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During my time as Borough Councillor for the area I campaigned with others, over many years, for a school to be built. I was therefore delighted to be asked to join the Governing Body. Until my retirement, I taught at Highworth Grammar School and since then I have been a governor at The Towers School. Both our children attended Kennington Primary before attending secondary schools in Ashford. My wish is that Goat Lees Primary School will provide an excellent education for the local children and also become a focal point within the community.
I have worked extensively in teacher education and development, quality assurance, education leadership, strategic planning and capacity building of educational establishments, (and more latterly systems) for 40 years. I began international work in 1990 and that work has currently taken him to more than 36 countries worldwide.I keep my feet on the ground in the UK as Chair of Governors of two primary schools, a service for children with behavioural problems and the East Kent Health Needs Education Service; and by being grandfather to seven lively granddaughters and one grandson.
I am married and a father to four children with six grandchildren. I am a Borough Councillor for the area, known for my passion to see the needs of the young members of the community properly addressed. I have had forty-eight years business experience, of which thirty-six was spent in top management. In 1972, I founded a world-wide IT consultancy to provide business solutions to top companies across a variety of industries. I am a good listener, take a positive approach to matters, I have a “can do” attitude, and an achiever, all of which are skills to support in my role as governor at Goat Lees Primary School.
Originally from West Kent, my wife and I moved to Ashford some 25 years ago, we live in Gore Hill. Our three children attended St Marys Primary before attending secondary schools in Ashford. I work in London; commute each day, my background is in engineering, construction and project management. Giving back to the local community, 11 years ago I became a parent governor at The Towers School. I presently remain an Academy trustee. Invited and co-opted to Goat Lees governing body, I intend to use my experience to support, help, and challenge the School leadership and staff to provide an excellent school for all local children to attend and thrive.
I am in my third year of teaching. I currently teach Year 2 and have previously worked in year 1. Before teaching, I worked as a teaching assistant at Goat Lees so have a good understanding of how the school works. I was born in Ashford and have lived here for the majority of my life. As the computing lead at Goat Lees I am passionate that the children are well prepared to safely and responsibly access the developing world around them. I am very excited to be apart of the Governing team and look forward to being part of the school's future.
My name is Gordon Brown (no jokes please) and I am a Co-opted Governor for Goat Lees School. I grew up and lived near Edinburgh, and moved down to Ashford in 2006. I have a son who attends Goat Lees he was in the very first Reception class. I look forward to him progressing through the school as it grows.
I was born in Ashford and have lived in the town for all but 5 years of my life.
I am married and have 2 children and 1 granddaughter, all who have been educated locally.
I am now retired. Previously I spent 6 years actively involved in trade union work, followed by 28 years in a number of management positions.
I played cricket for 25 years, and table tennis for 35 years for local clubs, and now enjoy the occasional game of golf and walking our 2 cocker spaniels.
I am a mother of two boys, one of whom is still at Goat Lees and the eldest has now moved on to his secondary education. I am delighted to a parent governor at Goat Lees and am very much looking forward to becoming more involved with the school. My current career background is with the John Lewis Partnership, in which I have been a member of one of the Governing bodies for the last three years. I am confident that this experience will hold me in good stead to broaden my knowledge into education.
I am a preschool manager of Towers Tiny Tots at Goat Lees Community and I run the after school club for Goat Lees Primary School. I have a passion for education and ensuring all children have the best start in life. I believe collaboratively working as a community is the best way to ensue this. I joined the governing body to allow me to understand and support another area of education.
I have been teaching at Primary level for many years in various places in the UK and am still undertaking Supply Teaching - mainly at Key Stage 1.Since retiring from full time teaching I have been volunteering for the past few years, for a month at a time, in Central America. I have been teaching in the local Primary schools in a Province of Heredia, Costa Rica to teach the students British culture and British English. I really enjoy travelling and frequently travel to Boston to visit my daughter and her family, where I try to embrace the varied culture of her region - Maine USA. Also, I am an active member of the Hopewell Twinning Association based in Ashford to promote friendship between us and our American cousins .
Clerk to the Governing Body
Jacqui Wapshott as a member of KCC Clerking Service has supported the school since inception and continues to be a valued member of our team