Mr J Forwood - Deputy Headteacher/Co-opted Governor
I am the Deputy Headteacher of the school and a member of all the Governing Body committees.I have been at the school since January 2011. I work very closely with Ms Barham and the rest of the Governors in driving the school towards 'Outstanding'. Prior to joining the school I worked at two other large primary schools in East Kent, and before having a career in Education I 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.
Chris Hedges is a Community Governor and Chairman of the Learning & Development Committee. He takes a special interest in the Mathematics and Expressive Arts Hubs and in the delivery of Coaching & Mentoring. He 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 School age and is consequently very interested in the most recent developments in the National Curriculum and teaching practice.
Mrs Emma Harrison - Co-opted 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.
Miss Lucy Buckett - Staff Governor
I am proud to have been asked as a teacher, to represent the staff on the school Governing Body. I started my journey as a teacher here at Birchington as an NQT in 2018, and am currently in my second year of teaching. Being a part of such a supportive and friendly school community makes this school a happy and positive one, not just for us as staff, but also for the children. It is clear that each member of staff here at Birchington wants the best for the children, and will go above and beyond to give them the opportunity to thrive and succeed.
I am excited to be representing the voice of the staff as part of the governing body, and look forward to undertaking a more active role in the school’s bright future.
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.
Mrs Annemarie Riordan - Parent Governor
My name is Annemarie Riordan and I am very pleased and proud to have been appointed as a Parent Governor. I have been a primary school teacher for thirteen years, all of which has been based within Key Stage 1. I have a passion for the early years and thrive on planning creative and engaging lessons for my pupils. I have many roles in my current position as a Year 1 teacher in a catholic primary school. I am the Maths coordinator in Key Stage 1 and I lead phonics across the school. I also take great pleasure in leading the school council, I enjoy giving the pupils a voice and involving them in the decision making that will impact on their education. I currently work 3 days a week because being a mum of two beautiful girls I want to balance my career with being a hands on parent. At home I love nothing more than arts and crafts with my daughters, we also love to investigate – I think secretly I want to be a scientist. I love to be outdoors, particularly in the sunshine, but you will often catch me in a pair of wellies. I am excited to take on this new role as Parent Governor at Birchington Primary and look forward to helping to drive the school’s vision of helping every child develop the skills and values they need to succeed and have the confidence to make a difference.
Mrs Samantha Stanton - Co-opted Governor
My name is Samantha Stanton and I am delighted to be working with the staff, children and Governors at Birchington School. I’m looking forward to spending more time at the school to understand how it can develop and improve upon the fantastic standards already in place.
I want to use my experience as a Chartered Accountant and business leader to help with the resources committee; to provide guidance on the best way to utilise the funds available and ensure the team at the school have the best facilities and an environment that helps to support the learning goals of the school. My family love living in the local area. We regularly go for walks and bike rides in Minnis Bay, which is a great place to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Our families favourite afternoon is spent catching crabs and rock pooling down by the sea.
Reverend Mark Ham - Vicar Ex-Officio Governor
My name is Mark, or Rev Mark, and I am Priest-in-Charge, the local Vicar if you like, of three of the churches in Birchington – All Saints’, St Thomas and St Mildred. I am here to help and support people of all ages spiritually and pastorally and I live in the Village. Our churches are here to show the love of God to all and everyone is welcome.
I want to be a Governor as I am passionate about education. A good education provides a firm foundation and the opportunities needed to aspire and flourish in life. Learning helps us all to grow, not just academically, but also spiritually, socially and mentally, and it equips us to contribute to the greater good of our wider community and society as a whole. I am excited about becoming part of our school in Birchington as a Governor as I want to support the Headteacher, staff, other Governor colleagues and all of its children, in the best way I can, to help it continue flourishing and in being the best school that it can be.
Before I was ordained, I was a manager within the National Health Service for 25 years and have experience in business and strategic planning and I am aware of the importance of effective governance and due diligence. As a priest I hope that I can offer prayerful and spiritual support to all within Birchington School. I am looking forward to working with all within the School and hope that I can make a useful contribution to its life.
Miss Felicity Stafford - Clerk to the Governors
I am Clerk to the Governors, and was once a teacher myself but I am retired now. I enjoy a variety of interests one of which is reading.