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Mr Michael Dunton, Parent Governor


I am the Head of Geography at Benenden Senior (Secondary) School, a leading Independent Boarding School. My main responsibilities and expertise include teaching, leading/managing a team of teachers, budget management and resourcing. I have worked here for 7 years, and in my time I have been the scholars mentor responsible for all girls applying for Oxford or Cambridge university. Prior to working at Benenden, I worked at Kings School Rochester and Bexley Grammar School where I gained first hand experience of Ofsted inspections. I have recently been tasked with devising part of the SMSC provision for Benenden, which is something all schools in the UK need to provide. This includes British values and Citizenship. I have also been involved in liaising with state primary schools and independent prep schools on a number of projects.


As a parent governor, I hope to represent the views of ordinary parents at Governor meetings, since we all want the best education possible for our children. Stowting is a fantastic school, with a winning ethos and great team, which we are lucky to have found and retained. I have been involved with learning walks and work scrutiny reports relating to the Humanities and Sciences and have been very impressed with the quality of education and dedication of staff. I was a key member of the Head teacher panel and we feel all the hard work scrutinising candidates was eventually worth it, since it has meant we have waited for a very strong head teacher in Sarah Uden, who is driving the school forward.  


I am particularly interested in teaching and learning with a special focus on Geography, History and Science. I am also able to help with British values such as ‘democracy’. I also have experience of preparing School Development Plans within my own role. My motivation for being a governor is to support the Head teacher and teaching team to deliver the best possible learning outcomes for all of Stowing’s children, in spite of the challenging budgetary tightening that all schools have experienced in recent years. I am proud to be part of such a successful leadership, teaching and governance team delivering for Stowting.