Festival of Song at Margate Winter Gardens.
The school has an active and supportive PTA who organise various events throughout the year. These include children’s Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt and Strawberry Fair; they also provide refreshments at all our school productions and community events.
The school benefits from an award winning Walking Bus. This year the bus celebrates its 10th Birthday and is run entirely by parent volunteers.
Mrs Victoria Solly
Chair of Governors
The Federation of Minster and Monkton CEP Schools Governing Body
c/o Monkton CEP School
Victoria Solly - Chair of Governors
Monitoring Responsibilities: Curriculum Monitoring Pair, Strategy Pair, Finance Pair
I have over 13 years of Governance, having previously been a staff Governor at the school I work at. I was originally elected as a Parent Governor on the Monkton CE Governing Body and played a pivotal role in the Federation of Minster and Monkton CE Primary Schools. Since Federation I have become Chair of Governors, a role that I am thoroughly enjoying and find incredibly rewarding. I am passionate about Governance and the role it plays in ensuring that the children in our care receive the best care and education possible. I bring a wide range of skills to the Governing Body, principally in my extensive skills and knowledge of all aspects of Primary Education, but in Leadership, School Finance and HR. The role of Governor can be a challenging and varied role, but I feel privileged to be able to work with both schools in ensuring that there is a constant drive for school improvement, enabling all children in our care to receive inspirational and aspirational school experiences which will provide them with solid foundations for their future.
Strategic Leadership of The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools
I have worked in education since I qualified as a teacher in 1987. Before becoming a Headteacher in 2004, I had several terms of office as a staff governor and now I sit on the Governing Body in my current role. As a governor, I was proactive on the various Governing Boards and committees I sat on over the years, and I gained much experience from this, working with many different people in many different settings.
I started as the Headteacher at Minster in September 2004, taking on the temporary Executive Headteacher role at Boughton-under-Bean and Dunkirk for 2 years in 2014, while they recruited for a substantive Headteacher. In 2017, I was pleased to start working with Monkton and we formally federated in April 2019.
I am delighted to work across our Federation, and have an excellent team of professionals at both schools, who are just as committed as I am, to the children in our care.
Our aim is to provide a high-quality educational experience, with a strong Christian ethos, allowing each child to develop as an individual, enabling them to flourish and live life in all its fullness.
Rev Richard Braddy - Vice Chair of Governors
Monitoring Responsibilities: Strategy Pair, Headteacher Appraisal, Finance & Resource ,Values Pair
I am the Vicar of four local churches including St Mary's Minster. With this comes being ex-officio Foundation Governor at Minster Church of England Primary School, Chislet Church of England Primary School and Monkton Church of England Primary School.
As a former teacher, I enjoy leading Collective Worship and I am passionate about creating strong links between the school and the church and helping the school maintain and develop its distinctive Christian values, ensuring these are shared through the whole school community.
Monitoring Responsibilities: Strategy Pair, Headteacher Appraisal, Finance & Resource, Safeguarding and Attendance
My name is George and I am a former Metropolitan Police Detective. Shortly after obtaining my long service and good conduct award I was medically discharged due to lower back and neck injuries sustained on duty.
I have spent many years investigating child abuse and was a specialist in Paedophilia in Scotland Yard’s Specialist Operations Department, Organised Crime Group. I was a regular Guest Speaker at Universities around the country and worked closely with the NSPCC London Investigation Team.
After my retirement I moved from London to Thanet with my wife and four children. Three of which started at Minster Primary School in years R,2 and 4. My wife and I became parent helpers. After a year I was asked to become a parent governor, the following year I became vice chair and the following year I became Chair of the Governing Body.
I became a Local Education Governor when a place became vacant to free up space for more parents to join the Governing Body. I sit on all of the governing body committee’s and represents the school at District and County meetings.
I am a curate and priest in the local group of village churches. I am very glad to have a role in supporting the school through membership of the governing body. I live locally, enjoy walking and beaches, and playing the piano. I am married with three grown up children.
Hub Responsibilities: Wider Curriculum, Values Pair, Attendance, Church School -SMSC
My name is Liz Shervington and I am a Foundation Governor. I became a governor as I am a member of the Parochial Church Council at St Mary’s in Minster. I feel it’s important to invest in the future of children also to foster the links with the local church and the school has an important role in the local community. I have two daughters, who are now in their 20’s, both attended the school. I live and work in Minster.
Joanne Guilder – Staff Governor Senior Teacher – Monkton CEP School
My name is Joanne Guilder and I am the Senior Teacher at Monkton CEP School. My role includes being the line manager to the Teaching Assistants, leading Maths, Computing and Forest School, as well as overseeing the Early Years Foundation Stage.
This is my thirteenth year of teaching at Monkton. I started teaching Key Stage Two in the Year 3/4 class for 4 years before moving into the Early Years Foundation Stage where I taught for 7 years. This is now my second year in Key Stage One where I teach Year 1/2. I feel very lucky to have worked in all three Key Stages since working at Monkton as this gives me a real overall of School life.
My passions involve staff and child well-being, hence leading and developing Forest School. I love seeing children in the outside area and including them in leading their learning. By having the Forest School on site it also gives children a sense of pride as they develop each area and set up activities for the classes that follow on from then – such as planting in the allotment and year 5/6 are currently building a fairy garden for the younger children and they have loved every minute of this (and so have I).
Through my involvement in Maths and Early Years I have been lucky enough to have already seen the strength and support that can be built by working together across the Schools. With my role as staff Governor I look forward to building these links in other subjects to build a larger team with the interest in making both Schools, staff and children the best they can be.
Nicky Sworder - Co-opted Governor
Monitoring Responsibilities : Inclusion ,Pupil Premium
My name is Nicky Sworder and my professional background is in Mental Health. I originally trained in London as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and later in Kent as a BACP Accred. Counsellor, specialising in working with children, young people and families. I set up a School Counselling service working in different Kent schools. I also worked as a supervisor and trainer, offering workshops related to children and mental health. After gaining my MSc I reduced my work load and for the past few years have been involved in research. Mainly in connection to school policies, the psychological and emotional wellbeing of pupils and the whole school community.
I am pleased to be part of the Governing body as a Co-Opted Governor and aim to voice the mental health perspective when discussing school issues. As a team I believe we share a common goal: to create a healthy, happy and academically achieving school.
Richard Knott - Parent Governor
My Name is Richard Knott I am a teacher and Head of a successful History department at a local secondary school. I have 8 years of teaching experience in a range of specialist and secondary modern schools. Currently I have the privilege of working for one of the most successful MAP trusts in the UK who deploy a collaborative approach to education across all Key stages affording me an overview of children’s education. I am a resident of Minster and have one child who attends Minster Church of England Primary School. I am proud to be a part of The Federation Governing Body and hope to offer my skills and competences to help drive standards across the Federation ensuring that all children achieve their potential.
Phil Vella – Parent Governor
My name is Phil Vella, I am a Federation Parent Governor and have lived in Minster for over 10 years with my wife and two children. My eldest is currently enjoying his time at Minster Church of England Primary School.
This is my first governor role and I’m very proud to have the opportunity to give my time and experience to this school and my community who have always been good to myself and my family.
I have worked in education for over 10 years, currently as an associate assistant head at a local secondary school but I’ve mainly been a teacher of maths that also supports teachers around Kent and Medway in improving their maths teaching. I have fulfilled a number of roles before teaching, most notably within British Telecom, Zurich Municipal and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Paul McCarthy - Head of School Minster CEP School/Inclusion Leader.
Committee Responsibilities: Member of Curriculum committee, Member of the Strategy committee
Karon Wilson - Head of Monkton CEP School/Inclusion Manager
Committee Responsibilities: Member of Curriculum committee, Member of the Strategy
My name is Karon Wilson and I am the Head of School at Monkton CEP School, I also hold the post of Inclusion Manager. I have worked at Monkton for 30 years, I live in the village and my own children previously attended the school.
During my career I have worked for Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire and Kent Education Authorities, starting my career in a residential school for partially deaf children.
Inclusion is a particular passion of mine and I have always worked in some capacity within SEND. I consider it a privilege to work with children and families in this role and hopefully make a difference to the experience and outcomes of these children.
Having worked in education for over 40 years I am even more committed than ever to provide each and every child with an education and learning experience that is broad, balanced and varied. I am a huge advocate of outdoor learning and in particular Forest School. I truly believe that children do and learn best when they are exposed to real life experiences and have opportunities to make links between their learning.
I look forward to working with the other Governors to ensure that both schools within the Federation continue to grow and flourish. It is an exciting time in the history of both schools and I truly believe that together we can become stronger and better able to serve our school communities.