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Whitstable Junior School

Whitstable Junior School

Learning today for life tomorrow


 Welcome to the Governors page!

Below you will find pictures and short biographies of the members of your current Governing Body. Those of us who don't work at the school are local people with an interest in supporting the school to be the best it can be for the benefit of all the children. Our specific role is to monitor the schools progress towards delivering the schools plan and targets which we agree with the Head Teacher each year. We can offer ideas and advice based on our own experiences but we are not running the schools operation - that is Mrs Knoupe's job!

The school has made tremendous progress over the last couple of years and it is the Governors aim to help that journey continue!

You do not need any particular qualifications to be a Governor, just an interest in the school, enthusiasm to see the school continue to grow and a little bit of time (not much honestly!) to help that process. We currently have a couple of vacancies so if you are interested please get in touch via the school office.

Annie Knoupe


Sarah Amos
Associate Member

Kate Roy
Associate Member

Kirsten Collin
Associate Member


Beth Harris

Staff Governor
I grew up in Whitstable and studied Environmental and Biological Science at York Uni. I moved back to Kent in 1999 to teach in a range of school settings. I have been teaching for 19 years with a keen interest in anything scientific. I love living by the sea and being part of the WJS family.

Paul Brown
Co-opted Governor

Originally from Northern Ireland, I moved with my family to Whitstable in 2017 at which point, I'm thrilled to say, my little girl joined WSJ. I have been lucky enough to work extensively in both the private and public sectors throughout my career, everything from Goldman Sacs to The Cabinet Office and DfE, and currently, I am working with the UK's leading Children's Charity. As a co-opted governor, I am excited to be able to bring my skills and experience to supporting our wonderful school and look forward to working with parents, teachers and other governors alike in delivering on the vision and meeting our children's educational needs.

Megan Leggett
Parent Governor

Local Authority Governor

Jerry Hughes
Foundation Governor

Both of my two boys have enjoyed the school and excelled above all my expectations. Congratulations to WJS. In return, I want to try to give something back to this marvellous school and help to maintain its standards and become even better. I’ve a long background in strategic management and quality at both executive and non-executive levels, working principally in the third sector. I’m hoping that some of this experience will be of some use in keeping the school on track and achieving its aspirations.

Emma Slater
Parent Governor

I have three children and my eldest is currently in year 4 at WJS. Before having my third child, I was a primary school teacher for many years, which included leading the school in ICT teaching and learning. I currently run a playgroup at the Umbrella Centre and I feel very fortunate to be part of such a fantastic school and local community. I have a deep interest in all aspects of education and I keep up to date with current issues, particularly those relating to SEN. I am very happy to be a parent governor at WJS so I can help to support the school to deliver its aims to provide an excellent education for all of our children.‚Äč

Ged Smith

Originally from Yorkshire but has lived in Whitstable for 20 years. Now retired but worked mostly in the public sector for Royal Mail, the Ministry of Justice and briefly the Metropolitan Police running back office support operations. Likes all sport to watch and still plays 5-a-side weekly and does a bit of running and cycling (very occasionally!). Trying to learn to play the saxophone and speak Spanish.

Gary Edwards
Co-opted Governor

Sue Rogers
Hello, my name is Susan Rogers and I am the Clerk at Whitstable Junior School.  My job is to help the Chair to set agendas for the Governing Body, prepare for the meetings, take the minutes and file documents in relation to such.  It is helpful as I am a local Supply Teacher too so I have an understanding of the content of the meetings.  I have always lived in Whitstable and attended Whitstable Junior School myself so it is nostalgic to be back in a Clerk/Supply Teacher capacity.