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Governors

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Hugh Samuelson - Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor for 12 years and have been Chair for the last 7 years. In addition I Chair the Resources Committee. 
By day, I am a manager for a Building Society: by night – dad to two children! Whilst my children were at Blean, I got to know the school and staff very well, fully appreciating what a great job they do but understanding the challenges that we face .
Leading the Governing Body is a role that I enjoy a great deal: the most important part is working with the School and Governors to ensure continuous improvement for everyone. It is our responsibility to help and support the school by working towards implementing the School Improvement Plan .

Recent successes have been supporting the successful award of the Leading Parent Partnership Award , being recognized for our Pupil Premium work with a National award in 2016  , our 2016 Ofsted Outstanding Judgement and the awarding of Teaching School Status .

I am also a local Parish Councillor on Blean Parish Council – this enables me to ensure that the school is well represented in the local community.

I welcome the opportunity to talk with parents and carers on any ideas or issues that you may have. It is also pleasing to receive positive feedback about the school. If you wish to contact me please email me at hsamuelson@blean.kent.sch.uk

Gina Donaldson - Co-opted Governor

I am a Co-opted Governor.. I have been a primary teacher for some years, teaching in several schools including a few years at Blean Primary School. I have always enjoyed teaching mathematics to children and now I work with student and practising teachers specialising in primary mathematics. I am a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, where I lead the primary mathematics modules on the PGCE, BA Primary Education and Masters degrees. My work involves visiting teachers in schools and researching the ways in which children learn mathematics. I am a member of the Blean Governing Body Learning and Development Committee and try to visit the school as often as possible to work with the children on mathematics.

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Debbie Hodson - Staff Governor

I work as the Administrative Officer and have done so for the majority of the last 20 years!

My three grown up children, all had an excellent grounding to their education at Blean School.

Blean School is a wonderful place and I feel very humbled to be part of such a strong team and very privileged to now have the opportunity, on the Governing Body, to help make a difference to the school’s development.

Kirstie Willerton - Vice Chair Govenor

I was co-opted to the Governing body at Blean School in 2015 due to my previous experience of being a Local Authority Governor (appointed via KCC) for another school for five years, two of which I had responsibility for overseeing Finances. I have been Vice Chair of Blean governing body for the last two academic years and have held responsibility for Health and Safety monitoring within the school as well as being a member of the Resource Committee. 

I am a Commissioning Officer for Kent County Council and this means that I have particular experience relating to commissioning, contractual monitoring and data. Since August 2016 I have been working as part of Kent County Councils "Your Life, your Wellbeing" Transformation programme which means that I have been using my skills in project management and evidence based change.  I have previously worked in both Adult and Further Education (16+) and am used to dealing with data and information about academic performance as well as managing large teams of staff. 

I have enjoyed working with the school and seeing the achievement of Ofsted Outstanding - a testament to all of the staff working at the school - and meeting our wonderful pupils. I have two small children myself and my daughter is now in year one. 

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Shabana Robertson - Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor after my daughter started at Blean in September 2014. One of the reasons I decided to take up this role was because I wanted to do something constructive for the school, and due to my insatiable curiosity means that I always like to see how things work behind the scenes and how we can make things go from good to excellent. I also wanted to take an active role in School Life and wanted to support the school, the head and the staff in providing the best possible learning environment for both them and the children of Blean. My employment before children was in Finance and therefore I will be on the resources Committee moving forward. 

Rogerio de Lemos - Parent Governor

I am a parent Governor with one child at Blean Primary School. I’m a Senior Lecturer at University of Kent, and my goal while a Parent Governor is to contribute towards the high esteem that the School currently holds. Since my professional life is around computers, their applications, and the teaching of these, I may have something to contribute to the school on this subject.

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Dewi Watson - Parent Governor

I join the Governing Body as the mother of two sons currently attending the school, as well as a former pupil with fond memories of my time here. I will draw upon my professional experiences including teaching in Japan, working in the media, communications work in international development projects and running a family business, to support the continued enhancement of the school, particularly in relation to curriculum and development. It is a privilege to take on this responsibility.

Guy Gardener - Governor

I currently work for the Kent County Council as an emergency planning officer with specific responsibilities for Kent's schools. Prior to that I served for 30 years as a police officer in the Kent County Constabulary. 

I joined Blean as a governor more than 13 years ago when my daughter was still at the School. In that time I have always tried to be a supportive, but "critical friend" - challenging the school to do better each year, something that I am sure that it will continue to do! I am on the Curriculum Committee where I am part of the continuing work to ensure that we help and support all our pupuls to be the best they can be. This includes not only those who face particular challenges but also our most gifted and talented; they too must be helped to fulfil their potential within our school. 

Governor Interests

Governor Name

Category

Appointed by

Term of Office expires

FGB Attendance 2016/17

Committees

Positions of Responsibility

Business Interests

Hugh Samuelson

Co-opted

Governing Body

May 2018

4 of 4 meetings

Resources

Chair of Full Governing Body and Resources Committee

 

Gina Donaldson

Associate Governor

Governing Body

June 2019

3 of 4 meetings

Learning & Development

 

Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University

Guy Gardener

Co-opted

Governing Body

May 2018

4 of 4 meetings

Learning & Development

 

 

Kirstie Willerton

Co-opted

Governing Body

June 2019

2 of 4 meetings

Resources

Vice Chair of Full Governing Body

 

Florendi Panteli

Parent

Election

April 2018

Resigned Jan 2017

2 of 2 meetings

Learning & Development

Chair of Learning and Development Committee

 

Shabana Robertson

Parent

Election

February 2019

4 of 4 meetings

Resources

 

 

Dewi Watson

Parent

Election

October 2020

3 of 3 meetings

Learning and Development

 

 

Henk Schuuring

Parent

Election

March 2021

1 of 1 meeting

Learning and Development

 

 

Rogerio de Lemos

Parent

Election

July 2019

4 of 4 meetings

Learning and Development

 

 

Lynn Lawrence

Headteacher

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4 of 4 meetings

Resources and Learning & Development

 

 

Rachael Foster

Co-opted

Governing Body

May 2018

4 of 4 meetings

Resources and Learning & Development

 

School employee

Debbie Hodson

Staff

Election

September 2019

4 of 4 meetings

Resources

 

School employee