Lordswood Primary School is a member of the Griffin Schools Trust. The Griffin Schools Trust is a family of primary and secondary schools in the Midlands and the South East of England. We are committed to providing an outstanding education for all students, whatever their starting points, backgrounds and needs. Trust Heads lead communities focused on finding and nurturing talents so that children enjoy personal fulfillment as well as achieving their best in classroom. Trust schools educate world citizens, preparing them to make a difference wherever their futures may take them and offer staff a wide stage to use their talents and grow their careers across and beyond GST.
Governance is a key element of the leadership and management of the Trust itself and of the schools individually and collectively. We take it very seriously indeed.
The Trust (itself accountable to DfE) is the ultimate body to whom schools are directly accountable and it delegates autonomy to each Local Governing Body (LGB) according to the Scheme of Delegation. The more successful a school is in serving all its pupils, measured by outcomes for pupils, their engagement in school life and the richness and breadth of the experiences offered to them, the more autonomous its LGB.
The Trust Board is made up of experts in UK and international education as well as public and private sector leadership, so that the quality of its not for profit business management is supported and challenged at the same time as its core purpose of improving education and life opportunities for all pupils. The Board is strengthened in its connection to and relationship with schools by the fact that a number of Chairs of LGBs serve two year terms on the Trust Board.
Serving as a governor in a GST school requires a commitment to the seven principles of public life and to a code of conduct which puts the school and its pupils at the centre. GST governors meet formally every thirteen weeks (i.e once every school term) and much of the real work is done between these meetings, through Working Groups and individual contributions to the school’s life according to each governor’s skills and the needs of the school.
The role is very different from that of a governor in a Local Authority school, recognising that the Head is the school’s Chief Executive and the Board is there to advise, support and challenge through appropriate channels and to show the impact that governance is having on the school’s progress. As in the world of non-executive directors, GST governors are expected to bring their skills to bear and to work in co-operation and collaboration with the staff team, the whole Local Governing Body and the Trust to bring about rapid and lasting improvement for the pupils they serve. Schools are treated equally and equitably and there are no hidden agendas. In practical terms governors usually meet less frequently with the Head, have fewer committees serviced by the school and more Working Groups run by the LGB itself according to their own and the school’s Development Plans.
The Trust is responsible for the quality, performance management and professional development of the Heads and all governors, though the LGB’s work has a vital role to play in highlighting and evidencing the impact that the Head and governors are making through their termly meetings, at which they discuss in detail the Head’s updated School Self-Evaluation and reports from LGB Working Groups. Through these and their work in and for the school, governors come to know well the school community and its performance, able to talk about it confidently and accurately to the Trust, to Ofsted, to parents and to interested local groups.
We very much appreciate the work that governors do and the part they play in the success of the schools they serve and indeed of the Trust, as one of only twenty four sponsors in England responsible for more than ten schools. We hope that governors find reward in the impact they make on young lives, the friendships they form as part of their service and their individual experience of the living reality of the GST motto: Proud Traditions Wide Horizons High Achievement.
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The Governing Body of Lordswood Primary School is:
Jennie Thomas – Chair
My name is Jennie Thomas and I have served as chair of the Medway Governing Board since its inception in October 2015. I live in Kent and worked as a secondary school teacher and local authority adviser before retirement. I was previously chair of governors at Kingfisher school and served for many years as a primary school governor in Gravesend. I am a trustee of Griffin Schools Trust, a parent and grandparent. I have a keen interest in amateur dramatics.
Martin Chapman – Vice Chair
Hello! I’m Martin Chapman. I have two daughters, aged 8 & 10, at Lordswood School. I joined the school as a parent governor when the school was still with Medway & have had the pleasure of seeing the school transition to Griffin Schools Trust. I now sit on the Griffin Medway Board & help to provide governance for the 3 Medway Griffin schools. I am an engineer by trade with many years’ experience in project management, seeing projects from inception to completion across many varied commercial sectors. I’m currently working for a shopfitter creating restaurants across the UK. I like to spend as much time as possible with my daughters & my wife, we have no end of adventures as a family. I love to “get involved” as much as I am able & enjoy spending time assisting people whenever I can. I’m a keen cyclist & enjoy generally being outside.”
I’m Diana Wilks married with 3 children (aged 3, 9 and 10) all at Lordswood school. I started working part time last year after being able to be a stay at home mum for 10 years. Prior to this I completed my degree in BA (Hons) Law with Social studies before working in Share Registration and progressing to a Client Relationship Manager at Capita Registrar’s in Share Plans. I am a Brownie Leader. I love to sew, cook and even managed to run the London Marathon in 2015.
My name is Linda Elliott, I am a self employed driving instructor and have run my own business local to Medway for the last 13 years. I have 2 children (twins age now 12) and throughout their primary school life I took a keen interest in their school and became a parent governor. When they left the school I was lucky enough to be able to carry on the role as a governor and am now happy to be on the governing Board for 3 local Griffin schools.
My name is Lorraine Gammon and I have been a parent governor since September 2015. I have children and my youngest daughter has just started her journey onto secondary school. I am a volunteer at Saxon Way Primary School and have just completed my Learning Support Assistant Qualification. I am enjoying my role as a member of the Board.
My name is Christina Williams. I have two children aged 10 and 17 years of age. I am a Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Biochemistry department at Medway Maritime where i have worked for 26years. Here i achieved my BSC and Fellowship exams for the Institute of biomedical scientists. I am now training officer responsible for getting staff State registered and specialist portfolios as well as organising lunch time CPD.
My name is Henry Chung. I am a Commercial Director within a SME in Canterbury overseeing the Marketing, Sales Office, warehouse and Logistics. One of the reasons that I became a governor was that I am passionate about volunteering which I am a volunteer for several organisations including the Griffin Schools Trust, Medway Board. As a father of two teenagers, I am trying my best to contribute as much as I can into the educational sector as well as learning new skills. As a member of the Finance and HR committee, I am sure that I am contributing to the schools with my business skills as well as personal development.
Terri has spent her entire career in education working in the public, independent and charity sectors, in the UK and overseas. She has worked in schools, teaching mathematics and computing, and for local authorities offering support in data management. She has always been involved in community sports leadership. She has also worked as an educational consultant for a national charity and for a wide variety of schools and local authorities across the UK. Terri now spends a large part of her time on voluntary work for schools and local organisations.
Sam Hunt – Clerk
Sam Hunt’s contact details:
0163 466 1540
Please click on the following link to see the Governors’ Declaration of Business Interest.