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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.  She is about to go off to university and his youngest son is now in year 8 – 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 two Ofsted inspections, seen the school grow from about 360 pupils to its current size, and is now seeing through the prospect of building a new school.  Steve works as a management consultant primarily working with NHS organisations.

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. She is Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of the Resources Committee and sits on a number of smaller committees dealing with Personnel and New Build matters. She gave up paid work to become a ‘full time mum’ and 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 has found being a School Governor an extremely fulfilling role. Melanie says that 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. She is actively involved in all aspects of the New Build development and the exciting prospect that it presents for the school & the local community.

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

Parent governor, elected in December 2015. Key areas of responsibility: numeracy and modern foreign languages.
I have a Masters of Civil Engineering and 15 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.
Hopefully my passion for science and engineering, along with having worked abroad, will assist with numeracy and modern foreign language foundation subjects.

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


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Cassandra Malone