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.

The Governing Body operates 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 2020/21..

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

2021-22

Attendance at FGB meetings 2020-21

Business and other interests declared 

Farah Brooks-Johnson

LA Governor

nominated by LA appointed by GB

20/5/21

19//5/25

 

tbc

1 of 1

tbc

Sarah Buxton

Staff Governor

Staff election

30/9/20

29/9/24

 

tbc

6 of 6

Member of school staff

Keith Chilman

Co-opted

FGB

1/9/18

31/8/22

 

 Finance Governor

7 of 7

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

Suzanne Farr

Headteacher

Ex officio

1/4/19

N/A

 

Headteacher

7 of 7

 None  declared

Sarah Faes

Co-opted

FGB

17/9/19

16/9/23

 

 

7 of 7

Employee John Wallis Academy

Vicki Haffenden

Staff

Staff election

30/9/16

29/9/20

 

 

1 of 1

N/A

Gordon Hardwick

Co-opted

FGB

27/3/18

26/3/22

 

Finance Governor

6 of 7

No interests disclosed

Bucky Obidairo

Parent

Parent election

25/9/20

24/9/24

 

Tbc

5 of 5

No interests disclosed

Martin Pemble

Co-opted

FGB

27/3/18

26/3/22

 

Safeguarding Governor

5 of 7

No interests disclosed

Nicholas Rogers

Local Authority

FGB (LA nomination)

18/7/19

17/7/23

 15/12/20

 

0 of 3

N/A

Maggie Sceal

Co-opted

FGB

28/11/19

27/11/23

 14/1/21

 

1 of 3

N/A

Lisa Summers

Co-opted

FGB

18/5/20 18/5/24

 

Chair of FGB 

7 of 7 Husband owns Capel Tree Services

Zita Villis

Co-opted

FGB

16/3/21

15/3/25

 

tbc

2 of 2

Employee of Capel Pre-School

Paul Venters

Co-opted

FGB

21/5/21

20/5/25

 

Chair, Pay Committee

3 of 7

No interests disclosed

Susan Woods

Co-opted

FGB

4/7/17

3/7/21

 

Co Vice Chair of FGB,

H&S Governor

3 of 7

Employed by the Tanex Trust

Nicola Woodward

 

PCo-opted

FGB

18/5/20

17/5/24

 

 

Co Vice Chair of FGB, 

SEND Governor

7 of 7

 

No interests disclosed

 

 

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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.

Keith Chilman

Co-opted Governor

I joined as a Governor in Sept ’18 and have welcomed the challenge of getting up to speed with the many plates that the team at Capel need to keep spinning.  My background is in commercial banking, so whilst at home with revenues, expenses, budgets etc., many of the wider school activities and teaching responsibilities have been eye opening.   Whilst my wife (Ruth) works at Capel as an HLTA, my starting point in terms of what I try to add is very much as a parent – and one that was impressed from the outset at the school’s caring, supportive approach to every child, whatever their skill set, whatever their background.  Both our boys (Oliver & Ben) thoroughly enjoyed / benefited from being at Capel Primary and my aim is that as many children as possible will look back positively at their time there. 

 

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

I have lived and worked within the Capel area for over 20 years and have had children at the school for 5 years now. I became a governor in 2018.

I was a police officer for 32 plus years, and a qualified teacher. Part of this is a desire to help and serve the community. This extends to the school which I have and will continue to do. Accepting and addressing challenges is a constant which I try to bring to this role. The school is at the heart of the community bringing together so many within the community. It’s a privilege to be on the governing board and help to move Capel Primary school ever forward.  

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 have been part of Capel Primary School since 1998 when I first joined as a member of the office team and as Clerk of governors.  I later became the School Business Manager and a staff governor.  I now work at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School but continue to play an active role in the life of Capel School.  I am very passionate that all children should be given the opportunity to achieve and aspire to fulfill their full potential.

Nicola Woodward

Co-opted Governor

I have been part of the Capel family since my daughter started school in 2012.  I joined the Governing Body the following year.  At that time, Capel was going through a period of change and it was a great opportunity to be part of their journey.  My son started at Capel 3 years later.  It has been a privilege to be able to give something back to the school and see it grow from strength to strength.  I have had several roles, supporting the SENCO, Chair of Learning and Development and latterly Co Vice Chair.  I can whole heartedly say that Capel’s family ethos, caring ways and passion to give to best educational journey they can to every child genuinely stands out for me. 

Aside from volunteering as a Governor, I have worked in a project based environment for the last 20 years.  I really enjoy being outside in the fresh air and I like to make the most of walking with the children and family dog.  I also enjoy the ‘back to basics’ of camping (although have to admit to being bit of a fair weather camper!).

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Sarah Faes

Co-opted Governor

I worked for 17 years as a credit and investment analyst in the City for several international banks. Whilst looking after my two children, I ran a small farm and apple juice business and then retrained as a teacher firstly working in primary schools, particularly in KS1 and I currently teach Business Studies from Year 9 to Sixth Formers.  I love reading, gardening, and walking my dog and believe passionately in the importance of education. As a Governor, I work to support the school leadership, pupils, staff and community to achieve the best possible outcome for the pupils.

Bukky Obidairo

Co-opted Governor

I joined the board in 2020 because I desired to play a small part in supporting the life chances of every child that was dropped off at the school gates every morning.
My day job is in business analysis so I’m comfortable with big-picture strategy setting as well as identifying key objectives and milestones to track success. With these, I hope to work with the school leadership in order that Capel might become and remain outstanding in all aspects.
Away from this, you will find me in the choir or spending time with my three boys who have all settled in nicely since joining the Capel family.

Zita Vallis

Co-opted Governor

I have been living and working in Capel for 30yrs.  I have 2 adult sons who both attended Capel Primary School and I am the Manager of Capel Pre-school.  I started volunteering at the Pre-school  25yrs ago and enjoyed it so much I went on to do training to become the manager.  I am enthusiastic when it comes to working with children and their families and have great connections with lots of the families living in and around Capel.  I feel passionate that all children have the need to have fun, laugh, play and learn to help them on their way to reach their final goals in life.

In my spare time I love to bake, read and spend time gardening.

Farah Brooks-Johnson

LA Governor

I was appointed as a Local Authority Governor in May 2021. Local authority governors are appointed to be a link between the LA (in our case Kent County Council) and its schools. I am also a Governor at Slade Primary School in Tonbridge. I have lived in Tudeley for 20 years and have two teenage children at local Grammar schools. My working life began as a Management Consultant for Accenture. I then worked in a number of Investment Banks in Technology and Strategic Development. I enjoyed a career break while my children were very young and worked in Admissions and Marketing at Somerhill from 2015 to 2019. I love gardening and reading. I look forward to making the best possible decisions to ensure a bright and successful future for pupils and staff at Capel Primary.