Governors

Welcome to the Capel Primary School Governing Body

You may be wondering who we are, what we do, why we do it, you may be interested in joining the Governing Body. Whatever your position you will have questions and we shall attempt to give some answers here, or at least point you in the right direction.

What do we do?

The role of a school Governing Body is to work with the school leadership to set the vision and strategic direction for the school. It is our role then to be the school’s ‘critical friend’ to provide support and challenge as the school work to fulfil the vision; meet their statutory obligations and most importantly continually improve the quality of teaching and the achievement of the pupils of the school.

Why do we do it?

We are all passionate about the education of primary age children as it is fundamental to their life-long learning. We are passionate about our local community and desire to see the children of our community served well by their school and to achieve their full potential. The role of governor is completely voluntary, we are therefore not motivated by financial reward, as there isn’t one! Rather, we are motivated by making a difference.

Who are we?

The Governing Body is made up of a mix of interest groups; age groups and skills and experience. Contributing to the group are skills in accountancy; company directors; financial advice; education; people development; local government; leadership and more. This gives us a range of interest groups that are represented, thus ensuring we do not have a bias one particular way. We also have a breadth of skills, knowledge and experience to draw on to be able to effectively challenge in the various areas involved in running a school effectively.

Can I be a governor?

The role of governor is voluntary and yet comes with significant expectations of performance from the Government through Ofsted. Yes, anyone can stand for the position of governor when a vacancy arises but you will need to ask can I give the level of commitment required to do the role well and to best serve the school. We shall advertise vacancies from time to time through this page of the website, adverts from the school and posted in the local community. These adverts will specify the particular skills we are looking to bring into the Governing Body at the time so that we can recruit to need. The role of governor, whilst a significant commitment, is a hugely rewarding and fulfilling one and it is wonderful to know one can make a difference to hundreds of children to set them up for a rewarding life.

 

GOVERNOR DETAILS

September 2019

 

The Governing Body of Capel Primary School comprises15 governors in total.  The membership is made up as follows:

  • 3 Parent Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Headteacher Governor
  • 9 Co-opted Governors

 

 The Governing Body operates through the Committee model, with  Resources & Personnel (R&P) and Curriculum and Development (C&D) Comittees. There was also one Strategy Team meeting during 2018/19.  Details of the current membership and all Governors ‘in post’ during the past 12 months are set out below, together with attendance for the year 2018/19..

Every Governing Body is required to establish and update a register of Governors’ business interests.  This means that Governors and Headteachers must register and declare business interests that might relate to their duties. The principle behind this arrangement is that neither Governors, Headteachers, or their spouses, partners, businesses or employers, should benefit financially from the involvement of Governors or Headteachers in decisions taken by a Governing Body or one of its Committees.  Declarations in respect of current Governors are listed below.

 

Name

Category/

Appointing Body

Start of Term of Office

End of Term of Office

Date of resignation (if relevant)

Team Memberships 2018-19

Positions of Responsibility

2018-19

Attendance at FGB meetings 2017-18

Attendance at Team meetings 2017-18

Business and other interests declared as at September 2018

Keith Chilman

Co-opted

FGB

1/9/18

31/8/22

 

 

8 of 8

1 of 2

Client Director, Lloyds Bank. Spouse is employed by the school

Suzanne Farr

Headteacher

Ex officio

1/4/19

N/A

 

All

Headteacher

3 of 3

Strategy 1 of 1

C & D 1 of 1

R & P 1 of 1

 

Vicki Haffenden

Staff

Staff election

30/9/16

29/9/20

 

C & D

 

6 of 6

2 of 3

No interests disclosed

Gordon Hardwick

Co-opted

FGB

27/3/18

26/3/22

 

R & P

 

8 of 8

3 of 3

No interests disclosed

Martin Pemble

Co-opted

FGB

27/3/18

26/3/22

 

C & D

 

7 of 8

3 of 3

No interests disclosed

Nicholas Rogers

Co-opted

FGB

18/5/17

17/5/21

 17/7/19

(change of role)

Strategy Team & R & P

 

4 of 8

Strategy 0 of 1

R & P 1 of 3

 

Nicholas Rogers

Local Authority

FGB (LA nomination)

18/7/19

17/7/23

 

R & P

Co-Chair of FGB

N/A

N/A

No interests declared

Simon Steward

Co-opted

FGB

1/12/16

30/11/20

 

Resources

 

6 of 8

3 of 3

Employed by Schools at Somerhill

Lisa Summers

Parent

Parent election

18/5/16

17/5/20

 

Strategy Team & C & D

Co-Chair of FGB

8 of 8

Strategy  1 of 1

C  & D 3 of 3

No interests declared

Chris Taylor

Headteacher

Ex officio

13/3/14

N/A

 31/3/19

All

 

3 of 4

Strategy 1 of 1

C & D 2 of 2

R & P 2 of 2

No interests disclosed

Paul Venters

Co-opted

FGB

21/9/16

20/9/20

 

Strategy Team & R & P

 Chair of R & P Committee

3 of 8

Strategy 0 of 1

R & P 2 of 3

No interests disclosed

Hannah Walters

Parent

FGB*

23/5/16

22/5/20

 

Strategy Team & C & D

 Vice Chair of FGB

5 of 8

 

Strategy 1 of 1

C & D 2 of 3

Headteacher/Governor, Platt Primary School

Susan Woods

Co-opted

FGB

4/7/17

3/7/21

 

R & P

 

2 of 8

1 of 3

Employed by the Tanex Trust

Nicola Woodward

Parent

FGB*

23/5/16

22/5/20

 

Strategy Team & C & D

Chair of C&D Committee

8 of 8

Strategy 1 of 1

C & D 2 of 3

No interests disclosed

 

*FGB appointment due to lack of nominations in parent election

Blue text indicates a Governor who has left the Governing Body within the past 12 months

GOVERNOR PROFILES

 

 

 

 

Nick Rogers
Co-Chair

Profile to follow

Lisa Summers

Co-Chair

I have been a Governor at Capel since 2016 and stepped up to Co-Chair in 2018.  

Out of my governing role I am a mother of four children, 3 of which go to Capel School.  Bringing up four children with busy lives means I have refined my organisation skills and my negotiation skills.  I also work as a palliative care nurse where compassion, care, outward thinking, problem solving and respect are key.  Prior to this I spent many years working with young children and held a Team Leader role, focusing of Safeguarding, inclusion and monitoring.  

All of these skills and my passion for every child at Capel to feel as happy, safe and welcome as my own children do, made me want to be part of the Governing Body at Capel. 

To be able to be part of the Capel team driving the school to be outstanding in every way is a privilege.

Hannah Walters
Vice Chair

I joined the governing body in 2014 as I felt my educational knowledge would support the school in its journey. I am a parent of Mia who has entered the world of teenagers and my son Nico who is currently at the school. I am the Headteacher at Platt CE Primary School and have been working in education for the last fifteen years. Over those years I have taught a range of year groups, led on different initiatives and worked in contrasting schools e.g. a small village school in Penshurst to a three form entry school in Dartford. I was part of the pilot for the Year 1 phonic screening and have led local authority training sessions.

I have been a governor at all the schools I have worked at and feel privileged to be member of the governing body at Capel school who has dedicated members that are working towards outstanding.

 

 

Keith Chilman

Co-opted Governor

Profile to follow

 

 

Vicki Haffenden

Staff Governor

I am  a member of the Learning and Development Team. I am a Higher Level Teaching assistant at Capel - usually working in year 6 and part of the Special Educational Needs team. I have worked at Capel since June 2000. I am married and have two children who both attended Capel.

 

 

Gordon Hardwick

Co-opted Governor

Profile to follow

 

Martin Pemble

Co-opted Governor

 

Profile to follow

Simon Steward

Co-opted Governor

Profile to follow

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Farr

Headteacher

I have been a part of the Capel Community for nearly 20 years, firstly as a class teacher, then as KS 1 Leader, followed by Deputy Head and now as Headteacher. One of the truly special things about our school is the way we work together as a community for the benefit of our children. Every decision we make has our children at it's heart. I am really excited to be leading this amazing school and working with such a dedicated and effective group of Governors.

Paul Venters

Co-opted Governor

Profile to follow

 

Susan Woods

Co-opted Governor

I joined the staff at Capel Primary School in November 1998 and was appointed School Business Manager in June 2011. I was Clerk of Governors from 1998 to 2013. As I wanted to continue being involved with the governing body I joined as staff governor in July 2013. I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my role, as I am very passionate that all children should be given the opportunity of a good education.

 

Nicola Woodward

Parent Governor

Profile to follow