About Us

Our Governing Board

(Headteacher)

Mr Hugh Greenwood Headteacher 

I've been the Headteacher here at Wainscott since January 2015.

Before that I was a Headteacher in Kent schools for nearly 12 years.

I lived and worked for many years in London, teaching in areas such as Brixton, Stockwell and Kingston before moving out to Kent with my family.

Chair Of Governors

Mr Ian Chappell Co-+opted Governor

Ian has over 20 years’ experience of being a school Governor in various Medway and Kent schools in a range of capacities as well as being part of the team that created Rivermead School in Medway, of which I am chair. I have also been vice chair of the Hundred of Hoo secondary school, chair of Kingfisher Primary school in Chatham, vice chair at St Thomas Aveling and chair at Chalk School in Gravesend.

I am currently Chair of Walderslade Primary School, Vice-Chair of Cuxton Academy, Chair of Hoo Primary School and Marlborough Centre and Chair of Rivermead School and the Rivermead Inclusive Trust.  I am also a member of the Medway Governors Association and a member of the school forum.

Whilst a governor I have been involved in the appointment of numerous of head teachers as well as disciplinary panels both for staff and pupils I have undergone around 18 Ofsted inspections and mentored a number of Chairs at schools where governance has been judged as good or outstanding. I feel that the experience and knowledge I have gained over the years should enable me to support and develop other governors in their roles within this school. 

During my business life I have worked for a large retail company where I became a branch manager and moved throughout Kent in this role. I then moved into the motor trade and becoming a parts manager of a large Land Rover and Jaguar dealership in London. I then became self-employed and owned my own retail business but due to my disability had to give this up in 2000.

Since leaving my business I have also become a magistrate and enjoy this role greatly. I am also involved with a number of other voluntary groups which include The Prince’s Trust, Scope, Samaritans, Circles and Mentoring for Success.

 

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Jenny Dunster Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Wainscott School since September 2013.

I attend all Full Governing Board meetings, I am a member of the Pupil Progress Committees and I have responsibility for monitoring English throughout the school.

I am now retired but I worked for 35 years as a primary teacher and Deputy Head in Essex and was a governor in several Essex schools for over 15 years. I act as clerk to a governing board in Essex. 

Co-Opted 

Governor

Mr Ryan Crick Co-Opted Governor

I was elected as a co-opted governor in September 2016. I have two sons who both attend Wainscott, one in Reception and one in year 2. I also have an 18month old daughter who I also hope will become a student at Wainscott. Therefore I am extremely committed to improving the education of not only my two sons attending the school but also for my daughter and any other future pupils of Wainscott.

As a governor I sit on the Pupil Progress committee and I am also a member of the Full Governing Body. As well as having responsibility as a governor I manage my sons local football team which also has a number of Wainscott students as team mates.

In my professional life I work in London as a Global Investigations and Compliance Consultant . My area of expertise is the identification and management of Financial Crime risks, including AML, Sanctions and Bribery.

Staff Governor

Mrs Julie Challis Staff Governor

I have been a staff Governor since September 2015.

However I have been at Wainscott school since I was 5. I came here as a child and then came back with my own children when they were school age. At this time Mrs Rennie asked me to help with reading which led to a full time teaching assistant job.

From this I was encouraged to do teacher training as I was covering classes on a regular basis. When I qualified, I left for 2 years before a position came up here which I took up. I am current foundation stage manager and nursery teacher at Wainscott Primary school.

Parent Governor

Sue Vallente-Kerr

Through my work as a Church of England minister I've had contact with Wainscott since September 2011, my son then joined the school in 2014 and my involvement grew through work and as a parent . Ive worked most of my adult life in education as a 1:1 support worker and as a class teacher and now help to support schools with chaplaincy, personal social and spiritual education and collective worship. I was elected a parent governor in June 2017 and look forward to being a member of the governing body.

Co-opted governor

Hannah Burke

Hello, I'm Hannah Burke and I have worked within the education sector since 2009 across a variety of roles and provisions. Currently I work at a local Special Needs Provision holistically supporting learners with a variety of additional needs enabling them to be ready and confident to move onto their 'next steps'. I am passionate about transition and ensuring every young person has the skills, knowledge and resilience to allow them to be successful in what they choose to do in the future. I believe that every young person has an individual adventure ahead of them and that being a part of that adventure is a privilege. Wainscott School has a fantastic ethos, a dedicated staff team and is full of amazing adventurers who I am keen to support in my role as governor. 

Local Authority Governor

 

Barbara Guess

Wanting to help children have access to the best possible education is one of the key reasons why I decided to become a Governor some 9 years ago. Since then I have had the pleasure of serving on a number of Governing Bodies and Interim Executive Boards (IEB) for schools within the Medway area including: The Bligh Federation; Saxon Way Primary; and Twydall Primary.

I have been involved in a whole range of governing body duties and responsibilities including; the recruitment and selection of headteachers; chairing sub-committees; participating in the headteachers performance appraisal panel; chairing pupil exclusion panels; and being the safeguarding appointed Governor.

I am currently Vice-Chair of the Governing Body at Whitehill Primary School in Gravesend, which was recently assessed by Ofsted as ‘Good’, having undergone a difficult journey of school improvement, over a relatively short period of time, to reach this outcome.

In my business life, I work locally as an HR Consultant, providing operational and strategic HR advice and support to local businesses.

 

Parent Governor 

Angela Chaggar

I have 2 children attending Wainscott primary school and have a vested interest to raise and maintain school standards by asking difficult and challenging questions, ensuring that all pupils are getting access to great teaching and support as well as the children finding it a safe, thriving and pleasant environment to learn.
 

I hold an executive position at a law firm in the city and my key transferable skills include: quickly understanding the problem & offering solutions, thought leadership, influencing & questioning key strategic decisions, budgeting, recruiting, governance, project management & negotiation.

I regularly volunteer to help students through mock interview processes, to prepare them for the real world and advise start-ups, giving them golden nuggets of information on how to align themselves with larger enterprises. 

 

Clerk

Mrs Lorraine Harvey Clerk

 

“Governing boards are crucial to the success of our schools. Setting strategic direction is one of their core functions"

John Nash
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools