SEVENOAKS PRIMARY SCHOOL
|Melanie McInerney||Chair of Governing Board, Governor training||Co-opted||Resources, Learning & Development|
|Sarah Collins||Parent||Learning & Development|
|Cassandra Malone||Headteacher||Resources, Learning & Development|
|Alex Kevan||Vice Chair of Governing Board, Health & Safety||Co-opted||Resources|
|Simon Leigh||Chair of Learning & Development Committee||Co-opted||Learning & Development|
|Miriam Nadarajah||Vice Chair of Learning & Development Committee, Safeguarding||Co-opted||Learning & Development|
|Deborah Neale||Co-opted||Learning & Development|
|Eleanor Robinson||Special Educational Needs||Parent||Learning & Development|
|Gareth Walters||Risk & GDPR||LA Governor||Resources|
|Jane Durkin||Staff||Learning & Development|
|Jeremy Barker||Vice Chair of Resources Committee||Co-opted||Resources|
|James Neill||Chair of Resources Committee||Co-opted||Resources|
|Suzanne Rodenhurst||Bursar||Associate Member||Resources|
|Grace Amure||Parent||Learning & Development|
COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND GOVERNOR RESPONSIBILITIES
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT TEAM
|Simon Leigh (Chairman)||James Neill (Chair)|
|Miriam Nadarajah (Vice Chair)||Jeremy Barker (Vice-Chair)|
|Cassandra Malone||Melanie McInerney|
|Sarah Collins||Cassandra Malone|
|Eleanor Robinson||Mark Nicholson|
|Grace Amure||Suzanne Rodenhurst (Bursar)|
|Melanie McInerney||Jo Wildman|
|Deb Neale||Gareth Walters|
|Jane Durkin||Alex Kevan|
GOVERNOR LINK FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN PRIORITIES:
|Quality of Education :||Simon Leigh, Miriam Nadarajah, Eleanor Robinson|
Behaviour and Attitudes :
Deb Neale, Sarah Collins
Personal Development :
|James Neill, Alex Kevan, Jo Wildman|
Leadership & Management:
|Jeremy Barker, Gareth Walters, Melanie McInerney|
|Early Years||Melanie McInerney, Grace Amure|
Melanie lives in Sevenoaks and has a long association with Sevenoaks Primary School as her two daughters attended before going on to Grammar School in Tonbridge.
Melanie joined the Governing Board in 2005, has carried out a number of roles and was elected as Chair in October 2020. Melanie has been pleased to utilise skills gained from her professional career as a Chartered Management Accountant in the pharmaceutical & retail sectors in her governor work. She holds a Diploma in School Business Management. Melanie is also a governor and trustee of Sevenoaks School.
She has found being a School Governor an extremely fulfilling role. Melanie says "Sevenoaks Primary School is an inclusive, exciting, innovative & dynamic school with a highly committed team of staff, governors and supportive parents. It is a privilege to work with the school & wider SPS family and to play a small part in shaping its success".
I became a Co-opted governor in December 2019, following a 4-year period as a Parent Governor.
I have a Masters of Civil Engineering and 20 years experience working on large scale construction projects, including power stations, tunnels, hospitals and train stations. I have administered contracts and scrutinised designs to ensure timely completion.
Being a governor so far has been a great way to get involved in my children's education and supporting the school.
I have been a parent governor since March 2020 and sit on the Learning & Development committee.I serve as the link Governor for SEN and have 2 children at the school.
I am a lawyer, working for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), with experience in investigating financial services firms and individuals for breaches of the FCA's rules and principles. Prior to that I used to work in a law firm, advising clients on litigation matters. I also have interests in English Literature and creative writing.
I am very much enjoying understanding the great work that Sevenoaks Primary School does and contributing to its direction and strategy.
Simon has been a parent governor since January 2014. Married to Sally, with two children at the school (Y2 & Y4), he is an active and involved dad. He enjoys a wide range of activities, not least, supporting the children in their latest adventures and endeavours.
Simon grew up in Yorkshire, before moving to the South East after university to work in London. After stints in London, the South East and Devon, the family are now settled in Sevenoaks.
He is driven by a desire to help the school provide the best possible outcome for all children, irrespective of background and ability. He has a deep interest in education as well as social care.
A keen cyclist, you may see Simon cycling around Kent and Sussex early on a Sunday morning with his fellow cycling dads or through Knole Park with the children.
Simon is a director for a global communications firm and has over 25 years experience in research, analysis, process improvement, people development and marketing.
Mark was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018. He serves on the Resources Committee, which scrutinises the school's finances, fabric and development plans. Mark is a Chartered Accountant and works as a credit ratings analyst covering the European insurance sector. He and his family have lived in Sevenoaks since 2013.
I have been a parent governor since December 2016, and I have just been re-elected for a further term of 4 years. As a governor I sit on the Learning and Development Committee and I lead on pupil premium and sport funding as of September 2020.
I have 2 children who currently attend the school, who have thrived during their time there. They both have a zest for life and learning and I honestly believe this is due to the care and guidance of all those who work at Sevenoaks Primary School.
I have 13 years experience in Education, teaching Physical Education at secondary school level. During this time I have focused on pastoral care and the nurturing of children to enable them to have the individual tools they need for learning. I have also taken lead roles in the qualification areas of the subject at GCSE and A Levels.
I have been a co-opted governor at the school since the beginning of 2020, although I have previous experience of being a co-opted governor at a primary school in Tonbridge. Whilst there, I was particularly involved with the finances, but learnt a great deal over the years and across all areas. I have a particular interest in education and have previously been involved in mentoring schemes and breakfast clubs in London.
My background is in finance and specifically with charities and sustainability.
I have three young children, attending or about to attend SPS.
James joined the SPS Governing Board at the end of 2019 and hopes to make use of his experience of financial, risk and operational management gained through a career in investment banking whilst serving as a governor.
James has been a resident of the Sevenoaks area for the last 20 years and is married with two children who attend other local schools. Having always had an interest in education James is keen to help the school with a desire that all children have the opportunity to achieve their best.
I became a parent governor since December 2016, the same year that my eldest daughter joined the school. Both my daughters are now pupils at the school. I currently serve as a co-opted governor, I sit on the Learning and Development committee and lead on Safeguarding for the school.
I have over twenty years experience in primary teaching, the last fourteen of which have been in senior leadership. My particular areas of interest are in inclusion and special educational needs and, for the last ten years, I have led a primary Autism Resource Base for the London Borough of Camden.
I was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2020. As a governor, I sit on the Learning and Development Committee. I am passionate about diversity & inclusion.
I am married with 4 children. My second child attends SPS and is thriving.
I have a Masters in Operational Research and a BSc in Computer Science. I have over 15 years work experience within Corporate as a Business Analyst. I became an entrepreneur 7 years ago in Women Leadership as a Productivity & Transformational Coach. I am also a qualified Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist where I teach individuals and organisations how to recover from any type of emotional loss.
I am excited about the opportunity to utilise my experience to support the school in ensuring accountability for an inclusive environment.
Gareth has a lifelong association with Sevenoaks, having grown up in Otford and attending Sevenoaks School in the 6th form.
He has been a Governor since February 2020 and sits on the Resources committee.
Gareth's career in business includes over a decade, living and working in Germany in the 1990's and early 2000's. His professional qualifications include membership of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Insurance Institute. He runs his own insurance business based locally and sits on the Board of the Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce.
He is a passionate believer in the value of lifelong education having become fluent in German only in his 30's. “I know that there is talent to be unlocked in all of us if we take advantage of the opportunities we are given. I am thrilled at playing a small part in shaping a school environment in which all pupils can discover a talent early that can shape their own lives.”
Jo is a Co-opted governor, originally appointed in 2007. Key areas of responsibility: Literacy, website and Phase 2.