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Meet the Governors

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 Issues for your information.

Governing Body

 
Chair - Mr Joel Mitchell (parent governor)
Vice Chair - Mr Paul Murphy (parent governor)
Headteacher - Ms Linda Oliver (staff governor)
Mrs Debbie Stone (co-opted governor)
Mr Paul Edwards (parent governor)
Mrs Sylvia Hasler (LA governor)
Mrs Katherin Daking (foundation governor)

Mrs Jo Greasley (co-opted governor)

Mrs Patricia Warlow (foundation governor)

Mr Daniel Hyder (staff governor)

Vacancy (parent governor)

Vacancy (foundation governor x1)

 

 

Governor Pen Profiles

Joel Mitchell (Chair of Governors)

I'm Joel and I've been Chair of Governors since September 2016.  I'm a Parent Governor and am dad to Jasper and Emilia who are both at the school. I became a school Governor as I’m really keen to support my local school and getting involved in the running of it seemed like an excellent way to do that. I thoroughly enjoy it; it’s not always easy but it’s important and rewarding. My day job sees me help run a railway as Director of Operations and Customer Experience. I also volunteer as a Director for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS) and I’m involved with the running of Maidstone Rugby Club’s under 8s side.

 

Katherin Daking

I have recently joined the governing body of Harrietsham School as a Foundation Governor.  This means that I have been appointed by the Diocese and I will have special interest in the continuing Christian ethos of the school.

Until recently I was teaching Child Care in a Further Education college.  During my time as Governor I hope to be able to contribute to the success of the school by providing support for all the teaching staff as they work towards producing happy and successful young people.

 

Debbie Stone

I have been involved with Harrietsham School since moving to the village in 1996, and my two children joined the school, increasing the schools role to 72!  In those days I was simply a parent but also an active member of the PTFA.

In 2000 I became a full time Year4/5 teacher at the school. In the same year I was elected to be Teacher Governor, a role I held until retiring from full time teaching in 2013. However, I very much wanted to stay involved with the school and became a co – opted Governor.

I see the Governing Body as being part of the strategic leadership of the school. It is a role that requires governors to question, challenge, support, monitor and evaluate as we work together for the overall good of the school and the community that it serves.

 

Paul Murphy

I  am a qualified teacher and have the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers.  I have  worked in several schools, in different phases, as a teacher, school leader, advisory teacher and consultant. My  experience includes primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges. I have worked as a senior adviser for several local authorities, as an interim leader and an experienced inspector of schools.  I have two children attending the school.

 

Linda Oliver (Headteacher)

 I started my teaching career briefly in Bromley but have worked mostly in Kent. I was headteacher of a small rural primary school  for over 4 years before coming to Harrietsham in 2015.   The headteacher, by nature of the job, is always a member of the school’s Governing Body.  We are lucky to have such a range of interests and expertise amongst our governors who, as a result, are able to bring different dimensions and viewpoints to our work to help and support us in becoming the best that we can possibly be. 

 

Sylvia Hasler

I am your Local Authority Governor.  I am a retired primary school teacher and have also been a staff governor.  I moved to Harrietsham two years ago and I look forward to being more involved in our local community through working with our local school as well as helping with the local Guides.

 

Jo Greasley

In April this year, I joined the staff of Harrietsham Primary School as a Learning Support Assistant in Year 2.  Prior to this, I spent my career working in a variety of roles across central Government, including leadership roles in the senior civil service.  Before applying to become an LSA, I volunteered my time at both the Beanstalk charity and Harrietsham School which I loved so much it led me to make the decision to move into education! 

 

Paul Edwards

I have recently joined the governing body as a parent governor.

My son is currently in Year R and my daughter attends the onsite pre-school. My children reinforce my interest in education and the community.

I bring skills and experience from my professional life, working for a global defence company, to the board of governors and the wider school.

Together with the rest of the board of governors and the teaching staff, I look forward to building on the current success of the school and taking it forward into a position that can be classed as outstanding.

 

Patricia Warlow

I have joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor, my application approved by the Diocese.  I attend the village church of St. John the Baptist and am committed to supporting the school as it seeks to help the children understand the message of its' Christian ethos.  I hope that my skills and experience as a social worker, albeit now retired, will be of value in our work to support both the children as they aim to achieve their personal best and the staff as they work towards the better good of the school.

I have lived in the village for three and a half years and I am involved in the activities of the Fish Scheme and the Wives Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governors Attendance

 

What do we do?

As governors, we are volunteers made up of parents, staff, members of the local community, and members appointed by the local authority and the Head Teacher. 

The governing body has overall responsibility for managing the school and are involved in setting the strategic direction of the school, including; policies, reviewing the school budget and achievement of objectives.

Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school – this is the responsibility of the headteacher. Our role is sometimes described as a ‘critical friend’; this means not to criticize the head or the school. Instead we try to ask useful questions to challenge and gain a greater understanding of the school and to ensure continuous improvement. 

Being a governor requires time and commitment but it is very rewarding.

How do we do it?

The full governing body meets three times a year: one evening in September and two full day meetings in January and May. These are held during school times so observations/monitoring can take place. This method has proved very successful as governors are experiencing school first-hand which helps enormously.  These monitoring visits help us to appreciate and understand the workings of the school. We do not make judgments about the quality of teaching or the progress of individual children.

We also have 2 committees which meet between the Full Governing Body meetings to discuss more in-depth matters.

Strategy – The strategy committee discusses in detail School Improvement, Performance Data, Policies, Curriculum

Resources – The resources committee looks after the Budgets, Personnel, Premises, Health & Safety

Are Governors trained?

All governors are volunteers and whilst we bring our own unique skills and knowledge to the governing body we do not know everything! We are keen to ensure that we have up to date knowledge to fulfil our roles and therefore we undertake training sessions provided by Kent County Council and attend Governor briefings. 

 

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