Chair of Governors
I am Sam Buckman, the Chair of Governor’s here at Bethersden School.
I have been a governor for about 5 years and I’ve been chair since 2015. I have a daughter in year 4 at school and my son has just moved on to secondary school having served his time at Bethersden.
I am part of the governors leadership and management group and also the finance team, with a special governor focus on Pupil Premium. I also take a role as an early years governor, which gives me the wonderful opportunity to spend time with the youngest members of our school community.
I live just a two minute walk from the school, which is not only handy for the school itself, but puts me in the middle of the lovely village of Bethersden, where I enjoy getting involved in many aspects of village life.
Vice Chair of Governors
Jenn Read has been a Community Governor since July 2017. She is part of the SEN, Finance, Teaching and Learning teams and is the designated governor for Hedgehog class. She lives in Appledore with her husband and two daughters who attend the school. She is a director of a local financial advising company.
Robert Clark is the Year 6 Class Teacher and has been at Bethersden since he qualified in 2014. Robert is a great supporter of lifelong learning, having studied at the universities of Kent and Cambridge late in life after careers in the armed forces and probation service. Robert passionately believes that every child has potential to succeed and should be given every opportunity to do so.
Coleen Hemmings is one of our newly appointed parent governors and is part of the safeguarding team; also becoming Otter class governor. Coleen has lived in Bethersden for 5 years with her husband and has 3 children. Her eldest is in his final school year whilst she has a son in the school and a daughter who is currently in Bethersden pre-school. Coleen has worked with in the health care sector for many years and is currently retraining to become a counsellor. Once qualified she is hoping to specialise in childhood counselling.
Kate Kirk is one of our newly appointed parent governors who lives in Bethersden with her husband and son who is at the school. Kate worked in London in digital advertising for 10 years and then moved to Bethersden 7 years ago and has worked in digital marketing since having her son. Kate also volunteers regularly at the Leonard Cheshire Home in Bromley spending time with people who have disabilities. Kate is part of the Pupil Premium team; also becoming Rabbit class governor.
Sally Carysforth has been a governor at Bethersden Primary for 2 years. She lives in Shadoxhurst with her husband and 2 children who are at the school. She worked in investment banking before having children and has since retrained, working from home as an alternative mental health practitioner and teacher. She is part of the personal development, behavior and welfare team and is also the training and development governor.
Keith Brannan has lived in Bethersden for 45 years and always been keen to support the school and local community. He works from home as a chartered architect with his wife Ann who attended Bethersden school. His 2 children also came to this school and his eldest grandchild has recently started in the reception class. He has been on the Parish Council for 40 years, was a founder member of the tennis club and has previously been a school governor at Bethersden and an active member of what used to be called the Parent Teacher Association.
Gemma Foley has been a Governor for two years and has a son in the school with another starting in September 2018. She is currently working as Project Manager for a website company and has previously qualified as a Primary School teacher. Gemma is also Chair of the PTA and takes a keen interest in all aspects of the school.