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Barming Pre-School and Primary School

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

Barming Pre-School and Primary School

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

Term 6 - Monday 3rd June to Friday 19 July! Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July are INSET days and we are closed to children.
Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary School
We are a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. There are currently 416 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
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.

Governing Body

Barming Pre-School and Primary School Governing Body comprises of a number of volunteers offering their time and experience to support, challenge, set and reach targets for the Headteacher and staff.


Most of the Governors with the exception of the Headteacher, serve a 4 year term. Our Pre-School Parent Governor serves a 2 year term.


Governors bring a wide range of knowledge, life skills and professional expertise to the Governing Body.


The full Governing body meet 6 times per year. This academic year 2023 to 2024 will be: 


  • Wednesday 27 September 2023

  • Wednesday 22 November 2023

  • Wednesday 24 January 2024

  • Wednesday 6 March 2024

  • Wednesday 8 May 2024

  • Wednesday 26 June 2024


Governors monitor specific areas including safeguarding, finance, achievements and teaching and learning. 


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 Pre-School and Primary School.


Our Safeguarding Governor is Rev Wil North.


Our Safeguarding Trustee is Mr Gavin Collins.

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


Headteacher: Mr Christopher Laker

I have been in the teaching profession for 20 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 School at a small School for three years before I became Head of School at Barming in 2016.   In January 2021 I became a Headteacher.   I have a passion for education and want the best education for each and every child who attends Barming Primary School.


Chair of Governors: Rev William North

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. 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.


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 Governor: Mrs 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.


Co-opted Governor: Mr Timothy Margrett

I currently work for the NHS managing community services and community hospitals across the county. As well as this, I am head of medical operations to a semi professional rugby club in Sussex. I have been fortunate enough to live and work all over the world which has provided me with some wonderful experiences to help build my knowledge and skills  which I hope to use within this role. 

I have 2 children in the school and feel passionately about continuing to improve the school and the experience for the pupils. Having the opportunity to work as a governor will allow me to do this and I can hopefully bring some skills and experience from my other roles to assist driving the school forward. 


Parent Governor: Mrs Kelly Jillians

I have two young sons at Barming Primary School.  Like any parent I want the best for them, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be a school governor and to assist the school in reaching its full potential.

I previously worked in Construction Engineering, and now run a limited company operating as an online retail store. For over two years I have assisted Barming Football Club with their Barming Buds football team, I now also assist my husband in managing one of the Under 7’s teams.


Parent Governor, Trustee and Safeguarding Trustee for the Trust: Mr Gavin Collins

I have always been keen to be involved in the local community and enjoy the role of being a Governor at Barming. I also work closely with Barming Youth FC running teams and helping with other elements of the club where I can. My children attend Barming and so feel well placed to work with the school on various matters and am also a Trustee of Orchard Academy sitting on the Premises and Finance committee.


Parent Governor for the Pre-School: Mrs Annabel Norman

I am the Head of Performing Arts at Wrotham Secondary School with a specialty of teaching Drama, I have worked at Wrotham for almost 10 years. I have two young boys, we moved to Barming 2 years ago with the hopes that our boys would be able to attend Barming Pre-school and Primary.

I have a passion for teaching and working with children and adults within the education sector. I have a particular love for the arts and what that can bring to a school and particularly students who can thrive in vocational subjects.


Staff Governor: Mrs Samantha Wade

Mrs Wade is one of our Year 5 class teachers. Please follow the below link to find out more...


Clerk: Dr Vanessa Stevens


Co-Chairs of the Trust are Mrs Anne Mailling and Dr Nigel Smetham. Find out more about them on our Trust website


Dr Nigel Smetham will take the lead on Health and Safety for Barming Governors as he does this role at Allington.

Governor Information:


Current GovernorsCategory & appointing bodyDate of appointmentTerm of officeOAT Board / Committee MembershipsDeclared business interests, professional memberships & other governorshipsRelationships to staffAny Other Interests
MrGavinCollinsParent Governor elected by parents16/12/20214 yearsTrust Board; Finance, Premises & Audit Committee---
MrYannickFohCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB26/06/20244 years----
MrsKellyJilliansParent Governor elected by parents16/12/20214 years-Director of Advance Classics LtdFriendship with Mrs Emma Matthews (Teaching Assistant at Barming Primary School)Employed at Barming Primary School (School Secretary); Treasurer of Barming Youth Football Club
MrChristopher JohnLakerHeadteacher appointed by Trust Board01/09/2016ex officio-Headteacher of BPS--
MrTimothyMargrettCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB24/01/20244 yearsPay & Personnel Committee---
MrsAnnabel LauraNormanParent Governor (pre-school) elected by parents20/10/20222 years-Teacher at Wrotham School--
RevWilliam WalterNorthCo-opted Governor appointed by Trust Board01/07/20244 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; son attends Barming  Football Club.
MrOliverSelfeCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB26/06/20244 years----
MsNatalkaSokolowskiCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB16/09/20204 years-Solicitor at Quills Solicitors (sole practitioner). Director of Quills Consulting Ltd (100% ownership). Member of the Law Society.Friendship with Sara Lewis (employed at Belmont Pre-School).-
MrsSamanthaWadeStaff Governor elected by staff04/05/20224 years----
MrsMaryWinderCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB14/11/20224 years-Magistrates Association--
Former governors (12m)Category & appointing bodyDate of appointmentTerm of office; leaving dateOAT Board / Committee MembershipsDeclared business interests, professional memberships & other governorshipsRelationships to staffAny Other Interests
MrAndrewCollardCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB28/09/20224 years; resigned 9/5/2024Pay & Personnel Committee---
MissKatherinePellattCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB13/11/20194 years; resigned 16/9/2023Finance, Premises & Audit Committee; Pay & Personnel Committee---
MrsLouisaWilliamsCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB16/09/20204 years; resigned 20/2/2024----

Governor Attendance:



LGB Meeting Attendance10 May 202327 Sept 202322 Nov 202324 Jan 20246 Mar 20248 May 202426 June 2024
YIn attendance        
AAbsence; apologies      
N/GNot 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 

  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School,
  • Belmont Close, Barming,
  • Maidstone, Kent,
  • ME16 9DY
  • 01622 726472