Meet the Governor’s

Mick Brazier

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, Child Protection, Personal Development, PE and Sports Premium.

Tim Macklin

Tim Macklin

Vice Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor)

My name is Timothy Macklin and I have lived in Worth since 2015.

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.

Areas of responsibility:  Leadership & Management, Finance, Health & Safety, Personal Development

Jo Hygate

Headteacher Governor

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.

Carolyn McCrae​

Carolyn McCrae

Co-opted Governor

My name is Carolyn McCrae and 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 am delighted to have been given the opportunity to re-join the board and again work with the governors and staff of this wonderful and unique school to do the best for all our pupils.

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.

Janet Dalrymple

Co-opted Governor

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:  SEND, Pupil Premium & Catch Up Premium, Quality of Education, Behaviour and  Attitudes , including Pupil Voice.

Annie Simmons

Co-opted Governor

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.

As a governor of Worth Primary School, I have shared responsibilities for Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium, Quality of Education and Behaviour and Attitudes, including Pupil Voice.

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, Pupil Premium & Catch Up Premium, Quality of Education  and Behaviour and Attitudes, including Pupil Voice.

Ian Armstrong

Parent Governor

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, Governor, Health & Safety, Training & Development,

GOVERNORS ROLE

We play an important role as part of the leadership of the school through 4 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, 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.


Would you like to be a Governor ?

How can you get involved?
We are looking for parents to join our Governing Body…
What’s actually involved?
We have meetings for a couple of hours every 2 months. You can join a monitoring team which reviews a particular aspect of the school such as literacy or The Arts, finance or whole school development projects.
But I won’t know what to do?
Don’t worry! 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 to help you, 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!

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