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Appointed Governors

Mrs P Hatt

I live locally with my husband and we have three children grown up children who all attended local primary and secondary schools.  I recently retired from over twenty years in the teaching profession after working in industry and raising my family.

I have always been passionate about facilitating children to become independent learners and “We Discover, We Learn, We Grow” is at the heart of this.

With the experience I have gained I can hopefully make a positive contribution to South Avenue’s Governing Body, the Headteacher and staff and ultimately the children’s education.


Headteacher Governor

Miss S Fenn

I became Headteacher of South Avenue Primary School in September 2018.   I am passionate about providing every child with the best opportunities so that they can achieve to their fullest potential.  I have worked in education for over 25 years as a teacher, SENCo, Deputy and Headteacher.  I am very proud to lead such a hard-working and dedicated team of staff who go ‘above and beyond’ every day.  Our core values of collaboration, commitment, creativity, courage, community and challenge are at the heart of all that we do.


Staff Governors

Mrs H Lofts

I have been the Family Liaison Officer, or FLO for short, at South Avenue since 2013. My role is to support our parents to enable them to support our pupils. I have four children of my own, two of whom are working and two still in education. Parenthood is a challenge at any time, but in today’s climate can be especially difficult and each day brings different issues to my door. I like the fact that no one day is ever the same. Previously I worked as an Immigration Officer in France and a travel agent, so all jobs involving people. 

I was the SEN governor at my children’s primary school for 12 years and saw first hand what nurture and support could do for pupils. No learning can happen until these things are sorted.  I am so proud that at South Avenue we recognise this and happy to be part of the Wellbeing Team.  

I am passionate about education at South Avenue and happy to  share the viewpoint  of all staff, with whom I have a good relationship with and work with the Governing Body to move the school even further forward.

Parent Governors

Mrs T Thurston

I have lived in Sittingbourne for most of my life and joined the Governing Board as a Parent Governor in October 2016.   I hold a Master’s Degree in Information Science and work at the University of Kent as an Academic Liaison Librarian.  In my current role I teach information literacy skills, manage the library budget for my academic schools and help ensure that the library is used effectively by the students.  I strongly believe that education should support children to reach their potential and I hope as a Governor I can make a positive contribution to the school and our children’s education. 

Mr J Righton

I have lived in Sittingbourne for 30 years and attended Fulston Manor Secondary School.  I have recently become a Parent Governor and have 2 children attending South Avenue Primary School.

I worked locally for over 10 years as an electrician before becoming an Electrical Site Manager in London.

I believe it is important for parents and the school to work together to achieve the very best from our children, and what better way to get involved than becoming a Parent Governor.

Governors Appointed by the Directors of the Fulston Manor Academies Trust

Mr A Brookes

Mrs K Franks


Clerk to the Governors

Mrs D Stryzy