Our School Governors
According to the Instrument of governance Platt CE Primary School's Governing Body consists of 14 governors:
(a) 2 Parent Governors;
(b) 1 Local Authority Governor;
(c) 1 Staff Governors;
(d) 1 Headteacher;
(e) 1 Co-opted Governor;
(d) 8 Foundation Governors;
There is one Foundation Governor role vacant. Please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Paul Vallance, if you are interested in joining.
The following are the Foundation Bodies, and if applicable, persons entitled to appoint Foundation Governors and the appointments are to be made on the following basis:
Three appointed by the Rochester Diocesan Board of Education.
Three appointed by the St Mary’s Platt Parochial Church Council.
One appointed by The Bishop of Rochester.
The holder of the following office shall be a Foundation Governor Ex-Officio:
The Principal Officiating Minister of the Parish of St Mary, Platt.
The Governing Body operates on a two teams model. This means that the Governing Body as a whole remains responsible for the governance function, in this model there are three distinct areas of work delegated by them to a Strategy Team, Learning & Development (Curriculum, Children and Staff) Team, and Resources (Finance ICT and Premises) Team.
The Strategy Team is a small group of governors including the Chair and Vice Chair working more closely with the senior management of the school who know the school well through school self evaluation (SEF), engage in benchmarking, and develop strategies and plans for school improvement.
The Learning and Development and Resources Teams focus on the delivery of the annual School Improvement Plan in their respective areas, undertake monitoring and evaluation activities against these priorities and report to the Governing Body as a whole. These reports will in turn inform strategy.
The full Governing Body meets three times each year, considers reports and recommendations, makes decisions and conducts routine business.
Paul is in his third year as the Chair of Governors and has been a foundation Governor at Platt for the last 6 years. Paul has lived in Platt since 2004 and has three daughters, the eldest two attended Platt and now attend Invicta Grammar and Hillview School and his youngest is currently in Year 5. Paul works in the IT Industry as a Consultant.
I have lived in St Mary’s Platt for over 20 years. I am currently chairman of the St. Mary’s Platt and District Society.
I have recently retired after over 35 years in Primary Education, with 25 years in senior management. I was the Head Teacher of two highly successful Church of England Primary Schools in Kent and Bexley,
I hold an MA in School Leadership and Management from Christchurch University College, Canterbury.
I believe that Primary schools should allow pupils to develop their own skills and interests and I am particularly interested in the Arts, PE and Sport and Outdoor Education.
My hobbies include:
Travel, Music, Sport especially sailing and football, local history, reading and theatre. My wife also tells me I am interested in gardening.
Born in Bristol but raised in Blackheath South East London. Attended St Austin’s secondary school, Charlton. Married Dian in 1968 and have two daughters, Melanie and Polly. Two grandsons by Melanie that both attend Platt Primary.
Retired Company Director and Company President having worked overseas in the Middle East and the US. Now living in Matfield Kent.
Hobbies include, Travel, sailing, walking and gardening.
Graham Coles joined the Governing Body in 2010 as a Foundation Governor and has recently been appointed for a further 4 year term. He Chairs the Resources Team (overseeing Finance & Premises issues) and is also Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body.
He has lived in Platt Parish for over 12 years now, is a member of Platt Church and has had two sons at Platt Primary School. He is a Director of a Holiday Company.
Huw Dixon is a recent parent governor with 1 son currently at Platt School and 1 son just left to attend secondary school. He is a chartered surveyor and has personal experience in assisting children with dyslexia and aspergers syndrome. He is a keen supporter of the school and in particular wants to use his construction and surveying background to benefit the school in their transition to the new school site.
Brian is a lifelong practising Christian. He attended Platt as a child and upon his return to the UK; both his daughters emulated that tradition, whilst his wife completed the family connection through helping out in the classroom when their daughters were attending the school.
Brian has held a variety of senior positions on the boards of many companies, here and overseas. Prior to emigrating, he was a senior industrial chemist and later entered academia, where he taught business studies. Upon his return to the UK, he has practised law in the charitable sector, where currently he heads an Employment Law department in Surrey.
He has a wide variety of interests and maintains close connections with his parish in his role as a Eucharistic Minister.
Dr. Toby Galbraith
Toby has lived in Borough Green since 2007 with his wife Liz. They are both scientists, having met doing their undergraduate degrees together in Bath, then PhDs in London and post-doctoral research in San Diego. Toby is now in the medical communications industry and works for a digital publisher in Tunbridge Wells. Their eldest child is in Reception at Platt, and youngest will be starting in 2019.
Dr. Margaret Garrett
During Margaret's educational career she has taught pupils between 3 and 18 years, both in England and Nigeria. Her particular interests are literacy, dyslexia, art and educational research. Margaret's PH.D centred on the management of change in education and she enjoys working in both a stimulating and community based environment.
Jenny was educated in Dorset and studied at Cardiff University gaining a BSc in Political Science. Jenny holds Directorships and is a Board member of several companies and travels frequently in Europe consulting for a variety of clients. She is the Treasurer for the Governors' Funds, runs the 200 club and has sat on the Nursery Management Committee since 2011. Jenny was appointed as a parent Governor in 2013 and sits on the Resources Committee and monitors pupil progress with Huw Dixon.
Jenny moved to Platt in 2010 with her husband, Pete and eldest daughter. Her second daughter was born in 2011. Her oldest child is currently in Year 4 and the youngest is in Year 1. The family love to travel, ski and swim. Jenny likes reading and retail therapy!
I have a background in education having been a secondary Maths teacher and latterly a private tutor. I have been associated with the school since both my children were pupils here.
I was appointed a foundation governor in May 1985 and continued until May 2014 when I became an associate governor. During that time I have been at various times chairman of the Governing Body, of the finance committee and of the Nursery Management committee. I have also been on several of the appointment panels for recruiting a headteacher.
My interests are still with the Resources (finance) Committee and the Nursery and also the new school. My length of service shows that I believe the school is a good one which teaches its pupils not only the required academic subjects but also the Christian ethos.
Alan has lived in Platt since 2001 and is married to Joanna. Their eldest son James attended Platt school and now Bennett Memorial. Thomas is in year 6 at the school. Alan is a foundation governor who joined the Governing body in 2011. Alan works in Private Banking in London and his passion is bringing interesting outside activities to the children. His hobbies include cycling and flying small planes. Alan is involved with the resources committee at the school.
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