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 2018-2019:
Term 1 - 26 September 2018
Term 2 - 21 November 2018
Term 3 - 23 January 2019
Term 4 - 20 March 2019
Term 5 - 22 May 2019
Term 6 - 3 July 2019
Current serving governors are (click on their names for more information):
Anne Mailing - Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors
I was the Head of a Local Authority Governor Services Team until I left in April 2017 to set up a clerking service in my local area. IShe have been involved with Allington Primary School since 2010 when I joined as a Local Authority governor; I am now a co-opted governor and the Chair of Allington Local Governing Board as well as a trustee on the Orchard Academy Trust. My interests include walking with my rescue dogs, gardening, cooking and colouring books.
If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please address all written correspondence care of Allington Primary School, ensuring it is labelled Private and Confidential for the attention of the Chair of Governors.
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
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 - Elected 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.
Henu Cummins- Co-opted Community Governor
I am a resident of Allington with two children currently attending Allington primary school. I am currently the Chief Executive of a local West Kent based charity specialising in Domestic Abuse. I have over 14 years experience working in the third sector and have a wealth of experience across a diversity of fields most notably, housing, homelessness, debt, mental health and well being including domestic abuse and safeguarding. I am also a trained legal professional having been called to the BAR in 2010. I am delighted to be a part of Allington Primary School as a governor where I can utilise my skills and experiences as a professional to continue to help the school and its staff and pupils flourish. I am extremely passionate about Allington Primary School and am invested in ensuring our pupils continue to be inspired and challenged in a warm and nurturing environment.
Julia Hayes – Co-opted Community 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.
Alan Hemmings - Elected Parent Governor
I have two children at the school and have lived in Allington for over 15 years. I am a director of a retail and servicing company in London where I have worked for almost 25 years, dealing with aspects of the business ranging from procurement to HR and IT. I enjoy being part of the Governing body at the school and supporting the staff and the governors to drive forward school performance and the thriving and nurturing environment that is offered to the children in the school.
Katie Boots- Co-opted Community 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.
Denise Burgess- Co-opted Community Governor
As well as brief periods working for Heathrow Airport Security and Royal Mail Group, I spent 32 years working in the education sector. Much of my career was spent in mainstream schools, although my most recent experience was in special education. Education remains a passion, alongside reading, travel and wildlife.
Clerk to the Governors - Vanessa Stevens