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 2020-21:
Term 1 - 23 September 2020
Term 2 - 18 November 2020
Term 3 - 20 January 2021
Term 4 - 17 March 2021
Term 5 - 19 May 2021
Current serving governors are (click on their names for more information):
Anne Mailing - Co-opted Governor
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. I have been involved with Allington Primary School since 2010 when I joined as a Local Authority governor; I am now a co-opted governor on the 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.
Hazel Crittall - Co-opted Governor & Chair of Governors
I was initially elected as a Parent Governor in 2011, becoming Vice Chair in 2018 and am currently a co-opted Governor and Chair of Allington Local Governing Board as well as a Trustee of the Orchard Academy Trust. I work as an HR Consultant for Cantium Businss Solutions providing an HR Consultancy Service to schools and academies across Kent and bordering counties. In previous roles I have been an HR Manager and Head of HR in private sector businesses.
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.
Carolyn Howson - Headteacher
I have been a primary school teacher for over 15 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 children's 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.
Dan Hutchins- Elected Parent Governor
As a former pupil of the school, and now a parent of one of the pupils, my family have had a long association with APS. I am a procurement manager for a local authority, but have worked in banking, administration and sales in my early career so I have a good grounding in commercial operations. I am really pleased to have been elected to the Governing body at the school as I see it as my opportunity to give something back to a school that has helped so many. I look forward to working with the staff and fellow governors to help shape the future of the school... and hopefully make use of some of the experience I've gained along the way!
Denise Burgess- Co-opted Community Governor & Vice Chair of Governors
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.
Lucy Duckett- Co-opted Community Governor
For my entire adult life, I have worked in social care or education. I have been a school teacher for over 10 years with the past 4 specialising in Special Educational Needs. My teaching experience spans all Key Stages, from Early Years to Key Stage 5 (A level) and some years focusing on English as a Foreign Language.
I am a parent of a child currently attending Allington Primary School and an Allington resident. When the post of Co-opted Governor arose, I felt it was a valuable opportunity to use my experience at a strategic level by contributing to an already outstanding school and the community I live and socialise in.
My passion is wholly in education, not necessarily in the classroom but in always learning, exploring and investigating. Other interests include: reading, watching films, cooking/baking and quality family time.
I currently work as a Clinical Pharmacist as a member of the wider multidisciplinary team in the ABC Primary Care Network here in Maidstone. I support patients with optimising their medication use with a special interest in diabetes and lifestyle changes in general, ensuring a holistic approach is used.
My previous work history has always been in healthcare working in community pharmacy as a Pharmacist, Locum Pharmacist and Pharmacist Manager both in an Independent and also a large multiple company.
I am passionate about learning and education as a whole and was keen to get involved with Allington Primary School from a strategic perspective, as a way of giving back to my local community and also as a way of offering assistance to the school leadership team who I had already observed doing a great job.
I attend church regularly and sing as part of our Gospel choir. Other interests include travelling, good food (at home and whilst dining out), retail therapy, movies and spending quality time with my family and friends.
Clerk to the Governors: Vanessa Stevens