Langton Green Primary School

Our Governing Body

The Full Governing Body is ultimately responsible for school performance and financial probity and is run with constant regard to the standards set out by Ofsted. In practical terms, it is the forum where key matters from the committees are shared, and if of over-riding concern, discussed further.

A message from the Chair of Governors:

It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you on behalf of the governing body to Langton Green Primary School. We are immensely proud of this school: of the depth and breadth of its offering, the passion and creativity to achieve the best outcomes for each individual child, the commitment and energy of the staff and the development and behaviour of the pupils.  
Our role as governors is to challenge, support and celebrate the school. We agree strategic priorities and targets, and hold the leadership team to account for fulfilling them.  On top of seeking to excel in meeting DfE requirements, the governors whole-heartedly support the staff in making Langton Green Primary School an extraordinary place where children develop and expand their confidence, their talents and their understanding of the world in a secure environment that allows excitement and fun to sparkle through their learning. 
Please feel free to contact myself or Alex Cornelius about any aspects of governance, or if you have an interest in joining the governing body - we would be pleased to hear from you. 

Katrina Lyle

Chair of Governors 

The structure of the Governing Body

Click here to read about how the work of our governing body supports the school community.

The members of our Full Governing Body are:

Katrina Lyle (Chair) Di Gillinder (Co-Vice Chair) Carol-Ann Squires (Co-Vice Chair)
Alex Cornelius (Head Teacher) Carolyn Vincent (Parent governor) Lindsey Milton (Parent governor)
Pamela Gibbs (Staff governor) Rosie Piper (Co-opted governor) Katie Gillam (Co-opted governor)
Ben Roome (Co-opted governor) Tina Bone (Co-opted governor)

 (Profiles of each governor are available below)

Committee: Achievement & Learning Leadership & Management Resources
Chaired by: Di Gillinder Rosie Piper Ben Roome
Members:

 Tina Bone
Alex Cornelius
Pam Gibbs
Katie Gillam
Katrina Lyle
Lindsey Milton
Rosie Piper
Carol-Anne Squires
Carolyn Vincent 

Tina Bone
Alex Cornelius
Di Gillinder
Katrina Lyle
Ben Roome

Alex Cornelius
Pam Gibbs
Katie Gillam
Katrina Lyle
Lindsey Milton
Carol-Anne Squires

Classlink Governors for 2023-24 are:

  • Year R: Tina Bone
  • Year 1 - Carolyn Vincent and Rosie Piper
  • Year 2 - Katie Gillam 
  • Year 3 - Katrina Lyle
  • Year 4 - Carole-Anne Squires 
  • Year 5 - Ben Roome 
  • Year 6 - Di Gillinder and Lindsey Milton

Click here to read more about the specific responsibilities of members of the governing body, including curriculum responsibilities. 

To read profiles of each of member of our governing body, click here.

Alex Cornelius

Prior to becoming Headteacher of Langton Green Primary School in September 2014, I was the Headteacher of Grove Park Primary School in Chiswick, London. I have been in education for nearly 25 years and have had the privilege of teaching in every primary key phase. Since joining Langton, I have been asked by the county to work for the school improvement service as a consultant Headteacher, successfully supporting schools to improve their strategy and achieve a ‘good’ in their Ofsted inspection.

Katrina Lyle (Chair)

I have been a governor since 2013, when I was elected as a parent governor with 2 young children at the school - those children are now teenagers, but my commitment to the school remains.  I have been chair of the Achievement & Learning Committee for much of my time, supporting the governing body in pushing for and celebrating the success of our pupils in every way and at every level.  I am now a co-opted governor and was elected chair of the governing body in November 2021.  Our role is to support, monitor and challenge the leadership team, constantly looking to improve outcomes for the children.  As chair, I liaise closely with the head teacher and senior leaders, and see first hand the resilience, innovation and tenacity that underpins the success of the school.
With a background in law and finance, I like finding solutions and creating agreement. In life away from school,  I am a Parish Councillor, manage our family farm, walk the dogs and enjoy food and wine a bit too much.  

Katie Gillam

I was appointed as a Governor in 2017 and I live in Langton Green with my young family. I have one child at the school. I sit on the Achievement and Learning Committee and I am the class link governor for year 1. In addition I take an interest in the school’s teaching of music. Outside out of the school I am a Partner with a local law firm

I was appointed as a Governor in 2017 and I live in Langton Green with my young family. I have one child at the school and I sit on the Achievement and Learning and Resources Committees.  I am also a class link governor for Reception. 

Outside of the school I am a Partner with a local law firm specialising in Private Client matters. I focus predominantly on tax, estates and trust work.

Specialising in Private Client matters. I focus predominately on tax, estates and trust work.

Di Gillinder (Co-Vice Chair - Chair of Achievement and Learning)

Having started out as an Newly Qualified Teacher in a Bromley school back in 1991, it has been my privilege to be the Class Teacher or Deputy Headteacher to over a thousand children and young people in their educational adventures since. As an ex-Langtonian myself (ex-teacher rather than pupil), I am a firm believer in the sparkle and magic of learning and since I am passionate about drama (having trodden the boards with Groombridge Amateur Dramatics Society since 2004), I am finally carping my own diem and going back to University to study for an MA in Acting. After all, as the bard himself pointed out, "Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” William Shakespeare, Henry VI part II. I live in Ashurst with my husband, Dan the Forest Man, and three of my five children. My eldest children now live and work in London in magical jobs of their own and my younger boys are pupils at TWGS Boys.

Pamela Gibbs

I was first elected as staff governor in early 2020.  My connection with the school started in 2006 when my eldest of 2 daughters joined Langton.  After 23 years in Investment Banking, in 2010 I too joined the school as a Teaching Assistant.  In 2014, after my predecessor's retirement, I was appointed School Business Manager.  In both my roles at Langton, I am committed to ensuring quality and best possible value in all aspects of the school.

Ben Roome (Chair of Resources Committee)

I joined the Governing Body in September 2017 having expressed an interest in supporting the school’s leadership. I currently chair the Resources Committee aimed at ensuring the children get the maximum possible value from any funds available to the school. As a physicist by training, and a STEM Ambassador, I have a particular interest in the school's teaching of science, technology and maths. I am the subject link Governor for maths and Class Link Governor for Year 4. Prior to Langton I was a Community Governor for Slade, an outstanding primary school in Tonbridge. Outside Langton, I lead a company that works on behalf of government and the UK mobile operators to support both terrestrial TV and new mobile services. I live in Tunbridge Wells with my wife and our two children one of whom attends the school.

Carol-Anne Squires (Co-Vice Chair)

I was appointed as a governor in 2018.  I have one child at the school and I enjoy volunteering as a parent helper whenever I can.  I sat on the school's PTA for three years and chaired for two years, during which time we delivered on our key objectives for school improvements. During this time, I developed a good relationship with the staff of the school and gained a greater understanding and appreciation of the challenges the school faces. As a governor, I sit on the Achievement and Learning Committee and I am the class link governor for year 3. I also have a keen interest in how we promote overall well-being in teachers and pupils.  My professional background is in running large scale business and IT programs.  I did this as a Management Consultant across various industries in both the private and public sector for 8 years. I went on to work in a global investment bank for another 7 years delivering the top priority programs across Trading, Governance, Legal, Compliance, IT and Operations.  

Carolyn Vincent

I was elected as a Parent Governor in June 2021 and have two children who attend the school.  I began helping as a parent reader when my son started in Reception in 2018 and loved watching the children progress throughout that time. I am a Broadcast Journalist and have worked as a newsreader and producer for ITV and BBC Radio Kent and take a particular interest in creative writing and reading. Originally from Glasgow, I live in Langton Green with my family.

Tina Bone

I was elected as a co-opted governor in September 2022, so I am very new to the role. However, I am not new to the school having worked as a TA there for the past 14 years. I am married and have 2 grown up children, both of whom attended Langton Green Primary School. 

I am honoured to have been elected and will try to fulfil my role as Year R class link governor to the best of my ability. I will also share responsibility for overseeing subjects on the curriculum such as French and music.

I hope that my previous knowledge of the school, and experience of supporting learning, will enable me to help in continuing to support the fantastic work that goes on helping each child to achieve their own potential.

Lindsey Milton

have been a parent at Langton Green Primary School since my eldest child started in 2014 and I currently have 2 children in year 6 and year 3, who are very happy and settled at LGPS. As well as being a mother to 3 children,  I am a qualified GP and I currently work for the Ministry of Justice and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
 
As a family, we have always felt very lucky and privileged to be a part of such a wonderful school.  My previous involvement with the school has been as a member of the PTA as well as a class rep and parent helper. 
 
I am delighted to now come on board as a parent governor and look forward to aiding communication between parents and the school and being Year 5 class link Governor.  I am keen to be involved with the achievement and learning aspect of the school and hope that my teaching experience will be of benefit. I am also keen to make the governing body more visible within the school community.

Rosie Piper (Chair of Leadership and Management)

I was appointed as a co-opted Governor in 2023. I live in Langton Green and have one daughter at the school, however I’ve admired the magic and sparkle of Langton Green Primary and its pupils from afar since moving to the village ten years ago.

 

My background is in education, and I have taught in the Early Years and Primary sector, as well as having enjoyed 7 years as a headteacher at a local school. I now work across schools in Kent as an education consultant, coach and tutor.

 

In my spare time I run a charity based in Africa, aiding orphaned and abandoned children, and am also a trustee of a charity that works in Merseyside supporting children’s early development in deprived areas.

 

It’s been a privilege to be able to join the Governing Body at Langton Green and see more of the extraordinary work that goes on behind the scenes to make Langton Green Primary School such a special place to attend for its pupils.

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For information regarding governor roles, declarations and attendance, click here.

Name / Role:

 

Start date:

End date:

Date Business Interest Form Completed:

Personal Business Interests:

Spouse's Business Interests:

Any other declaration (e.g. Governorship at another school, relationship to staff member):

Appointed by:

LA Governor: 

 Katrina Lyle

(Chair)

14.11.22 

13.11.26 

05.10.2023

Councillor 

Director of IT and Business Infrastructure consultancy LA

Parent Governors:

Carolyn Vincent

23.06.21

22.06.25

08.10.2023

 None

 

 

Parent Governor election process

Lindsey Milton

31.10.22

30.10.26 

08.10.2023

 

 

 

Parent Governor election process 

HT Governor: 

Alex Cornelius

01.09.14

-

14.02.2024

 None

None

None

N/A

Staff Governor: 

Pamela Gibbs

 02.02.24

01.02.28 

05.12.2023

None

None

None

Staff Governor election process

Co-opted Governors: 

Katie Gillam

13.11.17

12.11.21

26.10.2023

None

None

None

FGB

Ben Roome

13.11.17

12.11.21

02.10.2023

None

None

None

FGB

Carol-Anne Squires

19.11.18

18.11.22

19.10.2023

None

None

None

FGB

Tina Bone

12.09.22

11.09.26

 28.09.2023

None

None

None

FGB

Di Gillinder

17.10.18

16.10.22

08.01.2024

None

Married to Dan Gillinder, who runs Forest School and is Site Manager at the school.

None

FGB

Rosie Piper

22.05.23

21.05.27

28.09.2023

School consultancy & tuition company

None

None

FGB

Associate Governor:

Keith Fuller

N/A

N/A

N/A

None

None

None

N/A

Clerk: 

Claire Rae-Moore

 N/A 

 

 27.09.2024

 

 

 

 

Leavers: 

Jan Murphy

22.03.19

18.04.22 

01.09.2021 None LA

Mark Gamble

01.10.18

12.09.22

02.11.2021

None

None

None 

FGB

Lynn Trainor

19.11.18

28.03.23 

08.11.2021 

None 

None 

None 

FGB 

Sam Stillman

07.03.20

08.02.24.

 18.02.2024

None

None

None

FGB

Y = present

N = not present

A = apologies for absence received

N/A = was not a member of the GB or Committee at the time of the meeting.

Full Governing Body Meeting Attendance

Name

March 22

May 22

Jul 22

Sept 22

Nov 22

Feb 23

Mar 23

May 23

June 23

Jul 23

Sept 23

Nov 23

Alex Cornelius

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mark Gamble

Y

Y

A

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sam Stillman

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

A

Katrina Lyle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Katie Gillam

A

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Ben Roome

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Di Gillinder

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

A

Y

A

N

Y

Y

Y

Lynn Trainor

A

Y

Y

A

Y

A

A

-

-

-

-

-

Carol-Anne Squires

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

N

Pamela Gibbs

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Carolyn Vincent

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Tina Bone

-

-

-

-

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Lindsey Milton

-

-

-

-

-

Y

Y

A

N

N

Y

Y

Rosie Piper

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Leadership and Management Committee Attendance

 

Feb 22

June 22

Nov 22

Jan 23

Jun 23

Oct 23

Feb 24

Alex Cornelius 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mark Gamble

Y

A

-

-

-

-

-

Sam Stillman (CHAIR)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Jan Murphy

Y

-

-

-

-

-

-

Katrina Lyle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Lynn Trainor

-

Y

Y

A

-

-

-

Pam Gibbs 

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Diana Gillinder

Y

Y

A

A

N

Y

Y

Ben Roome

-

-

Y

Y

NS

NS

Y

Tina Bone

-

-

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Resources Committee Attendance

 

Jan 22

May 22 

Jul 22

Oct 22

Nov 22

Feb 23

May 23

Dec 23

Alex Cornelius

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mark Gamble

Y

Y

Y

-

-

-

-

-

Katrina Lyle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Sam Stillman 

Y

Y

a

Y

Y

A

A

A

Ben Roome (CHAIR)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Pamela Gibbs

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Katie Gillam

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Carol-Anne Squires

N

A

N

N

Y

N

A

N/s

Lindsey Milton

-

-

-

-

-

A

A

Y

Achievement & Learning Committee Attendance

 

Jan 22

Apr

22

Jul 22

Oct 22

Feb 23

June 23

Jan 24

Katrina Lyle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Alex Cornelius

Y

Y

Y

y

Y

Y

Y

Mark Gamble

N

A

Y

-

-

-

-

Jan Murphy

N

-

-

-

-

-

-

Katie Gillam

Y

A

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Carol-Anne Squires (CHAIR)

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Ben Roome

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Di Gillinder

Y

A

Y

A

A

N

Y

Carolyn Vincent

A

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Pam Gibbs

-

Y

Y

A

A

Y

Y

Tina Bone

-

-

-

-

A

Y

Y

Lindsey Milton

-

-

-

-

A

N

Y

To read the Governing Body's response to its parent questionnaire results in summer 2022, please click here.

At the beginning of term 6 we sent out a questionnaire seeking your views on your child's experience at Langton Green Primary School. The responses were discussed by the governors at our last meeting and I would like to share the outcome with you.

We received 80 responses in total: while this seems low, it is in fact quite encouraging for such a questionnaire, and indicates that the vast majority are happy with nothing to complain about. That said, we were extremely heartened by the headline figures that emerged from the survey, and we thank those of you that took the time to complete it.

  • 93.8% of you agreed or strongly agreed that your child is happy at school
  • 95% agreed or strongly agreed that your child is well looked after at this school
  • 96.3% of you agreed or strongly agreed that that your child feels safe at school.

These figures evidence our overriding commitment to safeguarding and providing an environment where your child can flourish, and we are glad to see our efforts acknowledged.

Most other areas scored solidly over 80% for the agree or strongly agree boxes. Of course, there are always some topics that provoke a greater split of opinions than others. For some, academic work is too much, for others it is not sufficiently challenging. After school clubs are either praised for offering so much, or criticised for not offering enough (for a small primary school we do offer a lot, particularly bearing in mind these are often run by teachers after a full day at school). Communication will never be perfect in a busy, demanding school environment, but we are grateful to those of you who have commented positively on your experiences.

The question regarding bullying had the highest score for you not knowing whether the school dealt effectively with it, which is reassuring as it means that most of you have no experience of it. Another high scorer for "I don't know" was whether you thought the school promotes equality and celebrates diversity. We were a little disappointed here as a great deal of thought and planning goes into this, but it is perhaps unsurprising given the predominantly white middle class demographic of the school community. The governors have requested extra training for ourselves on this subject which I hope will be carried out early in the new school year to help us understand how to support this better. Well-being has been a huge focus this year and will continue to be a priority, as individuals of all ages and in all areas struggle with the fears and uncertainties of the world around us, and the school's work on this was also scored highly in the survey.

I am delighted to see a return to a more normal, social and interactive school life, and I am incredibly proud of the results achieved this year on all fronts - in pupils' personal development and confidence, in artistic, musical or other creative endeavours, in sport and in academic results. The teaching and support staff have dug deep and given their all in what has still been a challenging year, and as a governing body we are deeply appreciative. I am sure that as parents you also see the amazing effort put in by your children's teachers, and I know they would love to hear it acknowledged from you. So my final words are to ask you to do that one little act of kindness and express your thanks rather than assume it is understood, and to wish you all a wonderful summer.

 

With best wishes on behalf of the governing body,

 

Katrina Lyle

Chair of Governors

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