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LGB Chair: Robert Back
Address: The Sittingbourne Community College, Swanstree Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4NL
Claire Wood – Governor
I am an Advisory Headteacher within SAT Primary Improvement Team, having previously been Head at Regis Manor Primary School and Westlands Primary School. Prior to working in the Primary Sector, I was AHT for Inclusion at Westlands Secondary School. I also am a Member of the LGBs for the Kent based Primary Schools with SAT
Grahame Ward – Governor
is currently the non-executive Finance Director of the Swale Academies Trust and the Business Manager at The North School Ashford. He worked in education at a senior level for some 20 years and prior to retiring was a Director of Education Resources at KCC. He is currently on the governing body of a Special School and Canterbury College.
Mike Wilson – Governor
Mike Wilson has been Director of Primary for Swale Academies Trust since September 2013. He has been Headteacher of three schools in South East London and has considerable experience of working with schools in challenging circumstances. He has also worked as a school improvement partner, independent education consultant and is a National Leader of Education.
Robert Back – Chair
Robert Back is the Chair of the Challenge Committee. He has extensive experience in education having worked as an English teacher and secondary headteacher before moving into education management. He worked in the South West and in the Midlands before moving to West Sussex as Director of Education and Children’s Services. In recent years Robert has worked on the development of the DfE academies programme, with schools, governing bodies and councils, including Kent.
Robert Crossley – Parent Governor
I am a Parent Governor with two teenage children at the school. My son is a keen sportsman currently in his final GCSE year, and my daughter is a talented musician and scientist who is now revising for her A level finals.
When my time is my own I enjoy following a local football team, eating out and travelling. I also have a great fondness for the performing arts so I am delighted to receive regular invites from the school to attend drama, music and dance productions that both entertain and provide an exemplar window into the work and talents of our students.
I have 30 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering having started out as a machine setter and now currently work as a mechanical design engineer. Since Mathematics and Science are the cornerstones of engineering and manufacturing I naturally take a strong interest in the development and provision of these core subjects.
Extensive experience with applying business improvement techniques and my intrinsically curious nature enable me to feel at home with the large amounts of information and data that exists around the school. I find my investigative skills highly beneficial during board meetings and when meeting staff during classroom visits.
Seamus Murphy, Executive Headteacher
Seamus is an experienced leader in education with a strong track record of improving schools.
Seamus began his career in London in 1996 in a challenging inner-city school as Head of History, as well as working with senior leaders to improve literacy across the school. As a result, standards rose rapidly and the school was judged outstanding.
Since 2000, Seamus has worked as a senior leader in a variety of demanding schools, including two stints working for London Challenge supporting schools that required rapid improvement in Greenwich and Tower Hamlets.
As a headteacher, Seamus led a school in Kent that was judged as inadequate to a good Ofsted judgement within 13 months. Standards at the school rose year on year and as a result the school has recently retained its good Ofsted judgement.
Seamus has also worked for Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, supporting primary, secondary and special schools to improve across the South East.