Learning Today for Tomorrow

Welcome to the Capel Primary School Governing Body

You may be wondering who we are, what we do, why we do it, you may be interested in joining the Governing Body. Whatever your position you will have questions and we shall attempt to give some answers here, or at least point you in the right direction.

What do we do?

The role of a school Governing Body is to work with the school leadership to set the vision and strategic direction for the school. It is our role then to be the school’s ‘critical friend’ to provide support and challenge as the school work to fulfil the vision; meet their statutory obligations and most importantly continually improve the quality of teaching and the achievement of the pupils of the school.

Why do we do it?

We are all passionate about the education of primary age children as it is fundamental to their life-long learning. We are passionate about our local community and desire to see the children of our community served well by their school and to achieve their full potential. The role of governor is completely voluntary, we are therefore not motivated by financial reward, as there isn’t one! Rather, we are motivated by making a difference.

Who are we?

The Governing Body is made up of a mix of interest groups; age groups and skills and experience. Contributing to the group are skills in accountancy; company directors; financial advice; education; people development; local government; leadership and more. This gives us a range of interest groups that are represented, thus ensuring we do not have a bias one particular way. We also have a breadth of skills, knowledge and experience to draw on to be able to effectively challenge in the various areas involved in running a school effectively.

Can I be a governor?

The role of governor is voluntary and yet comes with significant expectations of performance from the Government through Ofsted. Yes, anyone can stand for the position of governor when a vacancy arises but you will need to ask can I give the level of commitment required to do the role well and to best serve the school. We shall advertise vacancies from time to time through this page of the website, adverts from the school and posted in the local community. These adverts will specify the particular skills we are looking to bring into the Governing Body at the time so that we can recruit to need. The role of governor, whilst a significant commitment, is a hugely rewarding and fulfilling one and it is wonderful to know one can make a difference to hundreds of children to set them up for a rewarding life.

 

  

Anna Hamer - Chair

I joined Capel Primary Schools Governing body in October 2015 having previously volunteered within the school where my daughter Holly is a pupil.

I began my ‘Capel Journey’ by producing artwork in our communal areas, namely the Capel ‘Pupil Tree’ and the newly installed ‘Pupil Mosaic’ in our main foyer. I have also orchestrated competitions to help reinforce creative thinking and provided guest speakers to help broaden our pupils understanding.

I have worked in the Broadcast industry as a Motion Graphics Designer for over 17 years, beginning at ITV and for the past 15 years with BBC News. This is where my interest in education began, working on their ‘School Report’ project.

Now as Chair of Governors, I aim to assist the school in encouraging individuality and creativity as well as academic success.

I am proud to be able to work within a group of highly dedicated professionals whose main aim is to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils and raise our Ofsted rating from Good to Outstanding.

 

Hannah Walters - Vice Chair

I joined the governing body in 2014 as I felt my educational knowledge would support the school in its journey.   I am a parent of Mia who has entered the world of teenagers and my son Nico who is currently at the school.  I am the Headteacher at Platt CE Primary School and have been working in education for the last fifteen years.  Over those years I have taught a range of year groups, led on different initiatives and worked in contrasting schools e.g. a small village school in Penshurst to a three form entry school in Dartford.  I was part of the pilot for the Year 1 phonic screening and have led local authority training sessions.

I have been a governor at all the schools I have worked at and feel privileged to be member of the  governing body at Capel school who has dedicated members that are working towards outstanding. 

 

Robert Assirati - Co-opted Governor

I am a retired civil servant, with a career in IT and Project Management with experience in Finance and Purchasing.  I have also been a Company Director, a Chief Executive, a Non-Executive Director and the Senior Trustee of a major charity and professional body.  As well as chairing the school’s Resources Team, I run the Friends of Capel Church and help run the Capel Path Rangers.  I also run the Rambling Group of Paddock Wood U3A.  In 2012 I was awarded a CBE for my work raising standards in major government projects, and still provide advice to several government departments.

Helen Court - Co-opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2013. My daughter Harriet is currently in Year 3 at Capel Primary. I have been in the Police Service for almost 28 years. Since having Harriet I work part time in that role, and I also work for the Parish Council as the Finance Officer. I have also recently accepted the role of Treasurer of a Scout Group. 

On the Governing Body I sit on the Learning & Development Committee, and I also have responsibilities towards Safeguarding of Children and Health & Safety. 

June Darbyshire - LA Governor

I have lived in the Parish since 1950. Two of my grand sons were pupils at Capel. I am Chairman of Capel Pre School which is run at the village hall. I always welcome the liason between the pre school and Capel School

 

Vicki Haffenden - Staff Governor

I am Chair of the Learning and Development team and a member of the Strategy team.  I am a Higher Level Teaching assistant at Capel - usually working in year 6 and part of the Special Educational Needs team.  I have worked at Capel since June 2000.  I am married and have two children who both attended Capel. 

Wendy Hale - Co-opted Governor

 

Eleanor Morris - Staff Governor

I joined Capel in 2013 to undertake my first teaching job and am now in my third year of being Class 5 teacher. I joined the Governing Body in 2014 and have served on the Learning and Development team since. In 2014 I was appointed French Leader and, in 2015, became Literacy Leader, also.

 I am passionate about our school and dedicated to nurturing confident young people who love learning. Though we may be a small school, I firmly believe that we can think big. I am so proud to be a member of staff at this school and very excited to be a part of the future we are building for our school community.

 

Chris Taylor - Headteacher

I have the privilege of being the Headteacher of our village school. Through this role I work with a talented staff team to build confident and resilient learners, who are ready for our every changing world. I look to lead a school that is pioneering in its approach and focused on creating meaningful, real life learning journeys. I have been the Leader of Capel Primary School for over three years, previously I was the KS2 Leader at Capel Primary School and before that I worked as the Curriculum and Assessment Leader for Leigh Primary School. I am proud to be part of our united school community during this exciting time in education, we are a setting that looks to be ahead of the curve of change and I enjoy working as part of this Governing Body that is committed to making a difference. I feel successful when our students apply and link their learning skills to everyday and future experiences. This must be the purpose of education and I am fortunate to be constantly inspired by my current and former students, who demonstrate this in different ways each and every day.

Susan Woods - Co-opted Governor

I joined the staff at Capel Primary School in November 1998 and was appointed School Business Manager in June 2011.  I was Clerk of Governors from 1998 to 2013.  As I wanted to continue being involved with the governing body I joined as staff governor in July 2013. I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my role, as I am very passionate that all children should be given the opportunity of a good education.

 

Nicola Woodward - Co-opted Governor

GOVERNOR DETAILS

September 2016

 

CAPEL PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

GOVERNOR DETAILS

 

The Governing Body of Capel Primary School comprises15 governors in total.  The membership is made up as follows:

3 Parent Governors

1 Local Authority Governor

1 Staff Governor

1 Headteacher Governor

9 Co-opted Governors

 

 The Governing Body operates through the Two Teams model, with Strategy (ST), Resources (RT) and Learning and Development (L&D) Teams.  Details of the current membership and all members over the past year are set out below.

 

Every Governing Body is required to establish and update a register of governors’ business interests.  This means that Governors and Headteachers must register and declare business interests that might relate to their duties. The principle behind this arrangement is that neither Governors, Headteachers, or their spouses, partners, businesses or employers, should benefit financially from the involvement of Governors or Headteachers in decisions taken by a Governing Body or one of its Committees.  Declarations in respect of current Governors are listed below.

 

Name

Category

Start of Term of Office

End of Term of Office

Date of resignation (if relevant)

Team Memberships

Positions of Responsibility

Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-16

Attendance at Team meetings 2015-16

Business and other interests declared as at September 2015

Julia Arnold

Ass.Member

15.9.15

14.9.19

 

N/A

No voting rights given

N/A

N/A

No interests disclosed

Robert Assirati

Co-opted

18/12/13

17/12/17

 

Resources & Strategy

Chair Resources Team 2015-16

5 of 6

ST 3 of 3

RT 5 of 7

Owner and Director Sigma Projects Capel Ltd

Pete Bamford

Parent

1/11/11

31/10/15

24/3/16

All

 

1 of 3

ST 1 of 1

Owner, Capel Groundcare

Helen Court

Co-opted

18/12/13

17/12/17

 

L&D

 

3 of 6

5 of 6

No interests disclosed

June Darbyshire

LA

1/4/14

31/3/18

 

Resources

 

5 of 6

6 of 7

No interests disclosed

Linda Felmingham

Co-opted

7/1/15

6/1/19

 

Resources

 

5 of 6

3 of 7

No interests disclosed

Vicki Haffenden

Staff

1/9/12

31/8/16

 

L&D & Strategy

Chair, L&D Team 2015-16

4 of 6

L&D 5 of 6

ST 2 of 3

No interests disclosed

Anna Hamer

Co-opted

27/10/15

26/10/19

 

Resources& Strategy

Chair of GB

4 of 4

ST 2 of 2

RT 6 of 6

Husband is sole trader, Carbon Frog

Wendy Hale

Co-opted

5/10/12

4/10/16

31/7/16

L&D

 

5 of 6

4 of 6

No interests disclosed

Eleanor Morris

Co-opted

7/1/15

6/1/19

 

L&D

 

6 of 6

5 of 6

Member of staff at the school

Paul  Nightingale

Parent

22/10/14

21/10/18

30/3/16

Resources & Strategy

 

1 of 4

ST 1 of 1

RT 0 of 4

N/A

Lisa Summers

Parent

18/5/16

17/5/20

 

Resources

 

1 of 1

1 of 1

 

Chris Taylor

Headteacher

13/3/14

N/A

 

All

 

5 of 6

ST 3 of 3

L&D 6 of 6

RT 6 of 6

No interests disclosed

Hannah Walters

Co-opted

7/1/15

6/1/19

23/5/16

L&D & Strategy

Vice Chair of GB

5 of 6

 

ST 3 of 3

L&D 4 of 6

Headteacher/Governor, Platt Primary School

Parent

23/5/16

22/5/20

 

Simon White

Parent

1/11/12

31/10/16

13/4/16

Resources & Strategy

 

0 of 4

ST 0 of 1

RT 0 of 5

N/A

Susan Woods

Co-opted

4/7/13

2/7/17

 

Resources

 

6 of 6

7 of 7

School Business Manager

Nicola Woodward

Co-opted

18/12/13

17/12/17

23/5/16

L&D

 

6of 6

6 of 6

No interests disclosed