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Victoria Road Primary School

Inspiring a Love of Learning

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Barbara Saltmarsh – Pen Portrait

I have been the Chair of Governors at Victoria Road Primary School since May 2016. As well as chairing our Governing Body I am also on the Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee.

My background is in Education having been a Headteacher of a two form primary school in Inner London for seventeen years, and an Ofsted inspector for twelve years.

As well as being a Chair of Governors I also volunteer for the Citizens Advice Bureaux working as a supporter for witnesses giving evidence at court.

Gail Spragg – Pen Portrait

Born in Lancashire and trained in Yorkshire, I began my teaching career in Scotland, teaching in both Fife and Midlothian in a two- and three-form entry respectively.  On moving to Gloucestershire and having 2 young children, I became involved in playgroups for 3 years.  I then moved to Kent.  I initially undertook a fixed term contract at Lyminge (single-form entry) and then was appointed to Chilham (3 classes) where I initially taught a Y4/5/6 class.  During the mid-nineties, I became a teaching headteacher at Chilham whilst retaining the SenCo position.  I was seconded to Tenterden Junior School in 2004 with the remit of school improvement.

At the beginning of 2005 I was employed as a Primary Excellence Headteacher responsible for 26 primary schools in the Tonbridge and Malling area and was a designated School Improvement Partner for 10 of those schools, undertaking School Improvement, Headteacher Performance Management and delivering training to Headteachers, Deputies and Newly Qualified Teachers.  I was charged as the new Headteacher of The John Wesley Church of England/Methodist Primary School in April 2007 to work to open that school.  During my time at the school I became a Local Leader of Education.  The school has grown from a single-form entry to a two-form entry and a pre-school was initiated on site in 2009.

All the schools I have led have never been less than good when inspected and our last two Section 48 inspections were given an outstanding rating.  I retired in August 2017.

Currently I am Vice-Chair of Governors at Victoria Road Primary School, a member of the Kent Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education board, a board member of ACE academy, a member of the Local Children’s Partnership Board and part of the Born to Move project, providing training for pre-schools, Family Liaison Officers and early Years practitioners.

 

 

 

Lesley Charnley – Pen Portrait

 

My whole career has been as a maths teacher in secondary education.

 

I came to Ashford in 1975, spent two terms at the North Boys’ school followed by 16 years at the North Girls (where I had been a teacher governor) before the two schools merged in 1991.  After a further three years in the new school as head of faculty I got early retirement on the ground of redundancy.

 

My time is now divided between working for the charity CROP (Citizens Rights for Older People), being a governor at Victoria Road and as church secretary at Cade Road Church.

 

I was briefly a governor at Riverside before its merger with another school.  I have been a governor at Victoria Road since 2003.

 

 

Liz Windon – Pen Portrait

 

I became a Co-opted Member of the Governing body at Victoria Road Primary school in July 2018 having previously been an Associate Member. I was recently asked to be the Special Educational Needs (SEN) governor for the school which is a new venture for me even though I have been a school governor for the last 17 years in a number of Primary schools in Medway and Kent.

 

I am passionate about schools providing a good education for all pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential whatever their individual circumstances.

 

In my working life I provide an independent consultancy support to schools to set up effective pupil assessment tracking systems and I also assist schools in the analysis of internal and external data as evidence to support their own school evaluation.

 

I train school staff and governors to enable them to understand and effectively use data provided by the school and the Department for Education (DfE) to Analyse School Performance report and the Ofsted Inspection dashboard.

 

I have been involved, as a Local Authority officer, independent data consultant and a school governor, in providing evidence for Ofsted inspections which have proved effective in improving judgement on standards of achievement and progress.

 

I am also currently the Director with portfolio for Assessment and Outcomes in a small Multi Academy Trust in Ashford.

 

 

 

Maureen Chiana – Pen Portrait

 

I have been a Co-opted governor at Victoria Road Primary School since June 2016. I also sit on the Personnel, Finance & Premises Committee.

 

I currently have a business and work as a Neuro-Leadership & Resilience trainer, speaker and mentor, which has recently involved a lot of travelling.

 

My background is in Healthcare and Education, having worked as a Medical Microbiologist for eight years and in Education for twenty years.​

 

 

 

Megan Heritage – Pen Portrait

 

I started my teaching career at 19 when I began my degree at Canterbury Christ Church University.  I studied part time while working full-time as a Science Technician in various schools before becoming a Teaching Assistant about a year and a half before I was due to complete my degree.

 

I took on a maternity cover role teaching Year 2 at St James the Great in East Malling and then moved to Victoria Road in September 2015.  I became a governor in November last year.

 

 

 

Victoria Hayward – Pen Portrait

 

 

I have been a teacher for 11 years, first at Oak Tree Primary, I then went on to Ashford Oaks, Willesborough Juniors and I am now based at Beaver Green Primary School.  I have taught in all year groups, but spent most of my time in upper key stage 2.  Last year I supported, in focus groups, children with Special Educational Needs.  Currently, I am class teacher in year 4.

 

I was a governor at Ashford Oaks for 3 years but left when I had my first daughter.

 

I am mother to three girls, my oldest goes to Victoria Road School.

 

 

 

Lauren Jordan – Pen Portrait

 

I joined as a Parent Governor at Victoria Road in 2018 and I'm also part of the Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee.  My sons attend the school and are currently in Years 1 and 3.

 

I have 22 years of experience in Administration, Human Resources and Office Management and currently work in the renewable energy and charitable sectors.

 

 

Gail Spragg – Pen Portrait

Born in Lancashire and trained in Yorkshire, I began my teaching career in Scotland, teaching in both Fife and Midlothian in a two- and three-form entry respectively.  On moving to Gloucestershire and having 2 young children, I became involved in playgroups for 3 years.  I then moved to Kent.  I initially undertook a fixed term contract at Lyminge (single-form entry) and then was appointed to Chilham (3 classes) where I initially taught a Y4/5/6 class.  During the mid-nineties, I became a teaching headteacher at Chilham whilst retaining the SenCo position.  I was seconded to Tenterden Junior School in 2004 with the remit of school improvement.

At the beginning of 2005 I was employed as a Primary Excellence Headteacher responsible for 26 primary schools in the Tonbridge and Malling area and was a designated School Improvement Partner for 10 of those schools, undertaking School Improvement, Headteacher Performance Management and delivering training to Headteachers, Deputies and Newly Qualified Teachers.  I was charged as the new Headteacher of The John Wesley Church of England/Methodist Primary School in April 2007 to work to open that school.  During my time at the school I became a Local Leader of Education.  The school has grown from a single-form entry to a two-form entry and a pre-school was initiated on site in 2009.

All the schools I have led have never been less than good when inspected and our last two Section 48 inspections were given an outstanding rating.  I retired in August 2017.

Currently I am Vice-Chair of Governors at Victoria Road Primary School, a member of the Kent Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education board, a board member of ACE academy, a member of the Local Children’s Partnership Board and part of the Born to Move project, providing training for pre-schools, Family Liaison Officers and early Years practitioners.

 

 

 

Lesley Charnley – Pen Portrait

 

My whole career has been as a maths teacher in secondary education.

 

I came to Ashford in 1975, spent two terms at the North Boys’ school followed by 16 years at the North Girls (where I had been a teacher governor) before the two schools merged in 1991.  After a further three years in the new school as head of faculty I got early retirement on the ground of redundancy.

 

My time is now divided between working for the charity CROP (Citizens Rights for Older People), being a governor at Victoria Road and as church secretary at Cade Road Church.

 

I was briefly a governor at Riverside before its merger with another school.  I have been a governor at Victoria Road since 2003.

 

 

 

Liz Windon – Pen Portrait

 

I became a Co-opted Member of the Governing body at Victoria Road Primary school in July 2018 having previously been an Associate Member. I was recently asked to be the Special Educational Needs (SEN) governor for the school which is a new venture for me even though I have been a school governor for the last 17 years in a number of Primary schools in Medway and Kent.

 

I am passionate about schools providing a good education for all pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential whatever their individual circumstances.

 

In my working life I provide an independent consultancy support to schools to set up effective pupil assessment tracking systems and I also assist schools in the analysis of internal and external data as evidence to support their own school evaluation.

 

I train school staff and governors to enable them to understand and effectively use data provided by the school and the Department for Education (DfE) to Analyse School Performance report and the Ofsted Inspection dashboard.

 

I have been involved, as a Local Authority officer, independent data consultant and a school governor, in providing evidence for Ofsted inspections which have proved effective in improving judgement on standards of achievement and progress.

 

I am also currently the Director with portfolio for Assessment and Outcomes in a small Multi Academy Trust in Ashford.

 

 

 

 

 

Maureen Chiana – Pen Portrait

 

I have been a Co-opted governor at Victoria Road Primary School since June 2016. I also sit on the Personnel, Finance & Premises Committee.

 

I currently have a business and work as a Neuro-Leadership & Resilience trainer, speaker and mentor, which has recently involved a lot of travelling.

 

My background is in Healthcare and Education, having worked as a Medical Microbiologist for eight years and in Education for twenty years.​

 

 

 

Megan Heritage – Pen Portrait

 

I started my teaching career at 19 when I began my degree at Canterbury Christ Church University.  I studied part time while working full-time as a Science Technician in various schools before becoming a Teaching Assistant about a year and a half before I was due to complete my degree.

 

I took on a maternity cover role teaching Year 2 at St James the Great in East Malling and then moved to Victoria Road in September 2015.  I became a governor in November last year.

 

 

 

Victoria Hayward – Pen Portrait

 

 

I have been a teacher for 11 years, first at Oak Tree Primary, I then went on to Ashford Oaks, Willesborough Juniors and I am now based at Beaver Green Primary School.  I have taught in all year groups, but spent most of my time in upper key stage 2.  Last year I supported, in focus groups, children with Special Educational Needs.  Currently, I am class teacher in year 4.

 

I was a governor at Ashford Oaks for 3 years but left when I had my first daughter.

 

I am mother to three girls, my oldest goes to Victoria Road School.

 

 

 

Lauren Jordan – Pen Portrait

 

I joined as a Parent Governor at Victoria Road in 2018 and I'm also part of the Personnel, Finance and Premises Committee.  My sons attend the school and are currently in Years 1 and 3.

 

I have 22 years of experience in Administration, Human Resources and Office Management and currently work in the renewable energy and charitable sectors.

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