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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, 3 parent governors (child in school and elected by parents) and 3 co-opted governors (based on skills audit).  We currently have two governor vacancies.

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

Governor Membership Sept 2021

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 26 years and joined Langdon over 7 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.

Acting Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor) - Natalie Cross

Acting Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor) - Natalie Cross

I previously worked onboard the Dover-Calais ferries as a part of the Management team, focussing on customer service delivery.   I started my own business in the travel industry whilst on maternity leave 6 years ago.    I have many corporate and leisure customers, whom I put together trips for, make recommedations and provide excellent customer service.  I enjoy studying and am an advocate of continuous professional development.  I completed my MBA in 2012 and am currently undertaking some courses focussing on strategy.

I have twin daughters of Primary School age and am keen to use my expertise and knowledge to support Langdon Primary School as a Governor.
Parent Governor - Claire Long

Parent Governor - Claire Long

I taught in Kent primary schools for 17 years before leaving to spend time at home raising my three children. I have a keen interest in education, especially within the areas of early years and special educational needs and look forward to supporting the school as much as possible in my role as parent governor.

Co-opted Governor - Nicola Poulton

Co-opted Governor - Nicola Poulton

I have lived in Langdon for the past 14 years and my three boys all attended Langdon CP School so I was happy to support the school as a governor.

My career started within the RAF in personnel and when that ended, I left to work on cross channel ferries, working in various managerial/supervisory roles on board. With a keen interest in IT, I moved into grammar school IT support alongside studying computer science at the OU; teaching to help develop the computer science curriculum and delivering E-safety training to staff and students. After redundancy I went on to IT support in primary schools and finally, I now run a small e-commerce business.

My hobbies include sewing, conducting some lessons locally and cycling.

I hope my experience within these sectors will benefit the school in their future goals.

Parent Governor - Darren Jarvis

Parent Governor - Darren Jarvis

I bought my first home within Langdon parish in 2013. I was co-opted by Langdon Parish Council and now that my eldest child has joined the school I’m delighted to be appointed as a parent governor.

I’m a Chartered Management Accountant with over 10 years experience in the busy finance departments of some of the largest and most successful organisations; ranging from Dover-France ferries to broadline foodservice and the toys and hobbies sector. I currently serve on the operational board of a local Science and Business Park as Financial Controller, managing the Finance team and various improvement projects. I am very much looking forward to applying my skills and experience to the school’s strategic goals.

Clerk to the Governors - Sarah Seymour

Clerk to the Governors - Sarah Seymour

  • I have 25 years’ experience of working in the Early Years Education Sector, owning and managing nursery provisions.   I enjoy teaching and developing others and have been an Early Years Assessor for a number of years. I have experience of governance acting as a Co-Vice Chair at a local primary school. My administrative and organisational skills support my role as Clerk to the Governing Body at Langdon Primary School. 
Chair of Governors - Antony Brenton

Chair of Governors - Antony Brenton

I am delighted to be appointed as a parent governor at Langdon.  My son joined the school in September 2017 and I wanted to become a governor to support the school, head teacher and staff in providing an outstanding, stimulating and supportive education to all pupils.  I have worked for 18 years in higher education at the University of Kent, currently managing a team of business analysts and IT software developers.  I am experienced in analysing issues, working with data and managing multiple projects.  I look forward to contributing to the school’s journey, ongoing success and strategic development.

Co-Opted Governor - Dorcas O'Dell

Co-Opted Governor - Dorcas O'Dell

Local Authority Governor - Christine Hilson

Local Authority Governor - Christine Hilson

Parent Governor - Noel Loughran

Parent Governor - Noel Loughran

Co-Opted Governor - Patricia Evans

Co-Opted Governor - Patricia Evans

Parent Governor - Sam Worton

Parent Governor - Sam Worton

Governor - Martin Clinton

Governor - Martin Clinton

I recently moved to River with my wife to be nearer to our sons and grandchildren and volunteered to be a governor at Langdon. I have forty years experience in teaching, almost exclusively in Kent and mainly in Primary schools where I was a headteacher for twenty seven years. I have extensive experience and qualifications in Educational Leadership and Management, Assessment and Evaluation and Learning and Teaching. I enjoy coaching and mentoring and working as part of a team. I hope to be able to help to build on the good work that has clearly made Langdon a successful school in academic terms as well as a thriving and caring community.

Code of Conduct for Governors

Our governors have agreed to abide by the following code of conduct:

CODE OF CONDUCT Sept 2020

 

 

Sub-commitees

We also have sub-committees which deal with things such as pupil discipline, staff grievance and appeals. These meet when needed or appropriate.

Pupil discipline  (Chair of Committee – Nicola Poulton)

Staff grievances   (Chair of Committee – Natalie Cross)

Bullying and harassment   (Chair of Committee – Natalie Cross)

Pay panel    (Chair of Committee – Nicola Poulton)

Staff appeals    (Chair of Committee – Claire Long)

Head Teacher’s Appraisal and Performance Management    (Chair of Committee – Nicola Poulton)

Governing Body Links:

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

Governors Register of Business Interests

Declarations-LangdonPrimary

 

 

Attendance at Meetings 2021-2022

FGB Meetings Attendance 2021-2022

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