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 Governors are Rev Wil North and Mrs Clare Hooper
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
Headteacher: 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 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.
I have recently retired from Barming Scouts and Guides where I was a Beaver Scout Leader for over 30 years. I am involved in an educational programme, visiting schools to increase awareness of the Youth Justice System and aim to prevent the young people getting involved in criminality. I have a particular interest in informing the students about the dangers of peer pressure within their age group. I have been a governor since November 2018 with special responsibilities for SEND and Inclusivity working with Mrs Stere.
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.
Co-opted: Mrs Louisa Williams
Co-opted: Mrs Clare Hooper
My five-year-old son attends Barming School, and we live in the local area.
I work for Kent County Council and provide businesses with legal and compliance advice on consumer protection issues. I also have experience of investigations, audits, legal processes, partnership working, commercialisation, and community safety projects such as reducing underage drinking and reducing economic crime. I am aware of safeguarding matters. I am personable, community spirited and ethical. Looking forward to working with Barming School. I am passionate about schools being a happy and safe place for both children and staff, with a supportive environment.
Co-opted Governor: Natalka Sokolowski
Although born and bred in the UK, I come from a Ukrainian family background. I am a Bristol University law graduate and a solicitor with over 30 years post qualification experience specialising in corporate and commercial law. I have run my own legal practice for 21 years. I am married, have one son in secondary education and have lived in Barming for 16 years. I am interested in all aspects of education but particularly in adult and child literacy in the UK. I regularly volunteer and for 5 years was involved with Chernobyl Children Life Line (Maidstone Link) - a charity seeking to promote the wellbeing of children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine in 1986. Currently I am involved with the Children of Kerala, a charity that has as its aim to support poor and disadvantaged families in Kerala, India thereby allowing children from these families to access and benefit from education.
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|
|Mrs||Clare Michelle||Hooper||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||16/09/2020||4 years||Member of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Son attends Barming Primary School.||-||-||-|
|Mrs||Alexis||Ingram||Staff Governor elected by staff||21/10/2020||4 years; previous term 1/7/16 to 30/6/20||PPA Teacher at Barming Primary School||-||-||-|
|Dr||Chantelle Naomi||Jay||Parent Governor elected by parents||29/10/2018||4 years||Employment: Forestry Commission||-||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||-||-||-|
|Mr||Christopher John||Laker||Head Teacher appointed by Trust Board||01/09/2016||ex officio||Head of School||-||-||-|
|Rev||William Walter||North||Co-opted Governor appointed by Trust Board||01/07/2020||4 years||Minister of Religion (Rector, Church of England). Chairman and Director: 54 The Goffs Ltd, Eastbourne (management company).||-||-||Connections with Barming Scout & Guide Group: children attend; works with Group in role as community leader.|
|Miss||Katherine||Pellatt||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||13/11/2019||4 years||-||-||-||-|
|Ms||Natalka||Sokolowski||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||16/09/2020||4 years||Solicitor at Quills Solicitors (sole practitioner). Director of Quills Consulting Ltd (100% ownership) and W3DL Ltd. Member of the Law Society.||-||-||-|
|Mrs||Louisa||Williams||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||16/09/2020||4 years||-||-||-||-|
|Mrs||Mary||Winder||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||14/11/2018||4 years||Magistrates Association||-||-||-|
|Former Governors (last 12m)|
|Mr||Paul Trevor||Davis||Co-opted Governor appointed by Trust Board||01/07/2020||6 months; resigned 10/9/20||Barming Football Club (son)||-||-||-|
|Mrs||Catherine Ann||Edwards||Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB||13/11/2019||4 years; resigned 9/9/20||Mother of owner of VR School of Dance||-||Mother of Mrs K Armstrong (Teacher and English Leader at Barming Primary School)||-|
|LGB Meeting Attendance||
|13 November 2019||29 January 2020||
|Not a Governor at that time|
Full Governing Body Minutes
For copies of Full Governing Body Minutes please ask at the office. We are no longer required to publish these online. Thank you