MERSHAM SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY 2018 – 2019

The governors of the school meet at least once a term. They are a group of people drawn from the community, the school and the parents. The Headteacher is responsible to the governors for the leadership and management, behaviour and safety, teaching and learning, curriculum and safeguarding aspects of the school. 

Chair of Governors Lesley Caldwell 

To Mar 2020

Declared business interests: None

Lead responsibilities: Safeguarding

“My passion is good quality education and enabling all students to reach their personal best.

I have a long history of being involved in pastoral care and learning support for learning difficulties. In my last role as Assistant Principal at North West Kent College I was responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of Student Services, Additional Learning Support and Admissions functions over two main campuses, Dartford and Gravesend. I was also the designated person for the College Safeguarding responsibility.”

Vice Chair and Parent Governor Laurence Stock

To April 2021

Declared business interests: none

“With my daughter already attending Mersham Primary, and her younger brother likely to follow in her footsteps, I have a vested interest in making the school the best it can be. I have extensive corporate experience, having been part of Leadership teams for several national businesses, managing large teams and taking a strategic view to organisational development. Much of my career has been spent winning new business, and I hope to use these skills to attract additional funding for the school, and to maximise the use of its current resources.”

Headteacher Cheryl Chalkley

Declared business interests: none

Staff Governor Leah Sexton

To June 2020

Declared business interests: none

Parent Governor Barney O’Kelly

To November 2022

Declared business interests: none

I have four children at Mersham School in years five, two, one and reception so have a strong personal stake in making the school the best it can possibly be. My wife grew up in Mersham and was a pupil at the school. We also married in Mersham Church and have a longstanding relationship with the community.

I believe that every child, regardless of ability or individual needs, should have the best education and supportive school environment possible. I hope I can use my professional skills – having spent 20 years working in public relations and marketing roles in large, international businesses – to help the school become a place of learning in which the staff, children and parents have immense pride.

Foundation Governor and Lead Health and Safety Governor Richard Lavender

To May 2021

“Having been a pupil at Mersham Primary School and Ashford North School for Boys, I joined the Royal Air Force in 1957 as an Aircraft Engineer, served for twenty five years in many theatres across the globe before retiring to join the family construction business as its Financial Director. After eleven successful years with the company I decided the challenge and opportunity of the newly formed Eurotunnel Group was too much to resist. Hence in 1993 I joined Eurotunnel in the Train Crew Department, followed by positions in the Rail Control Centre, and then served as the Folkestone Terminal Manager before becoming the Property and Facilities Manager UK and finally Director of Property Services in UK and France.

After retiring from Eurotunnel I started my own Property & Safety Consultancy and remained an active Non-Executive Board Director of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. I am currently Chairman of the Board and sit on many business stakeholder groups throughout Kent. I have spent the last eight years introducing Young Chamber into schools across Kent hoping to improve employability skills for school leavers.

I have been a Governor at Mersham Primary School for the past two years and now begin to understand the complexity of our education system.

My interests are my family, and living life to the full and making the most of every day.”

Declared business interests: none

Co-opted Governor Alan Norley

To Nov 2019

Declared business interests: Managing Director of Transformation Through Education Ltd Director, Ospringe Children’s Centre Ltd

“I’ve worked in Education for 45 years – in teaching and managing schools; inspecting; advising; training teachers and headteachers. I am a National Leader of Governance and am Chair of Governors at both Challock and Ospringe primary schools. I care passionately about education and all young people having the opportunity and support to achieve their potential.”

Local Authority Governor and Lead SEND Governor  Sarah Dove

To Nov 2022

Declared business interests: Company Director of Phoenix Education Consultancy

“I have worked in education for other 15 years with a strong interest in inclusive education and Special Educational Needs.  I have had extensive experience in improving the quality of teaching and learning, coaching of senior educational staff and improving the outcomes of the most vulnerable students. “

Attendance and Pecuniary Interests: 2017 – 2018

Name/Type of Govenor

End of Term

DECLARATION PECUNIARY INTERESTS

ATTENDANCE 09.2017/

07.2018

Local Authority

 

 

 

Ms Sarah Dove

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.10.2022

17.09.2018

Education Consultant,  Pheonix Education Consultancy; Consultant for inclusion Expert Trainer for Education Training Hub

N/A

Co-opted

x 3

 

 

 

Mr Alan Norley

 

 

13.12.2019

Declared 07.09.2018

Managing Director of Transformation Through Education Limited; Director and Trustee, CARE Foundation Trust; Trustee, Sir Edmund Davis Memorial Trust

Member of GBs at Chilham Primary, Parkside Primary, Goat Lees Primary, St Edwards RCP Academy

FGB 2/4

T&L 1/2

Mr Roger Spicer

 

 

 

30.11.2019

17.09.2018

Director, SSL Endeavour Insurance; Director, Offo Bidoc

FGB 3/4

Finance 2/3

Mr Mick Taylor

 

 

 

30.11.2019

18.09.2017

Governor of Braeborne Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

FGB 2/4

T&L 2/2

Foundation x 2

 

 

 

Mrs Lesley Caldwell

(Chair of Governors)

 

 

22.05.2020

17.09.2018

FGB 4/4

T&L 2/2

Mr Richard Lavender

 

14.05.2021

17.09.2018

Director/Chairman, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

FGB 3/4

Finance 1/2

Parent x 2

 

 

 

Mr Laurence Stock

14.05.2021

17.09.2018

FGB 4/4

Mr Barney O’Kelly

 

 

 

12.11.2022

 

N/A

Head Teacher

x 1

 

 

 

Mrs Cheryl Chalkey

 

 

 

N/A

17.09.2018

FGB 4/4

Finance 4/4

T&L 2/2

Staff x 1

 

 

 

Ms Leah Sexton

 

 

22.05.2020

17.09.2018

FGB 4/4

T&L 2/2

Associate Members

 

 

 

Ms Sally Hanson (Deputy Head Teacher)

N/A

 

 

Mr Steven Dewey (School Finance Officer)

N/A

 

 

Mrs Christine Steel (Clerk)

N/A

 

 

Governor Attendance

GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE RECORD SEPTEMBER 2016 – JULY 2017

 

FGB ATTENDANCE RECORD

NAME

19.09.16

09.01.17

22.05.17

13.07.17

Average

Lesley CALDWELL

Present

Present

Present

Present

4/4

Cheryl CHALKLEY

Present

Present

Present

Present

4/4

Ruby DEO

Present

Present

Apologies

N/A

2/3

Philip GOMM

Apologies

Present

N/A

N/A

1/2

Christina GREENER

Present

Present

Apologies

Apologies

2/4

Sally HANSON

Present

Present

Present

Present

4/4

Richard LAVENDER

N/A

N/A

Present

Present

2/2

Alan NORLEY

Apologies

Present

Apologies

Apologies

1/4

Carrie PAGE

Present

Present

Apologies

Present

3/4

Leah SEXTON

Present

Present

Present

Present

4/4

Roger SPICER

Present

Present

Present

Apologies

3/4

Laurence STOCK

N/A

N/A

Present

Present

2/2

Mick TAYLOR

Apologies

Present

Present

Present

3/4

 

     

 

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE RECORD

NAME

17.10.16

23.01.17

15.05.17

 

Average

Cheryl CHALKLEY

Present

Present

Present

 

3/3

Steven DEWEY

Present

Present

Present

 

3/3

Philip GOMM

Present

Present

N/A

 

2/2

Christina GREENER

Present

Present

Present

 

3/3

Carrie PAGE

N/A

Present

Present

 

2/2

Roger SPICER

Present

Present

Apologies

 

2/3

Laurence STOCK

N/A

N/A

Present

 

1/1

 

    

 

 

 

PUPIL PROGRESS MONITORING (PPM) ATTENDANCE RECORD

NAME

24.11.16

02.03.17

 

 

Average

Lesley CALDWELL

Present

Present

  

2/2

Cheryl CHALKLEY

Present

Present

  

2/2

Ruby DEO

Present

Present

  

2/2

Philip. GOMM

Present

Present

  

2/2

Christina GREENER

Present

Present

  

2/2

Sally HANSON

Present

Present

  

2/2

Alan NORLEY

Apologies

Apologies

  

0/2

Carrie PAGE

Present

Present

  

2/2

Leah SEXTON

Present

Present

  

2/2

Mick TAYLOR

Present

Apologies

  

1/2