School Governors

Our school governors come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide experience of business expertise and practical common sense to contribute to the running of the school. Some governors are appointed by the Local Authority, others are elected by parents and by staff. In addition, the Governing Body can co-opt individuals from, and to represent, the local community.

Governors are not responsible for the day to running of the school – this is the Head’s job. Instead, we act as a “critical” friend to challenge the school at the strategic level: we set, monitor and are responsible for the school’s budget; we ensure that appropriate policies are in place to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for pupils (and staff); and most importantly we help the school meet its legal responsibilities over a wide range of issues (e.g. curriculum, employment, health & safety, buildings finance etc.)

At Balfour Juniors, every child is important whatever their ability. As governors we believe that not only should every child be stretched to the best of their ability, we should also ensure that each child becomes a well rounded “citizen” and leaves us equipped to move on to the next phase of their lives.

The register of governors’ interests can be found here : register-of-interests

Governors attendance of meetings can be found here.

Code of Conduct for Governors can be downloaded here.

Contacting the Governors

Governors cannot deal with issues concerning individual children or matters that are just a matter of routine or part of the day to day running of the school. These should be raised through the normal channels e.g. the class teacher or Head Teacher.

For any other issue, the Chair of Governors, Mrs Patricia Daniels, can be contacted by letter through the school office.

Minutes of past meetings can be inspected on request at the school office. The minutes of the most recent Full Governing Body meeting can be found here: 17 06 20 LGB Minutes

 

Meet the Governors

Governors terms of office can be found here.

Membership

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Sean Hunt (Joint Vice Chair of Governors)
I have lived in Chatham for 47 years and currently work for Her Majesties Prison Service as a Facilities Supervisor. I am married and have a daughter at Fort Pitt Grammar School, formally at Balfour Junior School. I was a parent governor for nearly 4 years, but now elected as a Co-opted governor.I am currently joint vice chair of governors & chair of the Finance/Premises/Staffing committee. I undertake regular audits on the schools budget and the building management. I offer advice to the site manager on health & safety and fire prevention. I also liaise with contractors and the site manager on building projects to make sure the school is getting value for money, whilst not compromising on quality, and that the children are getting the best equipment to support their education.When my daughter started at the Junior School I wanted to be able to understand how the school worked, how decisions were made, and generally to improve my knowledge of the education system, which has changed so much since I was at school. What better way than becoming a governor and getting to know it from the inside out? I never cease to be impressed by the enjoyment and engagement of the children; to watch them grow and reach their potential, no matter what their individual ability.All our children are individuals, and I believe the passion and commitment of the staff and the leadership of our fantastic school means they are able to enjoy and achieve the maximum benefit from their time at Balfour Junior School.I am a strong believer in accountability, integrity and honesty and am happy to ask questions and challenge decisions to get the best for all of our children.I would encourage any parent to become a school governor as it has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience and certainly one that I will continue to enjoy.

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Patricia Daniels (Chair of Governors)
I have been a governor at Balfour Junior School for nearly six years; now in my second term. I’m a community governor and semi-retired; working for a few hours each week as clerk to a secondary school governing body.I started out as a parent governor in 1988 and have served in several schools and on various committees. I’m a passionate believer in life-long education and in the value of locally accountable governance.Now I have some free time I am able to use my expertise and experience gained from the workplace to support and challenge the school in its drive to ensure continued excellence in learning and teaching for every child.

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Lynton Sharp (Vice Chair of Governors)

Having grown up in Medway my family and I now live in Chatham. I have two children, 14 and 19, one who attends a  local secondary school. When I left school I travelled for a while before joining the civil service. After a 30 year career I took early retirement 6 years ago and now spend my time looking after the home and family. In addition to being a Governor at Balfour Juniors I am on the Board at two other local schools.  I am passionate about ensuring that all Medway children have access to excellent teaching and learning and that they have the best pastoral care that will support their personal and emotional development.  Balfour has gone through a lot of change recently and progress is being made toward being an important part of the Fort Pitt and Thomas Aveling Academies Trust (FPTA), all to the benefit of our school.

 


Rebecca Spore (co-opted governor)

I have been a governor at Balfour since 2015. During my time as a governor I have learnt a great deal and hope that I have been able to make an active contribution using my skills and expertise from my work profession as well as a parent with two children at the school. I hope through my input and support I have been able to support the continued progression of the school in achieving its recent OFSTED Inspection and providing encouragement, support and challenge to the school management to ensure that every child at Balfour gets the very best that the school can offer. This is not always easy and is a constant juggle between priorities within the financial constraints and as a parent I hope that I can always put the best interests of our children first.


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Alsia Warne- Lee (Co-opted Governor)

I have been a community governor at Balfour Junior School for one year. I am married mother of two and grandmother of four. I have been a host parent for exchange student for over ten years. I’m a semi-retired working for a few hours each week in the education section of a local authority.

I have always been in the ‘Education/finance’ section of my working life and with some free time wanted to use my experience and expertise and gained from the workplace to support and challenge the school in its drive to ensure continued excellence.

I started out as a community governor in 2009 and have served 2 schools so far also have been on various committee because I care passionately about children and moving them forward to reach their potential, regardless of their individual ability.


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John Wooldridge (Associate Governor)

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Courtney Webb (Staff Governor)

I joined Balfour Juniors in September 2013 as a Newly Qualified Teacher; I completed my first year working in year 5 and currently teach in year 6. I was appointed as a Staff Governor in 2014, I applied for the position as I am keen to assist the governing body in supporting the pupils and staff, helping Balfour to continue to improve and strive towards becoming an outstanding school.

I care ardently about the education and welfare of our children and understand the needs of our diverse community. I know the time the children spend at Balfour can impact hugely on their future and I take pride in knowing we all do our best in helping them to become confident, able and happy citizens with aspiration, regardless of their aptitude.

As a Staff Governor I consider myself a link between the staff, governors, children and parents and I aim to serve you all to the best of my ability.


Wayne Peet (Parent Governor)

I have been involved as a school governor for the past five years joining the Juniors governing body as a parent governor in February 2016 .Being a governor at the Juniors has been stimulating and I have been able to gain a privileged insight into primary school education as well as making a valued contribution to the continued development of our school. Our school is an exciting, thriving and creative environment where the staff is always striving to bring the best out in our children. The commitment of the staff and my fellow governors has been a highlight of my governor experience so far and I always look forward to spending time in the school with the children and staff.
I have lived in Rochester with my wife for the past twelve years. We have two children; our oldest is currently enjoying her time in Year 4. Outside school I work for Kent County Council as a Service Delivery Assurance Officer and prior to this I was a civil servant for twenty-six years. I try and bring as much of experience to my Governor role as possible but at the same time I am finding I can still learn a thing or two. It seems that no matter what your age, you can still learn a thing or two.