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.
Tom Carney: Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors
Governor Since: February 2013
Term of Office: 30/09/2018
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 of Governors, Training & Development Governor, Dolphin Class 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 Bear 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 32 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.
Chris Gadsby: Parent Governor - Chair of Resources Team
Governor Since: 22/10/2013
Term of Office: 21/10/2017
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.
Alison Body: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: 11/11/ 2015
Term of Office: 10/11/2019
Responsibilities: Member of Teaching and Learning Team and Governor linked to Jaguar Class
I have been working in children's services for over 14 years; 6 years working in charities alongside primary schools to provide early intervention and prevention services for children and families; 5 years of this time has also been spent working in senior management at KCC, commissioning services for children and working on programmes to reduce exclusion rates across the age ranges. My husband and I are also registered foster carers.
3 years ago I moved over to academia and now work as a research associate at the University of Kent, specialising in early intervention services for children and the impact of social policy, austerity and welfare reform on services and education for children. I now work as a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University in Childhood and Education Studies.
Broadly speaking, skills I hope to support the governors by using the experience in understanding wider social policy and upcoming changes, helping building support for more vulnerable children in the school and fundraising. I also have good understanding of book keeping, HR, recruitment and selection and financial management.
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.
Governor Since: 15/03/2017
Term of Office: 14/03/2021
Responsibility: Eagle 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.
Mr William Parkinson: Co-opted Governor
Governor since: 15/03/2017
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.
Jodie Cannell: Staff Governor
Governor Since: September 2013
Term of Office: 31/08/2017
Responsibilities: Member of Teaching and Learning Team
Originally from Hastings, I moved to the Ashford area 14 years ago after living in London for several years where I studied, gaining my degree from Roehampton University. I completed by teaching qualification through Christchurch Canterbury whilst my son was still at primary school and have worked at Aldington Primary school for just over five years now, with my first Panda class about to become Jaguars. The school has gone through many changes during this time, growing and developing each year into the school that we have today. It has been exciting being a part of these changes and I look forward to supporting the school further in the future.
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.
Appointed: March 2016
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:
Rachael Pielow-Spratt - until 2nd February 2016
Brenda Kemp - until December 2016