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Welcome to the Ospringe School Governing body.


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
ME13 8TX

 

Justin Lovell

Justin Lovell has been a Governor at Ospringe since 2009 and is currently also 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.

  • Appointed: November 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a LA Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Justin is the Chair of Governors and also attends both the Pupil Progress and Finance, Staffing and Estates/ Pay Committees.
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 4/4

 

Murray Wilkinson

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 has recently retrained as a science teacher, and has just started his first teaching role at a secondary school in Maidstone. Murray has a degree in degree in Zoology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, but spent the past fifteen years working for the Church of England in various ministry roles. 

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. Most recently he was the National Growing Faith Enabler for the Church of England's Education Office, in which he worked with the dioceses across England to bring the 'three spheres' of church, household and school into partnership, for the spiritual development of children and young people.

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.

  • Appointed: May 2020
  • Term of Office: On-going, as arranged by the Diocese
  • Appointed as a Ex-Officio Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Murray is joint Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Pastoral Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 4/4

 

Barry Hostead

Barry Hostead joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in 2014 and has since become a Co-Opted Govenor.

During his time on the Governing Body, Barry has assumed various positions including; Online Safety Governor, Chair and Vice Chair of the Finance and Estates committee and is currently Chair of the Finance Committee and Co-Vice Chair of the Governing body.

Barry works for The John Lewis Partnership as Head of Data Management. Barry brings a deep knowledge of technology  to the governing body with a key focus on data and analytics.

Barry lives in Faversham with his wife and 2 boys, one of which is still at the school and loves the nurturing environment the school provides.

  • Appointed: May 2021
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Co-Opted Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests
  • Intra-governor or staff relationships – Barry’s wife is employed by the school as Assistant Headteacher
  • Barry is the joint Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance, Staffing & Estates/Pay Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 4/4

 

Benedict McLoughlin

Ben joined the Governing Board in November 2018 as a Parent Governor. He has one child attending the school. Ben is a house husband. 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.

  • Appointed: November 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Parent Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Ben is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 4/4

 

James Medhurst

James has lived in Faversham since 2008 and was elected as a Parent Governor in 2021. He has one child at the school. James works locally as a driving instructor having previously worked in education as an assistant headteacher and a teacher of physical education and science. James brings experience of behaviour management, pastoral care and safeguarding to the role. James has a keen interest in sport, playing and coaching cricket for a local club and enjoying an occasional game of golf. He volunteers at a local football club, helping with the running of a junior team.

  • Appointed: July 2021
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Parent Governor.
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Attendance last year: N/A

 

Sam Winton

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, and 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. 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. Two of my children attend a local secondary school and another whom is currently studying A levels at another. 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.

  • Appointed: June 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Parent Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests
  • Intra-governor or staff relationships – Sam’s sister in law works in the school office and she is related by marriage to Cheryl Winton (Governor)
  • Sam is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 2/4

 

Layla Zaa

Layla Zaa joined the board of governors as a Parent Governor in June 2021. She has previously volunteered including helping children with their reading and at school fairs at her son's previous primary school but this is her first Parent Governor role. She has two children, both currently at Ospringe. Layla is self-employed and works in the Fashion industry as a Fashion Designer/ Trend Forecaster and is also setting up a homeware business. She has held managerial roles throughout her career which will assist her with her governor role.

Layla is looking forward to supporting the arts/ creative fields at Ospringe as she believes these are important areas for children to express themselves as well as supporting the well-being and mental health of the children. She is looking forward to making a positive contribution.

Layla loves being outdoors in nature. Either tending to the allotment or going for long walks in the forest or on the beach.

  • Appointed: July 2021
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Parent Governor.
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Attendance last year: N/A

 

Steve Bassett

Steve Bassett has been a Governor at Ospringe for nine years.

Steve is a senior 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 Public Safety Advisor, Police Liaison Officer and an Operational Football Officer. He has experience of policing all over the country, including the 2011 London Riots, the Olympic Games, various high profile football matches and protests. 

Prior to joining Kent Police, Steve graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in British Constitutional Politics.

As well as being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter, Steve is an experienced martial artist, having practiced Wado Ryu karate for over 29 years, the last 22 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.

  • Appointed: August 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Co-opted Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Steve is a member of Finance, Staffing & Estates/Pay Committee and our Health and Safety Governor
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 4/4

 

Nicola Batey

Nicola has lived in Faversham since 1991. She has taught in primary schools for over 30 years. Both her sons spent happy years at Ospringe school.

Nicola has for many years been an active member of the congregation at Ospringe church.

She enjoys creating fused glass art, cycling, gardening and being taken for walks by the family dog!

  • Appointed: June 2021
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Foundation Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Attendance last year: N/A

 

Sue Shepherd

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 the Welfare Officer at the Faversham Gym Club and as an Assistant Coach 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.

  • Appointed: August 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Co-opted Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Sue is a member of the Pastoral and Pupil Progress Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 4/4

 

Cheryl Winton

Cheryl Winton has been a governor at Ospringe school for 23 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.

  • Appointed: August 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Co-opted Governor
  • Business or pecuniary interests – Cheryl is employed by Teddies Pre-School which is located on the school site
  • Intra-governor or staff relationships – Cheryl’s daughter works in the school office and she is related by marriage to Sam Winton (Governor)
  • Cheryl is Chair of the Pupil Progress Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 4/4

 

Sally McCourt

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.

  • Appointed: September 2019
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Co-opted Governor
  • Business or pecuniary interests – Sally occasionally offers supply cover at school
  • Sally is a retired teacher.
  • No material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Sally is a member of the Pupil Progress Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 4/4

 

Abigail Rzepka

Abbie Rzepka is in her fifth 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 teaching year 3, she has recently become the subject leader for Computing and also leads 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, recently completing her NPQML. Outside of school, Abbie enjoys regular trips to the theatre and as many holidays as she can squeeze in!

  • Appointed: March 2019
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Staff Governor
  • Abbie is a teacher at the school.
  • No material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Abbie is a member of the Teaching and Learning and Pupil Progress Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 4/4

 

Rocyn Williams

Rocyn Williams became an Associate Governor in May 2017. With his wife, Sarah, he has recently retired to Faversham. He was born in Swansea, where he attended a small country school on the Gower peninsula. He graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, in Applied Science. During a varied career in industry he gained experience in leadership functions. He ended up heading a worldwide team selling light sources for specialised applications. Other experience included working with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on specialist projects in Poland and Russia. During his career he specialised in organisation process improvement, budget management and organisation evolution. The majority of his career was spent based in Belgium working around the world. Along the way he collected several foreign languages and is convinced that we should be actively encouraging young children in sciences and languages. As a regular member of Ospringe Parish Church he believes that the links between the local church and the school should be encouraged. With his wife, he has taken over the organising of the Kingsquad Club at the school.

  • Appointed: June 2021
  • Term of Office: 4 Years
  • Appointed as a Foundation Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Rocyn is a member of the Pastoral and Finance, Staffing & Estates/Pay
  • Attendance last year: Governor Body Meetings: 3/4

 

 

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