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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

Governor Biographies

Steve Collins

Steve has been a governor at SPS since 2002, and chair since 2007.  He joined the governing body when his eldest daughter was in reception and has had three children at the school.  All his children have now finished their schooling, with his youngest leaving Sevenoaks School in 2020 – how time flies by!  His role as chair is very varied, and he is part of both the Resources and Learning & Development Committees, as well as overseeing the full governing body.  During his time he has have been involved in three Ofsted inspections, seen the school grow from about 360 pupils to its current size, the new building and appointment of Mrs Malone as Headteacher.  Steve is a finance director in the NHS working in East London.

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 Body in 2005 and has carried out a number of roles, she is currently Vice Chair. Melanie has been pleased to contribute skills from her professional career as a Chartered Management Accountant in Pharmaceuticals & Retail sectors to the GB. During her time as a governor she has studied for & gained the Diploma in School Business Management. She 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.

Amanda Manuel

Amanda is a co-opted governor, previously a parent governor whose two children have now left the school.  She has been on the governing body since October 2011 and is a member of the Learning & Development team.  Her special responsibilities include governor data, more able and assessment.  Outside of school she runs her own business helping organisations to become more productive, particularly with respect to processes and systems.  She can also be found on a Friday afternoon in the ICT suite running Code Club - an after school computer programming club for primary school children.

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


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 one child at the school who is currently in Year 1 and another due to start in Reception in September.

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.