The role of a trustee, governor or director is identical, in that it covers all aspects of the running of a school from a strategic perspective. This includes safe and responsible management of all areas of finance, ensuring that the education and well being of the students is paramount, that systems are in place to monitor progress of the students, training of staff, that risk assessments are appropriate and that Ofsted requirements are met. Because of the complexity and importance of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Finance individual trustees have responsibilities they then report any issues, changes or forward planning back to the board.

In the previous year there was 1 complaint.

Trustees including the Chair are appointed for a three year period, after which they can be voted on or off or resign. A potential new trustee will undergo a vigorous selection including a need for a C.V., references and a DBS check. Meetings are held once a term (6 terms per school year). Additional meetings are arranged as and when required.  To contact the Trustees please write to the school address below

or email

Clive Best

Chair of Trustees

Prior to retiring in 2015 I spent my working career as a Primary School teacher in both Kent and Oxfordshire, and working with all years within Key Stage 2. During my time as a teacher I have been responsible for Music, Mathematics and I.T. and a member of a Senior Management Team. I am currently a co-opted Governor at a school in Faversham.

John Gisbey

I am a councillor on Sandwich Town Council. I am retired from 30 years in the police service. My bachelor of arts degree is in criminology and educational issues. During my career I was a schools liaison officer responsible for 51 schools north-east Kent. I worked on the special investigation unit dealing with child abuse.  I was a law trainer to police recruits at the police training college where I gained my adult teaching qualification. I completed my service on the murder squad in an evidence gathering capacity. I have a son with learning difficulties whereby I have a particular insight into the whole spectrum of autism. I am a past president of the Rotary Club of Sandwich. Each year I organise the Rotary Boccia Tournament for East Kent. My hobby is music.  I host the St Mary's Folk Club, Sandwich. I look forward to the next three years with the Great Oaks Small School taking over the role from Janet Yapp and overseeing Health and Safety matters.

Date appointed: 2016

No interests declared

Roles: Health and Safety

Material interests: none

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