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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 are three Foundation Governor roles vacant. Please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Karen Proctor, 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.
Chair of Governors
Paul Vallance has been a foundation governor since 2008 and has been in the post of Chair of Governors for 4 years. Paul has lived in Platt since 2004 and has three daughters, They all attended Platt School and are now at Invicta Grammar and Hillview School.
Paul works in the IT Industry as a Consultant.
Sandra Brown - More details to follow.
Howard works in arts administration and leads the Visitor Experience department consisting of: estates, customer services and operational teams. His role covers the delivery of service, safety, security and environmental objectives at two iconic theatres in London.
Over the last 20 years, Howard has undertaken numerous voluntary and board level roles in charities, with an objective to improve the quality of life in working to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in London Boroughs. His voluntary work has involved developing youth engagement projects, working with schools and youth centres on road safety, knife crime and the improvement of parks and open space. These projects have been developed across London to educate young people.
Furthermore, Howard has extensive experience in estate management, Human Resources, charitable governance and he specialises in Business Continuity, Health, Safety and Environmental Law.
As a resident of Platt, Howard is passionate about keeping this part of Kent beautiful and safe. He takes a key role as one of neighbourhood watch coordinators and helps to inform the local community of ways to keep their home secure.
He sees the role of the primary school as being a fundamental part of the village life.
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.
Alan has lived in Platt since 2001 and is married to Joanna. Both of their sons attended Platt school and are now at Bennett Memorial. 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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