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 as we begin this unprecedented school year of 2020/21. I would usually highlight some of the achievements by our pupils during last year, but since March 2020 there has been very little that could be considered as normal for any of us and the school is no exception.
I therefore want to highlight the incredible work that has been done by the school during recent months to try to offer the best education to our children and the best possible support to our wider community of parents and carers, whilst minimising the health risk to everyone.
Many of us have had to change how we work and interact generally with the world since the beginning of the Corona-19 pandemic. For the staff at East Wickham this has required the constant monitoring of the ever-changing rules and requirements issued by government, local authorities, and our academy trust, designed to keep our whole community as safe as possible.
The senior leadership team have relentlessly reviewed the guidance provided and have had to redesign almost all the daily routines that are usually in place at school. This has included reinventing the simple drop-off and pick-up of children, how children move around the school to minimise contact with other groups of children, the daily enhanced cleaning routines, and reorganising lunchtime.
Of course the key role of the school is to provide an excellent education for the pupils in a safe environment. A huge effort was been made by all teaching staff to prepare study packs to enable children, supported by their parents and carers, to continue to learn even if they could not attend school, as well as carrying on teaching within their classroom environments.
Office staff have had to deal with an unprecedented volume of queries under challenging circumstances. As governors we were kept informed of progress through regular online meetings and emails.
I cannot thank the staff of East Wickham enough for all they have done to keep the school running, to strive to maintain the exceptionally high standards that have been set during recent years, and for their efforts to support our whole school community through troubled times.
While school has now reopened for the new year, many of the same challenges remain and I would ask that everyone show patience and understanding to school staff as they continue to navigate the daily challenges that this Covid-19 world continues to throw up.
Despite all these challenges we cannot lose sight of the fact that the school must continue to thrive and progress, and that our pupils continue to receive the best possible education. We are also very happy to welcome new families to the community of East Wickham. As Governors we will continue oversee key areas such as the “Success for All” initiative, Safeguarding, behaviour and attendance, and financial management through regular meetings (virtual or during visits when that is allowed) and discussions with the leadership, staff and pupils, as well as parents and representatives of the academy trust.
I and the rest of the governors are always available should you have any questions or feedback that you would like to give. As parents you play a critical part in ensuring that your children receive the best possible education. Without your support your children will not be able to maximise the benefit of the years they spend with 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
Chair of Governors, EWPA
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 to access the Scheme of Delegation
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.
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 8 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: email@example.com
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.
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.
Members are appointed by the Governing Body.
Staff Governor(s) are elected by school staff.
Parent Governor(s) are elected by parents.
Chair of Governors
Mr Mike Jeffers - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - Commenced 30/07/2013 (Current 4 year term expires 30/07/21)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Brendan Hollyer - Governor at Brampton School and Belmont School (2019/2020) - Commenced 01/04/2013 (Current 4 year term expires 01/04/2021)
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.
Mrs Susan Manzi - Head Teacher Governor - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - 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 Current Business Interests or Declarations - Commenced 19/12/2013
My name is Eve Davis, I have been a Parent Governor at East Wickham Primary Academy since January 2014.
Mrs Camilla Parnham - Support Staff Governor - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - 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 - 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 - Commenced 01/04/2013 (Current 4 year term expires 01/04/2021)
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 Laura Gregory - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - Commenced November 2018 (Current 4 year term expires 30/11/2022)
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.
Mrs Melissa Edwards - Parent Governor - SCITT Teacher at EWPA - Commenced 9th December 2020 (Current 4 year term expires 009/12/2024)
I am currently a trainee teacher working towards my QTS 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.
Clerk to The Governors
Adam Blakemore - Commenced April 2018
Our Clerk is provided by the Bexley Clerkship Service
|Name||Type||Start Date||End of Office||Resignation Date|
|Steve Richards||Appointed||11/5/2019||11/3/2023||February 2020|
NB - no declaration of interests received before resignation for Mr.Richards
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: