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Meet the Local Governing Body

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

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.

I try to attend all relevant training and committee meetings but am actually on the Resources committee.

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

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

Julia Hurren

I have enjoyed been a governor since June 2017, when, having two daughters at the school, I became a parent governor.

I am now Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body, chair the Curriculum and Standards Committee, and sit on the Resources Committee.

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 at 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.

Emma Colmer

I started working at the school as a TA in 2012 and became a non-teaching Staff Governor in March 2016. All three of my children attended Cliffe Woods Primary School, from 2004 through to the youngest one leaving in July 2017.

I sit on both Finance & Buildings and Curriculum committees as they are the ones I have a keen interest and more knowledge in.

I started a new role in September 2017 as Home School Support Worker which I am absolutely loving. It is proving to be an extremely varied role and one which is enabling me to get to know the families and children much more than before, building the relationships between home and school in a positive way.

I am very proud to represent the staff as Governor as part of our Outstanding school and to assist in any way I can to keep it that way.

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 our aim was 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 Curriculum and Standards committee, 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.

Also with background in the sciences, I will be responsible for Science.

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.

Tim Muggridge

I initially joined the school in 2000, as a Newly Qualified Teacher, before moving on to another local school as Deputy Headteacher and then Headteacher in 2010.  I was overjoyed to re-join the amazing team here in April 2016 as Headteacher.

I have always been proud of the achievements of our school and strive to continue and enhance these further.

One of the things that I believe we have, that shines through all that we do is our amazing knowledge of our children - we really know them! 

Since my return, there have been many exciting changes including: converting to a Multi Academy Trust and developing the physical structure of the school, particularly the Year R provision.

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. 

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.    

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Gordon Turner

I joined the Local Governing Board in 2018, as a co-opted Governor. I have since become Vice-Chair of the resources committee, and attend the curriculum committee, LGB 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 Sports and Computing / I.T. subjects. I hope to help the school continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities in these areas.

Governors can be contacted in complete confidentiality through the school office.