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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 runs a circle model and 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).

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

Membership 2023-2024

Headteacher - Lynn Paylor Sutton

Headteacher - Lynn Paylor Sutton

I have been Head Teacher and a governor at Langdon Primary School since 2010.  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 - Ryan Jones

Staff Governor - Ryan Jones

I’ve been a proud member of our school community since 2008, joining straight from University. My journey at this school began as a teacher in Year 3 and 4 before moving into my current role of Year 5/6 teacher in 2016.

Beyond my role as a classroom teacher, I enjoy taking  leadership responsibilities within our school as the lead for Writing, Computing, Science, and Physical Education, helping to shape our curriculum. I also enjoy supporting and coaching new teachers and staff in their roles within the school.

Chair of Governors - Martin Clinton

Chair of Governors - 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.

Co-opted Governor - Jane Allcock

Co-opted Governor - Jane Allcock

I was thrilled to be invited to join the governors at Langdon, as I was a parent governor over 30 years ago, when my two children were at the school.  It was much  smaller then!

For some years I taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in local language schools and at a local Public School. I qualified to teach languages in state schools in 1994 as  a mature student.  Prior to retiring, I was an Assistant Headteacher at a large, local secondary school. My role involved managing the non teaching and learning support staff, ensuring students were given the support they needed to achieve their best. I taught languages including English as a second language (ESOL). I have a Masters degree in Enabling Learning from Canterbury Christchurch College.

I love to travel and I always try to learn a few words in the language of a country I’m visiting. I enjoy the theatre and cinema. I’m a Dover Greeter too – one of a group of volunteers who offer to meet tourists and show them our town.
I look forward to supporting the school in its on-going success.
Parent Governor - Antony Brenton

Parent Governor - 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.

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 Hill

Co-opted Governor - Nicola Hill

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 - Ruth Fermor

Parent Governor - Ruth Fermor

I am delighted to be appointed  as a parent governor on the Governing Body of Langdon Primary School .  I have many transferable professional skills that I felt could benefit the governing board and have a keen interest and experience of safeguarding children.  Outside of my professional job role I have two young children and enjoy spending time with my family.

Clerk to Governors - Sarah Seymour

Clerk to 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. 

Staff Governor - Emma Keem

Staff Governor - Emma Keem

End of term of office

Co-opted Governor - Natalie Cross

Co-opted Governor - Natalie Cross

Natalie’s term of office was due to expire on 22 January 2023. 

Natalie no longer felt able to commit to the role of governor due to work and family commitments.

Code of Conduct for Governors

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

Governor code of conduct 2023-2024

 

 

Sub-committees

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

Head Teacher’s Appraisal and Performance Management    (Martin Clinton and Nicola Hill)

Pupil discipline  (Nicola Hill and Claire Long)

Safeguarding (Jane Allcock and Ruth Fermor)

Staff appeals    (Martin Clinton, Nicola Hill, Claire Long)

Staff Discipline, Grievances and Pay Panel   (Jane Allcock, Antony Brenton)

Governing Body Links:

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

Governors Register of Business Interests

Register of Business Interests-Langdon Primary School

Call Dee Howson our Office Manager on 01304 852 600

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