The Governing Body
Chair of Governors-Co-opted Governor
George has been a governor since November 2016. He has also been a governor of High Halden C.E Primary School for the past seven years and has responsibility there for SEN and training. He is part of the Governors Services Training team, running courses for governors across the county.
He has many years’ experience in both formal and informal education working with KCC. He was Assistant County Youth Officer responsible for outdoor and residential education. As Partnership Officer with KCC Education Directorate George was responsible for setting up Children’s Centres and supported head teachers in primary schools in Tonbridge and Maidstone.
George took early retirement, from KCC, 4 years ago and is now a freelance trainer. He also teaches outdoor education at KCC’s Bewl Water Outdoor Centre.
Joint Vice Chairman-Parent Governor
Matt is a new governor at Sandhurst Primary, having started at the end of last school year; he has been co-opted to the Governing Body (so is not an elected member). He is also a parent at the school with a child in Year One and another who will be joining in a couple of years – he is here for the long haul!
Matt had always wanted to help out at the school, both for some altruistic reasons and some more personal reasons. He feels that it is great to be able to help the school as a whole but it is also nice to be able to help the environment his own children are being educated in.
Being a governor, though quite a commitment, seemed like the best way for Matt to achieve that. The governing body requires all sorts of different skills to be able to successfully oversee the running of the school and he has brought his analytical skills to support this need.
Matt would hope anyone with any questions, either about the governing body or the school, will come and have a chat if they spot him in the playground.
Joint Vice Chair – Local Authority Governor
Julie Griggs has been an LEA Governor since 2012 and holds the position of Safeguarding Governor with a responsibility for Stakeholder Engagement and Parent Partnership. She lives in the village and joined the governing body as she wanted to give something back to the community, even though her two children didn’t attend the School. Julie trained as a Nursery Nurse, working in education as a TA when she left school. She has been working part time for British Airways as long haul Cabin Crew for the past 28 years. This allows her to spend time in school getting to know the children. Julie has a passion for singing with her guitar and often spends time singing with the children EYFS and Year 1. She works closely with Mrs Patridge to monitor Attendance and Punctuality within the school. She looks forward to continuing to be part of a strong team of governors and staff who are all wanting the best for the children at Sandhurst.
Ashley lives and works in the village; he is the proprietor of Sandhurst Farm Shop.
Just over twenty years ago he was invited by the Chair of Governors to join the school’s governing body with the aim of extending links between the school and the wider community.
During Ashley’s term of office he has worked with four head teachers and seen many changes to the staffing and governing body structures. Currently he has a specific responsibility to monitor the school’s finances to ensure that funds are used effectively and are accounted for properly.
Jan has lived in Sandhurst for 20 years and has been the Sandhurst Nursery Manager for 9 years. Her four children attended the school and her grandchildren have just started. Having close links with the school for many years as a community member, parent and through the nursery has always been her passion as her own children enjoyed every minute of their education at Sandhurst.
Jan’s responsibilities as a Co-Opted Governor are Safeguarding, On Line safety and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
She feels very privileged to be part of the governing body and is passionate about working with her colleagues on the governing board to ensure that the school continues to make a difference to the lives of all the children who attend now and in the future.
Victoria joined the governors as an associate member in November; she monitors behaviour, safety and welfare. Victoria has two boys at school in year one and year two. She is self-employed and works with her sister in her ceramic studio as well as having her own textiles business.
Victoria’s engineering background means she can bring a practical and artistic skill to the governing body. She feels lucky as she is a regular visitor to school, changing display boards and going on school trips.
Please feel free to speak to Victoria at any time, she is in the playground twice a day.
Elinor was elected as a co-opted governor in December 2015 and is new to school governing. Before moving to Sandhurst she chaired the management committee of a youth club in South East London and hopes that what she learnt there, along with running a company and bringing up three sons will be of benefit to this committee.
Elinor’s youngest son spent six happy and productive years at Sandhurst Nursery and Primary School and she is keen to help the school grow from strength to strength whilst maintaining its spirit of community and family.
Over the last few years Elinor and her husband have developed Windmill Woods as a safe woodland haven for children to explore and learn and are delighted that the school is utilising it. She is particularly interested in promoting healthy living and an appreciation of our wonderful local environment.
Amanda Norman is the Headteacher for this school. She has been a governor since 2014 at Goudhurst and Kilndown Primary School where she worked for the past fifteen years.
Amanda began teaching in Kent in 1990 after completing a B.Ed. with Honours at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College. All three of her children attended Goudhurst and Kilndown Primary School and then went onto The High Weald and Cranbrook before university and embarking on their own careers. Her youngest son is presently still in sixth form at Cranbrook school. As well as developing her role as Assistant Head at Goudhurst and Kilndown and teaching across all year groups, Amanda lived at Bethany School as a boarding houseparent for many years; she also works as a County moderator for Kent for KS1 and KS2. In 2017 Amanda was very proud to achieve her National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Eve was elected a co- opted governor at the end of the summer term 2016 with a particular focus on English and Maths attainment and pupil premium spending.
She has lived in Sandhurst for over 12 years and has been actively involved in her own children’s primary school education for the last 16 years.
Eve is hoping this experience and the analytical skills she learnt during her science degree and subsequent career as a solicitor will enable her to play a professional part in the highly committed team of governors at Sandhurst primary.
Viki was elected as a co-opted governor in the Summer Term 2016. She has lived in Sandhurst on and off since 1992 and has been involved in the school since that time.
After an initial career as an Early Years Teacher, Viki moved into Further then Higher Education where she spent time training Teaching Assistants and Nursery Nurses before moving to focus on teaching Education Management and Initial teacher training. After spells as Director of two Lifelong Learning Networks developing vocational pathways into higher education, she is now the Head of Apprenticeships at the University of Brighton.
Her eldest son attended Sandhurst Primary and at that time she worked part time at the nursery as well as helping out as a volunteer running after school clubs. She is pleased to be able to re-engage with the school in her new role as a governor and hopes that the skills she has learned in her broad career in education can add value to the team.
Andrew was elected to his first governor position at Sandhurst Primary in January 2017. He currently volunteers with a charity who help the deaf and hard of hearing and was keen to increase his volunteering within the community.
He brings experience and knowledge from his IT career at the Telegraph and then the TES (Times Education Supplement) where Andrew saw first hand how teachers are using exciting new technical solutions to help them in the classroom and beyond.
After working at the TES Andrew joined a social enterprise as a co-founder which works with agencies and charities to help disadvantaged children. He therefore has a particular interest in Pupil Premium and the experience and attainment of disadvantaged students.
Full Governing Body
Chair of Governors -Co-opted Governor
Joint Vice Chair – Parent Governor
Joint Vice Chair – Co-opted Governor
Assistant Head Teacher and Staff Governor
Local Authority Governor
Clerk to the governing body