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Governors

Gina Donaldson - Chair of Governors – Co-opted Governor

I am very pleased to take the position of Chair of Governors, after being a Governor at Blean Primary School since 2009. 

I began as a Parent Governor when my son James was at the school. I was a primary teacher for eleven years, including some years teaching at Blean, and am now a lecturer in primary education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

I specialise in the teaching of primary mathematics which is my main subject at Christ Church University. My doctoral research focused on primary mathematics and I try to support the staff at Blean in their teaching of maths as much as I can.  I am also the Chair of the committee which monitors the work of Blean’s Teaching School.

I am looking forward to continuing the work of the Governing Body in supporting the school. 

If you wish to contact me as Chair of a Governors, please use the email: GDonaldson@blean.kent.sch.uk

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Rogerio

Rogerio de Lemos - Vice Chair - Parent Governor

I am a parent Governor with two children at Blean Primary School, and my goal while a Parent Governor is to contribute towards the high esteem that the School currently holds. 

This is my second year as vice chair of Blean governing body with the responsibility for chairing the Learning and Development Committee, where we look at the school achievement and progression data.

I look forward to supporting the Chair of Governors, the acting Headteacher and the new Headteacher over the course of the year.

Shabana Robertson - Co-opted 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. I have recently become a Magistrate, serving the people of Kent. My employment before children was in Finance and therefore I am on the Resources Committee.

Shabana Robertson
Henk

Henk-Jan Schuuring – Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and have two children currently at Blean school, Millie and Sam. I decided to become a governor because I wanted to make a meaningful contribution to the school and the local community. I am a lawyer in a food-industry setting, with expertise in compliance and the design and audit of internal systems and processes. My main contributions will be via the resource committee.

Alex Harvey – Parent Governor

I am a parent of two children at Blean School, my eldest having joined
in 2012. After studying Ecological Science at University, I enjoyed a
career in Financial Services followed by a career break to look after
my children. I was fortunate enough to be able to combine my return to
work with a return to science.  I work as a Laboratory Technician in
the School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church
University and also volunteer as a STEM (Science Technology
Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador. I am passionate about giving
children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to engage with
science and the natural world. As a recently appointed Parent
Governor, and a member of the Learning and Development Committee, I
look forward to helping the team at Blean Primary School to provide a
happy, engaging and effective learning environment for our children.

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Nina Hunt – Parent Governor

I am very pleased to have recently joined the Governing body at Blean Primary School.  I have 2 children at the school, my daughter started in September 2017 and my son will be starting in September 2019.  I was very keen to play an active role and believe being part of the resource committee will best use my skills to provide value to the school.

I am the Business Director for The King's School, Canterbury and prior to joining King's was the Operations Director for a Tech company here in the UK and in South Africa.  I am glad to put this experience to constructive use on the resource committee and be part of the positive and supportive environment the school provides to its pupils.​

Rachael Hollingworth – Co-opted Governor

I am a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE), an Improvement Champion for the Schools Partnership Programme and the EYFS Manager, Computing Lead and Research and Development Lead at Blean. I am committed to my roles and to young people and have worked with a range of practitioners including those in preschools, nursery schools and across schools; from apprentices and NQTs to Head teachers to plan and lead facilitation workshops and staff development training. 

I have delivered twilight sessions for local EYFS settings and am working alongside another EYFS lead as part of my SLE role to develop their self-confidence, assessment for learning and adult-child interactions in their unit. I am passionate about action research and sustained improvements to practice for all learners and am actively involved in several collaborations for this purpose. 

I care about making a valuable contribution to our children’s education, opportunities and futures and have joined the governing body for the chance to help other members of the team in improving children’s education and supporting the school’s staff.

Rachael Hollingworth
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Hugh Samuelson - Associate Governor

I have been a Governor for 14 years and have stepped down from being Chair this year. 
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.

Being a member of 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.

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.

Enyi Oji - Associate Governor

I've recently been appointed as an Associate Governor. I'm a Sponsor for railway projects - making sure they are properly managed and deliver what they promise! 

I've worked for Network Rail for fourteen years.  I spent the first nine years as a signaller controlling trains. I then spent a year at Kings Cross station where I helped to look after the safety and welfare of passengers. I then spent two years coordinating projects to reduce train delays.

Prior to joining the railway I worked in the IT industry developing, testing and selling software and applications. 

I'm looking forward to learning about the school and to working with the Governing Body and everyone at the school to achieve the school's ambitions.

Nicki Llewellyn

Nicki Llewellyn – Staff Governor

I joined the Blean Staff Team in September 2018; I am an Assistant Headteacher and the school’s Inclusion Manager. I have been a teacher for 11 years and am very excited to be a part of the school’s Senior Leadership Team.
I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Blean Primary School Governing Body. With my years of working in education, I feel I can make a positive contribution to the development of the school and help to continue the already very worthwhile role our Governing Body plays in supporting our staff. Most importantly, I am looking forward to helping ensure the children of our school have every opportunity to thrive and become curious and successful young people.

We are a group of volunteers committed to ensuring that we fulfil the role of the governing body in:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
  • Holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In order to fulfil these roles, we meet as a full governing body at least four times a year. We also hold three committees which oversee specific areas of the school, and which meet at least three times a year each.

Learning and Development Committee

This committee oversees a scrutiny of school performance and progress data and the curriculum. The committee includes:

  • Rogerio De lemos (Chair)
  • Rachael Hollingworth
  • Alex Harvey
  • Gina Donaldson

The Resources Committee

This committee oversees the premises action plan and the budget. The committee includes:

  • Henk-Jan Schuuring (Chair)
  • Shabana Robertson
  • Nina Hunt

The Teaching School Committee

The committee includes:

  • Hugh Samuelson (Chair)
  • Enyi Oji
  • Nicky Llewelyn
  • Gina Donaldson

Individual governors hold additional roles and responsibilities which are listed below:

  • Safeguarding  -  Shabana Robertson
  • SEND  -  Rachael Hollingworth
  • Health & Safety  -  Hugh Samuelson
  • Training & Development  -  Shabana Robertson
  • Behaviour  -  Henk-Jan Schuuring and Charlotte Jones

Governors declare any business and financial interests, any material interests arising from relationships between governors and between governors and staff, and any governance roles in any other educational institutions. These are listed below:

  • Gina Donaldson: Member of the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Governor Interests

Governing Body: Blean Primary School 2018/2019

Name

Governor Type

Role

Appointment expires

Gina Donaldson

Co-opted

Full Governing Body Chair and Teaching School Committee

Sept 2022

Shabana Robertson

Co-opted

Vice Chair of Resources Committee, Safeguarding lead and Training Governor

March 2023

Rogerio de Lemos

Parent

Vice Chair and Chair of Learning & Development Committee

July 2019

Henk-Jan Schuuring

Parent

Chair of Resources Committee

March 2021

Rachael Hollingworth

Co-opted

Learning & Development Committee

Sept 2022

Nicki Llewellyn

Staff

Teaching School Committee

Sept 2022

Enyinnaya Oji

Associate

Teaching School Committee

Sept 2022

Hugh Samuelson

Associate

Teaching School Committee

Sept 2022

Nina Hunt

Parent Resources Committee March 2023

Alex Harvey

Parent Learning & Development Committee December 2022

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