The Governing Body, led by the Chair of Governors manages the school. The work of the Governing Body is undertaken by various committees, which meet throughout the year and report to the termly Governors’ Meetings.
Mrs. Carolyn Sekulowicz-Barclay
I became a member of the Governing Body in November 2014 and am now the Chair of Governors. I started my teaching career in Deptford in 1977 and have taught in Bexley schools for over twenty five years. Two years ago I retired as Head Teacher of Belmont School and am now enjoying my grandson and doing all those things I wanted to do when I was working! The future for the children of Lessness Heath School is very positive and I am looking forward to working with the school and parents/carers to ensure that they receive the best education possible.
Mrs. Linda Thomas
My name is Linda Thomas and have recently become a governor. I have been appointed the Numeracy Governor and chair of the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee. I am a retired primary teacher who taught for twenty five years as a classroom teacher and as a senior leader within various schools in both Greenwich and Bexley. I am married with two grown up children and two grandchildren. My interests are travelling, sailing and singing in a local choir. I have lived in the borough for most of my life, so I am very familiar with the local area and look forward to serving the school as a governor.
Mr. Michael Clarkson
I am a parent of two children who attend Lessness Heath Primary, who enjoy being at the school. I am a Youth and Children’s Worker with a big passion on using my experience to work with the school. I was previously a Local Authority Governor at another Bexley school, and want to use the experience I gained in this role to enhance the work this school currently does.
Mrs. Janice Stoddard
I am a local authority appointed Governor, appointed in 2011. I work as a HR Manager in a Multi Academy Trust and have held various roles in education in Bexley over many years, so I bring with me a wealth of knowledge to support the Head Teacher and staff at the school. I have a strong interest in the local community and am passionate about offering the best opportunities that we possibly can to the children at Lessness so that they can all reach their full potential.
- Board Members – The Primary First Trust (PFT)
Full Names Date of Appointment Term of Office Board Member Type / Appointed by Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests inc governance roles in other education institutions Date stepped down (if applicable) Attendance record at meetings: PFT Board Meeting 1.9.15-31.8.16 Justin Smith 18.10.13 Ongoing CEO None Declared – 3 out of a possible 3 William Harwood 18.10.13 4 years Member and Chair of the Board None Declared – 3 out of a possible 3 Chris Foster 18.10.13 4 years Board Director None Declared 23.3.16
3 out of a possible 3 Martin Wallbridge 18.10.13 4 years Member School Governor – Barnehurst Federation 20.7.16 (as Director) 3 out of a possible 3 Steven Ristow 18.10.13 4 years Member School Governor – Barnehurst Federation 9.12.15 (as Director) 1 out of a possible 1 Andrew Spearman 10.12.14 4 years Member and Board Director School Governor – Harris Federation
Senior Employee – A City Law Firm
– 3 out of a possible 3 Adelle Martin 23.3.16 2 years Board Director Family Director – 4M Bars Limited 2 out of a possible 2 Steve Rumbles 23.3.16 2 years Board Director Managing Director – Rumbles Pension Services Limited 2 out of a possible 2
2. Local Governing Body – Committee Structure for 2016/17 Chair of Governors: Mrs Carolyn Sekulowicz-Barclay Vice Chair of Governors: Mrs Linda Thomas
TEACHING, LEARNING & STANDARDS COMMITTEE FINANCE, STAFF & PREMISES COMMITTEE Miss Olivia Butler Mr Michael Clarkson (Chair of Committee) Mrs Lauren Price (Chair of Committee) Mrs Carolyn Sekulowicz-Barclay Mrs Carolyn Sekulowicz-Barclay Ms Jan Stoddard Mrs Linda Thomas
3. Local Governing Body – Structure and remit of members for September 2015 – August 2016 NOTE: The committee structure shown above is for 2016/2017. The attendance records shown below are for academic year 2015/2016.
Full Names Date of Appointment (Term of Office 4 years) Governor Type / Appointed by (Primary First Trust – PFT) Committee/s Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests inc governance roles in other education institutions Date stepped down (if applicable) Attendance record at meetings for academic year Sept 2015 – July 2016 (*): Mr Chris Ball 01/11/2015 Head Teacher NA None declared Resigned as Head Teacher in July 2016 9 out of a possible 9 Miss Olivia Butler 23/03/2016 Staff Teaching, Learning & Standards · Teacher – Lessness Heath Primary School N/A 1 out of a possible 1 Mr Michael Clarkson 06/11/2014 Parent / Vice Chair of Governors Finance, Staff & Premises · School worker – CRIBS N/A 5 out of a possible 8 Mrs Mutiatu Dahunsi 06/11/2014 Parent Teaching, Learning & Standards · Support worker
· The Redeemed Church of God Chair Leader
Removed from the governing body in July 2016 2 out of possible 6 Mr Ian Doherty 02/07/2013 Parent Teaching, Learning & Standards None declared Removed from the governing body in January 2016 0 out of a possible 3 Mrs Marny Hughes 23/03/2016 Staff NA · Teacher – Lessness Heath Primary School Resigned from the school in March 2016 0 out of a possible 0 Mrs Penny Jones 01/09/15 – ongoing PFT Leading Head Teacher NA · PFT Leading Head Teacher at Lessness Heath Primary School, Mayplace Primary School and the Federation of Barnehurst Schools
· Company Directorship at All Through Learning Ltd
· Membership of College of Teachers
· Membership of the Royal Society of Arts
N/A 4 out of a possible 4 Mrs Kate O’Connor 1/09/2016 Head Teacher NA · Head Teacher at Lessness Heath Primary School N/A N/A Mrs Lauren Price 23/03/2016 PFT Appointed Teaching, Learning and Standards · Self-employed consultant advisory teacher
· Family learning tutor
N/A 1 out of a possible 1 Mrs Elaine Robertson September – 23/10/15 Staff – Interim Head Teacher N/A · Interim Executive Head Teacher
· Company Directorship for Elaine Robertson Ltd
· Contracts offered to the school through Jeredus
Interim post ended in October 2015 Mrs Carolyn Sekulowicz-Barclay 20/07/2015 PFT Appointed / Chair of Governors Teaching/Learning/Standards and
Finance, Staff & Premises
None declared N/A 10 out of a possible 10 Ms Jan Stoddard 20/07/2015 PFT Appointed Finance, Staff & Premises · HR Director within a Multi Academy Trust N/A 6 out of a possible 7 Mrs Nicola Stockdale 01/10/2015 Staff – Appointed by the PFT N/A None declared Resigned from school in January 2016 0 out of a possible 0 Mrs Linda Thomas 20/07/2015 PFT Appointed Teaching, Learning and Standards None declared N/A 7 out of a possible 7
(*) The register of meetings above is based on all meetings each governor is required to attend from the start of the academic year 2015 or when they joined the governing body, through to the end of the same academic year in 2016 or when they left the governing body. This register of attendance was last updated in September 2016 for academic year 2015-2016 and attendance for academic year 2016-2017 will not be updated until September 2017.
If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please address your letter to:
Mrs Carolyn Sekulowicz-Barclay, c/o Mrs Jane Hingston Clerk to the Governors, The Primary First Trust The White House Clifton Marine Parade Gravesend DA11 0DY