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A warm welcome from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the governors of East Wickham Primary Academy it is my great pleasure to welcome you as you visit our school’s website as we begin the 2018/19 academic year. As this year starts it is nice to reflect on just a few of the outstanding achievements and milestones from last year. 


First and foremost 2017/18 saw the best ever KS2 SATs results, an amazing achievement by all our Year 6 pupils and also the staff who worked so hard to ensure that everyone was given the chance to achieve to their full potential. 


In music and performance the Christmas and summer shows, plus our children playing at the Festival Hall in London, showcased the creative talents of so many of the pupils, and we also had a beautiful day during the summer term to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the school opening with the children singing to assembled guests on the school playing field.  That day I met former pupils and teaching staff from across the decades, including someone who joined the school as long ago as 1938.  It was fascinating to hear about how school was then and to compare to what we see today.  The Winter Market and the circus also raised much-needed funds to support various activities across the school.


On the sporting front the children performed magnificently at the TKAT games, coming second in a competition featuring almost 30 other schools.  We also saw the launch of our girl’s football team and I saw the mutual support, teamwork and enthusiasm that our pupils brought to the field.


As a governor it is a real pleasure to visit the school and to meet engaged, articulate and confident children who are keen to explain their education to me.  The artwork through the halls and in all the classrooms create a vibrant and colourful environment for everyone in the buildings and again are a great credit to all pupils and staff.


As 2018/19 begins I and the rest of the governing body are looking forward to meeting the new cohort of children and those who have been in the school through to Year 6 as they bring their talents and personalities to bear to create another unique, exciting year across EWPA.  Governors will play our part by focusing our efforts on overseeing key areas such as the “Success for All” initiative, Safeguarding, behaviour and attendance, and financial management through regular visits and discussions with the leadership, staff and pupils, as well as parents and representatives of the academy trust.


As ever, I and the rest of the governors are always available should you have any questions or feedback that you would like to give. I have been involved with the school since July 2013 and during that time have seen the unceasing efforts of all those associated with the school to create a challenging, nurturing environment for all our pupils and staff. 


Finally, I would ask that all parents and guardians of the children at EWPA make every effort to support their child’s learning.  This means minimising their time out of school and spending time to take an interest in the work they are doing.  The time you spend reading with your children and helping them with any projects and tasks that are set for them will ensure that they make the best progress possible as they grow through the school.


I wish everyone at EWPA and all our associated families and supporters a fantastic year.


Very best wishes


Mike Jeffers

Chair of Governors, EWPA

What is a school governor?

The role of a governor is to act as a critical friend to the school. We provide a robust and consistent challenge as we review the progress and achievement of our pupils. Governors visit the school regularly, observing lessons, speaking to children and hearing their thoughts on what they are doing and how they feel at school.  We also speak to the staff to understand how they feel things are going across the school.


We also watch how the senior leadership team of the school use the resources and funding at their disposal to ensure the children have the best possible opportunity to maximise their potential during their time at EWPA.


Overall we work with the senior leadership team at the school to ensure that children have a safe, nurturing and stimulating place to learn, not just the core subjects the school offers like reading, writing and maths, but also the values and behaviours that we believe will give them the best possible start in life.


If you want to contact either myself or any member of the governing body on any matter concerning the school then please write to us at the school address. We are here to listen and to help where we can.

Governors' Blog

List of Governors including Type and Meetings Attendance


Governance Overview

East Wickham Primary Academy is an academy and part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010. Its constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation. TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.


Please click the link below to the Directors of the TKAT Board.

Scheme of Delegation

Please click the link below to access the Scheme of Delegation

East Wickham Primary Academy Local Governing Body (LGB)


The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.


Mission Statement

The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school, which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher and The Kemnal Academy Trust. Whilst the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school the Governing Body works in conjunction with the Headteacher to ensure the school functions well and meets the needs of the school community.

In summary; we support, challenge and behave as a critical friend to school.



We currently have 7 governors:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 staff governor
  • 2 parent governors
  • 3 appointed governors


Chair of Governors: Mr M Jeffers, an appointed governor

Vice-Chair of Governors: Mr B Hollyer, an appointed governor

Chair of Resource Committee Mr R Spillett, an appointed governor


Please see the sections on the left for details or our current and recent LGB members. If you wish to contact governors, please do so via the school contact details.



The formal meetings of the governing body are as follows:

(1) Full Governing Body & Educational Standards Four meetings are held each academic year. All governors attend these meetings, together with additional individuals invited for specific agenda items as required. This is the core meeting for the governors and is where the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team, School Business Manager and any other relevant individuals present reports, data and proposals for review and discussion with governors.

(2) Resources Committee. This committee, as per the Scheme of Delegation for Academies 1.1.15, meets once each term and is attended by specific governors who elect to be part of this committee. Currently 6 of the 8 governors attend. The purpose of the meeting is to oversee the finances and resources of the school and to review and discuss all matters relating to the budget and capital expenditure.

Other committees may be set up by the Governing Body throughout the year should it be deemed necessary to have a specific group oversee a particular matter.

Annual Governance Impact Statement 2018

Why do schools need governors?

Every school has a governing body to represent the public in the running of schools. School governors bring perspectives from ordinary life and work with the staff and the Kemnal Academy Trust to help secure the best possible education for the children in the school. They have important responsibilities like managing the school budget, overseeing the curriculum and appointing staff.


What do governors do?

  • Promote high standards of educational attainment
  • Set targets for pupil achievement
  • Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Manage the school's budget, including deciding how many staff will work be employed and set their pay
  • Make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught, and report on pupils' achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results.
  • Participate in the appointment of senior staff (including appointing the head teacher) and regulate staff conduct and discipline; and
  • Draw up an action plan after an inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)


How do they do it?

  • All governors attend a series of formal meetings with agreed agendas throughout the school year to discuss matters critical to the running and monitoring of the school
  • Individual governors visit the school to meet with staff and pupils to discuss specific topics and report back on their findings through written visit reports
  • Individual governors attend various classes to observe education in action and to speak with pupils about what they are learning, how they are learning and how they are progressing
  • Meet with parents on an ad hoc basis to get feedback from them on the school and how their children are getting on
  • Attend meetings with TKAT and / or other external parties to represent the school and discuss the approach and progress being made
  • Act as an independent escalation point in the event of complaints or disputes

Become a Governor



Members are appointed by the Governing Body.

Staff Governor(s) are elected by school staff.

Parent Governor(s) are elected by parents.


EWPA Governing Body Members

Chair of Governors

Mr Mike Jeffers - No Business interests (2018/2019) - Commenced 30/07/2013

My name is Mike Jeffers and I have been chairman of the Board of Governors at East Wickham Primary Academy since July 2013. With both my parents having had long careers in teaching it was perhaps inevitable that I would become involved in schools in some way, and when the offer came to join the Board of EWPA I was pleased to accept it and try to contribute to the oversight of the school.

Though now retired, over the past 25 years I have worked in a variety of finance and management roles in financial services firms in London and across Asia. I believe that my career has given me the skills and experience to fulfil the critical role of the governor, which is to regularly review, assess and challenge information provided by the school’s leadership. This in turn allows the Board to ensure that limited resources are used wisely to constantly improve the education of and environment for our pupils.

Contact Details:


Vice Chair

Mr Brendan Hollyer - Governor at Brampton School and Belmont School (2018/2019) - Commenced 01/04/2013

I have more than thirty year experience of working for financial institutions in the City of London and have been a school governor since 2002. During my time, I have been a governor at primary and secondary schools, both in Bexley and at other schools across the South East of England, having worked for a Multi Academy Trust.
I first became a governor at the school my daughters attended, as I wanted to use my financial experience to help with budgeting for the school year.
In 2003, I joined the governing body of East Wickham Infant School and was elected Chair of Governors latter that year. I was Chair during the conversion into an academy in 2011 and stayed in that role until the school became an all-through Primary in April 2013, stepping into the role of Vice Chair.  I work with Mr Jeffers to ensure that the governing body provides effective challenge and support to the Executive Headteacher, the Heads of School and other senior leaders. I serve on the Finance, Facilities & Personnel and the Children & Learning committees.
In January 2014 I was designated as a National Leader of Governance by the National College of Teaching and Learning and work with different governing bodies, providing support and coaching.
The children and students are our ambassadors and present a very positive image of what is going well at East Wickham. We are well on the way to ensuring they can all reach their full potential and they are a credit to our school.




Mrs Susan Manzi - Head Teacher Governor - No Business interests (2018/2019) Commenced 01/04/2013

I am the Head Teacher of East Wickham Primary Academy. A role I have been proud to have since 2003 when I joined as the Head Teacher for the Infant School. The opportunity to  merge both schools and become a Primary Academy in 2013 has enabled us to become one big family. 

I enjoy my role working with our diverse team of School Governors, working together to achieve the best opportunities and outcomes for our children and engaging all our stakeholders - including parents and the local community in developing successful learners.


Ms Eve Davis - Parent Governor - No Business interests (2018/2019) - Commenced 19/12/2013


My name is Eve Davis, I have been a Parent Governor at East Wickham Primary Academy since January 2014.
My eldest daughter is in year 2 and my youngest daughter has just started in the nursery.
It is my first time as a Governor and I'm really enjoying it. 
Before I had my children I worked as a Children's Nanny for a year and 13 years as a Nursery Nurse before that, so have lots of experience working with and caring for children, so it's something I've always been interested in. Becoming a Governor seemed the best way to make a contribution to the school.


Mrs Camilla Parnham - Support Staff Governor - No Business interests (2018/2019) - Employed as HLTA - Commenced 09/10/2014

"I have been employed at East Wickham for the past eight years in the capacity of a teaching assistant, cover supervisor and a midday supervisor. Previous to this, I was employed as a General Registered Nurse and became a ward sister. After many years, I decided to change profession when my son and daughter were born."


Mr Rob Spillett – Chair of Finance, Facilities and Personnel - No Business interests (2018/2019) - Commenced 16/03/2015

"I have been a Community Governor at East Wickham Primary Academy since September 2014. I was drawn to the role because I wanted to give something back to community in which I live and have grown up in. Since starting I have been greatly impressed by the dedication of both the teachers and pupils alike. My areas of particular interest are Parental Engagement and School Finance. I live locally and have children in local schools. I work in the City specialising in foreign exchange markets."


Mrs Lucy Pearson - Chair of Children and Learning Committee - No Business Interests (2018/2019) - Commenced 01/04/2013

I am a former pupil of EWPA and went on to study at Townley Grammar. I read History and Sociology at Liverpool University and then went on to train to teach. I still live in Bexley, however I have spent my whole teaching career working for Bromley schools. I am currently a Deputy Head Teacher at a large secondary school. When the opportunity arose a few years ago to become a governor at the school I jumped at the chance. I am looking forward to working with the school for many more years to come.


Ms Laura Diamond - No Business interests (2018/2019) - Commenced November 2018

I have been a Governor at East Wickham Academy since November 2018. I was drawn to the role because I live locally in Plumstead and attended East Wickham as a child and wanted to give something back to the community. I am KS3 lead in Maths at Welling School. Many EWPA students go on to Welling School in Year 7 and both schools are part of the multi academy trust. I am passionate about young people and look forward to supporting both staff and pupils.


Clerk to The Governors

Adam Blakemore - Commenced April 2018

Our Clark is provided by the Bexley Clarkship Service



Previous Governors


Rev Kim Ashton - Local Community Governor - No Business interests - Commenced 01/04/2013   Ended on 31st August 2017

My name is Revd Kim Aston.  I have been the Vicar of St Mary the Virgin Church, Welling since September 2010, and a Governor at East Wickham Primary Academy for 3 years. Before being ordained to the priesthood in 2003, I was a music teacher in secondary education for 20 years, being Head of Department for 15 years. I therefore have a good understanding of the relationship between pupils, parents and staff, knowledge of the day to day running of a school, and experience of the pressures of being at the chalk face of education. I am pleased to be a Governor at East Wickham Primary Academy, and enjoy going in to the school to see the children in their lessons. I see my role as a Governor as being one of support for both staff and pupils.  


Ms Clair Harradine - Parent Governor - No Business interests - Commenced 01/04/2015 Resigned 16/10/2018

My name is Clair Harradine, I have been a parent governor at East Wickham since Christmas. I have 3 children ranging from 17 years to 4.
This is my first time as a governor and am really enjoying my job and find it very interesting and a gratifying challenge.
I have worked in education for 20 years teaching dance and as a hair and beauty teacher. I have a real passion in working with children and young adults not only in training them but caring and helping children in their schooling life.

I feel very honored to be part of the school working with the staff and the pupils and take my position very seriously.


Ms Jessica Silcox – Community Governor and Welling Secondary School Link - No Business interests - Commenced 22/12/2014. Resigned September 2018

I have been a Community Governor at East Wickham Primary Academy since January 2015.  I am delighted to be part of the Governing Body and school community.  I am passionate about young people discovering their full potential as well as helping them become active and positive contributors to society.

I have a long-standing interest in education and our local schools; I live locally in Plumstead and am also a Deputy Headteacher at Welling School.   Many EWPA students go on to Welling School in Year 7 and both schools are part of the multi academy trust.



All relevant information regarding business and pecuniary interests of trustees and members, the structure and remit of members, the board of trustees and the trust's scheme of delegation can be found on TKATs website: