Mersham School
Governing Body

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

Declared Business Interests : None

Lead Responsibility : Safeguarding

To : 24.01.2028

“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.”

Headteacher: Cheryl Chalkley

Declared Business Interests : Three (see business interest link below for details)

Staff Governor: Natalie Fellows

Declared Business Interests : None

To : 26.09.2025

Co-opted Governor : Charlotte Francis-Finch

Declared Business Interests : One (see link below for details)

Lead Responsibility : SEND

To :  15.03.2028

I am an experienced teacher and qualified SENCo and have worked in a wide variety of educational settings, both mainstream and specialist, in all primary year groups; my roles within schools have included: class teacher; Head of Key Stage 1 and Early Years; SENCo, and School Governor. I have also worked as a Provision and Evaluation Officer for Kent County Council and as a specialist SEN teacher.

I am currently working as a SEND consultant for South East SENCo Support, an organisation that my business partner and I have co-founded, that provides specialist SEND support and advice to educational settings and families.

Small village schools hold a very special place in my heart and so I feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful family community.”

Foundation Governor : James Senior

Declared Business Interests : One (see link below for details)

Lead Responsibility : Vice Chair and Health and Safety

To :  27.06.2025

“I have lived in Kent all of my adult life mainly around the Canterbury and Ashford areas, having initially relocated to undertake further education. A career in construction has provided amazing opportunities to be involved in some of the great structures to be created in the UK and further afield with a particular highlight of my career being the 4 ½ years as part of the senior management team delivering the New Wembley Stadium.

I am a keen sportsman, having only recently retired from playing hockey with Canterbury Hockey Club but have also enjoyed playing rugby, cricket, tennis and a variety of other sports throughout my life. The gentler demands of golf are now my main sporting passion. In my younger days I also enjoyed the challenges of the natural world and have scaled some of the tallest mountains in the world outside of the Himalayas, the most testing of these being the 6962 metre Aconcagua peak in the Andes.

I have been very fortunate in life and am now keen to contribute back into the local communities within which I live and hope to bring a wealth of experience to the role of Mersham School Governor to assist in continually improving the experience of everyone associated with the school, whether that be pupils, staff, parents or the wider community.”

Co-opted Governor : Rachel Curtis

Declared Business Interests : None

Lead Responsibility : 

To :  15.05.2027

Parent Governor : Rachel Walsh

Declared Business Interests : None 

Lead Responsibility : EYFS and Training

To :  21.05.2025

“My daughter recently started at Mersham primary which gave me an incentive to be more invested in her education and learning environment. I feel passionate about making her and her peers’ educational journey the best it can be. 

My background is legal operational management and project management within educational, legal, and healthcare sectors. I hope my experience can help contribute to the governing body to make Mersham primary the best it can be.”

Co-opted Governor : Judy Hawkins

Declared Business Interests : One

Lead Responsibility : 

To :  18.09.2027

Parent Governor : Kelly Plummer

Declared Business Interests : None 

Lead Responsibility : 

To :  29.11.2027

I currently have one child at the school, with another due to start in September.  Since May 2023, I have been spending time in the school on a weekly basis, working as a volunteer, mostly in the current year 4 class.  I very much enjoy the time I spend in the school and with the children.  I am privileged to have gained insight into what it is like to be a pupil at Mersham primary and to watch the school values in action.

I am committed to supporting our brilliant school and hope that as a parent governor,  I can help deliver the best educational experiences and outcomes for our children.