Welcome to our Governors' section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Attendance for your information.
Minutes of the Full Governing Body, Teaching and Learning Team and Resources Team Meetings can be requested through an email request to the school office.
Tom Carney: Foundation Governor - Chair of Governors
Governor Since: February 2013
Term of Office: 10/09/2021
Responsibilities: Member of the Strategy Team, Resources Team, Pupil Progress Group, Pay Team, Headteacher Appraisal Team and currently Governor linked to Owl Class.
I am a professional communications and marketing expert with experience in private and public sectors, currently working in central government. I've lived in Aldington with my wife for five years and both of our children were born here.
My eldest child started in Panda Class in September 2012 and I'm happy with my experiences of the school. I want to be able to help shape the school's development to ensure it continues to help children fulfil their potential and learn in a positive, supportive and creative environment. I will contribute to the Governing Body's strategic function, supporting the delivery of the school's long term plans and helping to maintain the reputation that has taken time to build and of which it is rightly proud.
Dr Lynne Graham-Matheson: Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair of Governors
Governor Since: 6/7/2016
Term of Office: 5/7/2020
Responsibility: Vice Chair, Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee, Training and Development Governor.
I am originally from London but have lived in Ashford for over 30 years. I have two grown up daughters.
I started my career in human resource management then began teaching when my children were young. I have taught psychology, social sciences and management in Kent and at the Open University. After completing my PhD looking at mature students in higher education I joined the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003, working in research and knowledge exchange.
I am very pleased to join the governing body of Aldington Primary School, the third school I have been a governor of. I believe education is very important for everyone and although my professional interests tend to focus on adult learners and training and development, I see excellent primary education as crucial to giving all children a good start in life.
Jane Stallwood: Local Authority Governor
Governor Since: February 2010
Term of Office: 13/01/2018
Responsibilities: Member of the Teaching and Learning Team, Pupil Progress Group and currently Governor linked to Jaguar Class.
I worked in the NHS for many years in a strategic management role, both in the acute and community sectors, before moving into the Primary Care organisations. I initially reduced my working hours in 2010 and decided I would like to be more involved in the community within Aldington. An opportunity came up for a Local Authority Governor at Aldington School, for which I applied, and I am now into my second term of office here.
I have lived in Aldington for 35 years and both my children, and now grandchildren, attend the school so I have always had regular contact with the school over the years. I believe that the links between the school and the village community are very important and I am enjoying being part of this again.
Keith Bowley: Foundation Governor
Term of Office: 10/09/2021
Responsibilities: Resources Team, Inclusion Governor,
Born in West London I moved to Kent more than 40 years ago having lived mainly in Hythe and Brabourne Lees. Until my retirement I had worked for Saga Group as an Operations and Administration Manager for 25 years and for the last 5 years worked on the Roger De Haan Charitable trust as the link person between schools and sports organisations in the Shepway area. This led me nicely into education where for 15 years I worked at a local secondary school working primarily with disadvantaged children.
The chance to share my knowledge and experience as a governor at a local school and to once again to be involved with teachers and children was an opportunity I could not miss and look forward to helping the school and its children grow and develop in every way.
Chris Gadsby: Co-Opted - Chair of Resources Team
Governor Since: 22/10/2013
Term of Office: 07/11/2021
Responsibilities: Member of Strategy Team, Resources Team, Pay Team, Headteacher Appraisal Team.
I am originally from Leicestershire but moved to Aldington 5 years ago with my family.
I am a facilities management professional running my own consultancy, working mainly with clients within local government and the NHS.
My eldest son is a pupil in his second year at the school, with his younger brother starting in September 2015.
I aim to bring my professional expertise, enthusiasm and hopefully good humour to the governing body. I see my role as being a supportive and critical friend for the Senior Leadership Team and Staff. Thus enabling the school to thrive whilst nurturing and challenging our fantastic pupils.
Dave McQuillan: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: 1/10/2014
Term of Office: 30/09/2018
Responsibilities: Member of Resources Team and currently Governor linked to Otter Class
I grew up in Aldington and returned to the village with my wife and family ten years ago. My three children all attended the school and I have been a governor for five years. I work as a Paramedic practitioner for South East
Coast Ambulance service; this has always allowed me flexibility to spend time at the school. I believe a successful local school is vital for a strong village community and in my co-opted role hope to further support the school in its continued development.
Mrs Jan Wirrman: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: 15/03/2017
Term of Office: 14/03/2021
Responsibility: EYFS and Panda Class Governor.
I have lived in the Aldington area for 42 years and both my grandsons now attend Aldington School. My working life has been varied, to fit in with bringing up two children, and included teaching Basic Skills to adults who had missed out on their earlier education. This experience confirmed my belief that all children deserve the very best opportunities to learn and grow in a happy and caring environment, from their very earliest days at school.
I am now actively retired, and in my role as co-opted governor I hope to contribute in any way I can as the school thrives and develops.
George Russell: Parent Governor
Governor Since: 12/01/2015
Term of Office: 11/01/2019
Responsibilities: Member of Resources Team, Pay Team and currently Governor linked to Panda Class
I moved to Kent from London with my wife around 10 years ago. I have worked for Eurostar for around 20 years and spend most of my working days between London, Paris and Brussels. I speak French and Dutch.
My daughter started in Panda Class in September 2014. I am delighted with my experience of the school so far. As a Farmer's son, I love the school's rural location and the unique outdoor learning opportunities that it offers.
Emma Owen - Parent Governor
Governor Since: 08/11/2017
Term of Office: 07/11/2021
The school is close to my heart and I am pleased to be supporting it by being a Parent Governor. Not only did I attend Aldington Primary but so have five generations of my family, as well as both of my children currently. I live in Aldington and am part of the community. I believe my knowledge of the local area will benefit the governing body, as well as my knowledge of strategic plans and policy implementation, through experience working within the NHS, local government and education sector. I can also be a voice for all pupils and parents.
Ben Dawson: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: 01/10/2014
Term of Office: 30/09/2018
Responsibilities: Member of Strategy Team, Teaching and Learning Team, Resources Team and Pupil Progress Team
I grew up in Smeeth and have lived fairly locally all my life with the exception of heading to Bath for university. Since becoming a teacher I have taught in a variety of places in Bath, Canterbury and Ashford. All these schools helped me to develop as a teacher, learn new skills and progress my career. Moving to Aldington as Deputy has opened many new opportunities. I hope to contribute to the success and reputation of Aldington through my teaching, deputy and governor roles.
Claire Gates: Staff Governor
Responsibilities: Member of Resources Team
Sandra MacCourt: Member of Governing body
Governor Since: 01/04/2005
Term of Office: Ongoing
Responsibilities: Member of Strategy Team, Teaching and Learning Team, Resources Team, Pupil Progress Group and Pay Team
In addition to the above, Sandra MacCourt is also a member of the Governing body as Head Teacher.
Jean Grieb - Clerk to the Governors
Responsibilities: Advisory Clerk.
I joined the Governing Body in March of this year, bringing with me experience of clerking for five schools over a substantial period of time. Most of my career has been in primary education working in office and financial management. Apart from this school I clerk for another primary school in Folkestone.
I am privileged to be part of this school and working with the Governing Body Team.
Have Served on the Governing Body in the Last Twelve Months: