Barming Primary School Governing Body comprises of a number of volunteers offering their time and experience to support, challenge, set and reach targets for the Head of School and staff.
All of the Governors with the exception of the Head of School, serve a 4 year term and all have to complete a skills audit before being voted in.
The full Governing body meet 6 times per year.
Governors monitor specific areas including safeguarding, finance, achievements and teaching and learning. Please see below for a specific list.
Each and every Governor is committed to providing an excellent safe and happy environment for all pupils to enjoy and thrive during their time at Barming Primary School.
The local Governing Body was appointed on 20th July 2016.
Our Safeguarding Governor is Paul Davis
The named contact for the Chair of Governors is Rev Wil North.
Please send any correspondence for the Governors to:
Barming Primary School
List of School Governors
Head of School: Mr Christopher Laker
Staff Governor: Mrs Alexis Ingram
Experience: 14 years teaching a range of Primary year groups. Currently PPA teacher, covering lessons across Barming School throughout the week. Previous experience of middle management and senior leadership within a school and subject leadership of English, Maths, Creative Curriculum and Languages. I also have experience of coaching and mentoring.
Chair of Governors: Rev Wil North
Chair of Governors and Trustee of Orchard Academy
I have been an active governor since 2013. During that time, I have journeyed with the school through many challenges and changes, and held various roles. Currently as well as being Chair of Governors (a post I started Sept 2018), I am the link governor for EYFS, Key Stage Leaders and Pastoral Care. At Trust level, I also sit on the Board of Trustees, the Premises and Finance committee and Pay and Personnel Committee. I have great belief in Barming School and am committed to helping the school, its students and staff all grow to reach their full potential.
Parent Governor: Mr Paul Davis
I have worked at the Hundred of Hoo Academy as a teacher for over 20 years and my current position is Lead practitioner which involves the development of Teaching at the Academy which has primary provision. As our Academy has now several links to primary schools in the Trust I decided to become a Governor at Barming as I’m passionate about Education for young people and also have a daughter and son at Barming.
I was first elected on to the Governing Body as a parent Governor in September 2017 and have become a co-opted Governor in 2018. I want to ensure all pupils have first class educational opportunities throughout their time at Barming and personally I enjoy the challenges and successes the school has since it became a part of the Orchard Trust.
Parent Governor: Mr Darren Jenkins
My Name is Darren. I run my own Carpet Cleaning Business and am married to Laura. We have lived in Barming for 13 years and have 2 children our eldest son attended Barming School and is now in secondary school, Our youngest is in Year 3. I wanted to become a school Parent Governor, as I believe I can help the school to be the best it can be and to create a safe, happy & educational environment for the children.
Parent Governor: Dr Chantelle Jay
Co-opted: Mrs Mary Winder BDS.,JP.
As a Magistrate I am involved in a scheme visiting schools and adult groups to educate about the justice system,and prevent young people from being involved in crime. I also spend my time as the Deputy Chair of Central Kent Bench, which keeps me busy. I am an active member of Scouts and have been a Beaver Scout Leader in Barming for 29 years. I joined Barming Governors in September 2018 and am the Governor responsible for SENCO/Inclusion and Pupil Premium.
Co-opted: Ms Katherine Pellatt
I currently work at the Ministry of Justice, as a Civil Servant, part of a team that holds to account the department’s Arm’s Length Bodies that operate independently from, but are funded by, the government. Prior to my current role I worked in the National Probation Service for 12 years as a Probation Officer and Senior Probation Officer, both in the community (London and Maidstone) and at the cluster of prisons on the Isle of Sheppey.
I have lived in Maidstone for over ten years and I recently spent some time as mentor for a local school student, which made clear to me the importance of education and the impact that schools have on so many lives, even beyond those of its students. I want the schools in my local area to strive, to be the best that they can and to do so with authority and accountability.
Clerk: Dr Vanessa Stevens
Chair of the Trust Dr Nigel Smetham will take the lead on Health and Safety for Barming Governors as he does this role at Allington.
|Current Governors||Category & Appointing Body||Date of appointment||Term of Office||Declaration of Interests||Other Governorships||Relationships to Staff|
|Mr||Paul||Davis||Co-opted Governor appointed by Trust Board||01/07/2016||4 years||Barming Football Club (son)||None||None|
|Mrs||Catherine||Edwards||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||13/11/2019||12/11/2023||Mother of owner of VR School of Dance||None||Mother of Mrs K Armstrong|
|Mrs||Alexis||Ingram||Staff Governor elected by staff||01/07/2016||4 years||PPA Teacher at Barming Primary School||None||None|
|Dr||Chantelle Naomi||Jay||Parent Governor elected by parents||29/10/2018||4 years||Employment: Forestry Commission||None||Friendship with Dr Celia James (Teaching Assistant at Barming Primary School)|
|Mr||Darren||Jenkins||Parent Governor elected by parents||29/10/2018||4 years||Self-employed: Absolute Cleaning Kent||None||None|
|Mr||Christopher||Laker||Head Teacher appointed by Trust Board||01/09/2016||ex officio||Head of School||None||None|
|Rev||William||North||Co-opted Governor appointed by Trust Board||01/07/2016||4 years||Minister of Religion (Rector, Church of England). Chairman and Director: 54 The Goffs Ltd, Eastbourne (management company).||None||None|
|Miss||Katherine||Pellatt||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||13/11/2019||12/11/2023||None||None||None|
|Mrs||Mary||Winder||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||14/11/2018||4 years||Magistrates Association||None||None|
|Former Governors (last 12m)|
|Mr||Christopher||Brinn||Co-opted Governor appointed by Trust Board||01/07/2016||4 years resigned 12/9/19||Assistant Headteacher Borden Grammar School; Secretary of Barming Youth Football Club||None||None|
|Mr||Michael||Lawrence||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||23/01/2019||4 years; resigned 29/10/19||Employment: Managing Director. Partner/sole proprietor: Family Funeral Service. Director: Fairlawn Residential Home & Abacus Funeral Service||None||None|
|LGB Meeting Attendance||24 September 2018||14 November 2018||23 January 2019||
|13 November 2019|
|Not a Governor at that time|
Full Governing Body Minutes
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