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Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

We are a 'GOOD' School - OFSTED: May 2019...We hope you all have a lovely half term and we'll see you all on Wednesday 4th November!
Welcome to BarmingPrimary School
Barming Primary School is a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 4 to 11 years old. There are currently 411 children on role.
A Message from the Head of School
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 97.2%
  • Year 1 99%
  • Year 2 96.9%
  • Year 3 99%
  • Year 4 97.3%
  • Year 5 96.7%
  • Year 6 97.5%
  • Whole School - 97.7%

Governing Body

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 Rev Wil North

The named contact for the Chair of Governors is Rev Wil North.


Please send any correspondence for the Governors to:


Barming Primary School

Belmont Close




ME16 9DY

List of School Governors

Head of School: Mr Christopher Laker

I have been in the teaching profession for 16 years, majority of my experience is in Key Stage 2 but I have experience of KS1 and EYFS  as a PPA teacher. I became a deputy head in 2009 and was Head of a small School for three years before I became Head of School at Barming in 2016.


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

I have extensive experience in school and community links. I have further experience as a learning coordinator, with both the Forestry Commission and the UK Research Councils, bringing Science and Geography to schools and the public. I have a wide experience in project management and data analysis with 17 years in commercial and academic science research.  With my links to music in Maidstone, having been the Treasurer of the Maidstone Amateur Operatic Society, and currently performing with the society, I am keen to support Music within the school and ensure we provide a rich and broad curriculum for our children.

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.

Governor Information



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. 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 John Laker Head Teacher appointed by Trust Board 01/09/2016 ex officio Head of School None None
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). None None
Miss Katherine Pellatt Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB 13/11/2019 4 years None None None
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. None None
Mrs Louisa Williams Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB 16/09/2020 4 years 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 Paul Trevor Davis Co-opted Governor appointed by Trust Board 01/07/2020 6 months; resigned 10/9/20 Barming Football Club (son) None None
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 None Mother of Mrs K Armstrong (Teacher and English Leader at Barming Primary School)
Mrs Alexis  Ingram Staff Governor elected by staff 01/07/2016 4 years; term ended 30/6/20 PPA Teacher at Barming Primary School None None
Mr Michael Andrew 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  2019-2020


Sept 2019

13 November 2019 29 January 2020


April 2020





June 2020


June 2020




Paul Davis Y Y Y A X X Y X
Catherine Edwards   Y Y A Y Y A A
Alexis Ingram Y Y A Y Y Y Y  
Chantelle Jay Y Y Y Y X Y Y Y
Darren Jenkins Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Christopher Laker Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Michael Lawrence A              
William North Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Katherine Pellatt   A Y Y Y Y A Y
Mary Winder Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Y In attendance                 
A Absence; apologies              
X Absence                
  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