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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

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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 414 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 95.5%
  • Year 1 93.1%
  • Year 2 96.1%
  • Year 3 95.2%
  • Year 4 92.8%
  • Year 5 92.5%
  • Year 6 97.7%
  • 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 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

Belmont Close




ME16 9DY

List of School Governors

Headteacher: 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.

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 3 year old boy called Matthew, who attends some sessions at Belmont pre-school​.  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: 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.

Governor Information:


Current Governors Category & appointing body Date of appointment Term of office OAT Board / Committee Memberships Declaration of business interests, professional memberships & other governorships Relationships to staff Any Other Interests
Mrs Clare Michelle Hooper Co-opted Governor appointed by LGB 16/09/2020 4 years - Employed by Kent County Council. 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 Pay & Personnel 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 Trust Board 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 Finance, Premises & Audit - - -
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). Member of the Law Society. Friendship with Sara Lewis (employed at Belmont Pre-School). -
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) -

Governor Attendance:


LGB Meeting Attendance29 April 202013 May 20205 June 202017 June 202015 July 202016 Sept 202025 Nov 202027 Jan 202110 March 202112 May 2021
ClareHooper     YYYYA
AlexisIngramYYYY  YAAY
NatalkaSokolowski     YYYYY
LouisaWilliams     YYYYY
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