Chair of Governors
I was born in Cheshire but moved to Kent after university (Liverpool, BA Geography and Economics and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education). I taught for five years (James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich and Elmfield Upper, Bromley) before leaving teaching and joining the commercial world of word-processing (as it was then) and computing.Since 1983 I have run my own business (computer training, mailing house, marketing database consultancy) from which I am now (almost) retired. I also write and publish novels. Although I moved to Worth comparatively recently (June 2017) I know the area well, having lived in Hammill until 2007 when my husband and I had to move away for family reasons. I am very pleased to be back in Kent and to have found such a wonderful community in Worth. As a child I benefitted enormously from having great teachers who delivered great teaching; as Chair of Governors I aim to contribute actively to ensure every young person will be able to look back at their time at Worth Primary School and say the same.
Vice Chair of Governors
My name is Mick Brazier. I joined our governing body in November 2019. I have been lucky enough to be elected vice-chair of our Governing body. I have lived in the Dover area all my life. My background is in business having owned my own company for many years. I am now medically retired due to disability which means I have lots of time available to support our school in my role as a governor.
I have more than 15 years of experience as a school governor in Primary and Special Schools. I have previously had the opportunity to serve as a chair of governors. In my time as a governor I have had the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge about education and the way schools work, having gone through most situations than can arise within the school setting.
My areas of responsibility in our school include Safeguarding, Child Protection, PE and Sports Premium monitoring. I am really looking forward to working with my fellow governors and along with the staff, children and parents to give all our pupils the best opportunities possible.
I have been Executive Headteacher at Worth Primary School and Kingsdown and Ringwould C of E Primary School since January 2017. I have enjoyed getting to know the whole school community and have been thoroughly impressed by the dedication and expertise of the staff team.
I am also a National Leader of Education and lead on Pupil Premium Reviews. I have worked in education for the last 25 years, in a range of schools across Kent.
I am highly committed to ensuring that our children receive the best possible education, equipping them for their adult lives ahead.
I joined Worth Primary School in April 2016 as Assistant Head and Class 1 Teacher having spent over 15 years working in a large Thanet Primary School where I worked my way up from a Teaching Assistant to Head of Literacy.
I am delighted to be Worth’s Staff Governor as I can contribute to the decisions that are made by the governing body as well as build strong links between the governing body and the staff of the school. I am looking forward to developing a broader understanding of the leadership and management of our lovely school as we work together to continually improve the children’s primary educational experience.
I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to join the Governing Body at Worth Primary school.
As a retired teacher I bring with me a wealth of experience. After graduating I taught in the Early Years and Primary sectors for over thirty years where I managed staff, students, budgets and curriculum. I also provided guidance and support to schools at County level in my roles as SATs moderator and Leading Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher.
Teaching was always a vocation for me, so when Tracey Sandy took time out to guide me around school it gave me such pleasure to see confident children actively engaging in their learning and keen to share what they had discovered.
Since retiring I have been involved in the voluntary sector where amongst others, I support the Sandwich Museum and Archive, and a couple of days a week I help to run the Pilgrims Hospice shop in Sandwich with a great team of other volunteers.
I hope that the skills I bring with me will help support the dedicated staff and fellow Governors as they work hard to provide a stimulating, secure and happy environment for the children, and as they constantly strive to raise standards to ensure that every child at the school fulfils their potential.
My name is Annie Simmons and I have lived in Worth since April 2009. I married my husband John in July 2010 in the village church of St Peter and St Paul. I have recently taken early retirement for family reasons, after 20 years as a Primary School teacher.
This gives me the perfect opportunity and the time to get involved more fully in village life and in particular the school. It was a pleasure and a delight to have been invited to join the Board of Governors in November 2019.
I’ve been involved with education, children and their families for over 35 years; working in the voluntary and paid sector covering pre-school provision to Year 6. I’ve had many rewarding roles; parent, grandparent, teaching assistant, parent governor, teacher governor and teacher.
My current contribution to village life is as Secretary to the Parochial Church Council of St Peter and St Paul Church. I’m also a Trustee of the St Peter and St Paul Worth Preservation Trust. I’ve joined the newly formed Worth Walking Group, and I enjoy family life, gardening and reading.
I’m really looking forward to working alongside a dedicated team to promote the very best opportunities for each and every pupil at Worth Primary School.
Local Authority Governor
My name is Timothy Macklin and I have lived in Worth for the past 4 years.
In that time, I have made many friends in the local community and have always admired Worth Primary School and the obvious commitment it has not only to its pupils but the contribution it makes to the village and surrounds.
I am fortunate to have five grandchildren, four of whom are of school age and take great pleasure in seeing them grow and develop and I wish to assist the team at Worth Primary School to equally develop the pupils in a safe and well managed environment.
In my spare time I volunteer two days a weeks at the local Pilgrims Hospice shop in Sandwich and hobbies include art and cooking.
My name is Christine Tonks and I have been a Parent Governor since September 2019. Worth village is a central point in our life, my partner’s family farm began over 100 years ago in the village and still remains a successful farm today. My daughter joined the reception class this year and her father’s side of the family have been attending the school since opening. My son attends Busy Bees nursery in Worth and we hope he will also join the school in 2021.
Before having children, I worked as a Regional Manager for a large retail chain. Since maternity leave, I decided to have a change of pace in my career and now spend my time sitting on the board for three local charities, managing The Red Box Project, the Co-Chair of Worth Primary PTA and working with Co-op to support their national plans to improve their community engagement and charity support, with a scheme called Co-operate 2022.
I look forward to working with the Governing board and staff at Worth Primary School to ensure the very best education is given to every child.
My name is Ian Armstrong and I have been a Parent Governor since February 2018. I have lived in Worth since 2012 and have strong links to the school and village as my eldest daughter, who started reception in 2017, is the fourth generation of my wife's family to attend Worth School. We also have a son at Busy Bees in Worth and a one year old daughter who we hope will all go on to attend the school.
After gaining a degree in Business studies, I began a career in retail management and I am currently a Manager of a Co-op food store in Kent. I thoroughly enjoy the role, especially because of its ethos of supporting community projects and hope to use my background to support the school to achieve its objectives.