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Meet the Governance Partners


Welcome to the Governance Partner's Section

At The Academy of Cuxton Schools we have a committed and dedicated Governance Partnership Body.  All Governance Partners work to ensure the effective management of the school, alongside the Head and her Deputy, and contribute a range of skills from a variety of backgrounds.  The relationship between the Governance Partners and the Head Teacher and staff is one of support and challenge.


Governance Partners are volunteers who serve a period of four years.  Our Governance Partners are often in school, formally and informally, keeping in touch with school life.  Our Governance Partners meet regularly throughout the year, either as a 'whole body' or in sub committees.


Governance Partners have some input on the following:

  • How the school budget will be spent
  • Long term plans and the direction of the school
  • School policies
  • Health and Safety, and the repair and maintenance of the school
  • The quality of provision for all children, and setting targets for improvement
  • Attendance
  • Staffing matters
  • Parental queries.


If you are interested in becoming a Governance Partner, or knowing more about the role, please contact the school office.

Tracy Enright – Governance Partner Chair – Parent Governance Partner

I have two children at Cuxton and, as of 2020, my daughter is in Year 3 and my son in Year 5. I became a parent governance partner because I am passionate about learning and want to play a role in ensuring the school gives all children the best opportunities to build a strong foundation to succeed in later life, whatever they choose to do.


I am a mature student at the University of Kent at Canterbury and currently completing my undergraduate course reading Sociology. I have a keen interest in how society and institutions, such as the education system, can have a real impact on children and families. Before I started at university, I was a freelance writer specialising mainly in parenting, child development, ageing, HR and business. When I left school, I started work with Kent Police as a Recruitment Clerk and stayed there for 24 years, until I was made redundant. My last role was HR Business Partner, where I provided advice and guidance to managers at all levels, supporting them in dealing with a wide range of HR issues including compliance with employment law, performance and absence management, recruitment and selection, grievances, disciplines and change management. In all my roles, I have been required to deal with sensitive or emotive subjects, take an objective view and constructively question/challenge where necessary, all with the aim of achieving the fairest and best solution for all involved. I aim to bring this approach to my role as parent governance partner.


Mrs Michelle Kagan - Vice Chair – PFT Appointed Governance Partner

I currently work for Medway council in the Early Help team. Previous to that I was the Home School Support Worker at the Academy of Cuxton Schools.  The reason I took on the role of a Governance Partner is because I have previous experience in various positions on Governing Bodies.  I was a parent governor of both schools in Cuxton when my children attended many years ago, and then as a staff governor when I was a member of the support staff.

In my last school I was a staff member of the governing body.  I enjoy the challenge of being a governance partner to ensure the best education for the children of the school.

Mrs Angela Street - PFT Appointed Governance Partner

I have worked in primary education for more than twenty years, initially as a class teacher and curriculum subject lead and then as a senior leader, I was until August 2018 the Deputy Head and Inclusion Lead at Cuxton Schools.

I believe very strongly that all children should receive the greatest possible educational experience. One that provides them with the opportunity to achieve the best of their abilities in all areas of the curriculum and school life, as well as preparing them for the future. I also feel very passionate about the children in school with additional needs receiving the essential support that they and their families need.

I feel very pleased and privileged to be able to work with other governance partners, senior leaders, staff and children in maintaining the school’s high standards and to help them to meet future challenges.


Mr Mark Joy - PFT Appointed Governance Partner

My name is Mark Joy and I have a son in the Academy of Cuxton Schools. I also have an elder daughter who has just started secondary school.  I have lived around the Cuxton Area for over 15 years.

I am a  Medway Councillor representing the Strood South Ward, serving on a number of committee's including the Children and Young Peoples Overview & Scrutiny Committee.  I am very passionate about ensuring that where possible our young people are given the best start possible.

During my business life I have lead and managed a number of different teams.  This included full budgeting responsibility within the business units run.  I have a great interest in Health & Safety and am IOSH qualified.


Miss Charlotte Hodder – Staff Elected Governance Partner
To be updated.


Mr Alex Brett - Staff Elected Governance Partner

My name is Alex Brett and I am currently a Year 6 teacher and the English lead at the Academy of Cuxton Schools. I have worked in schools for the last 6 years and last year I took on the role of Staff Governor. Before entering the teaching profession, I achieved a BSc honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Greenwich and also worked as a gymnastics and free running coach. As a child, my parents were foster carers; I grew up supporting children from a variety of backgrounds and have seen first-hand the effects a positive school experience can have. As a result, I am passionate about working with, and supporting, children to be the best that they can be. I hope that in my role as a Staff Governance Partner, I will be able to support the school in giving each child the best school experience possible.


Christine Darbey – Parent Governance Partner

My son Arthur started Cuxton in 2018.  The reason my husband and I chose Cuxton was because the school was all what we wished for for Arthur – fun, challenging, friendly and has real family and community ethics. 

The reason I wanted to become a Governance Partner was that as a working parent I tend to miss out on a lot of the little moments and would like to understand and help others have a voice about what we as parents can help benefit the school.

I have worked in Finance for 25 years and believe we can also bring together local companies and schools to show what each can help benefit each other.


Natalie Jackson – Parent Governance Partner

I have two children in the school, who joined in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Since then, I have enjoyed being very involved with the school, serving on the former Parent Teacher Association for 3 years, assisting in Forest School sessions for the following year, and regularly volunteering to accompany trips and lessons outside of school.

Before having my children, I was a HR and Procedural Operations Manager for an IT Solutions company, and a freelance web and graphic designer. I have qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Institute of Management, which I hope to be able to utilize to help maintain and develop the strong team at Cuxton.

I am currently a Parish Councillor for Cuxton and hope to forge closer links between the Parish Council and the school to continue our long history of cooperation and sharing of resources.



If you wish to contact the Chair of the Governance Partnership Board, please address your letter to:

Mrs. Tracy Enright (Chair of Governance Partnership Board)
c/o Governor Lead

The Primary First Trust
The White House
Clifton Marine Parade


DA11 0DY


Governance Partner and Board Attendance at Meetings/Business Interests

Governance Information:

Please follow the link for governance documentation, including (but not limited to):

  • Scheme of Delegation and governance specific roles
  • Structure on a Page
  • Terms of References