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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 Y6 and my older daughter has just started college.
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.
I have been a Teaching Assistant at Cobham Primary School for over nine years - I have worked across various year groups, been observed and graded by OFSTED at our last inspection and this academic year I am working as 1:1 with a child of special educational needs.
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.

 

Mrs Chery Lee - PFT Appointed Governor

I have spent much of my career working in Public Services, latterly as a Director of Human Resources (HR) in an NHS Trust.  I now run my own business, helping charities and public and private sector organisations to manage all sorts of people related issues.  I have a good understanding of the role of the Governing Body and I am experienced in supporting Boards of Governors and Trustees to improve their effectiveness.

In previous roles, I have overseen the establishment of a 72-place nursery and I have experienced OFSTED inspections first hand!  I supported our Nursery Manager with many workforce issues, from recruitment to the development of appraisal processes and the management of performance.  I also have some knowledge of the EYFS.

My daughter is thoroughly enjoying life at Cuxton Academy in year 2 and I have been really impressed with the quality of staff and the ethos of the schools.  I feel passionately about education and I would love the opportunity to support the schools' continued success.

 

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 - Staff Elected Governor

I am the Home School Support Worker at the Academy of Cuxton Schools, and have been for two years now.  The reason I took on the role of a Staff 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 (also many years ago).

In my last school I was also a staff member of the governing body.  I will enjoy the challenge of being a governor again now that we are in the Academy to ensure the best education for the children of the school, and to also represent the staff.

 

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.

 

 

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

Full Names

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Board Member Type / Appointed by

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

Date stepped down (if applicable)

Attendance record at meetings:
PFT Board Meeting 1.9.15-31.8.16

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

-

3 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

Martin Wallbridge

18.10.13

4 years

Member

School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

20.7.16 (as Director)

3 out of a possible 3

Steven Ristow

18.10.13

4 years

Member

School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

9.12.15 (as Director)

1 out of a possible 1

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

Adelle Martin

23.3.16

2 years

Board Director

Family Director - 4M Bars Limited

 

2 out of a possible 2

Steve Rumbles

23.3.16

2 years

Board Director

Managing Director - Rumbles Pension Services Limited

 

2 out of a possible 2

 

 

 

 

  1. Local Governing Body – Committee Structure for 2016/17

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 Cheryl Lee

Mrs Gilly Knight

Mrs Funso Adetola

Mrs Michelle Kagan

Mrs Tracy Enright

Mrs Jacqueline Mulhall

 

  1. Local Governing Body - Structure and remit of members for September 2015 - August 2016

    NOTE:

  • The committee structure shown above is for 2016/2017.

  • The records shown below are for 2015/2016.

Full Names

Date of Appointment (Term of Office 4 years)

Governor Type / Appointed by
(Primary First Trust – PFT)

Committee/s

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

Date stepped down (if applicable)

Attendance record at meetings for academic year Sept 2015 - July 2016 (*):

Mrs Funso Adetola

13/03/2016

Parent

Finance & Resources

None declared

N/A

2 out of a possible 3

Miss Charlotte Baker

23/11/2015

Staff

Pupil, Standards Support

  • Employed by The Academy of Cuxton Schools

N/A

7 out of a possible 7

Mrs Hannah Bayley

20/07/2016

Chair of Governors / PFT Appointed

Pupil, Standards Support,

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

N/A

5 out of a possible 7

Mrs Anna Benjafield

20/07/2016

PFT Appointed

Pupil, Standards Support (Committee Chair), Finance & Resources

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

N/A

6 out of a possible 7

Mr Ian Chappell

01/04/13

Vice Chair of Governors / PFT Appointed

Finance & Resources (Committee Chair)

  • 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

4 out of a possible 7

Mrs Tracy Enright

13/03/2016

Parent

Finance & Resources

  • Chartered Member of Institute of Personal & Development
  • Has children attending Beehive
  • Partner works for Kent Police

N/A

3 out of a possible 3

Dr Paul Gibbons

20/03/12

Parent

Standards, Pupil Support

None declared

Term of Office ended in February 2016.

2 out of a possible 3

Ms Claire Eskleson

Oct 2016

PFT Leading Head Teacher

N/A

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

N/A

 

Miss Sandra Jones

NA

Staff / Head Teacher

NA

  • Head Teacher at The Academy of Cuxton Schools

Resigned in December 2016

10 out of a possible 10

Mr John Jones

20/07/15

PFT Appointed

Standards, Pupil Support

None declared

Resigned in April 2016

2 out of a possible 5

Mrs Michelle Kagan

01/10/15

Staff / Appointed by the PFT

Standards, Pupil Support

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

N/A

4 out of a possible 5

Mrs Gilly Knight

29/07/13

Staff

Standards, Pupil Support

  • Youth Service, Strood Management Comm

N/A

5 out of a possible 7

Mrs Cheryl Lee

20/07/15

PFT Appointed

Standards, Pupil Support

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

N/A

6 out of a possible 7

Mrs Jacqueline Mulhall

26/09/16

PFT Appointed

Standards, Pupil Support – yet to be confirmed

  • Head of the MFL, The Howard School

N/A

N/A

Mrs Katherine Powell

01/09/15

PFT Leading Head Teacher

N/A

  • PFT Leading Head Teacher at The Academy of Cuxton Schools
  • PFT Director of Education

N/A

4 out of a possible 4

Mrs Donna Thompson

01/03/15

PFT Appointed

Standards, Pupil Support

None declared

Resigned in July 2016

6 out of a possible 7

Mrs Lisa Wells

08/06/15

Parent

Standards, Pupil Support

  • Vice Chair of Beehives/Buzz Club at Cuxton
  • Under 6/5’s Manager for MRFC (Rugby Manager)
  • Governor at Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus

Resigned in February 2016

3 out of a possible 3

(*) The register of meetings above is based on all meetings each governor is required to attend from the start of the academic year 2015 or when they joined the governing body, through to the end of the same academic year in 2016 or when they left the governing body. This register of attendance was last updated in January 2017 for academic year 2015-2016 and attendance for academic year 2016-2017 will not be updated until September 2017.

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

Mrs Hannah Bayley, c/o Mrs Jane Hingston
Clerk to the Governors,

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

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