The main aim of the governing body is to maintain and improve its school's standards of education.  Its work can be divided into three key areas:

  • Setting the school's vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources.


  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher to support and challenge them in managing the school.


  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.


If you would like to contact any of our governors, you may do so via Mrs. Adams in the school office.

Meet the Governors


Mr J Garvey My name is John Garvey and I am 53 years old. I’m married with 2 children aged 18 & 19 years old. I became a parent governor in 2007 after my children had been at Pilgrim for 1 year. Once my children left Pilgrim, I became the Local Authority Governor and I am currently Chair of Governors. So, the 1 million pound question is: why did I become a Governor ? At the time I started on the Governing Body, I was a Metropolitan Police Sergeant. My wife and I had adopted our children at 5 & 6 years old prior to starting at Pilgrim. The adoption training that we had been through gave me an insight into dealing with children from many different backgrounds and when you add the 19 years of Police experience that I had attained, I felt that I could be of some use to the school, the children and parents/carers.  I also wanted to understand the mechanics of education and try to give something back to the community in which I lived.   

Throughout my years as a Governor, I have always strived to do the best for the children of Pilgrim and their families. As Chair of Governors, I would like to raise the profile of our Governing Body, so that Pilgrim parents/carers understand what we do and through that understanding, maybe consider joining the Governing Body. It’s time consuming, unpaid work, but the rewards can be found in the number of well-educated and well-rounded children that leave Pilgrim every year. The Leaving Ceremony for Year 6 fills me with pride every year. I’m also proud of the teachers, TA’s and volunteers who tirelessly work with the children at Pilgrim, so that they can flourish in a safe environment. Children get to experience life in all its fullness and in some small way, I hope that I have contributed towards that. 

Mrs J Larney  I wanted to be a Governor of The Pilgrim School tto help make a difference and fully support the fantastic staff. It is very rewarding to witness the children grow and progress as they move through the yearly classes. I firmly believe The Pilgrim School provides the very best education for our children. I am very passionate about my role as a governor and fully committed to it. 

Mr J Danielsen

Mr M Fitchet I am parent governor at The Pilgrim School and have 2 children who attend the school. I have been involved in various volunteer organisations before and want to share some of my skills I have learned from the corporate world and my previous volunteer work. Being a governor is an ideal opportunity to give back to the community and the school. You may also see my at St Matthew's Church helping out with the Messy Church program. I have experience in people management, Fire and Health and Safety. My responsibilities within the school are Health and Safety - providing support, monitoring and guidance.

Ms M Jeffreys I was for a couple of years a Governor to the old Borstal Manor School, prior to the amalgamation with the infants’ school. I then became a member of the temporary governing body which oversaw the “birth “ of the Pilgrim School, choosing its name and school uniform and having input into the actual completion of the building. It was an exciting time and the work which  has since gone into making the school what it is today is truly amazing. In my other life, I am a retired civil servant , Music Director of the Parish of St Peter and St Margaret, member of the Cathedral Voluntary Choir and  ex bell ringer. It is perhaps not surprising then that my main interest is supporting the school in its Christian vision and values.

Mrs K Taylor  As a parent of two children at The Pilgrim School, I became a Parent Governor in January 2018 and have taken on responsibilities for ICT/e-safety and Early Years. Outside of being a governor, I am a chartered engineering geologist by profession and have a background in science, project management and data characterisation.   As a parent I am passionate about achieving the best possible education and wider school experience for our children, ensuring their well-being, safety and development and that all children maximise their abilities and reach their full potential.  I very much enjoy my role as a governor and find the position both challenging and rewarding.  I wanted to be able to give back to my community and feel it is a real privilege to serve the school and local community by volunteering in this way.   

Mrs J Walker I have lived in Rochester for 7 years, and my two children attend St. Margaret’s at Troy Town School.  I have wanted to become more involved with the local community, and more specifically with my children’s school community, for some time.  I am therefore thrilled to have been appointed as a Governor, and I hope to be able to put some of the skills that I have acquired in my professional life as a solicitor and Civil Servant to good use as I develop in my role.  I am committed to ensuring that our children are confident, resilient and equipped with the skills that they need to ensure that they can take advantage of all of the opportunities that will arise throughout their education and beyond.  I believe that the foundation for this vision is a supportive, safe and diverse school environment. I look forward to working with the staff, children and Governors at The Pilgrim School.


      The Pilgrim School Local Governing Body 2018/2019 

Name Term of Office Type Appointed by Business Interests  Role
Mr J Garvey
01.12.2016 - 30.11.2020 Appointed Trustees


Pupil Premium, Sports Funding, Safeguarding,
Finance, SEND

Mr J Danielsen 29.09.2017 - 28.09.2021 Staff Elected None
Mr M Fitchet 04.01.2018 - 03.01.2022 Parent Elected Respect Safety - Health and Safety, Fire Risk (from 28.02.18) Health and Safety
Ms M Jeffreys 01.12.2016 - 30.11.2020 Appointed Trustees Governor at St Margarets at Troy Town (Sep 2017 - Dec 2018) SIAMS
Mrs J Larney
01.12.2016 - 30.11.2020 Appointed Trustees None Curriculum, Safeguarding
Mrs A Mepsted 01.09.2017 - Continuous Head Member of Rochester Diocese Board of Education

Ms K Taylor

04.01.2018 - 03.02.2022  Parent  Elected

AECOM - Employer
(from Oct 1994
STL (Business Training)
(from Jul 2005, partner owns)
9 Clients Web Services
(Jul 2005 - Jul 2018, partner owns)

Early Years, ICT/e-safety

 Mrs J Walker

01.02.2019 - 31.01.2023 Appointed  Trustees

Government Legal Department Employee (from Oct 2009)

Mrs J Perry

01.01.2014 - Onwards     

Clerk to Pilgrim MAT (from Dec 2016)
Clerk to SMATT LGB (from Sep 2018)
Clerk to St Marks (from Mar 2019)
Business Manager - Pilgrim MAT
(from Sep 2018)
TA - Pilgrim School
(from Nov 2007 - Dec 2018)

Mr T Aylward 01.12.2016 - 12.07.2018 Appointed Trustees Spouse - Member of Pilgrim MAT (from Sep 2016) Finance, ICT/e-Safety
Mrs R Galea-Baker (Vice-Chair) 17.12.2017 - 25.09.2018 Appointed Trustees Teacher at St Margarets at Troy Town (from Sep 2017) SEND, Safeguarding

Reconstituted on 01.12.2016



Meeting Attendance - 2018/19


% Attendance
Mr J Danielsen Y Y Y Y Y 100%

Mr M Fitchet

Y Y Y Y Y 100%
Mr J Garvey Y Y Y Y N 80%
Mrs M Jeffreys Y Y Y Y Y 100%
Mrs J Larney Y Y Y Y Y 100%
Mrs A Mepsted Y Y Y Y Y 100%
Ms K Taylor Y Y Y Y Y 100%
Mrs J Walker - - - Y Y 100%

Meeting Attendance - 2017-18

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