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Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors' section.

 

The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

 

The purpose of having a governing body is to:-
  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the head teacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

 

If you need to contact the Governors then please contact the Co-Chairs in the first instance by email on ben.harrison@otford.kent.sch.uk and Philippa.Taylor@otford.kent.sch.uk

 

Meet our Governors

Governor Biographies

 

Ben Harrison MBE is a civil servant who has worked in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Ben was awarded the MBE in 2013 for services to charity law. Ben has been a co-opted governor since 2011 and is currently Co-Chair of Governors. He lives in Otford and both of his daughters attended Otford Primary school.

 

Pippa Taylor is a full time mother to two children, both who attend Otford Primary. Before starting a family, Pippa spent 10 years working as an Advertising Sales Manager for The Independent and in newspapers in London. She worked across all sectors but specialised in Education and Recruitment. Pippa was elected as a Parent Governor in 2017. She is currently Co-Chair of Governors.


Joseph Kershaw was born, raised and worked for many years in Kent, he is now a Director of a multi-million design consultancy which provides engineering solutions across all sectors to the UK and Europe.
 
Joseph is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, the Society of Public Health Engineers, a member of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers, is registered with the engineering council, a Liveryman, a Freeman of the City of London and an active supporter of multiple charities.


Simon Antoniou is an Executive-level Commercial Leader with more than 15 years’ experience managing multimillion-dollar revenue cycles for a diverse range of businesses. Simon leverages a broad understanding of multi-sector market dynamics and stakeholder needs to meet and exceed commercial and behavioural objectives. With experience working for agile start-ups including rapid growth technology company Croud, he combines corporate experience with ‘real-world’ business building success to offer a broad business acumen and unique understanding of organisational drivers. 


Initiating his executive career in Australia with market leader P&G prior to his most recent career within the Business Consulting sector, Simon combines best practice commercial leadership and performance management experience with an entrepreneurial fire and passion for relationship development.  Simon's hope is to bring this balance of commercial savvy and creative capacity to help define strategies and solutions that support academic and financial governance outcomes at Otford Primary School.
 

Kathryn Nichol is a civil servant who has worked in the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and currently at the Department for Education. Kathryn has lived in Otford for several years and is involved with the local community as well as the school; delivering a craft club at Otford library and taking an active role in the PTFA. Kathryn has a daughter at Otford Primary School and was voted parent governor in 2019.


Helen Roberts is the Headteacher of Otford Primary School and has been in post since June 2016. Prior to this, Mrs Roberts was in leadership positions in a variety of schools in both London and Tunbridge Wells, these roles included being Acting Headteacher on two occasions, a Head of School and a Deputy Headteacher in two large primary schools.  She is also a parent with two children. Mrs Roberts has worked in many schools over the past 24 years, her first role was as a Year 3 teacher in her home county of Yorkshire.
 

The Circle Model

 

At Otford Primary School, we have a dedicated Governing Body which strategically supports our school. The Governing Body follows the circle model and meets six times a year. Governors work with the staff and the Local Authority to help secure the best possible education for the children and has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.


An agenda for each meeting will include all the tasks which the governing body is required to consider, and the governing body will ‘commission’ assignments or activities arising from the business of the meeting, which will be recorded in the minutes. 


In addition to ‘commissioning’ activities or actions on their behalf, the governing body has delegated monitoring activities to ‘monitoring pairs’ or ‘individuals’. This applies to statutory functions, and the priorities of the School Improvement Plan. 


There are three core functions of a governing body as reflected in OFSTED's inspection handbook are: 
•    Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring statutory duties are met. 
•    Holding heads to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening leadership; contributing to school evaluation. 
•    Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards. 

 

If you are interested in becoming a Governor at our school,  for more information please contact Mrs Roberts (Headteacher) or our Co-Chairs are Mr Ben Harrison and Mrs Philippa Taylor. Contact details for governors are available from the School Office.

Otford Primary School Governing Body Details

Name

Category

Appointing Body

Term of Office

Positions of Responsibility

Relationship to

School & staff

Ms Patricia Ferrus       TEP Clerk  

Mrs Helen Roberts

Headteacher

Ex Officio

1.4.16

 

Employee

Ms Tracey Balcombe

Staff

Staff

13.7.17-17.12.21

 

Training and Development

Employee

Mr Ben Harrison

Co-opted

Governing Body

19.4.17 – 18.4.21

Co-Chair, SEND, LAC, Pupil Premium and Sports Funding

 

 

Mr Simon Antoniou

Co-opted

 

Governing 

Body

11.9.19 -10.9.23

Finance

 

Mrs Hannah Drennan Co-opted Governing Body 11.9.19 - 10.9.23 Vice Chair, Safeguarding  

Ms Philippa Taylor

Parent

Parent Body

13.12.17 – 12.12.21

Co-Chair

Parent of Pupil

Ms Kathryn Nichol

Parent

Parent Body

22.07.19 - 21.07.23

 

 

Parent of Pupil

Mr Joseph Kershaw Co-opted Governing Body 15.05.19 - 14.05.23 Safeguarding, Health and Safety  

Previous Governors

Mrs Rachel Philips

Co-opted

Governing Body

12.4.13 – 21.4.15

 

 

Mr Paul Gaskin

Co-opted

Governing Body

12.4.13 – 7.7.15

 

 

Mrs Rebecca Wilde

Parent

Parent Body

5.12.14 – 13.4.16

 

 

 

Mr Rob Wilson

Co-opted

Governing Body

12.4.13 – 13.7.16

 

 

Mr James Wall

Co-opted

Governing Body

12.4.13 – 26.9.26

 

 

 

Ms Hannah Chalkley

Staff

Staff

07.13 – 07.17

 

L,

Employee

Mrs Marie Simms

Parent

Parent Body

2.12.16-1.12.20

 

F&R, Training

 

Mr Keith Gristock Co-opted Governing Body 7.7.15 – 6.7.19  F&R, Policies  
Mr Paul Cluley Co-opted Governing Body 14.7.15 – 13.7.19 (resigned 11.7.18) L., Data  
Mr Carl Roberts Co-opted  Governing Body 19.4.17 – 18.4.21 (resigned 11.7.18) Chair of Finance and Resources, S, Staffing, HTA  
Mrs Tula Fitzpatrick Local Authority Governer Kent County Council 19.4.17 – 18.4.21 (resigned 18.9.18) S, F & R  
Mr Johan Bjorkland Parent Parent body

2.12.16-1.12.20

(resigned

10.5.19)

L, IT Parent of pupil
Rev’d Richard Worssam Co-opted Governing Body 2008 – Aug 2019 L, Safeguarding  
Mr Jerry Hansford Co-opted Governing Body 5.12.16 - 4.12.20 (Resigned Dec 2019) F&R, Safeguarding  
Mr Christopher Woolard Co Opted Governing Body 19.4.17 – 29.9.20 Chair, S, HTA None
Mr Colin Parks Co Opted Governing Body 19.4.17 – 29.9.20 Vice-chair, S, F&R, Py, School Expansion and Health and Safety  

 

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