Ms Loraine Bant - Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor
Loraine is the Chair of Governors on the Governing Body and takes particular interests in the Christian and spiritual aspects of the school. She also takes responsibility for over-seeing Child Protection, Additional Educational Needs, Pupil Premium funding, E-Safety and Well Being within the school. This year Loraine is meeting regularly with the Communications, Spirituality and Science Hub Drivers to monitor their Hub’s progress against the School Plan. Loraine is Chair of the Governing Strategic committee but also attends the Learning and Development and Resources meetings.
Ms Kath Barham - Headteacher
Kath is the Headteacher of the school and as such is a member of all the Governor committees. She naturally has an interest in all aspects of school life and enjoys working with the pupils, staff, Governors and the larger school community. Kath has been at Birchington since April 2007 and has overseen many changes with the aim of making our school an outstanding one. Kath came to Birchington after being Headteacher of Sheldwich Primary School in Faversham for six years, before which she was Deputy Headteacher at the same school. Kath’s first teaching post was at Dame Janet Junior School in Thanet.
Mr Jonathan Forwood - Deputy Headteacher/Co-opted Governor
Jonathan is the Deputy Headteacher of the school and is a member of all the Governing Body committees. He has been at the school since January 2011. Jonathan works very closely with Ms Barham and the rest of the Governors in driving the school towards being ‘Outstanding’. Prior to joining us he worked at two other large primary schools in East Kent, and before having a career in education he worked in the City of London in various financial institutions.
Mr Stephen Hughes - Vice Chair of Governors/Local Authority Governor
Stephen is a Local Authority Governor and former pupil of the school. With a background in finance and systems, Stephen spent most of his working life in the travel industry as an International Tour Operator.
Mr Chris Hedges - Vice Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor
Chris is a Co-opted Governor and Chairman of the Learning & Development Committee. He takes a special interest in the Mathematics and Expressive Arts Hubs. Chris retired from teaching in 2008 having held posts as Head of Music and Head of Mathematics in Shropshire, and Headmaster in South London during a 40 year career. He is now devoting his time to Rotary service projects and was President of the Rotary Club of Westgate & Birchington in 2013. He is an active member of the Parish of All Saints, Birchington and is the organist at St. Thomas’s Church, Minnis Bay.
He has four grandchildren of primary school age and is consequently very interested in the most recent developments in the National Curriculum and teaching practice.
Mrs Margaret Hawkins - Foundation Governor
Margaret is a Governor who represents the Church of England in our school. She is often part of and regularly leads Collective Worship in school and at our local All Saints Church in Birchington. She also runs our ‘Thinking and Praying’ club. Like our other Foundation Governor, she takes an active part in developing and maintaining the pastoral and spiritual wellbeing of staff and pupils at Birchington Church of England Primary School.
Mrs Emma Harrison - Associate Governor
My name is Emma Harrison and I work for St Nicholas, School outreach team as the Specialist Teacher for Social Emotional and Mental Health. My job, when I’m not a school Governor, is to support the Nursery settings, Primary and Secondary Schools in the Canterbury and Coastal district. I am the Vice Chair of the Learning and Development group and meet regularly with the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Hub. I am a Governor of Birchington Church of England Primary School because I am interested in supporting school development. I particularly like to take part in a variety of school initiatives, such as Healthy School week and Enterprise week. I enjoy visiting the pupils and staff at the school and taking part in events such as church services, school fairs and Collective Worships.
Mrs Teressa McCloud - Staff Governor
I am delighted to be working at Birchington CE Primary School. I began working here on a supply basis in January 2016 with every intention of leaving at the end of the academic year. However, within just a couple of months, I realised how much I enjoyed being a part of such a friendly, supportive and cohesive staff. It was very evident that all the staff share the same ethos – that every child is unique and deserves the best that we, as teachers, can give. As a practising Christian, I have played a key role in supporting staff, particularly during turbulent times, in their personal lives. Staff prayer is now available weekly as a group prayer meeting and at other times on request. I am keen to continue to enhance the Christian ethos of the school for staff, pupils and parents. I have been actively involved in introducing prayer spaces across the school and currently support the Spirituality Team as a KS2 link. I have also put up several displays in prominent places and have introduced the children in KS2 to different ways to pray and worship. With regards to the curriculum I have supported the Communications Hub and currently lead the Computing Hub, ensuring that the curriculum and assessment fulfils National Curriculum standards. I am very open to trialling new ideas and enjoy developing those already in place. I strongly believe that children should be given opportunities to develop their learning; both in the classroom and in the wider environment. I am now at a point where I would like the opportunity to represent, speak for and support staff in a more practical role. I see being part of the governing body of the school as a privilege and very much look forward to playing a part in moving the school forward.
Mrs Jessica Soames - Parent Governor
My name is Jess Soames and I am pleased to be appointed as a Parent Governor. I have worked for a number of years in education with young people and have always loved seeing people discover their talents and reach their full potential. I currently work for a local church that runs many community projects. My role is in resources development as well as pastoral care. I look forward to how Birchington Primary will progress in the next few years and am excited to be able to contribute to that in a meaningful way. I love travelling, singing, art galleries and being outside in the sunshine with my children. I feel incredibly blessed to live in such a wonderful place by the sea.
Miss Felicity Stafford - Clerk to the Governors
Felicity is Clerk to the Governors, and was once a teacher herself but is now retired. She enjoys a variety of interests one of which is reading.