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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.
 

Tracy Enright – Chair of Governors – Parent Governor

I have two children at Cuxton and, as of 2020, my daughter is in Year 3 and my son in Year 5. 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 currently completing 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.

 

Mrs Michelle Kagan - Vice Chair – 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.


Mrs Anna Benjafield – PFT Appointed Governor
My name is Anna Benjafield and I have a daughter in secondary school and another 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 15 years I have had a variety of roles in primary schools across Kent and worked across various year groups. I am currently working as a teacher in a school within Kent and previously worked in a specialist provision in Medway.  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 teacher training as well as 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 Angela Street - PFT Appointed Governor

I have worked in primary education for more than twenty years, initially as a class teacher and curriculum subject lead and then as a senior leader, I was until August 2018 the Deputy Head and Inclusion Lead at Cuxton Schools.

I believe very strongly that all children should receive the greatest possible educational experience. One that provides them with the opportunity to achieve the best of their abilities in all areas of the curriculum and school life, as well as preparing them for the future. I also feel very passionate about the children in school with additional needs receiving the essential support that they and their families need.

I feel very pleased and privileged to be able to work with other governors, senior leaders, staff and children in maintaining the school’s high standards and to help them to meet future challenges.

 

Mr Mark Joy - PFT Appointed Governor

My name is Mark Joy and I have a son in the Academy of Cuxton Schools. I also have an elder daughter who has just started secondary school.  I have lived around the Cuxton Area for over 15 years.

I am a  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 am IOSH qualified.

 

Mrs Charlotte Aldham-Breary – Staff Elected Governor
My name is Charlotte Aldham-Breary and I am Head teacher and a Staff Governor at the Cuxton Schools.
I have been a Governor for eight years and find it a very rewarding role. 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.

 

Mr Alex Brett - Staff Elected Governor

My name is Alex Brett and I am currently a Year 6 teacher and the Science lead at the Academy of Cuxton Schools. I have worked in schools for the last 6 years and last year I took on the role of Staff Governor. Before entering the teaching profession, I achieved a BSc honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Greenwich and also worked as a gymnastics and free running coach. As a child, my parents were foster carers; I grew up supporting children from a variety of backgrounds and have seen first-hand the effects a positive school experience can have. As a result, I am passionate about working with, and supporting, children to be the best that they can be. I hope that in my role as a Staff Governor, I will be able to support the school in giving each child the best school experience possible.

 

Christine Darbey – Parent Governor

My son Arthur started Cuxton in 2018.  The reason my husband and I chose Cuxton was because the school was all what we wished for for Arthur – fun, challenging, friendly and has real family and community ethics. 

The reason I wanted to become a Governor was that as a working parent I tend to miss out on a lot of the little moments and would like to understand and help others have a voice about what we as parents can help benefit the school.

I have worked in Finance for 25 years and believe we can also bring together local companies and schools to show what each can help benefit each other.

 

Natalie Jackson – Parent Governor

I have two children in the school, who joined in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Since then, I have enjoyed being very involved with the school, serving on the former Parent Teacher Association for 3 years, assisting in Forest School sessions for the following year, and regularly volunteering to accompany trips and lessons outside of school.

Before having my children, I was a HR and Procedural Operations Manager for an IT Solutions company, and a freelance web and graphic designer. I have qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Institute of Management, which I hope to be able to utilize to help maintain and develop the strong team at Cuxton.

I am currently a Parish Councillor for Cuxton and hope to forge closer links between the Parish Council and the school to continue our long history of cooperation and sharing of resources.

 

 

School website publication

         Board Attendance at Meetings 1.9.18-31.8.19 

Full Names

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Board Member Type

Date stepped down (if applicable)

Attendance record at meetings:
PFT Full Board Meetings 1.9.18-31.8.19

Justin Smith

18.10.13

Ongoing

CEO

31.12.18

0 out of a possible 1

William Harwood

18.10.13

4 years

Member and Chair of the Board

-

5 out of a possible 5

Branwen Bingle

28.3.18

2 years

Trustee

31.8.19

3 out of a possible 5

Sandra Connington

4.11.16

2 years

Trustee

-

3 out of a possible 5

Steve Rumbles

23.3.16

2 years

Trustee

-

1 out of a possible 5

Andrew Spearman

10.12.14

4 years

Member and Trustee

-

5 out of a possible 5

Paul Stingmore

28.3.18

2 years

Trustee

-

5 out of a possible 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Past Trustees

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Foster

18.10.13

4 years

Board Trustee

13.12.17

N/A

Adelle Martin

23.3.16

2 years

Board Director

4.9.17

N/A

Martin Wallbridge

18.10.13

4 years

Member and Trustee

20.7.16 (as Trustee)

N/A

Steven Ristow

18.10.13

4 years

Member and Trustee

9.12.15 (as Trustee)

N/A

 

 

 

Business and Pecuniary Interests 2019-20

 

Full Names

Date of Appointment

Board Member Type

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

William Harwood

18.10.13

Member and Chair of the Board

None Declared

Andrew Spearman

10.12.14

Member and Trustee

School Governor – Harris Federation

Steve Rumbles

23.3.16

Trustee

Managing Director - Rumbles Pension Services Limited

Sandra Connington

4.11.16

Trustee

Owner/Director - Sandra Connington Ltd

Chair of Governors - Somers Heath Primary School

Chair of Governors – Bonnygate Primary School

Paul Stingmore

28.3.18

Trustee

Owner – 10242 Ltd Management Consultancy

Martin Wallbridge

18.10.13

Member

None Declared

Steven Ristow

18.10.13

Member

School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

Hannah Bayley

2.11.18

Member

None Declared

 

As of 29.10.19

 

       Local Governing Body – Structure

Chair of Governors:                Mrs Tracy Enright
Vice Chair of Governors:      Mrs Michelle Kagan

       Structure for 2018-19

Governors were required to attend 3 Full Governing Body Meetings and 3 Standards and Resources meetings (6 in total)

 

       Structure for 2019-20

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 2018/2019 *:

Attendance record at meetings for academic year 2019/2020 *:

Mrs Charlotte Aldham-Breary

13/12/2019

 

Acting Head Teacher (from April 2020)

Deputy Head Teacher

N/A

6 of 6

3 of 3

Mr Alex Brett

18/04/2018

Staff

None declared

N/A

5 of 6

2 of 3

Mrs Anna Benjafield

20/07/2016

PFT Appointed

  • Unqualified Teacher at Marlborough Centre
  • Spouse works at The Academy of Cuxton Schools

N/A

3 of 6

1 of 3

Mrs Tracy Enright

25/05/2020

Parent

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

N/A

5 of 6

3 of 3

Mrs Sheena Hamilton

01/01/2018

PFT Education Director

  • PFT Education Director at other PFT Schools
  • Two sons work at PFT schools
  • Brother is a governor at another PFT school

N/A

3 of 3

3 of 3

Mr Mark Joy

13/12/2017

PFT Appointed

  • Member of Medway Council & Conservative Party
  • Spouse works with Busy Bee’s Nursery School

N/A

4 of 6

3 of 3

Mrs Michelle Kagan

18/04/2018

PFT Appointed

  • Early Help Medway Council
  • Buckmore Park Scout Campsite – Trustee as Secretary
  • Kent Scouts – Assistant County Commissioner Beaver Scouts

N/A

5 of 6

1 of 3

Mrs Angela Street

02/11/2018

PFT Appointed

Spouse is the founder of Consiliam Planning Services Ltd

N/A

6 of 6

3 of 3

Christine Darbey

28/02/2020

Parent Governor

Awaiting info

N/A

N/A

1 of 1

Natalie Jackson

28/02/2020

Parent Governor

Councillor at Cuxton Parish Council

N/A

N/A

1 of 1

Past Governors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Funso Adetola

13/03/2016

Parent

Member of the ACCA

March 2020

 

 

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

Schools are expected to show a full record of all governors (current and past) across a 12-month period.

(*) 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 May 2020.  This information will be updated again in September 2020 (for the remainder of the academic year 2019-20).

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

Mrs Tracy Enright (Chair of Governors)
c/o Governor Lead

The Primary First Trust
The White House
Clifton Marine Parade

Gravesend  DA11 0DY

 

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