Meet the Governors of St Alphege CE Infant School
Simon Coulton – Co-Opted Governor & Chair of Governors
I am a senior academic who specialises in designing and evaluating interventions to address mental health. A great deal of my work focuses on mental health and well-being for young people and I work across a variety of services including the NHS and schools. I have many years experience of fulfilling senior strategic roles in the NHS and academia and spent a number of years as a trustee for a large international charity. I am a co-opted governor and chair of the Pupil and Curriculum Team. Both of my children started their education at St Alphege and made excellent progress through the inspirational, creative and inclusive ethos of the school. As a governor the aim is to ensure that the school continues to have significant impact on the life chances of all pupils in a safe, secure and inspiring environment.
Mark Aldridge – Co-Opted Governor
I am a self-employed statistical analyst, specialising in demography and strategic planning for housing, having previously been head of research at planning policy consultancy. I am a co-opted governor at the school, having had both my children enjoy a successful journey through St Alphege CEI School & Sunbeams Nursery. I am proud to be a governor of a school with a deserved reputation for providing an engaging, inspiring and high quality education within a safe and supportive environment and aim to help the school with its continued improvement and development.
Erim Covac - Co-Opted Governor
I am a Risk Advisory Consultant within the Financial Services sector, as well as a qualified Accountant. I work with numerous organisations helping them achieve regulatory compliance in an efficient and commercially viable manner. I aim to bring my financial acumen and risk governance skills to this role and play a small part in helping the school achieve its ambitious goals in the right way. I have two children, one of whom is in his final year at St. Alphege, and the other, currently in Sunbeams, is looking forward to joining Reception next year.
For me, being a co-opted governor is a small payback for the huge efforts put in by the staff of the school which truly benefits not just the children in attendance but the wider community of Whitstable. In my spare time I enjoy watching various sports and keeping fit by running and cycling.
Reverend Rachel Webbley – Ex Officio Governor & Vice Chair
I work closely with the Headteacher and the RE lead teacher in delivering and monitoring RE and collective worship, as well as the school's performance as a whole. I facilitate the well-established links with St Alphege Church and Diocese, and am also a governor at the Endowed CE Junior School. I am proud of our diverse and inclusive school and am available to provide pastoral care for all members of the school community. My children have progressed through Sunbeams Nursery and continue to flourish in Year R and Year 2. I really enjoy being with the children leading Godly Play sessions and collective worship in school and welcoming the school to the church for visits and collective worship. I have also established and now run the weekly 'StArs' homework club based in the community, giving extra support to many of our school families.
Sally Dixon – Local Authority Governor
I am an aviation consultant with many years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. My previous experience in education has been with degree and postgraduate students having worked with Cranfield University, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. I am the LEA appointed Governor and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference to the community of St. Alphege. The early years in education are so very important to each child’s life chances and I am mindful of this responsibility as I undertake my duties as part of the governing team at the school.
Rachael Lyonette- Parent Governor
My eldest child has just completed his Reception year at St Alphege CE Infant School and I am passionate about contributing to this great school to ensure that each and every child gets the best possible start to their learning journey. I am working mum of two boys and I am fully aware of the juggle and pressure of family life. I am passionate about inclusivity and diversity and believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that every child is nurtured and encouraged with love and care in the best possible way for them as individuals at this critical stage of their development.
For the last 7 years I have worked for Microsoft and currently lead the Regional Executive Recruiting for Western Europe. I am passionate about setting our children up for success in an ever changing digital world and believe that this starts with education. As a parent governor I can bring my corporate experience in the technology sector along with a focus to help and support the leadership in delivering on their vision and strategy for the school.
John Russell - Parent Governor
I have three children all of which have, or currently, attend St. Alphege - with my youngest one in year 1. Whilst keen to play an active part in my own children's education and development I hope, as a Parent Governor, to also play a part in ensuring that all children attending St. Alphege get the best possible school experience full of fun and possibility.
For the past 10 years I have recruited into the marketing sector and as such bring both HR and Employment legislation knowledge to the board, as well as Digital marketing expertise, which I can use to assist the school with their move into the realms of social media.
I strongly believe in supporting the development of the children at St Alphege through a wide variety of activities and resources for which funding is hugely important. For three years I have been an active member of the friends association, acting in the role of chairman for the last year, to enable funding for various additional projects throughout the school.
Paula Trewin MBE - Parent Governor
Currently managing recruitment in London and the Southeast for the Royal Navy, my 29 year service has encompassed roles for training, business, recruitment, government inspectorates, scientific delivery and, above all, leadership. Strategic and structural development, to both protect the school and to take it forward, requires sound commitment, as well as innovative approaches, from the governing body, school team and parents, and I would endeavour to ensure delivery from all who input into the whole school development.
With a daughter in year 1 I am acutely aware that education is not just about the academics, but about the entire life journey, and we are all responsible to ensure that our children are given an experience that gradually introduces them to the feeling of opportunity, a love of learning, and the confidence to achieve. I would offer a mature, faith driven outlook, ensuring the leadership deliver exciting challenges for the students to develop to their maximum potential, within an environment that is engaging, caring, encouraging and supportive.
Joshua Williams - Parent Governor
I am an Associate Solicitor with Furley Page LLP and I work in the Whitstable office. Furley Page LLP is one of the largest law firms in Kent. I specialise in Wills, Tax Planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Estate Administration. My work involves a truly diverse range of topics and I meet many different people from all walks of life. My skills in business and being able to understand complex rules and framework are a useful addition to the board of Governors. I look for solutions, not problems and feel that I can help push forward positive change where needed.
I have a son in Shells class and as a parent, I can put forward my own views on the way the school is operated. I always like to participate in local events in the community and it made sense to become involved with the School and the board of Governors. It means I can play an active role to ensure that the children are getting the very best from their education. As an infant school, these early years will give the children the foundation upon which to grow and develop and it is so important to ensure that the support and teaching they receive is excellent.
Anita Small - Foundation Governor
I studied Fine Art at University and am passionate about creativity and art in education. I have spent the majority of my career in HR with a concentration on recruitment and retention. I work for a global market research company and recruit professional in 12 global offices.
I nurture my passion for art by inspiring children and adults to try creative tasks. I volunteer for the Museum of Fun encouraging all ages to get involved with Arts and Science and am on the children team at st Alphege church at the pre school club helping plan and execute arts and craft activities.
I have two children attending this school and am active with the Friends Association with fund raising.
Ashley Clark - Associate Governor
I was fortunate enough to be a pupil at St Alphege between 1960 and 1962. I retired from Kent County Constabulary in 2004 as head of its Frontier Operations Department after a 30 year career working mainly as a Detective. In my final 12 years I worked closely with French counterparts. I qualified with the Final Diploma of the Institute of Linguists and was retained by the French Gendarmerie Nationale as an examiner for several years following my retirement.
For the last 12 years I have led the group that manages the award winning Duncan Down which is now set to almost treble in size to some 90 acres. For a number of years the school has used this local nature reserve area as a learning resource. Since 2005 I have worked as a schools' history guide and consultant and every year take hundreds of children to the battlefields of France and Belgium. I specialise in the two world wars, battlefield medicine and the medieval period. In 2009 I received the Lord Mayor's Award for service to the community.
Since 2011 I have been ward councillor for Whitstable's Gorrell Ward on Canterbury City Council where I chair the Licensing Committee and vice chair the Planning Committee.
In my spare time I like to swim offshore at Whitstable and Seasalter with my three labradors.
Working with St Alphege is a rewarding way of paying back a school that gave me such a splendid start in life, and I am keen to ensure that others get the same opportunities as I had.
Our Governing Body
The Governing Body is constituted in law: which require that a third of governors are directly represented by parents. The church nominates 3 representatives and one member is nominated by the Local Education Authority. Together with a staff representative and 3 co-opted representatives from the local community this makes up the members of the governing body . The governing body can also appoint associate members to address specific issues or short term projects. Our governing body year runs from January to December each year.
The Governors’ use their skills and work life experience to contribute to the leadership and management of our School. We work with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School and Senior Leadership Team to help achieve the best outcomes for all children here at St Alphege CE Infant School & Sunbeams Nursery.
Our focus is on three core strategic functions:
- Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and the performance management of staff;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Statutory Governing Board Information for Academic Year 2017 - 2018
Instrument of Governance and Current Governing Board Membership
- 3 Co-Opted Governors: - Requirement Met.
- 3 Foundation Governors – Requirement Met.
- 1 Staff Governor – Requirement Met.
- 1 Local Authority Governor - Requirement Met.
- Executive Headteacher / Head of School
- 4 Parent Governors: - Requirement Met.
- 1 Associate Governors at present: -
- Instruments of Governance states the total number of Governors as 13.
- Half, plus one, of those in post must be present at FGB meetings to be legally quorate.
- The School Business Manager and Senior Leaders may be asked to attend meetings as appropriate and agreed at each meeting to report in their professional capacities.
The Governing Board operates in accordance with the requirements of the Education Acts, School Governance Regulations and all other relevant legislation including KCC Local Authority’s Scheme for Financing Schools and with recommended governance practice by DfE; LA; NGA and other advisory bodies.
Within the context of continuing National focus on governing bodies becoming more ‘professional’ in their practice; as evidenced by the OFSTED framework within which governance is judged as part of the leadership and management function, and in the changes to governance legislation driving ‘smaller skills-based’ membership, the Governing Board recognises the need to develop their collective skills and to plan for the future through targeted succession planning and development to ensure continuous improvement in governance for the greater good of the School community.
The full Strategic Governing Board meets 3 times each year, considers reports and recommendations, makes decisions and conducts procedural business.
School Improvement: Resources Team: Finance and Resources Committee meets 4 times each year covering: HT Appraisal; Budget Monitoring; Health and Safety; Facilities and Fabric; Staffing
School Improvement: Standards Team: Pupil Issues and Curriculum Committee meets 3 times each year covering: Pupil Outcomes; Admissions; Attendance; Exclusions; Safeguarding; Behaviour for Learning; Pupil Welfare; Teaching and Learning; Diminishing the Difference; Pupil and Sports Premiums; Christian Distinctiveness and SIAMS; Community Engagement
Governing body statutory information, business interest declarations and meeting attendance data can be found here.
If you are interested in becoming a school governor please speak to the Chair of Governors or the Head of School. For further details about the role of governors click here.