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Meet the Local Governing Body

Please find below a profile for our current Local Governing Body:

Julia Hurren

I have enjoyed being a governor since June 2017, when, having two daughters at the school, I was initially a parent governor, and now an appointed governor.    

I am now Chair of the Local Governing Body.  

I work in education, currently as a SENCo in a local school, with have subject specialisms that include English, Drama, and Art. I bring my knowledge of these areas to my link subject areas: Inclusion, English, and Art; meeting with staff to review policy, planning, and observing practice. I have also been involved as a governor with the school's development of its wellbeing focus. 

I am regularly at the school as a mum on school runs and assemblies and performances, as a PTA member supporting events, and as a governor doing targeted visits. 

I enjoy being part of the school community and working with the excellent leadership team and staff to continue to develop how the school provide engaging educational and enrichment opportunities to enable pupils to develop their creativity and tenacity. 

Gordon Turner

I joined the Local Governing Board in 2018 as a co-opted Governor.  I attend all meetings and as many training sessions as possible. 

My two children have attended Cliffe Woods primary for all of their primary education, and I wanted to join the governing board to see how I could help to ensure that all children receive the same excellent standard of education that my own children have benefited from. 

I have been nominated as the Governor with special responsibility for ICT, Appeals and Health.  

I hope to help the school continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities in these areas. 

Michael Evans

I started teaching at the school in 2013 after previously teaching at primary schools in Gravesend. During my time at Cliffe Woods, I’ve taught across the whole of KS2 (Yr3- Yr6) and am also the schools PE Coordinator. 

I sit on the curriculum committee as this is an area that I have a good knowledge and understanding of; being in the school on a day-to-day basis. 

Cliffe Woods truly is a fantastic school to both work at and attend as the staff continually go out of their way to make it a better place for the children. I’m thrilled to be the teacher governor as I want to continue to help the school to evolve and remain one-step ahead through fresh ideas and not being afraid to try new things. 

Dianne Foreman

I have lived in Cliffe Woods since 1980 with my husband and three children who attended both Cliffe Woods and Hundred of Hoo schools before going to University. 

I became a Parent Governor in September 1990 in both schools but left HOH in 2002 when my youngest child finished school as I found that I much preferred my role in primary education. 

In 2014 following the retirement of the previous Chair, I became Chair of Governors and then the Chair of the Local Governing Body, a role that I dedicate a lot of time too and has been both challenging and rewarding.   

On conversion to an academy, I became an inaugural member of the Trust, a smaller role but one I hope to continue as it is a lifetime commitment to the schools in the Trust overseeing the provision of outstanding education for all pupils 

I decided to stand down as Chair of Governors in march this year to allow newer, younger governors to develop and take on new roles although I am still a governor. I currently  have two years remaining in my term of office, 

I am particularly proud of our 'Outstanding' Ofsted, achieved in 2015 and subsequently confirmed in 2016. 

Fuad Aninbaba

I have just joined the Local Governing Body in spring 2019 as a Co-opted Governor. I have three children who currently attend the school in years 5, 3 and 1 respectively and are enjoying everything about the school.

I believe a sound education is the best legacy a child could have, and with the rights support, nothing is impossible.

Before moving to Medway, I was a key member of the Parents Forum at my children's previous school in London, where we aimed to improve on and maintain a high standard of 'All Round Education' received by the children and supporting the teachers in any way necessary.

As a member of the local governing body, I would be bringing a bit of knowledge from my experience as a Trainer in the Rail industry to ensure that the school maintains it's high standards and quality of education the children receive via the school curriculum. I am also responsible for GDPR and Diversity.

I look forward to working with the Board of Governors to support the school by all means necessary for the benefit of the children and the school as a whole.

James Butler

I joined the governing body in Spring 2019 as a parent governor and am relishing learning more about the school and the role.  I sit on the Resources Committee.

I am a proud father of three children, two of which are at the school in years R and two and one at the pre-school.  

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor by trade and work for a large construction consultancy.  Over the years I have worked with a number of local authorities and MATs, both in maintaining existing schools and also building new ones.  I hope to share some of these skills and experiences to help ensure the school’s built environment encourages learning.

From first visiting the school three years ago to now, I have been regularly impressed by the school’s culture and desire to connect with the parents and the local community.  I’m also a firm believer in continuous improvement and enjoy the regular Governing Body meetings and everyone’s desire to keep getting better.    

Karen Connolly

I joined Cliffe Woods Primary School as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 1998.  I moved to develop my skills further in a special school in 2005, then moved back to a large, urban mainstream school as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, firstly as Year Leader, then Assistant Headteacher and as Acting Deputy Headteacher.  In 2014 I set up a specialist resource provision for children with autism within a mainstream primary school in Bexleyheath, before re-joining Cliffe Woods in April 2016 as Assistant Headteacher. Since then I have been appointed as Head of School.

The school has always been special to me, my own two children having attended the school, and I am looking forward to exciting times ahead.  I am passionate about education and ensuring each and every child has the opportunity to shine and to reach their potential, irrespective of any challenges along the way.

Governors can be contacted in complete confidence via the school office.