The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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The Village Academy offers generic policies for its schools, which are reflected on this website. The individuality of each school’s context means there may be occasions when a school needs to include appendices to the main policy document in line with its own context. As a Trust, we continually review all our policies. Please click HERE to go to our Policies page.

Strategic management

As an Academy Trust, our Articles of Association determine our governance structure. For a copy of this and further information about the Trust's governance, including membership and attendance at governance meetings, please click HERE.

Further information relating to our local and Trust governance can also be seen on the DFE Website 'Get Information About Schools' (GIAS). Please click HERE.

Local Governance at Milstead and Frinsted school

Each school has a Local Academy Council, which comprise of the Headteacher, the Headteacher from another school within the Trust and a number of non-Trustee members.

Academy Councils are chaired by one of its members. They provide local challenge to the Headteacher using the published School Improvement Plan as a basis for their monitoring.

Milstead Academy council membership

Amanda Masters - Chair, Council appointed. Finance, Standards and data, training and development

Originally from Medway, I now live in Faversham with my husband.  I am a primary school teacher, who worked at Selling CEP School, then Petham Primary School (both part of The Village Academy) for nine years.  During this time, I worked as Teacher, Assistant Head, then Acting Headteacher, so I have a lot of relevant knowledge and experience to offer.  I wanted to remain a part of the group of schools that shaped me as a teacher, so I am proud to be a member of Milstead’s Local Academy Council.  As part of this, I regularly meet with Mrs Baker, providing both challenge and support to ensure high standards for Milstead’s children.



Katherine Baker - Headteacher

I have been part of the Village Academy Trust for 7 years and Head Teacher at Milstead for 5 years.  I am passionate about nurturing children, both academically and spiritually, with the aim of providing them with secure foundations for life.  I want to develop in our children an excellent education, self-confidence, independence, respect for others and a love of learning.

Emma Foord - staff representative


I am now entering my fourth year being part of The Village Academy, teaching Catkin’s Class (Reception year) at Milstead and Frinsted School.  As a teacher my goal is to enthuse and motivate children to become confident learners in a stimulating and nurturing environment. I strive to ensure children develop a love of learning, confidence to try new activities and to reach their full potential in fun and inspiring ways.  I am passionate about outdoor learning and learning opportunities within our local community, supporting and promoting the moral and spiritual development of each and every unique child.


Kathryn Shires -  parent elected.  Health and safety, website compliance

My name is Kathryn Shires and I am mum to Amelia who is currently in year 5. I have about 8 years of experience previously as a governor at another local primary school when my older children were primary school age. Since joining the wonderful community that is Milstead school I have been involved in the parent council and also running after school clubs. In the wider community I have been a scout leader for 32 years and currently I am group scout leader for the largest group in Sittingbourne. 


Julia Foxon -  parent elected.  Safeguarding, SEN, pupil premium and vulnerable groups.

I joined the Academy Schools Council as a parent member in 2018. I fell in love with the school as soon as my children started and I became an LAC member as I am passionate about ensuring Milstead School is the best that it can possibly be. I have worked as a teaching assistant in secondary schools since 2013 so have a good knowledge of educational procedures that I can apply to my LAC role at Milstead. I am also studying part-time for a degree in Creative Arts.

Phebe Chamberlain - Trustee appointed.  Christian distinctiveness and curriculum.

I've lived at Bluetown, Milstead for more than thirty years and our son and daughter attended Milstead School during the 1980s.  From 1990 until 2003 I worked in the school office and was also Clerk to the Governors.  I joined the Board of Governors as a Foundation Governor (a Diocesan Nominee) in 2004 and served as Chair from   2009 - 2012 during which time Milstead & Frinsted School joined with Lynsted and Selling Schools in the Village Federation and then moved to academy status.  Currently I am a churchwarden at Milstead  and do my best to ensure that our village church works with the school to promote our Christian values. My five grand children are aged from 3 - 13 so  I continue to have a keen interest in what goes on in schools.

Kathy Dowling -note taker




Join Us!

If you're interested in becoming a member of our Local Academy Council (local governance) or a Trustee, please click HERE, to go to the Vacancies page on The Village Academy Website for further information and an application form.

Day to day management

The Headteachers are responsible for day-to-day management of their school.