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.
Dr Lynne Graham-Matheson: Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair of Governors
Governor Since: 6th July 2016
Term of Office: 5th July 2020
Responsibility: Pupil Progress Team, Headteacher Appriasal Team and currently Governor linked to Inclusion and Curriculum Development.
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.
Phil Cocks: Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair
Governor Since: 1st September 2018
Term of Office: 31st August 2022
Responsibility: Vice Chair of Governors, Governor linked to Maths, Science and Health & Safety.
I have been living with my family on Romney Marsh just outside the village of Aldington since the late 1990’s. My eldest son joined Aldington school in 2015 and my youngest son started in September 2018.
I run a project management consultancy providing services for the construction and building sector across London and the South East. I believe I have some useful skills that can be used to support the school as it continues to develop.
Having been part of the village community for more than twenty years I am excited to be more involved with the school.
Dave McQuillan: Foundation Governor
Governor Since: 14th March 2018
Term of Office: 13th March 2022
Responsibilities: Safeguarding & Child Protection. Governor linked to Arts, Geography/History.
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.
Emma Owen - Parent Governor
Governor Since: 8th November 2017
Term of Office: 7th November 2021
Responsibilities: Pupil Progress Team and currently governor linked to PE.
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.
George Russell: Parent Governor
Governor Since: 13th January 2015
Term of Office: 13th January 2023
Responsibilities: Finance, Pay Team, Headteacher Appraisal Team and Governor linked to Computing, Modern Language.
I am originally a Farmer’s son from Warwickshire. My career has taken me across Europe, London, and now to Ashford where I have been living with my wife since 2005. I have been working for Eurostar since 1995 and my job involves travelling daily between Paris, London and Brussels working in a safety critical customer facing role. I speak both French and Dutch. My daughter started in Pandas in 2014 and I have been a Governor at Aldington ever since. I am proud of the school, the opportunities it provides, the commitment of staff, and the strong links that have been forged both with the local community and other schools (locally, and across the channel). I love the rural location, and the strong community that continually supports the school. Since being a Governor I have been involved in the school finances. I am working hard to ensure that ever dwindling resources stretch to maintain education of the highest possible standard ensuring that pupils fulfil their potential to ready them for the next chapter in their lives.
Vivienne Jones: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: 26th March 2020
Term of Office: 22nd May 2024
My parents moved to Aldington in the early 70’s when I was 12, so I didn’t have the opportunity of attending the village school. I moved away when I got married. When my parents became unwell in their 90’s, we were in a position to buy their home and move back. We now live in Bonnington and are lucky enough to have our adult children living alongside us with our grandchildren, who are now attending Aldington school.
My professional career was nursing, which I loved. I worked and managed a 12 bedded cardiac care unit for most of that time and the last seven years I was running chest pain clinics across East Kent. I took early retirement when despite my best efforts and working many extra hours, I was unable to provide a good service as the workload increased.
I now work part-time in the family business of home maintenance and am able to fit it around my favourite past-time of walking, and recently joining the PTFA and becoming involved with my grandchildren’s school.
Christine Fuller: Foundation Governor
Governor Since: 26th March 2020
Term of Office: 22nd May 2024
I am 5 Year resident of Aldington, retired with a long history of working in administration, accounts and personnel. I have a lifelong interest in education particularly primary. I have previously served on School Appeals Panels so am aware of the pressures on schools and the dilemmas they face. I do have grandsons at Aldington School so I have an interest in the school being successful, whilst not a direct connection.
Ben Dawson: Co-opted Governor
Governor Since: 1st October 2014
Term of Office: 30th October 2018
Responsibilities: 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
Governor Since: 5th September 2017
Term of Office: 4th September 2021
Background Information: I attended Canterbury Christ Church University for three years and gained a Psychology and English Literature Degree. Following this, I became a Teaching Assistant at a school in Dover for two years. From here I decided I wanted to become a Teacher so I trained to be a Teacher through the GTP programme. I fell in love with Aldington Primary School after a three week placement during my training. From being an NQT six years ago, I have taught in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. For the last two years I have taught in Year 2 and am the Maths Coordinator for the school and I am continually working on ways to improve the subject for the school. I have a real passion for my job and absolutely adore the school that I' lucky enough to work in. I really believe that we have an amazing school that has a lot to offer for both children and staff.
Sandra MacCourt: Staff Governor
Governor Since: 1st April 2005
Term of Office: Ongoing
Responsibilities: Pupil Progress Team
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: Tim Hughes, Keith Bowley and Jerry Newson
If you have a complaint please contact:
Jean Grieb - Complaints Co-Ordinator