Langton Green Primary School

A message from the Chair of Governors

Langton Green Primary School is a fantastic place for children to learn, as our children and parents all know, and this was endorsed by the Ofsted team who visited us in summer 2012.

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 

For more information about the work of the Governing Body, click here.

 

The Governing Body

The Governors fulfil their function through the termly meetings of the Full Governing Body, the regular meetings of the three committees, regular Governor visits to the school and ad hoc meetings to deal with non-routine matters.

Achievement and Learning Committee (Chair: Carole-Anne Squires) is as the name suggests focussed on the outcomes for pupils in terms of both achievement and progress and interacts with staff to be involved with current developments in teaching. This committee is responsible for understanding the Government's performance data for our children.

Leadership and Management Committee (Chair: Sam Stillman) is principally involved with school management and organisation, employment and performance matters. It has a further small committee that reviews Headteacher performance as well.

Resources Committee (Chair: Ben Roome) looks at all financial matters such as budgeting and monitoring, also those relating to the buildings and grounds, such as maintenance and any minor capital projects.

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. In addition the Head Teacher reports on current school performance and progress against the school's development plan.  

Classlink Governors for 2021-22 are:

  • Year R - Katie Gillam and Carolyn Vincent 
  • Year 1 - Katrina Lyle 
  • Year 2 - Carol-Anne Squires
  • Year 3 - 
  • Year 4 - Mark Gamble and Di Gillinder 
  • Year 5 - Sam Stillman and Lynn Trainor
  • Year 6 - Ben Roome

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

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.  

Mark Gamble

My election to the Governing Body came in 1998 as a Parent Governor, but continues now as a Co-opted Governor. All four of my children have passed through the school and in this time we have experienced many changes. I spent the early part of my career in the City as a Finance Director but more recently as a Management Consultant based in the South East, which has enabled me to devote the time required to support the school. Above all however I see our role as a Governing Body is to create an environment where our Headteacher has the freedom to allow his teachers to develop and excel, to give our pupils a love of learning and the best possible start on their educational journey.

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 R. 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 (Vice Chair)

Having started out as an NQT in a Bromley school back in 1991, it has been my privilege to support
nigh on a thousand children and young people on their learning journeys in the years since. In whatever subject, skill or character trait, it has always been my aim to enable children to realise that they are better than they ever thought they could be and as I have moved into Senior Leadership, this continues to be my driving force with teachers as well as pupils.  I am passionate about drama; I have trodden the boards locally with GADS (Groombridge Amateur Dramatics Society) for fourteen years and have shared the passion in schools, directing many productions over the years.  I live in Ashurst with my husband, Dan the Forest Man, and four of my five children. My eldest now lives in London and my youngest is a pupil in Year .

Pamela Gibbs

I was 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

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 6. 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-Ann Squires

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 2. 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.  

Lynn Trainor

I was brought up in Speldhurst, but moved elsewhere when I started my working life as a physics teacher and later retraining as a priest and being involved in school chaplaincy. I moved to Langton in 2017 to lead Langton Village Church on a part time basis, as well as care for my elderly parents who live in Speldhurst. It is with great delight that I am able to still be involved with education as a Governor at the school. I also have the privilege of taking school assemblies fortnightly. Obviously, I love all things science and also have a passion for facilitating the well-being of the whole child – and hence I am involved with the village project to support the Mental Health of our children post-pandemic. I am interested in spiritual development in its widest sense – including, but not limited to, religious development (within all religions) and am currently doing a Master’s degree in Mindfulness, Psychology and Neuroscience. I have 4 children, plus two who have lived with us since being a teenagers, all of whom have now flown the nest. I am also the school lollipop person (School Crossing Patrol) – which has to be the best job in the world!

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.

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: 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Governors:

Di Gillinder

17.10.18

16.10.22

31.10.2021

None

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

Deputy HT at Churchill CEP School, Westerham 

Parent Governor election process

Carolyn Vincent

23.06.21

22.06.25

 

 08.11.2021

 

 

Parent Governor election process

HT Governor: 

Alex Cornelius

01.09.14

-

  12.11.2021

 None

None

None

N/A

Staff Governor: 

Pamela Gibbs

 02.20

 

02.11.2021

None

None

None

Staff Governor election process

Co-opted Governors: 

Mark Gamble

01.10.18

30.09.22

02.11.2021

None

None

None

FGB

Sam Stillman

07.03.20

21.03.24

14.03.2022

None

None

None

FGB

Katie Gillam

13.11.17

12.11.21

05.12.2021

None

None

None

FGB

Ben Roome

13.11.17

12.11.21

29.09.2021

None

None

None

FGB

Lynn Trainor

19.11.18

18.11.22

08.11.2021

None

None

None

FGB

Carol-Anne Squires

19.11.18

18.11.22

09.03.2022

None

None

None

FGB

Katrina Lyle

(Chair)

12.02.21

11.02.25

15.11.2021

Councillor

Director of IT and Business Infrastructure consultancy 

 

FGB

Associate Governor:

Keith Fuller

N/A

N/A

19.11.18

None

None

None

N/A

Clerk: 

Claire Rae-Moore

 N/A 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leavers: 

Philip Watkins

11.03.15

Resigned

July 2017

14.11.16

None

None

Chair, Education and Skills Committee, British Plastics Federation and Director, Cogent Skills

Parent Governor Election process

Rachel Adkin

09.05.16

31.07.18

13.11.17

None

None

None

FGB

Mike Tunnell

30.09.17

 31.07.19

19.11.18

None

None

None

LA

Katie Harris

09.12.16

Resigned

Jan Murphy

22.03.19

18.04.22 

01.09.2021 None LA

 

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

Nov 18

Mar 19

May 19

July 19

Nov 19

May 20

June 20

Nov 20

March 21

May 21

July 21

Nov 21

March 22

May 22

Alex Cornelius

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mark Gamble

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Rachel Adkin (left 31/7/18)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jan Murphy

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

-

Keith Fuller (left 31/7/18, now Associate Governor)

Y

Y

A

Y

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sam Stillman

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

A

N

Y

Y

Katrina Lyle

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Mike Tunnell (Left 31/7/19)

A

Y

Y

A

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Katie Gillam

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

A

A

Ben Roome

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Di Gillinder

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

N

Y

Y

Lynn Trainor

Y

Y

A

A

A

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

A

Y

Carol-Anne Squires

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

N

N

NS

Y

A

Pamela Gibbs

-

-

-

-

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Carolyn Vincent

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Y

A

Y


Leadership and Management Committee Attendance

 

 

Nov 18

Mar 19

May 19

Oct 19

Feb

20

Mar 21

Feb 22

June 22

Alex Cornelius 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mark Gamble

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Sam Stillman (CHAIR)

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Mike Tunnell (left 31/7/19)

A

Y

Y

-

-

-

-

-

Jan Murphy

A

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

-

Katrina Lyle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Lynn Trainor

-

-

A

A

N

Y

-

Y

Keith Fuller (left 31/7/18, now Associate Governor)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Pam Gibbs 

-

-

-

-

-

-

Y

N

Diana Gillinder

-

-

-

-

-

-

Y

Y

 

Resources Committee Attendance

 

Nov 18

Mar 19

May 19

Nov 19

Mar

20

May

21

Dec 21

Jan 22

 

Alex Cornelius

Y

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mark Gamble

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Mike Tunnell 

Y

Y

Y

-

-

-

-

-

-

Katrina Lyle

A

Y

Y

Y

-

-

Y

Y

Y

Sam Stillman 

Y

A

Y

Y

N

N

A

Y

Y

Ben Roome (CHAIR)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Pamela Gibbs

-

-

-

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Katie Gillam

-

-

-

-

A

N

Y

Y

A

Carol-Anne Squires

-

-

-

-

Y

N

N

N

A

Achievement & Learning Committee Attendance

 

Nov 18

Feb

19

 

May 19

Oct

19

Mar 20

Mar 20

Jan 22

Apr

22

Katrina Lyle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Alex Cornelius

A

A

A

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mark Gamble

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

A

Keith Fuller (left 31/7/18, now Associate Governor)

Y

Y

Y

-

-

-

-

-

Jan Murphy

Y

A

A

Y

A

A

N

-

Rachel Adkin (left 31/7/18)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Katie Gillam

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Carol-Anne Squires (CHAIR)

-

Y

A

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Ben Roome

-

A

Y

A

N

N

Y

Y

Di Gillinder

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A

Carolyn Vincent

-

-

-

-

-

-

A

A

Pam Gibbs

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Y

 

 

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