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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

Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary 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 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.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 94.9%
  • Year 1 94.9%
  • Year 2 95.6%
  • Year 3 89.5%
  • Year 4 95.8%
  • Year 5 95.3%
  • Year 6 95.5%
  • Whole School - 94.4%

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 Headteacher and staff.


All of the Governors with the exception of the Headteacher, serve a 4 year term and all have to complete a skills audit before being voted in.


The full Governing body meet 3 times per year. This academic year 2022 to 2023 will be: Wednesday 28th September 2022, Wednesday 25th January 2023 and Wednesday 10th May 2023.


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 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


Headteacher: Mr Christopher Laker

I have been in the teaching profession for 18 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 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.


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

I’m a certified accountant,  with experience in working for both small owner managed business to a multi-national listed company at senior management level.  I have managed large teams outside of finance and responsible for budget and forecast planning and monitoring.
I have a husband and a 5 year old boy called Matthew, who is now in Year R​.  I have lived in Barming for most of my life and attended Barming school myself (many years ago!).  I enjoy spending time with my son, going for walks in the woods with my son and crazy Cockapoo Puppy.  I am a fitness fanatic and love to exercise everyday. 


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 Andrew Collard


I was a governor at a junior school in Tonbridge for some years, where I eventually became Chair. I also took part in residential trips and after school clubs, that deeper involvement helping to inform my role as a governor.

Work commitments have recently changed, enabling me to take up a governor role again, and as my wife and I have recently moved to Barming, I am very pleased to be involved at Barming Primary.

I have been a civil servant for 40 years, the last 14 or so as a tutor on a graduate recruitment scheme for HMRC – so being in and around education is what I like to do!

My current responsibility is monitoring the website and focussing on Health and Safety.


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: 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.


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 GovernorsCategory & appointing bodyDate of appointmentTerm of officeOAT Board / Committee MembershipsDeclared business interests, professional memberships & other governorshipsRelationships to staff
MrAndrewCollardCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB28/09/20224 years---
MrGavinCollinsParent Governor elected by parents16/12/20214 years---
MrsKellyJilliansParent Governor elected by parents16/12/20214 years-Director of Advance Classics LtdFriendship with Mrs Emma Matthews (Teaching Assistant at Barming Primary School)
MrChristopher JohnLakerHeadteacher appointed by Trust Board01/09/2016ex officio-Headteacher of BPS-
MrsAnnabel LauraNormanParent Governor (Belmont) elected by parents20/10/20224 years-Teacher at Wrotham School-
RevWilliam WalterNorthCo-opted Governor appointed by Trust Board01/07/20204 years-Minister of Religion (Rector, Church of England). Chairman and Director: 54 The Goffs Ltd, Eastbourne (management company).-
MissKatherinePellattCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB13/11/20194 yearsFinance, Premises & Audit; Pay & Personnel--
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---
MrsLouisaWilliamsCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB16/09/20204 years---
MrsMaryWinderCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB14/11/20224 years-Magistrates Association-
Former Governors (last 12m)       
MrsAlexis IngramStaff Governor elected by staff21/10/20204 years; left 1/4/22-PPA Teacher at Barming Primary School-
MrDarrenJenkinsCo-opted Governor appointed by LGB22/09/20214 years;
left 21/7/22
-Self-employed: Absolute Cleaning Kent-

Governors Attendance:


LGB Meeting Attendance26 Jan 202211 May 202228 Sept 202225 Jan 2023
AndrewCollard  YA
AnnabelNorman   Y
SamWade YYY
YIn attendance     
AAbsence; apologies    
 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 

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