Our Governors

Royal Rise Primary's Governing Body is an elected body with legal responsibilities for the strategic direction and leadership of the school. The Governing Body meets termly to monitor how the school is progressing against its stated objectives (our School Improvement Plan).  The Governing Body is responsible to the Trustees of Cygnus Academies Trust.

Our Governors at Royal Rise Primary School have a variety of skills and backgrounds and they work closely with the Head of School to ensure high quality learning is accessible to all of our children, according to their individual needs. This is achieved by monitoring the children's results and learning progress, ensuring the school is a safe and welcoming environment, and delivering within the confines of the school's budget.

Our Governors all share the same purpose: to support and challenge the Head of School to ensure that our school delivers a curriculum that gives our children the skills and abilities needed to succeed in a challenging and fast moving world, delivered in a safe, holistic and enjoyable way that encourages our children into a lifetime of learning.

A letter from our governors

Below are some details about our Governors:

Who Are We?

Mel S

Mel Shackleton
Chair of Governors

I am a retired headteacher of an infant school in Tunbridge Wells so am delighted to continue my links with education in such a fantastic school.
I have lived in Tonbridge for the last 35 years and am married with three grown up children and a granddaughter.
Being a governor at Royal Rise is a great privilege and I enjoy coming in to school each week to hear children read and to meet with Mrs Griggs and the staff.
Royal Rise is a great place to be and I am looking forward to continuing on the journey to becoming ‘the best we can be’ with the staff and pupils.


Bob Walden (Co-Opted) - Vice Chair of Governors

Sarah Griggs (Ex-Officio) - Head of School

Fiona McGuire (Staff)

Julia Reilly (Staff)

Emma Jones (Parent)

Sophie Brigden (Co-Opted)

Peter Smart (Co-Opted)

Sally Taylor (Co-Opted)


The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair is elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

If you feel that you may have skills and abilities that may assist the Governing Body, or you have any questions, please contact us via the school office.