The Governors and What They Do
Chair of Governors (co-opted governor)
My name is Mick Brazier. I joined our governing body in November 2019.
I have been lucky enough to be elected chair of our Governing body in September 2020.
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 and have previously served as chair of governors in two other schools.
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. I find being a school governor is extremely rewarding.
Areas of responsibility: Leadership & Management, Safeguarding (including e-safety), Personal Development, PE and Sports Premium.
Vice chair of governors (Co-opted Governor)
I have lived in Worth since the Spring of 2017. I first joined the governing body of Worth Primary School in September of that year, serving as Chair of Governors for two academic years from September 2018 resigning for personal reasons. After a short period ‘detached’ I was delighted to be given the opportunity to re-join the board in October 2021 and again work to do the best for all our pupils with the governors and staff of this wonderful and unique school.
I am a proud Liverpudlian but have lived in Kent, on and off, for fifty years. I have experience in teaching (1972-1977) and never cease to be amazed at the changes in education since then. After leaving teaching I joined the world of word-processors and computers and built a business around teaching others how to get the best out of them. Now retired I write and publish novels whilst tending my garden and worrying about my cats.
As a child I benefitted enormously from having great teachers who delivered great teaching; as a governor 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.
Areas of responsibility: Leadership & Management, Health & Safety (including Outdoor Learning), Finance, Personal Development.
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 pupils, staff, curriculum and budgets. I also provided guidance and support to schools at County level in my roles as SATs moderator and Leading Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher.
Since retiring I have been involved in the voluntary sector where, amongst others, I support the Pilgrims Hospice shop in Sandwich with a great team of volunteers.
I hope that the skills I bring with me will help support the dedicated staff and fellow governors as we constantly strive to raise standards ensuring that every child at the school fulfils their potential.
Areas of responsibility: Quality of Education (including Remote Learning), Behaviour and Attitudes (including Pupil Voice).
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. After 20 years as a Primary School teacher, I took early retirement for family reasons in 2019.
This gave me the perfect opportunity and the time to get involved more fully in village life and in particular the school. It was a pleasure 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 enjoy family life, walking, gardening, photography and reading.
It is a privilege to work with a dedicated team of governors to promote the very best opportunities for each and every pupil at Worth Primary School.
Areas of responsibility: Special Educational Needs (SEND), Quality of Education (including Remote Learning), Behaviour and Attitudes (including Pupil Voice).
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.
Areas of responsibility: Finance, Governors’ Continued Professional Development.
Hello, my name is Linda Lang.
My professional work has been in the field of education – initially primary trained – I went on to study for diplomas in the education of hearing impaired children and in paediatric audiology. I have worked in a range of settings and across the age ranges. My last post was the Head of Service for a team of advisory teachers supporting infants, children and young people (0-19), their families, schools and colleges. We worked closely with health, social services and other educational services. I also have some experience of OFSTED and Quality Assurance.
We moved to Worth three years ago and were pleased to see that there was a small but busy primary school in the heart of the village. The success and well-being of all pupils, staff and the school itself are important and I hope I can contribute to this.
Areas of responsibility: Pupil Premium (including Catch-up funding), Wellbeing, GDPR.
Hi, my name is Jazmin Cioffi.
I have two girls who have recently joined the school and I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to join the Governing Body at Worth Primary School.
I believe that every child should be given as many learning opportunities and experiences as possible to engage, motivate and prepare them for future life. I have worked in the education sector for many years, and am currently studying to specialise in Special Educational Needs.
I look forward to integrating into the school community and bringing creative new ideas to benefit the children, staff and the wider community.
Areas of responsibility: Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
My name is Katy Chance and I feel very proud and privileged to be the Headteacher of Worth Primary School. I joined Worth Primary in April 2020 as Head of School and have recently been appointed Headteacher, September 2021.
I am fully committed to ensuring that our pupils receive the best possible education, strengthened by putting each child’s wellbeing at the forefront of their life learning.
I have been in education for 22 years, bringing a wealth of experience but I know this has to be supported by a committed team of staff, which Worth Primary School certainly has. As a team we are able to fully support our school community in our wonderful small school!
Areas of responsibility: Headteacher
Hi, I am Zoë Amos. I have been a teacher at Worth Primary School since 2012 and am currently teaching in Year 5 and 6.
I have led a wide range of subjects during my teaching career and am now responsible for mathematics, languages and music across the school.
I am pleased to be a part of the Governing Body that is supporting the school in providing all children with an excellent all round education.
Areas of responsibility: Pupil Premium and Catch-up Funding, Health & Safety (including Outdoor Learning)
The Role of Governors
We play an important role as part of the leadership of the school through four main areas:
- We work alongside the Senior Leadership team to set the strategic direction of the school in order to continue to raise standards for all children.
- We ensure accountability to parents, staff and others for the school’s overall performance and for decisions taken by the Governing Body.
- We monitor and evaluate school performance in relation to agreed priorities and targets (including financial), and support school improvement through setting, monitoring and reviewing these targeted areas.
- We act to support the staff and headteacher through our role as ‘critical friend’ by asking challenging questions to continue improving standards.
- Our work is supported by our clerk, Mr Greg Hills. Should you ever wish to contact him please email him on [email protected]
These documents show the work governors do, what they aspire to and the rules under which they work.
Would you like to be a Governor ?
How can you get involved?
We are looking for another governor to join us…
We are looking for someone from a non-education background, who is computer literate, has time to spare, is curious to learn more about education and has a desire to help all children fulfil their potential.
What’s actually involved?
We have meetings six times a year which last a couple of hours but do require time to read documents in preparation.
You would be paired with another governor to review particular aspects of the School’s Improvement Plan.
But I won’t know what to do?
We offer a mentoring and training programme to support you in your first year. One of our experienced Governors will act as your mentor and give you full support and training as you need it. You will also be offered local training courses as well as having access to online training.
What skills do I need?
You don’t need special skills – just to be committed, have a good sense of humour, work well in a team and be motivated to support and drive school improvement for all children.
Being a Governor is very rewarding, so go on… get involved!
Contact the school and they will put you in touch with our Chair of Governors. He will be happy to give you further details.