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East Wickham

Primary Academy,

Wickham Street,

Welling, DA16 3BP

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East Wickham

Primary Academy

Caring, Supporting, Achieving

Governors

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 to our school’s website for the 2021/22 school year. Last year was an unprecedented year for all of us due to the challenges presented by Covid, and obviously these challenges continue to be a factor as we move into the new academic year.

 

Last year showed the incredible resilience of our whole school community and the staff, pupils and families all worked extremely hard to ensure that the children were impacted as little as possible by the disruption and uncertainty caused by Covid. That said, it is inevitable that the need for children to spend so much time away from school, and the unusual environment in school when they were allowed to attend, has had an impact and this year everyone must work together to help us all return to the excellent standards of attainment and behaviour that we have become used to at East Wickham.

 

To achieve this I am very excited to be working with our new co-heads, Mrs Whiley and Mrs Moore, and their new leadership team.  Mrs Whiley and Mrs Moore both worked for many years with our fantastic outgoing head, Mrs Manzi, to whom we bid a very fond farewell at the end of the last school year. They helped to create and embed the structures and practices that have seen relentless improvement across the school in recent years and are committed to continuing this progress in the years to come, with the support of the whole school community.

 

As governors we continue to provide support and oversight of the school, working closely with both the school leadership and staff, and also the TKAT leadership team, to make sure that our children receive the best possible education in a safe and nurturing environment.

 

As governors we are always keen to hear your views and feedback on the school so please do feel free to contact me at any time through the school office.  I will also be attending various school events throughout the year and be on hand occasionally at drop off or pick up times and will try to speak to as many of you as possible.

 

Thank you for your continued support for the school. The staff will always offer the best possible opportunities for learning at the school but we know that the children will only maximise their potential with the support and guidance of our parents and carers outside the school.

 

I wish everyone at EWPA and all our associated families and supporters the very best for the new school 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

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.

Please click the link below for the Governance information relating to TKAT, including the
structure of governance and relevant details about Trustees terms of office,
attendance and business interests.
Please click the link below for key documents including the Master Funding Agreement,
Articles of Association and Accounts.

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.

 

Membership

We currently have 9 governors:

  • 2 Headteachers
  • 1 staff governor
  • 2 parent governors
  • 5 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 below for details of our current and recent LGB members. If you wish to contact governors, please do so via the school contact details. School email: admin@ewp-tkat.org

 

Structure

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.

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

List of Governors including Type and Meetings Attendance

Governors Attendance 2020-21    
NameGovernor TypePercentage of Governors Meetings AttendedPercentage of meetings where apologies were given and acceptedPercentage of meetings where Governor did not attend and no apologies were given
Susan ManziHeadteacher100%n/an/a
Maureen MooreHead of School100%n/an/a
Joanne WhileyHead of School100%n/an/a
Mike JeffersAppointed100%n/an/a
Brendan HollyerAppointed100%n/an/a
Robert SpilletAppointed88%12%n/a
Eve DavisParent100%n/an/a
Melissa EdwardsParent100%n/an/a
Camilla ParnhamStaff 100%n/an/a
Lucy PearsonAppointed100%n/an/a
Laura GregoryAppointed100%n/an/a
Christine ConnerBusiness Manager100%n/an/a
Adam BlackmoreClerk100%n/an/a
     
Governors Attendance 2019-20    
NameGovernor TypePercentage of Governors Meetings AttendedPercentage of meetings where apologies were given and acceptedPercentage of meetings where Governor did not attend and no apologies were given
Susan ManziHeadteacher100%n/an/a
Maureen MooreHead of School100%n/an/a
Joanne WhileyHead of School100%n/an/a
Mike JeffersAppointed100%n/an/a
Brendan HollyerAppointed100%n/an/a
Robert SpilletAppointed88%12%n/a
Eve DavisParent100%n/an/a
Melissa EdwardsParent100%n/an/a
Camilla ParnhamStaff 60%40%n/a
Lucy PearsonAppointed100%n/an/a
Laura GregoryAppointed100%n/an/a
Steve RichardsParent0%60%40%
Christine ConnerBusiness Manager100%n/an/a
Adam BlackmoreClerk100%n/an/a
     
Governors Attendance 2018-19    
NameGovernor TypePercentage of Governors Meetings AttendedPercentage of meetings where apologies were given and acceptedPercentage of meetings where Governor did not attend and no apologies were given
Susan ManziHeadteacher100%n/an/a
Maureen MooreHead of School100%n/an/a
Joanne WhileyHead of School100%n/an/a
Mike JeffersAppointed100%n/an/a
Brendan HollyerAppointed100%n/an/a
Robert SpilletAppointed88%12%n/a
Eve DavisParent100%n/an/a
Melissa EdwardsParent100%n/an/a
Camilla ParnhamStaff 60%40%n/a
Lucy PearsonAppointed100%n/an/a
Laura GregoryAppointed100%n/an/a
Steve RichardsParent0%60%40%
Christine ConnerBusiness Manager100%n/an/a
Adam BlackmoreClerk100%n/an/a

Constitution

Annual Governance Impact Statement

Become a Governor

Appointments

 

Appointed Governors 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 Current Business Interests or Declarations (Oct 21) - Commenced 30/07/2013 (Current 4 year term expires 30/07/24)

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: admin@ewp-tkat.org

 

Vice Chair

Mr Brendan Hollyer - Governor of Belmont School since April 2018 - term of office due to end March 2022)  No transactions with TKAT or its academies in 2020-21. Commenced 01/04/2013 (Current 4 year term expires 01/04/2024)

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 later 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.

 

Governors

 

Mrs Maureen Moore - Co-Head Teacher Governor - No Current Business Interests or Declarations (Oct 2021)Commenced 01/09/2021 

 

My name is Maureen Moore and I have been part of the school leadership team at East Wickham since 2006. I taught across three primary schools in Bexley before joining the infant school as Deputy Head and SENCo. My passion in building the skills of our children with SEND has remained the priority throughout my changing role across the two buildings.

Now as Co-Head Teacher alongside Jo, it is still my privilege and motivation to ensure our school is inclusive in every way and develops our children holistically for all the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for them. Every child has a voice that we value and nurture and enables them to grow as a team and family across the school community. Our children are incredible champions of our school, always having so many amazing ideas for us to take forward into our future together.

 

Mrs Jo Whiley - Co-Head Teacher Governor - No Current Business Interests or Declarations (Oct 2021) Commenced 01/09/2021 

My name is Jo Whiley and along with Maureen, I have the privilege of being a Co-Headteacher at EWPA. I started my teaching career in East Wickham Infant School and during my time there, I held many different roles. My passion is Early Years, I believe that getting the foundations right for children ensures future success.

When the Infant school amalgamated with the Junior school I became the Head of School and worked alongside Maureen to move the school from special measures to the now Good rating from Ofsted. EWPA has been my home for many years and I consider the school community to be my extended family.

 

Ms Eve Davis - Parent Governor - No Current Business Interests or Declarations (Oct 2021)- 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 7 and my youngest daughter has just started in year 3.
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 Current Business Interests or Declarations (Oct 2021)- Employed as HLTA - Commenced 09/10/2014 (Current 4 year term expires 09/10/2022)

"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 Current Business Interests or Declarations (Oct 2021) - Commenced 16/03/2015 (Current 4 year term expires 16/03/2023)

"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 - No Current Business Interests or Declarations (Oct 2021) - Commenced 01/04/2013 (Current 4 year term expires 01/04/2024)

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.

 

Mrs Melissa Edwards - Parent Governor - Teacher at EWPA -No Current Business Interests or Declarations (Oct 2021) Commenced 9th December 2020 (Current 4 year term expires 009/12/2024)

I am currently an ECT teacher at East Wickham Primary Academy and have a child in Reception as well as a one year old. I have worked in various sectors including broking, education, NHS and television so I bring a range of experience to this position. Education has always been my passion, hence why I have decided to pursue a career in teaching and I want to support parents and staff alike in upholding the school’s mission statement. The school has become very special to me having been on both sides, teaching and being a parent so it is important to me that it thrives. I hope to make a valuable contribution to the school.

 

Lisa Chakraborty 

Information to come shortly.

 

 

Clerk to The Governors

Adam Blakemore - Commenced April 2018

Our Clerk is provided by the Bexley Clerkship Service

 

 

Governor Resignations

The table below shows who has resigned within the past year.
NameTypeStart DateEnd of OfficeResignation Date
Susan ManziHead Teacher01/04/201331/08/2021August 2021
Laura GregoryAppointedNovember 201830/11/2022August 2021

               

     No Current Business Interests or Declarations for Susan Manzi or Laura Gregory (2020-2021)

 

TKAT

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: