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Governors

Governors

Please contact any of the school governors through the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Deborah Stryzyk at the school address or by email at,

[email protected]

Appointed Governors

Mrs P Hatt

Director Appointed Governor Appointed by FMAT

Responsibility: Chair of Governors/Child Protection/Safeguarding/Health & Safety

Employment: Retired

Business interests to declare: None

Other Positions: FMAT Strategic Board

Term of office: 6th December 2017 to 5th December 2021

6 out of 6 meetings attended

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

Miss T Cadwallader

Responsibility: Headteacher

Employment: FMAT

Business interests to declare: None

Other Positions: None

6 out of 6 meetings attended

I moved to Sittingbourne over 14 years ago, my brother and father soon joined me in this area.  I have been in teaching for over 20 years, the last 7 of them here at South Avenue Primary School, recently taking on the role of Headteacher.  I trained to become a teacher as I felt that every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their dreams and through education, they are given the foundations to do this. I hope to be able to develop the ‘we discover, we learn, we grow’ philosophy as Headteacher.

Staff Governor

 
   

Mrs H Lofts

Employment: FMAT

Business interests to declare: None

Other Positions: None

Term of office: 29th November 2018 to 27th November 2022

6 out of 6 meetings attended 

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

Anna Penn

Parent Governor elected by the parent community

Employment: TBC

Business interests to declare: TBC

Other Positions: None

Term of office: 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2025

Mr Chris Soyiinka

Parent Governor elected by the parent community

Employment: Royal Veterinary College and Cotts World Limited

Business interests to declare: None

Other Positions: Article 25 – Honorary Treasurer, Royal Veterinary College

Term of office: 18th January 2021 to 17th January 2024

4 out of 4 meetings attended

My family and I moved to Sittingbourne in 2020; before this, we lived in Chatham for nine years.

I am a Chartered Accountant and work for Royal Veterinary College (ranked as World's number one veterinary school in the prestigious QS World University Ranking for 2019 and 2020).  I lead on the preparation of financial statements and provide technical advice on Financial Regulations, Accounting Standards and Treasury Management.

I previously worked in the charity sector for 15 years, mainly at Ambitious about Autism and Royal National Institute for Deaf People.

I was a school governor for a school in Chatham for four years, and for some years, I chaired the Finance & Personnel Committee. I recognise some challenges teachers, senior leadership teams, parents, and schools in general face. With my experience in the third and HE sectors, I can positively contribute to a positive learning journey for all pupils alongside other stakeholders.

Governors Appointed by the Directors of the Fulston Manor Academies Trust

Mrs K Franks

Directed Appointed Governor - Appointed by FMAT

Responsibility: SEND and Wellbeing

Employment: FMAT

Business interests to declare: None

Other Positions: None

Term of office: 15th October 2019 to 14th October 2023

6 out of 6 meetings attended

 

Mrs A Kelly-Metelewa

Directed Appointed Governor - Appointed by FMAT

Responsibility: Finance, PE and Sports Premium Grants

Employment: Financial Conduct Authority

Business interests to declare: None

Other Positions: None

Term of office: 1st September 2020 to 31st August 2024

4 out of 6 meetings attended

I have lived in Sittingbourne for just over 5 years having moved from London and this very much feels like home to us now. 

I hold a degree in Quantity Surveying, but I have spent most of my career working in Financial Services Public Policy. 

Since having my own babies, I have come to understand the value that should be placed on educating the bright minds of the future. I am very passionate about social mobility and I became a school governor to ensure that i do my bit to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to attain success.

 

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs D Stryzyk