Becoming a governor is a rewarding way to make a real contribution to the development of our children and young people. Governing bodies are increasingly professional so volunteers need not be experts in education as they will be able to contribute from their skills set, whatever that may be. For that reason we welcome expressions of interest from anyone who would like to find out more about being a school governor. Recruiting governors is largely based on an analysis of needs and vacancies arise from time to time. Governors attend six meetings of the full governing body in each school year as well as visiting the school to meet with staff, sit-in on lessons and talk with the children, and attend school productions.
It is a privilege to share this precious work in supporting the school community and all those who volunteer find great reward in it. In order to be effective, the governors, both corporately and individually, participate in training sessions.
Governors usually serve a four-year term on the governing body and may be elected or appointed to serve further terms of office.
Dates of Local Governing Body Meetings 2017-2018:
Term 1 - 27 September 2017
Term 2 - 22 November 2017
Term 3 - 17 January 2018
Term 4 - 14 March 2018
Term 5 - 16 May 2018
Term 6 - July 2018
Current serving governors are (click on their names for more information):
Anne Mailing - Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors
I have been a governor at the school since 2010. I have extensive experience of school governance and school improvement from my job as Head of Governor Services at Bexley Council. I am pleased to be associated with the school and to be able to contribute my knowledge to the work of governing body.
Hazel Crittall - Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair of Governors
I have been a parent governor at the school since 2011. I am an HR professional with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects including recruitment, retention, employee engagement, training, development, mentoring and coaching. I enjoy being able to assist the school by contributing my skills in HR to the governing body, ensuring we have a strong and supported team working at the school.
Carolyn Howson - Head of School and Staff Governor
I have been a primary school teacher for over 13 years. Before joining Allington I was Acting Deputy Principal at Meopham Community Academy. I have been fortunate enough to gain experience teaching across both Key Stages and feel privileged to work in a profession where we witness first hand the amazing capacity for growth and are responsible for molding the next generation. I value the opportunity to bring my experience and knowledge to the governing body at this school.
Julia Sargeant - Staff Governor
I have been a teaching assistant at the school for over 24 years. I have been involved in all aspects of school life, including productions, sporting activities, residential visits and classroom based learning support for all subjects. I am pleased that I have also been able to provide support to the school in my role as staff governor.
Nigel Smetham- Community Governor
I have been a governor at the school for over 20 years and was Chair of Governors between 2013 and 2016. I have enjoyed contributing to the success of the school, principally on finance and premises related roles. I work as an independent consultant, within the water industry, in the area of quality management, compliance, governance and assurance.
Julia Hayes – Co-opted Governor
I retired from teaching at Allington in 2015 where I was a member of the senior leadership team. I have been a primary school teacher for 32 years with experience across all key stages and in various management roles, including Deputy Head Teacher and Special Educational Needs. I want to continue to support the school in its delivery of high standards of teaching.
Darren Jumnoodoo- Parent Governor
I have been a Parent Governor since 2016. I run my own IT Consultancy business and have been in the industry for 25 years and feel that I can put my experience in business to good use to help the school.
I have a firm belief that Allington Primary School is and will continue to be a fantastic School and I will endeavour to help the Governing Body to maintain this.
Alan Hemmings - Parent Governor
Katie Boots- Co-opted Governor
I am an ex-parent of the school and have lived in Allington for over 30 years. I am an HR professional with nearly 25 years HR experience which began when I worked for British Airways back in the early 1990s. I currently work in the City of London in HR within the insurance industry. My experience covers recruitment, talent management, employee engagement, employee relations, employee reward and compensation, employee pensions and benefits and strategic HR at board level. I am looking forward to using my skills to help support this fantastic school to maintain its high standards and continue to be a community asset.
Clerk to the Governors - Keith Kirkland