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Welcome to the Governor's Section

At The Academy of Cuxton Schools we have a committed and dedicated Governing Body.  All governors work to ensure the effective management of the school, alongside the Head and her Deputy, and contribute a range of skills from a variety of backgrounds.  The relationship between the Governors and the Head teacher and staff is one of support and challenge.

 

Governors are volunteers who serve a period of four years.  Our Governors are often in school, formally and informally, keeping in touch with school life.  Our Governors meet regularly throughout the year, either as a 'whole body' or in sub committees.

 

Governors have some input on the following:

  • How the school budget will be spent
  • Long term plans and the direction of the school
  • School policies
  • Health and Safety, and the repair and maintenance of the school
  • The quality of provision for all children, and setting targets for improvement
  • Attendance
  • Staffing matters
  • Parental queries.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, or knowing more about the role, please contact the school office.

 

Mrs Hannah Bayley – Chair of Governors – PFT Appointed Governor
 

I have two children, both of whom attended Cuxton Schools. I am passionate that all children are entitled to receive an outstanding education; not just in academic terms but socially and emotionally too. I believe that children deserve the very best we can give them, opportunities, experiences and access to as much knowledge and information as they can absorb, so that they are prepared for their next key stage in life. By becoming a Governor, I hoped that I could help enable and support the schools to evolve in this ever changing world of today and strive for excellence throughout, whilst maintaining the caring family ethos that Cuxton is known and loved for.


Mr Ian Chappell JP – Vice Chair – PFT Appointed Governor
During my business life I have worked for a large retail company of which I worked my way up into management and became a branch manager for the company and moved throughout Kent in this role. I then moved into the motor trade and became a parts manager of a large Land rover and Jaguar dealership in London it was at this point I became self-employed and owned my own retail business but due to my disability had to give this up in 2000.
 
I have been a governor for a good number of years within Medway; during this time I have held the position as Chair of Governors for a large primary as well as being part of the creation for what is now Rivermead School within Medway of which I am Chair. I have also been vice chair of the Hundred of Hoo secondary school as well as chair of Kingfisher Primary school in Chatham.
 
Currently I am Chair of a primary school in Chatham, Walderslade Primary and joint Vice chair at Cuxton Schools. I am a member of the Medway Governors Association and have been a part of the school forum and working parties within Medway. I was drafted in to St Helens in Cliffe when it was placed into special measures and took the Chair and worked for about 2 years in bringing it through this complex and difficult time to enable the school to be removed from this category.
 
Mrs Anna Benjafield – PFT Appointed Governor
My name is Anna Benjafield and I have a daughter in Y9 and my older daughter is a crew trainer for an International fast food chain. I wanted to become a governor to help enrich children's lives and help every child to be treated as an individual and to give them a voice. For the past 13 years I have had a variety of roles in primary schools across Kent and worked across various year groups. I am currently working as an HLTA in a special provision for children with social, emotional and communication difficulties.  I want to be able to help in any way that I can by supporting the children, staff and being a link for parents. I feel that my personal and professional experiences have made me an understanding and questioning person.
During my career I have undertaken and completed a degree through the Open University, in Childhood and Youth Studies - this required discipline and determination, I feel that these qualities are enabling me to understand the varying needs of children and their complexities. I hope that by being a governor I can support the staff, children and be both a voice and ear for all.

 

Miss Charlotte Baker – Staff Elected Governor
My name is Charlotte Baker and I am Assistant Head teacher and a Staff Governor at the Cuxton Schools.
I have been a Governor for five years and currently sit on the Finance Committee. At Cuxton I lead on Assessment, and Teaching and Learning; I have enjoyed working closely with teachers to embed assessment without levels and have also thrived on improving the quality of teaching and learning within school. Since starting teaching, I have been extremely passionate about teaching maths. I love witnessing children being engaged in challenging maths problems and realising the importance of maths in everyday life. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my friends and family and using my holidays to see the world.

 

Mrs Michelle Kagan - PFT Appointed Governor

I currently work for Medway council in the Early Help team. Previous to that I was the Home School Support Worker at the Academy of Cuxton Schools.  The reason I took on the role of a Governor is because I have previous experience in various positions on Governing Bodies.  I was a parent governor of both schools in Cuxton when my children attended many years ago, and then as a staff governor when I was a member of the support staff.

In my last school I was a staff member of the governing body.  I enjoy the challenge of being a governor to ensure the best education for the children of the school.

 

Funso Adetola – Parent Governor

I have two children at Cuxton Infant School, one in reception and the other in YR2. My main motivation for becoming a governor is to actively support the school to ensure that it’s as effective as possible at delivering the best education and developing all the children at Cuxton schools.

I am a chartered accountant with several years of audit experience, with recent expertise in the academy sector. This enables me to bring my skills and experience in this area to the governing body of the Academy of Cuxton schools.

I will ensure I make a positive impact and assist the school in achieving and maintaining an outstanding status. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to support the school in its continued development and success.

 

Tracey Enright - Parent Governor

I have two children at Cuxton and, as of 2017, my daughter is in Year 1 and my son in Year 3. I became a parent governor because I am passionate about learning and want to play a role in ensuring the school gives all children the best opportunities to build a strong foundation to succeed in later life, whatever they choose to do.

 

I am a mature student at the University of Kent at Canterbury and I'm half way through my undergraduate course reading Sociology. I have a keen interest in how society and institutions, such as the education system, can have a real impact on children and families. Before I started at university, I was a freelance writer specialising mainly in parenting, child development, ageing, HR and business. When I left school, I started work with Kent Police as a Recruitment Clerk and stayed there for 24 years, until I was made redundant. My last role was HR Business Partner, where I provided advice and guidance to managers at all levels, supporting them in dealing with a wide range of HR issues including compliance with employment law, performance and absence management, recruitment and selection, grievances, disciplines and change management. In all my roles, I have been required to deal with sensitive or emotive subjects, take an objective view and constructively question/challenge where necessary, all with the aim of achieving the fairest and best solution for all involved. I aim to bring this approach to my role as parent governor.

 

Mr Mark Joy - PFT Appointed Governor

My name is Mark Joy and I have a son in Year R. I also have an elder daughter who has just started secondary school.  I have lived around the Cuxton Area for over thirteen years.

I'm a current Medway Councillor representing the Strood South Ward, serving on a number of committee's including the Children and Young Peoples Overview & Scrutiny Committee.  I am very passionate about ensuring that where possible our young people are given the best start possible.

During my business life I have lead and managed a number of different teams.  This included full budgeting responsibility within the business units run.  I have a great interest in Health & Safety and I am IOSH qualified.

 

Mrs Jordan Holcombe - PFT Appointed Governor

Info to follow

  1. Board Members – The Primary First Trust (PFT)

  2. Full Names

    Date of Appointment

    Term of Office

    Board Member Type

    Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests inc governance roles in other education institutions

    Date stepped down (if applicable)

    Attendance record at meetings:
    PFT Board Meeting 1.9.16-31.8.17

    Justin Smith

    18.10.13

    Ongoing

    CEO

    None Declared

    -

    3 out of a possible 3

    William Harwood

    18.10.13

    4 years

    Member and Chair of the Board

    None Declared

    -

    2 out of a possible 3

    Chris Foster

    18.10.13

    4 years

    Board Director

    None Declared

    23.3.16

    Reappointed 20.7.16

    3 out of a possible 3

    Andrew Spearman

    10.12.14

    4 years

    Member and Board Director

    School Governor – Harris Federation

    Senior Employee – A City Law Firm

    -

    3 out of a possible 3

    Steve Rumbles

    23.3.16

    2 years

    Board Director

    Managing Director - Rumbles Pension Services Limited

     

    2 out of a possible 3

    Sandra Connington

    4.11.16

    2 years

    Board Director

    Owner/Director - Sandra Connington Ltd

    School Governor - Somers Heath Primary School

     

    3 out of a possible 3

    Martin Wallbridge

    18.10.13

    4 years

    Member

    School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

    20.7.16 (as Director)

    N/A

    Steven Ristow

    18.10.13

    4 years

    Member

    School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

    9.12.15 (as Director)

    N/A

    Adelle Martin

    23.3.16

    2 years

    Board Director

    Family Director - 4M Bars Limited

    4.9.17

    0 out of a possible 0

     

    As of 20.9.17

     

  3. Local Governing Body – Committee Structure for 2017/18

  4. Chair of Governors: Mrs Hannah Bayley
    Vice Chair of Governors: Mr Ian Chappell

    FINANCE & RESOURCES COMMITTEE

    STANDARDS & PUPIL SUPPORT COMMITTEE

    Miss Charlotte Baker

    Mrs Hannah Bayley

    Mr Ian Chappell (Committee Chair)

    Mrs Anna Benjafield (Committee Chair)

    Mrs Funso Adetola

    Mrs Michelle Kagan

    Mrs Tracy Enright

    Ms Jordan Hurcombe

    Note: Mark Joy – Awaiting confirmation of which committee he will be assigned to

  5. Local Governing Body – Remit of members, business interests and meeting attendance

  6. Full Names

    Date of Appointment (Term of Office 4 years)

    Governor Type

    Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests inc governance roles in other education institutions

    Date stepped down (if applicable)

    Attendance record at meetings for academic year 2016/2017 *:

    Attendance record at meetings for academic year 2017/2018 *:

    Mrs Funso Adetola

    13/03/2016

    Parent

    None declared

    N/A

    5 of 6

    2 of 3

    Miss Charlotte Baker

    23/11/2015

    Staff

    None declared

    N/A

    6 of 6

    3 of 3

    Mrs Hannah Bayley

    20/07/2016

    Chair of Governors / PFT Appointed

    Governor at Hoo St Weburgh (R.I.T) Sept 2015 – 2019

    N/A

    6 of 7

    2 of 3

    Mrs Anna Benjafield

    20/07/2016

    PFT Appointed

    Spouse works as the School Caretaker at The Academy of Cuxton Schools

    N/A

    7 of 7

    3 of 3

    Mr Ian Chappell

     

    (on a 5 month sabbatical – until July 2018)

    01/04/2013

    Vice Chair of Governors / PFT Appointed

    • Compaid, Medway Mediation, Princess Trust
    • Chair at Rivermead School (2012)
    • Chair at Walderslade School (2014)
    • Chair at Hoo Primary School (2013)
    • Chair at Wainscott School (2016)
    • Rivermead Inclusive Trust Chair 2016

    N/A

    6 of 6

    0 of 3

    Mrs Tracy Enright

    13/03/2016

    Parent

    • Chartered Member of Institute of Personal & Development
    • Has children attending Beehive

    N/A

    5 of 6

    1 of 3

    Mr Mark Joy

    13/12/2017

    PFT Appointed

    • Awaiting confirmation

    N/A

    N/A

    3 of 3

    Mrs Michelle Kagan

    01/10/2015

    PFT Appointed

    • Home School Support Worker at The Academy of Cuxton Schools
    • Medway Towns District Scouts
    • Scouting Association

    N/A

    5 of 7

    3 of 3

    Mrs Sheena Hamilton

    01/01/2018

    PFT Leading Head Teacher

    • Also the PFT Leading Head Teacher for Wayfield Primary School

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Ms Jordan Hurcombe

    17/04/2017

    PFT Appointed

    • None declared

    Jan 2018

    3 of 3

    2 of 3

    Ms Claire Eskelson

    01/10/2016

    PFT Leading Head Teacher

    • PFT Leading Head Teacher at The Academy of Cuxton Schools
    • Company Directorship: Education Eskellence

    Jan 2018

    1 of 3

    1 of 2

    Miss Sandra Jones

    NA

    Head Teacher

    • Head Teacher at The Academy of Cuxton Schools

    Dec 2016

    4 of 4

    N/A

    Mrs Gilly Knight

    29/07/2013

    Staff

    • Youth Service, Strood Management Comm

    Mar 2017

    3 of 4

    N/A

    Mrs Cheryl Lee

    20/07/2015

    PFT Appointed

    • Owner/Director of Cheryl Lee Associates Ltd
    • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

    Mar 2017

    2 of 3

    N/A

    Mrs Jacqueline Mulhall

    26/09/2016

    PFT Appointed

    • Head of the MFL, The Howard School

    Jun 2017

    5 of 7

    N/A

    (*) The register of meetings above is based on all meetings each governor is required to attend from the start of each academic year (or when they joined the governing body), through to the end of the same academic year (or when they left the governing body). This register of attendance was last updated in January 2018 for academic year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. To be updated again in September 2018.

    If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please address your letter to:

    Mrs Hannah Bayley
    Clerk to the Governors,

    The Primary First Trust
    The White House
    Clifton Marine Parade
    Gravesend
    DA11 0DY

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