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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

A school of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community


    A big welcome from the Governors of Paddock Wood Primary School.

    The Governing Body is made up of a number of members varying from teachers, support staff, parents and members of the local community. We work as a team with the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team for the benefit of all the pupils and staff at Paddock Wood Primary School.

    We’re all volunteers and have diverse backgrounds, from education, to NHS, Data analysis, HR and finance. We’re here to give the school a strategic direction; hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance of its staff; and oversee the financial performance of the school. We don’t get involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, but set the criteria by which the school is managed.

    We ensure that local and national government legislation and targets are met, that we spend our school budget wisely, that the safety of our whole school community is paramount, and that the curriculum is delivered to benefit all children.

    Governors take an active role in the school, not only attending meetings, but also school functions, performances and undertaking visits to classrooms. Please feel free to approach us and ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have.

    The Chair of Governors can be reached by email: or via the School Office. Click the link for further information about the Governor Role.

    Current School Governors

    Mr Robert Grist (Behaviour, Safety and Well-being)
    Mr Tom Malone (Quality of Teaching with pupil achievement, Head Teacher Performance Management and GDPR)
    Mrs Jane Brown (Quality of Teaching with pupil achievement and Head Teacher Performance Management)

    Mr Scott Opstad - Head Teacher

    Mr James Cable (Head Teacher Performance Management and Finance)

    Mr Paul Graves (Premises & Health and Safety and Finance)
    Mrs Sarah Hamilton (TBC)
    Mrs Ruth Dunn (Behaviour, Safety and Well-being and SEND)
    Mrs Hilary Sutton (Child Protection, Behaviour, Safety and Well-being)
    Mrs Rosalynne (Ros) Tucker (Chair of Governors, Education Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) and Finance)
    Mr Trevor Hudson (Leadership and Management)
    Mr Howard Dunn (Leadership and Management and Premises & Health and Safety)

    Under review

    Strategy Team 2018/19

    Governors Senior Leadership Team
    Howard Dunn - Chair            Carly Gavin
    Ros Tucker  Scott Opstad
    Tom Malone  

    Recent Governors

    Sue Stone - resigned May 2019
    Neil Coverly - resigned May 2019
    Angie Gorst - resigned July 2018
    Pauline Murr - resigned August 2017
    Daryl Lloyd - resigned January 2017
    Debbie Medcalf - resigned June 2015
    Jane Love - resigned June 2015
    Graeme Humphrey - resigned
    Malcolm Clark - resigned
    Mary Brown - resigned
    Gemma Johnson-Brown - resigned