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Sevenoaks Primary School

SevenOaksPrimary School

‘We are all equal and our teachers are all kind’ (Pupil quote)-– Ofsted 2017
Pupils are proud of their school and enthusiastic about their learning-Ofsted 2017
Pupils feel safe and said that they trust there is always an adult they can go to if they feel concerned-Ofsted 2017
Sevenoaks Primary is a fantastic, caring school, where my children blossom and flourish, both academically and emotionally-Parent
We are very proud to say that our children go to Sevenoaks Primary-Parent
Pupils achieve well at this school-Ofsted 2017
Although it is a large school, a real family feel is fostered - it is palpable-Parent
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Governor Biographies and Attendance

Melanie McInerney

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"

Simon Leigh

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 Nicholson

Mark was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018. His daughter is now in Year 3. He is currently Chair of 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 Sevenoks since 2013. 

Alex Kevan

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.​

Ian Harby

Co-opted governor, originally appointed in 2004. Key areas of responsibility: Chair of Learning and Development Team and also responsible for ICT and Special Educational Needs.

Jo Wildman

Co-opted governor, originally appointed in 2007. Key areas of responsibility: Literacy, website and Phase 2.

Cassandra Malone

Headteacher.

Click the link below for Cassandra's Biography:

Cassandra Malone

Patrick Widdowson

I have been a Parent governor since 2018 and sit on the Resources committee with responsibility for Health and Safety. I am also one of the vice chairs of the Governing body. I enjoy supporting the school in its ambitions and progress towards its overall vision.

My daughter has passed through Sevenoaks primary school and attends Weald, while my son is at the start of his journey with SPS, both keep me busy with their activities!

My background for over 20 years is delivering contracts for Government departments, providing services to people to help improve and shape their lives. I lead the implementation of new contracts, including IT, compliance and business change projects.

Eleanor Robinson


I have been a parent governor since March 2020 and sit on the Learning & Development committee. I have two children at the school in Reception and Year 2.

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.

Jeremy Barker

I have been a 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, with the eldest due to begin his journey through SPS.

James Neill

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.​

Miriam Nadarajah

I have been 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. As a governor, I sit on the Learning and Development committee and lead on Safeguarding for the school. ​

I have 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. 

Gareth Walters

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 Learning and Development committee, with a specific focus on pupil safeguarding.
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.”   

SEVENOAKS PRIMARY SCHOOL

ATTENDANCE REPORT OF GOVERNORS MEETINGS SEPTEMBER 2019 - JULY 2020

FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS

Name of Governor

Mtgs attended

 

Collins Steve (Chair)

5/5

 

Barker Jeremy

3/3

New co-opted gov appointed 12.12.19

Collins Sarah

3/5

 

Durkin Jane

3/4

New staff gov appointed 12.12.19

Harby Ian

4/5

 

Kevan Alex

3/5

 

Leigh Simon

5/5

 

Malone Cassandra

4/5

 

Manuel Amanda

5/5

 

Matthews Sophie

3/4

New associate member appointed 12.12.19

Last meeting July 2020

McInerney Melanie (vice)

5/5

 

Nadarajah Miriam

5/5

 

Neale Deb

4/5

 

Neill James

3/3

New co-opted gov appointed 12.12.19

Nicholson Mark

5/5

 

Robinson Eleanor

3/3

New parent gov elected 16.3.20

Walters Gareth

2/3

New Authority gov appointed 26.3.20

Widdowson Patrick

5/5

 

Wildman Jo

4/5

 

Resources Committee

Name of Governor

Mtgs attended

 

Nicholson Mark (Chair))

4/4

 

Barker Jeremy

3/3

New co-opted gov appointed 12.12.19

Collins Steve

3/4

 

Leigh Simon

3/4

 

Malone Cassandra

2/4

 

McInerney Melanie

4/4

 

Neill James

2/3

 

Widdowson Patrick

4/4

 

Robinson Eleanor

2/3

New parent gov elected 16.3.20

Durkin Jane

2/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning & Development Committee

Name of Governor

Mtgs attended

 

 

 

 

Harby Ian (Chair)

2/2

 

Collins Sarah

2/2

 

Collins Steve

2/2

 

Durkin Jane

2/2

 

Kevan Alex

2/2

 

Leigh Simon

1/2

 

Malone Cassandra

1/2

 

Manuel Amanda

2/2

 

Miriam Nadarajah

2/2

 

Neale Deb

2/2

 

Wildman Jo

2/2

 

McInerney Melanie

2/2

 

Barker Jeremy

1/1

 

Robinson Eleanor

1/1

 

Neill James

1/1

 

Walters Gareth

1/1