Chair of Governors
Jenn Read was voted in as Chair in November 2019 and has been a Community Governor since July 2017. She is part of the SEN, Finance, Teaching and Learning teams. She lives in Appledore with her husband and two daughters who attend the school. She is a director of a local financial advising company.
Vice Chair of Governors
Kate Kirk was voted in as Vice Chair in January 2020 and has been a parent governor since February 2019. She lives in Bethersden with her husband and son who attends 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 is part of the Pupil Premium team and supports the maintenance for the school website. She is also the Bumblebee class governor and reads with the class each week.
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.
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.
Justine Williams was appointed community governor at the end of July 2019. Her daughter attended Bethersden school from the end of year 5 having moved schools where the school, staff and pupils welcomed her. Justine has lived in Bethersden with her husband and two children since 2006, and is a Registered Nurse. Justine currently works in a GP practice and was formerly an inspector for the Care Quality Commission for 13 years. Justine is one of the reading governor’s and is delighted to be linked with Owl class.
Hi I am Sam Buckman and I have been a governor for about 5 years and was previously the chair of governors. I have a daughter in year 6 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.
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 and another hopefully will follow.
He has been on the Parish Council over 40 years, was a founder member of the tennis club, had previously been a school governor at Bethersden for 20 years and an active member of what used to be called the Parent Teacher
Association, the fore-runner of what is now called FOBS.