Colliers Green Primary School is a “Voluntary Aided” school. Voluntary Aided (V.A.) schools are usually closely associated historically, managerially and financially with a church or charitable foundation which owns the land on which the school stands. Colliers Green Primary School is a Church of England V.A. school.
The Governing Body has twelve members of which seven are “Foundation Governors” – three appointed directly by the diocese and three by the diocese on the recommendation of the Parochial Church Council (P.C.C.) of St. Dunstan’s, Cranbrook. The seventh Foundation Governor is the vicar of St. Dunstan’s or the vicar’s nominated representative.
Two Governors are parents of pupils who are on roll at the time of the election. One Governor is a member of staff, elected by his or her colleagues. One Governor is nominated directly by Kent County Council. The Headteacher is a Governor by virtue of his or her position.
The Governing Body has scheduled meetings six times a year. However, much of the detailed work is undertaken in committees which then report back to the Full Governing Body. These committees deal with:
- Admissions arrangements.
- Pay and Personnel issues.
- Finance and Premises, including the New Build and other developments.
- Self Evaluation, including curriculum, teaching and learning, monitoring, safeguarding and other pastoral matters.
See links to the right, and below for more information about each of our governors.
Attendance at meetings over the last academic year: see separate document
Business and Financial interests of the governors: none.
Governance roles at other educational institutions:
Mrs J Hewitt is an employee of St Ronans School
Material interests arising from relationships between governors, or governors and school staff: none.
John Speller – Chair of Governors
Chair of Governors
I was first appointed in February 2013 by Kent County Council.
I am on the committees for: Personnel, Admissions, SESC and New Build
I am the link governor for MfL, Attendance and Behaviour.
I trained as a modern languages teacher and worked in six schools over a 38 year career, the last two schools as a Headteacher. Now retired. I am a magistrate for East Kent Adult and Family Court as well as doing voluntary education advisory and regulatory work. 27 years of experience as a school governor.
I am a keen follower of sport, especially cricket and football. I am married to Jennifer, also a modern languages teacher. We have three adult children.
Jacqueline Hewitt – Vice Chair
I was elected a governor by the Diocese of Canterbury 19th January 2014.
I am the Chair of SESC and I am on the Admissions Committee
I am the governor responsible for governor training and governor visits.
I am the link governor for Health and Well Being & Safeguarding
I am currently a Year 2 teacher at a local school and now that my children are adult felt I had the time to become involved in my local community. Before returning to Kent I lived for many years in Asia where I have held a variety of roles including being a cross cultural trainer and a counsellor.
I love travel, gardening, theatre, reading and walking.
Carl Meewezen MBE
I was first appointed as a Parent Governor in 2011 by election. My current appointment is as a Parish Governor.
I am on the committees for: SESC, Personnel, Appeals, Complaints & Grievance
I am the link governor for maths.
I advise governments on operational issues. I am a trustee at Woodpeckers Nursery and a Committee Member of the Fitzwilliam Society, the alumnus association for Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. I am dad to Rosie and Bee, and an enthusiastic reader, cook, pianist and gardener
I was appointed on 13th November 2016 by Parochial Church Council of St Dunstan’s.
I am on the committees for: Personnel and Finance & Premises
I am the link governor for ICT and finance and operations.
I, my wife and 4 children have lived in or around Cranbrook for 20 years. I enjoy sport and am actively involved with local running, triathlon, squash and rugby clubs
I have been on a parent governor since November 2020.
At present, I sit on the Finance & Premises and the New Build Committee and currently acting health and safety governor.
I have one child in reception at the school, and lived in the area since September 2017. I am the head of sales and marketing for a Recruitment Consultancy, before that worked as a project manager for both Kent County Council and Mott MacDonald specialising in Captial Projects. My hobbies include, fitness, travelling, squash, cooking and my audiobooks.
I joined the board of governors at Colliers Green in December 2017 as a parent governor.
I sit on the SESC panel, Finance & Premises and the New Build Committee.
I am the link governor for English and communications.
I have two children at the school, and I have been a member of the PTFA for some years. I am director of a communications consultancy and have 20 years' experience helping charities, businesses and government departments communicate effectively. I was until recently vice-chair of TAMBA (the Twins and Multiple Birth Association), and I am a Director of Kidenza, and of the Literary Kitchen Writing Festival.
I have been a Governor at Colliers Green since September 2017.
I am the vicar of St Dunstans in Cranbrook. I am also a Governor at Cranbrook Primary School, and a Governor & Trustee at Cranbrook School.
I was ordained in Exeter Cathedral in 2002, After four and a half years at Honiton, I became Vicar of 3 parishes in Hertfordshire. In 2015 I became Vicar of Cranbrook. Prior to ordination I worked for 14 years in Horticulture.
My hobbies include gardening, singing and looking after my 3 hens.
Parent and Diocesan Governor
I am a Parent and Diocesan Governor, appointed by the Diocese of Canterbury Board of Education in July 2014.
With my professional experience and qualifications, I chose to sit on the Finance and Premises Committee and, more recently, joined the New Build Committee.
I am the Link Governor for RE and SIAMS.
I joined the Governing Body shortly before my eldest son joined Colliers Green and have been attending St. Mary’s Goudhurst, since we moved down to Kent from London in 2010.
I am a qualified solicitor at a well-respected firm in Maidstone. I specialise in all aspects of non-contentious commercial property work, from high value, complex acquisitions and disposals, to landlord and tenant matters, advising a range of clients (including a diocesan Society and Board of Finance)
I have been a parent at Colliers Green for almost nine years and have enjoyed being involved with various aspects of school life during that time. I have been on the PTFA for eight years, where I have held the role of Treasurer and been involved with many fund raising activities and school community events. I led the school bid for PSBP2 funding, which we successfully achieved in 2015. I then became an Associate Governor, leading the New Build Committee and working with the ESFA to deliver the new school buildings in 2019.
Outside of school, I am the Secretary of Cranbrook Cricket Club and work part time for Kidenza, as well as looking after three children, two dogs and two ducks!
Sara Brown - Staff Governor
I have been a member of the Board of Governors for several years, both as a Staff representative and latterly as an Ex-Officio member. This means I do not have voting rights, but I attend meetings as the voice of the support staff at Colliers Green. It is important to me to represent a vital group of people here at our school and to have a little input on decisions that are made.
I started at Colliers Green in 2010 in Class 4 and moved to Class 3 the following year. Prior to this I worked at Jebel Ali Primary School in Dubai for three years, following a number of years spent raising my two daughters. My career before that was as a member of HM Diplomatic Service in London, Beijing and finally Dubai.
Nicola Hirst - Headteacher
I joined Colliers Green as Headteacher in September 2017, and sit on all the committees as well as FGB.
I have worked in education in Kent for over twenty years and have a wide range of experience in a variety of different settings.
At home, I have two teenage daughters, a husband and a black labrador called Rufus.
Josephine Hopkins - Staff Governor
I have been a staff governor since I joined the school as Deputy Head in September 2018, and sit on the SESC committee.
Prior to working at Colliers Green, I have taught in East Sussex and elsewhere in Kent, and have previous experience in scientific research.
When not busy teaching, I enjoy spending time in my garden and exploring the local area.
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I have been a secondary school teacher for 16 years. I have a passion for education and find working with children very rewarding. I have developed and implemented many strategies to raise attainment and improvement. I also have substantial pastoral experience.
I was appointed as a foundation governor in October 2019. I am a member of the SESC Committee. I have a responsibility of overseeing the Creative Curriculum provision in the school. This encompasses all subjects that are non-core subjects.
I am mother to two young children, my eldest is at Colliers Green. In my very little spare time, I enjoy baking with my son and going for family walks. I also love making all kinds of crafts and do this as often as I can.