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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.....Thank you to all the children who attended FILM NIGHT and to the PTA for doing a fabulous job running it!
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 406 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 91.7%
  • Year 1 98.1%
  • Year 2 94.8%
  • Year 3 95.8%
  • Year 4 96.3%
  • Year 5 91.0%
  • Year 6 96.2%
  • Whole School - 94.7%

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 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

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 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

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 this September 2018 and am the Governor responsible for SENCO/Inclusion and Pupil Premium.


Co-opted: Mr Michael Lawrence

When the Chair of Governors called me to ask if I would be interested in joining the School Board of Governors, I did wonder what I could bring to the table. Other Governors are highly qualified and/or in excellent positions to provide help and guidance to the School. However, I’m a reasonably successful local Christian business man, with both a Care Home and Funeral businesses in the town. I remember that I enjoyed very much, my own experience at school in Aylesford and still count teachers there as my friends. I'd like to bring the skills I have from the business world to Barming Primary School to help provide a happy peaceful and stimulating environment for the pupils. I am also a local Rotarian and very used to putting the club motto “Service before self” into practice.  I will do everything I can to assist the School over the coming period of my Governorship.


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 Profession: Teacher None None
Mrs Alexis  Ingram Staff Governor elected by staff 01/07/2016 4 years PPA Teacher at Barming Primary School None None
Dr Chantelle 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 of School  appointed by Trust Board 01/09/2016 ex officio Head of School None None
Mr Michael Lawrence Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB 23/01/2019 4 years Employment: Managing Director. Partner/sole proprietor: Family Funeral Service. Director: Fairlawn Residential Home & Abacus Funeral Service 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
Mrs Mary Winder Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB 14/11/2018 4 years None 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




LGB Meeting Attendance 







24 September 2018 14 November 2018 23 January 2019


March 2019







Chris Brinn Y A A Y Y A Y A
Helen Crampton Y Y            
Paul Davis Y Y A A Y Y Y Y
Heidi Elvers Y Y            
Alexis Ingram Y Y Y A Y A Y Y
Chantelle Jay       Y Y Y A Y
Darren Jenkins       Y Y Y Y Y
Christopher Laker Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Michael  Lawrence         Y Y A A
William North Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mary Winder     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