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The Governing Body

What do the Governors do in school?

All Governors take an active interest in the welfare of our school, even though many of them also run businesses of their own, or work in other capacities. The Full Governing Body meets every six weeks, usually during the final week of term.

All governors have three key roles (strategic development of the school, a critical friend to the Headteacher and accountability for the Head’s performance, the school’s performance and their own).

Our governing body is made up of the Headteacher, a staff member, 1 Local Authority governor, 3 parent governors (child in school and elected by parents) and 3 co-opted governors (based on skills audit)

Chair of Governors - Christine Hilson (Local Authority Governor)

Chair of Governors - Christine Hilson (Local Authority Governor)

I have been a governor of Langdon Primary School for almost nine years following my retirement from Kent County Council. I have seen the School go from strength to strength and value the opportunity to be a part of striving for excellence.
I was a teacher and Deputy Head before specialising in Special Educational Needs and finishing my career as a Provision Evaluation Officer which entailed looking at specialist provision, often in the private sector.
I have two grown-up daughters, a stepson and two grandchildren. I volunteer at Sandwich Library and enjoy gardening, crosswords and reading.

Acting Vice Chair - Christian Hough (Parent Governor)

Acting Vice Chair - Christian Hough (Parent Governor)

I have had the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of all the staff and the individuals that make the school continuously grow and improve. As parent of a child attending the school, I felt that it was important to make a contribution and put something back in. I possess skills and experience in several areas, which I feel can be utilised by the school to help support it’s objectives. These include budget management, training and creative writing. I am looking forward to supporting the team, utilising my experience in different areas and learning something new.

Headteacher - Lynn Paylor Sutton

Headteacher - Lynn Paylor Sutton

I have been Head Teacher and a governor at Langdon Primary School for six years.  I have thirty years of experience of working as a teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator and senior leader in Kent schools.  I have experience of working with Governing Bodies in primary and secondary schools in order to plan strategically for school improvement and it is a pleasure to work in this capacity again at Langdon.

Staff Governor - Emma Keem

Staff Governor - Emma Keem

I have been in teaching for 23 years and joined Langdon over 4 years ago. I am currently the Key Stage 1 leader within the school. My areas of expertise are literacy and Early Years education. I am pleased to be part of the Governing Body and look forward to participating in the strategic management of the school.

Parent Governor - Sam Worton

Parent Governor - Sam Worton

My daughter, Angel-Olivia, embarked on her primary school education at Langdon in September 2014. My background is predominantly marketing & promotions where I held the post of Marketing Manager for the duty and tax free shops in Folkestone and Cocquelles at Eurotunnel and then for Hellenic Duty Free based in Athens. I now work work full time as a PA to an executive team for a local manufacturing company. I am delighted to be part of the Governing Body and will strive to ensure this wonderful village school meets its full potential and strategic goals for the future.

Parent Governor - Emma Lyon

Parent Governor - Emma Lyon

I have recently left the teaching profession after 23 years as a Primary school teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, to enable me to work on our family farm. I have become a parent governor to help support the school through a period of huge change in education with the new National Curriculum and assessment process. I am keen on outdoor pursuits such as horse riding, camping and walking and I run an Explorer Scout group for 14 to 18 year olds.

Co-Opted Governor - Jean Stellyes

Co-Opted Governor - Jean Stellyes

I am delighted to have been co-opted onto the board of governors at Langdon School and look forward to learning more about the school and the pupils. I have been very impressed with the whole ethos of the school on my recent visits, both for the governors meetings and the Monday assembly.

My employment background has always been in the financial field and I am currently employed by the Citizens Advice Bureau. The skills I have acquired during my working life I hope will be of benefit to the school and I look forward to working with the governors and the staff to continue attaining excellent results and providing an environment to enable pupils to achieve their highest potential.

Co-Opted Governor - Gillian Bates

Co-Opted Governor - Gillian Bates

I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a Governor of such a wonderful school within the local community and am looking forward to getting to know lots more about all the staff and pupils and being part of the amazing things that are achieved.

I worked for many years in banking around the local area whilst raising my two daughters. I now support my husband in dealing with the financial side of his business.

I am looking forward to the exciting times ahead.

Co-Opted Governor - Diane Gardener

Co-Opted Governor - Diane Gardener

I am thrilled at becoming a Co-Opted governor of this exciting and important school.  Although my background is in theatre rather than education, I think life experience is as important and I look forward to learning, sharing and contributing towards the development and protection of the amazing pupils of this very special school.

Parent Governor/Co-opted Governor - Rebecca Simcox

Parent Governor/Co-opted Governor - Rebecca Simcox

Our Clerk to the Governors is Jackie Capell

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Code of practice for governors

Our governors have agreed to abide by the following code of practice:
code-of-conduct-sept-2016

If you wish to have copies of the minutes of Governing Body meetings please contact the school office.

Sub-commitees

The Governing Body is divided up into two Sub-comittees, the Curriculum and Resources Teams which each meet three time during the academic year. These groups deal with their areas of governance in detail, moving the school forward with vision and commitment.

We also have several disciplinary committees which deal with staff dismissal, pupil discipline and appeals. These meet when appropriate.

Resources Team

Christian Hough
Chris Hilson
Lynn Paylor Sutton
Jean Stellyes
Gillian Bates

Curriculum Team

Chris Hilson
Lynn Paylor Sutton
Emma Keem
Sam Worton
Emma Lyon
Dianne Gardner

Pupil discipline

Chris Hilson
Jean Stellyes
Gillian Bates

Staff grievance

Chris Hilson
Jean Stellyes
Gillian Bates

Staff appeals

Sam Worton
Christian Hough
Emma Lyon

Head teacher’s appraisal committee

Christine Hilson
Jean Stellyes

Governing Body Links:

www.governornet.co.uk – All types of Information for School Governors.

Governors Register of Business Interest – September 2016

Register of Business Interests 2-11-16

Call Jackie Capell our Office Manager on 01304 852 600

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