Endeavour MAT

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys is part of Endeavour MAT, which has its own website to explain the overall strategic Trust structure. At local level however, each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB).

Local Governing Body

David strachanThe Scheme of Delegation for the LGB can be accessed here. The LGB has an important role to play in ensuring the strategic priorities of the MAT are implemented and is keen to ensure that every student should be given the opportunity to achieve the highest standards possible, both educationally and in terms of personal development during their time at the school.  The LGB closely monitors and supports the Head Teacher and the rest of the school’s leadership team to ensure they promote and set high expectations in all aspects of their work.  They test the school’s improvement planning and self-evaluation via termly full LGB meetings. All departments are required to produce their own evaluation of progress and achievement which informs their future planning.   As a responsible LGB the perceived outcomes of the whole school and each department is then cross referenced against external data and other information to ensure that the highest possible education is provided to all of our students.

As Chair of Governors I am proud to say that we have a committed and enthusiastic LGB comprised of people from diverse backgrounds whose concern is to ensure that the school is a safe and supportive environment for all.  We take our responsibility for safeguarding students very seriously and ensure that all the core social beliefs including equality, cultural, spiritual awareness, supporting our families and community are continually monitored.

Our own self-evaluation using data from RAISE online/ ASP, parental and student feedback together with what we observe in the classrooms and around the school supports our belief that Wilmington Grammar School for Boys offers a high quality education focused around the students.

Mr D Strachan

Chair of LGB and Trustee of Endeavour MAT

David Strachan, chairs the LGB at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys. To contact David Strachan, please email marking your message for his attention.

Governing Body

Term of Office

Appointed by

David Strachan (Chair of LGB and Trustee of Endeavour MAT)

Mr Strachan, an ex-pupil of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, has been a Governor of WGSB in excess of 20 years and is Chair of the Local Governing Body.  Mr Strachan is also a Trustee of Endeavour MAT.  Other governor responsibilities include being the Chair at a local primary School, St Paul's CEP, Swanley Village.  Mr Strachan has lived locally for many years and is able to supplement his educational experience with his local knowledge which can be invaluable in the role of Governing a local school.

31.10.19 - 30.10.25 Trust

Robert Reed

Mr Reed joined the Governing Body in 1996 for four years and again in 2001 to date. Mr Reed retired from Westminster City Council as an Assistant Service Manager and brings considerable expertise with regards to business management, licensing, health and safety and acoustics to the governing body. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Noise Abatement Society in 2012 for his work in noise control.

03.04.19 - 02.04.25 Trust
Stuart Harrington Mr Stuart Harrington joined Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in September 2021. He joins us after a lengthy career at another local grammar school, where he was Deputy Head for six years. An English specialist, Mr Harrington studied English and Drama at Birmingham University. Mr Harrington is a firm believer in the educational value of both scholarship and experiential learning beyond the classroom. He believes strongly that all children should be given opportunities where they know what it is to be part of a team, to experience failure and to overcome adversity. 01.09.21 Ex-Officio
Paul Dent I have had the pleasure of teaching history and politics at WGSB for the past three years. I have been teaching for nearly a decade across mixed ability and in the private sector. In a previous educational setting, I was also Head of History. My connections with Wilmington extend to my wife, Amy Dent, who is Head of Music at WGSG to my 18-month-old daughter who attends the local nursery. I am also a qualified nutrition consultant and spend my free time either in the gym or watching my beloved Manchester United. 02.11.21 - 01.11.24 Staff
Josie Sole My background is Environment, Social and Governance Management. I strongly believe in inclusiveness and that every child deserves the opportunity to fulfil their potential in academic, and extra curriculum activities to receive the best education possible. 21.01.22 - 20.01.25 Parents
Jill Hawkins

Jill Hawkins joined the Governors in 2023. She has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy which supported a long career within investment banking in the City of London.  In 2008 Jill took on new challenges; a degree in History and Philosophy of Art, as well as getting sidelined during its completion by the new ambition to train as a teacher of Mathematics – achieving both.  Jill taught Mathematics at Dartford Grammar School for a period of 6 years across all ages, and a maternity cover in the Mathematics department of Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. She is now Dartford Grammar School's Development Officer, running, amongst other things all fundraising and the increasingly successful alumni programme.

05.06.23 - 04.06.26 Trust
Tom Stevens

Originally from Cheltenham, Tom moved to Dartford in 2004 and has worked as a teacher of Drama and Head of Year at Dartford Grammar School for 20 years. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding pastoral care and support, as well as a highly developed understanding of school structures and curriculum planning. With his son having started in Year 7 in September 2023, Tom is keen to support his local community school and to offer his own expertise in supporting the students of Wilmington.

15.11.23 - 14.11.26 Parents
Naomi Takeda

Mrs Naomi Takeda joined WGSB from another local grammar school where she was Head of Year 11 and Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead. She has 17 years' experience teaching and leading English in both grammar and comprehensive schools in and around London. Currently halfway through an MA Education degree with Exeter University, Mrs Takeda is keen to develop and extend her own research and understanding of learning to enable all students to reach their full potential. Mrs Takeda enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog Albert, and horse riding in her spare time.

16.11.23 - 15.11.26 Staff
Sarah Habgood

Sarah has over 25 years’ experience working in trading houses and investment banks within the financial sector. She has a keen interest in supporting charities, in particular those that help the homeless. Sarah’s determination has always helped with her professional and personal goal and by being appointed a governor Sarah hopes to help the students become more confident and be ready for the exciting world that awaits them.

19.12.23 - 18.12.26


Historic Stepped down
Ms O Oluwasola 07.12.19
Mr S Baker 31.08.20
Mr P Riches 03.10.20
Ms T Burleigh 20.11.20
Ms K White 21.01.21
Ms B Rowson 28.05.21
Mr C Guthrie 31.08.21
Ms S Kenney 23.09.21
Mr J Cox 17.02.22
Mr S Ojobo 02.06.22
Mr L Ellis 30.10.22
Ms R Ogunkoya 28.06.23
Mr K Powell 15.10.23
Ms A Ogebule 10.01.24
Mr D Dowle 14.05.24


Josie Sole & Sarah Habgood Safeguarding
Tom Stevens, Jill Hawkins & Sarah Habgood Education / SEND / Pupil Premium
Josie Sole CPD & Development
David Strachan Finance
Robert Reed Health & Safety / Risk Management
David Strachan, Jill Hawkins & Paul Dent Leadership & Management

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys is part of Endeavour MAT. For Trust level information please visit: