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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 Chair in the first instance by email on  Philippa.Taylor@otford.kent.sch.uk

 

Meet our Governors

Governor Biographies

 

Pippa Taylor is the Office Administrator at Abstruct Consulting, an Engineering firm in Sevenoaks.  She has two children, both who attend Otford Primary School. Before starting a family, Pippa spent 10 years working as Advertising Sales Manager for 'The Independent', 'The London Evening Standard' and 'The i' Newspapers. She worked across all sectors but specialised in Education and Recruitment. Pippa was elected as a Parent Governor in 2017. She is currently Chair of Governors.

 

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. He lives in Otford and both of his daughters attended Otford Primary school.


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 Department for Education. Kathryn currently works in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service where she manages a large operational team of case workers. She has lived in Otford since 2011 and is involved with the local community as well as the school; delivering a craft club at Otford library. Kathryn was voted parent governor in 2019. Her daughter completed all her primary education at Otford Primary School and she is now a pupil at Weald of Kent Grammar School in Sevenoaks.

 

Paul Jackaman qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 with Deloitte’s, having obtained an honours degree in Business Maths from Kent University.  In a 25 year career primarily in banking and commodities he has spent time living and working in London, New York, Tokyo, Australia, Singapore and most recently Hong Kong where he was the Chief Financial Officer of a listed company, from where he recently returned and now lives in Eynsford with his wife and three daughters.  


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.

 

Hannah Drennan was born and brought up in the local area and her oldest daughter now attends Otford Primary School. She has worked in NHS management roles for nearly 15 years, with a particular focus on developing and improving services. She has advised executive leaders on strategic development, complex operational challenges, and regional planning, and has supported clinical and non-clinical teams to work collaboratively to adapt to operational challenges. Her work has included projects to improve wellbeing, engagement and experience of people who use health services, alongside supporting large scale organisational change and efficiency initiatives. Hannah is currently Vice Chair of Governors.

 

Catherine Logan has had 24 years experience as a teacher and leader in education serving in a variety of schools both primary and secondary. She lives in Kemsing, but is proud to be a Yorkshire woman. Catherine has a son in Year 9 at a local grammar school who is a keen sportsman; Captaining U14's at Sevenoaks Rugby Club and playing for Otford & Shoreham cricket club. She became a Governor in October and is keen to support her local primary school.

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 Chair of Governors, 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

Safeguarding, SEND, LAC, Pupil Premium and Sports Funding

 

 

Mr Simon Antoniou

Co-opted

 

Governing 

Body

11.9.19 -10.9.23

Finance

 

Mrs Hannah DrennanCo-optedGoverning Body11.9.19 - 10.9.23Vice Chair, Safeguarding 

Ms Philippa Taylor

Parent

Parent Body

13.12.17 – 12.12.21

Chair

Parent of Pupil

Ms Kathryn Nichol

Parent

Parent Body

22.07.19 - 21.07.23

 

 

Parent of Pupil

Mr Paul Jackaman     
      

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 GristockCo-optedGoverning Body7.7.15 – 6.7.19 F&R, Policies 
Mr Paul CluleyCo-optedGoverning Body14.7.15 – 13.7.19 (resigned 11.7.18)L., Data 
Mr Carl RobertsCo-opted Governing Body19.4.17 – 18.4.21 (resigned 11.7.18)Chair of Finance and Resources, S, Staffing, HTA 
Mrs Tula FitzpatrickLocal Authority GovernerKent County Council19.4.17 – 18.4.21 (resigned 18.9.18)S, F & R 
Mr Johan BjorklandParentParent body

2.12.16-1.12.20

(resigned

10.5.19)

L, ITParent of pupil
Rev’d Richard WorssamCo-optedGoverning Body2008 – Aug 2019L, Safeguarding 
Mr Jerry HansfordCo-optedGoverning Body5.12.16 - 4.12.20 (Resigned Dec 2019)F&R, Safeguarding 
Mr Christopher WoolardCo OptedGoverning Body19.4.17 – 29.9.20Chair, S, HTANone
Mr Colin ParksCo OptedGoverning Body19.4.17 – 29.9.20Vice-chair, S, F&R, Py, School Expansion and Health and Safety 
Mr Joseph KershawCo-optedGoverning Body15.05.19 - 25.11.20Safeguarding, Health and Safety 
Rev'd David Guest     

 

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