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Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance. School governors are people from the school’s community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. 

 

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Marcia Stevens Contact details:

 

Mrs Marcia Stevens Chair of Governors

St Simon of England R.C Primary School.

Noakes Meadow

Ashford

Kent

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Governor Details

 

Name Governor type Committee Relevant business interests Any other educational establishments Relationships with school staff including partners and relatives Term of office Governors information
Peter McCabe headteacher All None None None 31/8/14

I joined St Simon’s as Deputy Headteacher in September 2000 and was promoted to Headteacher in 2014. (I have been here that long that the cleaning staff dust and polish me like a piece of the school furniture at the end of every school year!)

St Simon's School is my home away from home I really enjoy working at the school and do my very best to help and support all the pupils and their families.

Marcia Stevens

Chair of Governors

Foundation
Finance None None None

11/10/14

11/07/18

Mrs Stevens lives in Ashford and is married with one child who attended St Simon’s school.

She has worked in Finance since leaving school in various positions; she is currently working in the Nuclear Power Industry.

She has been a member of the Governing body for five years initially as a Parent Governor, and has recently been appointed Chair of Governors.

 

She is looking forward to using to using her experience in Finance to assist St Simon’s in any way she can.

 

Margaret Eldridge

Foundation

Vice Chair

 

Finance

Curriculum

None None None

16/05/16

16/05/20

I retired in 2010 after a lifelong career in computing. The last 20 years were spent working for a Market Research company where I was Director responsible for IT and Data Processing.

After retirement I began volunteering at St Simon’s School, helping with reading in KS1 and with netball club.

I became a Foundation Governor in 2012 and sit on both the Finance and the Curriculum Committees. I am actively involved in the life of St Simon Stock Parish Church and am a member of the Parish Advisory Council.
Dino Dimarco Community Governor

Finance

Curriculum

Safeguarding

None None None

22/05/15

22/05/19

Mr Di Marco lives in Ashford and was a pupil St Simons School as a child.

 

He has worked in Finance for 30 years and currently works as an Accountant for KCC mainly for the last 12 years working on Educational Budgets.

 

He has been a member of the Governing body for two years as a Local Authority Governor.

He uses his experience in Finance and Educational knowledge to assist St Simon’s

 

Patricia Bulla

Originally appointed as Parent Governor

Foundation Governor

Curriculum

SEN
None None None

01/08/16

01/08/20

I commenced my St. Simon’s “critical friend” role as a parent governor, moving on to being appointed foundation governor, at this charming school.

 

I practised as a Solicitor in the City of London, prior to moving to Ashford; therefore, I have a legal background and I remain very passionate about it!

Philip Monday

Foundation Governor

Finance

Curriculum

Health & Safety
None None None

07/07/16

07/07/20

Mr Phil Monday Foundation Governor

Responsible for Health and Safety sits on Finance and Curriculum Committees

I have a background in Agriculture and have spent 10 years working and living in southern Africa on development projects in sustainable and organic agriculture designing training materials for small holder farmers as well as carrying out extension work and farmer training. I spent 5 years of this time working for the Jesuits at their agricultural training centre in Zambia. I also worked for Pesticide Action Network UK as a programme manager for their African projects specialising in organic cotton and pesticide use reduction projects and writing project proposals.

I have been a foundation governor at St Simons since 2016 and have had two children attend St Simons school one of whom is still in the school.

Currently I am working for Tesco’s where I am the trade union representative for health and safety at my store. I am doing this job whilst studying at the Open University for an honours degree in Environmental Management and Technology.

Rufina Ebenebe Staff Governor

Curriculum

Religious Education

None None None

01/07/14

01/07/18

My name is Rufina Ebenebe and I represent the teaching staff on the governing body.

I am currently teaching two days in Year 5, a day to support groups and two days in Year 6.

 

In addition to that, I am the RE subject leader and KS2 Leader which I share with another colleague.

 

Julie Gibbs Staff Governor Curriculum None None None

01/07/14

01/07/18
 
Dawn Smith Parent Governor

Curriculum

Special Educational Needs
None None None

21/09/16

21/09/20

I currently have two children at the school.

I am studying at Greenwich University for a BSC Honours in Learning Disability Nursing.

 

Governor Attendance 2015-2016

Governing Body Constitution and Terms of Reference

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