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

Barming Primary School

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

Welcome back to Term 1...We are a GOOD school (Ofsted May 2019) .......
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%


The Trust Board meet three times during the year.


They are responsible for:

  • The strategic management of the Trust, compliance with its articles and statutory requirements,
  • The challenge and direction of the performance and target setting by each Local Governing Body according to the agreed scheme of delegation,
  • Meeting the required outcomes of stakeholders across the academies.


The Trust will have two subcommittees: Finance and Premises Committee which includes the Audit Committee function, and Personnel Committee including Pay and Reward Committee function plus Well-being. 


Each Academy in the Trust has a Local Governing Body and an agreed scheme of delegation. There are differences in the degree of delegation between the Trust and each LGB due to the needs of the school and their Ofsted grading.   Parents will be represented on each Local Governing Body.


Mrs Shardlow

Meet the Trustees


Chair of the Trust (Member and Trustee)


Nigel Smetham (Chair of the Trust; Member of the Trust Finance Committee)

Experience: Senior manager at Southern Water Services with skills in staff management, budget planning and monitoring, leadership and chairing. Management of compliance, governance and assurance procedures. Responsible Officer for Allington Primary School under grant maintained status 1994 to 1998. 


Chief Executive Officer (Ex-Officio Trustee)


Jenny Young (Executive Headteacher and Trustee)

Experience:  31 Years in the teaching profession; experience of teaching across the keystages; leading Maths, ICT and English, Keystage leader in KS1 and 2, and Deputy Head experience at two large primary schools before becoming Headteaher at Lenham Primary School in January 2010. Jenny returned to Allington Primary School as Headteacher in January 2015 and became Executive Headteacher in July 2016.


Members of the Trust (Not Trustees)


Jo Dolton (Governor and Chair of Governors for 14 years until 2013 at Allington Primary School; Member of the Trust)

Experience: A primary school teacher, deputy head and acting headteacher mostly in Kent schools apart from 4 years in Germany with the British Forces Education Service. Director at Maidstone Indoor Bowls Club (a charitable company).


Julia Hayes (Governor of Allington Primary School Academy Trust since September 2015; Member of the Trust)

Experience:  Retired from teaching in July 2015 after 32 years as a primary school teacher in London and Kent covering all years from Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 2. Experience across a range of curriculum responsibilities and management posts including Deputy Head of a large Primary School, Key Stage 1 Leader and Inclusion Leader with specific responsibility for SEND across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team at her last school she  was a trained Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator and had responsibility for Pupil Premium.





Anne Mailing (Current role:  Vice Chair of the Trust and Chair of the Pay and Personnel Committee: Local Authority Appointed Governor at Allington Primary School)

Experience: recently retired Head of Governor Services at Bexley Council with experience of staff management, finance and budget planning and Governor training. She has in depth knowledge of governance legislation and procedure. Management of Bexley Council’s Clerking Service. She also has experience of school improvement and is a member of the London Coordinators of Governor Services.


Hazel Crittall (Trustee; Parent Governor, Chair of LGB – Allington and Member of Trust Pay and Personnel Committee)

Experience: extensive experience in all areas of recruitment, retention, employee engagement, training, development, mentoring and coaching within the private sector, underpinned by a good working knowledge of employment law. CIPD qualified, NLP Certified trainer with over 20 years’ experience in generalist HR, Management Development, Coaching, Mentoring, Team and individual training.


Paul Robertson BA (Hons) ACSI ACMA CGMA. (Trustee and Chair of Trust Finance)

Experience: a qualified accountant with over 17 years’ experience in the financial services sector. He has knowledge in a wide range of fields including financial control, management reporting, change management and strategy. Paul has two sons who attend Barming Primary School and is also a former pupil himself. 


Rev Wil North (Trustee and Chair of LGB – Barming) - Stepped up September 2018

Experience: 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.


Michelle Smith (Trust Business Manager) - Stepped down September 2019

Experience: Ten years' experience working for National Westminster Bank. She progressed through the departments including lending and securities to become a manager's assistant. Later joining a Primary School to become an HLTA ICT manager. This role encompassed teaching, monitoring the ICT budget and liasing with outside contractors and technicians. She is now currently completing the Level 4 NQV School Business Manager qualifications. 


Helen Crampton BEd (Hons) (Trustee and Chair of LGB – Barming) - Stepped down September 2018

Experience: a qualified Primary School teacher with 8 years experience as part of the school's leadership team she also holds qualifications in Leadership and Management, Lean Practises, Assessment and Adult Training.  She managed a large education department for 9 years and has experience of Lean working and change management.  As an independent consultant, she now works with organisations to improve internal processes and efficiencies and to train and develop aspiring and experienced managers. 
Both of Helen's children attended Barming primary school and are now in Secondary schools in the local area.


Meeting Attendance Records please follow link.

Please follow the link to the Trust Website for our Statutory Documents:


Statutory Documents

Executive Pay Summary

Trust Contact Details


Named Contact: Mrs J Young (Executive Head)


Trust Address:

Orchard Academy Trust

Hildenborough Crescent




01622 757350