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 comprises 15 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

 

 From September 2020, the Governing Body will be operating the 'Circle' model, without Committees.  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 2019/20..

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)

Positions of Responsibility

2020-21

Attendance at FGB meetings 2019-20

Attendance at Team meetings 2019-20

Business and other interests declared as at September 2020

Sarah Buxton

Staff Governor

Staff election

30/9/20

29/9/24

 

tbc

N/A

N/A

Member of school staff

Keith Chilman

Co-opted

FGB

1/9/18

31/8/22

 

 Finance Governor

4 of 6

3 of 3 Client Director, Lloyds Bank. Spouse is employed by the school

Suzanne Farr

Headteacher

Ex officio

1/4/19

N/A

 

Headteacher

6 of 6

C & D 2 of 2

R & P 3 of 3

 None  declared

Sarah Faes

Co-opted

FGB

17/9/19

16/9/23

 

 

5 of 5

 2 of 2

Employee John Wallis Academy

Vicki Haffenden

Staff

Staff election

30/9/16

29/9/20

 

 

6 of 6

2 of 2

No interests disclosed

Gordon Hardwick

Co-opted

FGB

27/3/18

26/3/22

 

Finance Governor

6 of 6

3 of 3

No interests disclosed

Bucky Obidairo

Parent

Parent election

25/9/20

24/9/24

 

Tbc

N/A

N/A

No interests disclosed

Martin Pemble

Co-opted

FGB

27/3/18

26/3/22

 

Safeguarding Governor

5 of 6

2 of 2

No interests disclosed

Nicholas Rogers

Local Authority

FGB (LA nomination)

18/7/19

17/7/23

 

Co-Chair of FGB

1 of 6

 0 of 3

No interests disclosed

Maggie Sceal

Co-opted

FGB

28/11/19

27/11/23

 

 

3 of 4

1 of 1

No interests disclosed

Simon Steward

Co-opted

FGB

1/12/16

30/11/20

 9/1/20

 

0 of 1

1 of 1

 

Lisa Summers

 

Parent

Parent election

18/5/16

17/5/20

 

 

Co-Chair of FGB

 

6 of 6

 

2 of 2

 

Husband owns Capel Tree Services

Co-opted

FGB

18/5/20

18/5/24

Paul Venters

Co-opted

FGB

21/5/17

20/5/21

 

 

3 of 6

 3 of 3

No interests disclosed

Hannah Walters

Parent

FGB*

23/5/16

22/5/20

 

 

1 of 3

 

1 of 2

 

Susan Woods

Co-opted

FGB

4/7/17

3/7/21

 

Co Vice Chair of FGB,

H&S Governor

0 of 6

1 of 3

Employed by the Tanex Trust

Nicola Woodward

 

Parent

FGB*

23/5/16

22/5/20

 

 

Co Vice Chair of FGB, 

SEND Governor

6 of 6

 

2 of 2

 

No interests disclosed

 

Co-opted

FGB

18/5/20

17/5/24

 

*

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

GOVERNOR PROFILES

 

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.

Nick Rogers
Co-Chair

Details to follow

Keith Chilman

Co-opted Governor

Profile to follow

Gordon Hardwick

Co-opted Governor

My two elder sons both went to Capel 20 years ago.   We remember their time there fondly and looked forward to my younger two sons attending as well.  In the meantime I'd learned how important Capel Primary School is to the community and how important to children is a good start in education.  So when Thomas and Sidney were both at Capel 4 years ago I wanted to help, firstly by joining the PTA to raise money for the school, and then setting up a Maths Club to give a hand to pupils who wanted to improve in this key subject.  As I became more involved with the school it seemed that my professional experience in engineering, management and business improvement might help strategically as well.  I therefore became a governor in 2018.  My personal goals as a governor are to help place the school centrally in the community and to help it achieve "Outstanding" at the next Ofsted inspection.

Martin Pemble

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

I live locally in Laddingford, having moved to Kent 5 years ago following the birth of my first child.  I became a op-opted governor at the school 3 years ago, having initially been encouraged to support my local community by my employer, and have really enjoyed my time supporting the school to date.  I have worked in financial services for 20+ years, covering savings, equity compensation schemes and most recently banking where I have spent the last 10 years delivering multi-million pound business change products.  I am currently the chair of the Resources Committee and also have also chaired the Pay Committee.     At home I spend time with my partner and 2 children and enjoy exploring the Kent countryside when I get the opportunity.

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

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Sarah Faes

Co-opted Governor

profile to follow

Maggie Sceal

Governor

Profile to follow