OUR SCHOOL GOVERNORS
Our School governors are people who help to take care of our school. The governing body at Ospringe CE Primary School is made up of members of the local and school community. The governors work as a team to make sure the school provides a good quality education for all of us! They work in partnership with our teachers and each class has their own governor to offer support. They also help with other areas of the curriculum and school life, including: reading support, school trips, sports events, assemblies and lots more. Governors hold important meetings to help make big decisions about the school's long term goals. They are a very important part of our school community.
To contact the Chair of Governors please write to Mr Justin Lovell, c/o Ospringe School, Water Lane, Faversham, Kent
Justin Lovell has been a Governor at Ospringe since 2009 and is a LA Governor and currently our Chair of Governors. Justin works in the UK Financial Services Industry with over twenty -five years' experience in senior compliance and risk management positions. He has a number of areas of expertise, which assist him in his governor role; including leadership, strategy, financial oversight, regulatory and legislative compliance, policy management and risk management. Justin is married and the father of two daughters, both of whom were Ospringe pupils. He enjoys exploring local history and is particularly fond of live music.
Murray was appointed Ex-Officio Governor in May 2020. He chairs the Pastoral Committee and his key responsibility is Religious Education and Collective Worship. He holds an Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a specialism in small mammal Behavioural Ecology. He is currently exploring a change in career and is training to teach secondary science at Canterbury Christ Church University. Murray has worked for the Church of England for the past fifteen years, most recently as the National Growing Faith Enabler for the Church of England’s Education Office. In this role he worked with churches across England to bring the ‘three spheres’ of church, household and school into partnership, for the spiritual development of children and young people.
Murray was drawn to a career in youth ministry shortly after graduating; initially working at a small suburban Methodist Church in Cape Town, then a village Church of England parish in West Kent. It was here that he first worked in schools, both primary and secondary: leading collective worship and running Christian clubs, which culminated in him being appointed as lay Chaplain of Brenchley & Matfield CEP School in October 2009. He worked for the Diocese of Canterbury from 2010 to 2019 where he was able to raise the profile of youth and children's ministry in the Diocese and had the opportunity to present at conferences across the UK, in the USA and the Netherlands. Murray has one daughter at Ospringe School and one daughter at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Faversham. He is married to Gina, a Secondary school Maths teacher, plays guitar and a little piano, still enjoys the delights of LEGO® and watches more films than his diary suggests possible.
Jessica Clements joined the board of governors as an associate governor in September 2017 and became a parent governor in September 2018. Jess sits on the pupil progress and finance and estates committees.
Jess is a highly specialist clinical pharmacist and has worked in healthcare since 2003. During this time, she has undertaken a number of postgraduate qualifications including the independent prescribing qualification. Jess is currently working at East Kent Hospitals for NHS England in a clinical commissioning capacity. Through her career she has been involved in education within healthcare which has included teaching on the pharmacy degree course at Kingston university, tutoring and mentoring pharmacist undertaking a clinical diploma and providing training to doctors and GPs around the care of patients with a chronic infection. She holds a qualification as a trainer of adult learners. Jess is a mum of three children at Ospringe school. In her spare time, she is a keen runner, and is also a member of Faversham Ladies Rugby team.
Barry Hostead joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in 2014. During his time on the Governing Body, Barry has assumed various positions including; Online Safety Governor, Vice Chair of the Finance and Estates committee and is currently Vice Chair of the Governing body.
Barry works for Lloyd’s Banking Group as Head of Data for the Insurance and Wealth division. Barry brings a deep knowledge of IT to the governing body with a key focus on data and analytics.
Barry lives in Faversham with his wife and 2 boys who are both at the school and love the nurturing environment the school provides.
Ben joined the Governing Board in November 2018 as a Parent Governor. He has one child attending the school. Ben is a house husband, and also works for Wild Bread Bakery selling sourdough bread at the Faversham Market every Friday and Saturday. He has also been a civil servant, a retail sales manager, and a rare coins and bullion dealer. He is looking forward to continuing to make a positive contribution to the running of the school in the coming years.
I was elected as a parent governor in July of this year 2018. A part of my role as a parent governor is being involved within the teaching and learning sub- committee and looking at the curriculum across the board, helping and getting an understanding of what the children are learning on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
I have two children who currently attend Ospringe, and are both in key stage two. I also volunteer within the school helping the children with their reading. In the past I was part of a governing body at another local primary school where my three eldest children attended, and so thanks to this I gained a level of understanding of what a school needs from a parent governor. I live within Faversham with my husband and five children and our adorable cat Crumble. In my spare time I love to run and bake when I can, visit historical sites and enjoy taking my children to a lot of sport clubs that they attend.
Steve Bassett has been a Governor at Ospringe for eight years.
Steve is a police officer and has served in many different roles, predominantly in uniform. He is currently a uniformed officer at Medway where he serves as a Public Order Tactical Advisor, Police Liaison Officer and a Football Spotter.
As well as being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter, Steve is an experienced martial artist, having practiced Wado Ryu karate for over 28 years, the last 21 of them as a 3rd Dan black belt. Steve is married with two daughters (both at the school) and two black Labradors called Jet and Dexter.
Sue Shepherd has been involved with Ospringe School since she first became a pupil here in the 1960’s. She has maintained links with the school through her mother who worked in the school and other family members, partaking in various fundraising activities and social functions. Sue’s four children attended the school and she continued to help with the PTA and other school events as a parent and is still regularly involved with fundraising activities. She became a governor in 2009. Sue is regularly in school as she assists with the Better Reading Partnership scheme, which helps provide additional reading opportunities for pupils in the school who need extra help. Sue is also often involved in the school plays and productions, both backstage and with the props. Sue is also a driver of the school minibus whenever she is needed. Sue works as an assistant coach at the Faversham Gym Club specifically with the pre -school children, she is also is a qualified Youth Worker, with over thirty years’ experience. Sue has an interest in prop making and is part of the Up the Creek Pantomime Society.
Cheryl Winton has been a governor at Ospringe school for 22 years joining as a parent governor and now as a co-opted governor. Cheryl has worked at Teddies pre-school for the last 19 years and so is very knowledgeable regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage which is also used in reception. Cheryl has a long association with Ospringe School with all five of her children going through the school. Two of her grandchildren are now at Ospringe. She also still helps at events that the school holds. Cheryl spends most of her spare time with her children and many grandchildren who keep her very busy.
I first joined Ospringe CE Primary School in January 2009, taking on the role of Assistant Headteacher and teaching my own class. Over the course of the years spent as a senior leader and class teacher at the school, I have developed a very good understanding of the challenges the children, families and staff face and overcome on a day to day basis.
My family are all grown up and are currently settled in their own homes located across the UK and abroad and I love to visit with them and travel in my spare time too. My experiences, both from my personal life and within the teaching profession, enables me to see the many strengths the school offers the children and families within the community of Ospringe. Since leaving Ospringe School in 2017, after attempting retirement, I found I missed the work so much that I took a classroom teaching role in a school local to my home address. There I gained further teaching experiences in different school environments which included developing a different, rich and creative curriculum more suited to the children in those schools. The work in these schools added to my understanding of the rich opportunities a creative curriculum offers so many different children.
As a Governor I enjoy being able to support the school by working with the excellent team of teaching staff, Governors, children and families as the school continues on its seemingly endless journey, providing excellent opportunities for growth and improvement for the whole school community.
Abbie Rzepka is in her fourth year of teaching at Ospringe after completing her NQT year in July 2018. She studied Primary education at the University of Brighton, specialising in History and Geography, it was here she developed her passion for humanities. Since joining Ospringe in 2017 Abbie has taught year 2 and year 4 and is currently the subject leader for History, Geography and Read Write Inc. Throughout her time at Ospringe, she has established herself as a caring teacher who places a high priority on the wellbeing of her children. She is ambitious and eager to further develop her career, currently completing her NPQML. Outside of school, Abbie enjoys regular trips to the theatre and as many holidays as she can squeeze in!
Rocyn Williams became an Associate Governor in May 2017. this was shortly after his wife Sarah retired as a vicar in the Church of England and they retired to Faversham. Born in Swansea he attended a small country school on the Gower peninsula. He graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, in Applied Science – so long ago that nuclear physics was simpler and only geeks had heard of Venn diagrams.
Nearly 20 years of his career were spent based in Belgium, working around the world. He has experience in heading a worldwide engineering team developing, manufacturing and marketing light sources for specialised applications. Retiring at 50 he broadened his experience as a consultant with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on specialist projects in Poland and Russia. Here he specialised in organisation process improvement, budget management and organisation evolution. Along the way he collected several foreign languages. He is convinced that we should be actively encouraging young children in sciences and languages. As a member of Ospringe Parish Church he believes that we should nourish the heritage shared between the school and its founding church. With his wife, he has taken over the organising of the Kingsquad Club at the school.