The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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The Village Academy offers generic policies for its schools, which are reflected on this website. The individuality of each school’s context means there may be occasions when a school needs to include appendices to the main policy document in line with its own context. As a Trust, we continually review all our policies. Please click HERE to go to our Policies page.

Strategic management

As an Academy Trust, our Articles of Association determine our governance structure. For a copy of this and further information about the Trust's governance, including membership and attendance at governance meetings, please click HERE.

Further information relating to our local and Trust governance can also be seen on the DFE Website 'Get Information About Schools' (GIAS). Please click HERE.

Local Governance at Petham

Each school has a Local Governing Body (LGB), which comprise of the Headteacher, the Headteacher from another school within the Trust and a number of non-Trustee members.

LGBs are chaired by one of its members. They provide local challenge to the Headteacher using the published School Improvement Plan as a basis for their monitoring.

Join Us!

If you are interested in becoming a member of our LGB or a Trustee, please click HERE, to go to the Vacancies page on The Village Academy Website for further information and an application form.

Meet our Local Governing Body members:

Simon Crooks -Chair of Council, Parent elected, Standards member

I have been a Council member for almost two years starting with Health & Safety and moving more recently on to Standards. I chair the Council meetings which serve to review the performance of the school and to provide challenge and support to the headteacher. I am a solicitor at a regional firm and also serve on the advisory board to a private school.

Babiche Deysel - Executive Headteacher

I have been involved in education for over 20 years now. I hold a Masters Degree in Pedagogics from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, the country where I grew up. Before moving to England, I taught at private schools in Zimbabwe and Botswana. In Botswana I was in charge of a primary school.

I have been part of the Village Academy since 2012,  teaching and fulfilling a deputy role at both Lynsted & Norton and Selling School. I became the Headteacher at Petham in September 2016 and am now the Executive Headteacher for Petham and Dymchurch Primary Schools.

I am passionate about providing every child with the best opportunities so that they can achieve to their fullest potential and I am proud to lead such a small but hard working and dedicated team of staff, who enable our children to experience wonderful and varied learning opportunities. We all work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children.

Belinda Metcalfe - Staff representative, Assessment and website compliance 

I have been teaching for 18 years.  I first joined Petham in October 2016, initially teaching in Early Years and then moving to Year 1/2 and acting SENCo in September 2017.  I have been a Governor in the Academy since April 2015.

I am passionate about teaching and supporting each child to reach their potential in a supportive, caring and stimulating environment. 

Assessment has always been an area of interest to me whether this be results from formal testing in KS2, teacher assessments in KS1, EYFS data, in year progress or long term predictions!  As the website compliance Governor, I am also working alongside Mrs Deysel and all staff to provide an informative, interesting and compliant website which reflects our happy and exciting village school.   

Jo Allen - Safeguarding member

I have been a Petham Council Member since September, 2015, responsible for safeguarding. I have had my four children and two of my grandchildren pass through Petham School and am very happy to be part of this team, aiming to ensure the safety of all children and staff in school.  I am an Intervention Tutor at St. Anselm’s School and a co-church warden at Petham Church, taking a weekly assembly at Petham School.

Saundre Hughes - Council appointed, Finance member

Vicky Osborne - Parent elected, EYFS member

I am Vicky Osborne, a Parent Council member. I currently have one child at the school and I am responsible for monitoring EYFS and pupil voice. I am pleased to have the chance to work with fellow Council members and staff members to support the school. 

Luke Sullivan - Council appointed, Health and Safety member

I am Luke Sullivan and am a parent with one child in the school. I am a Senior Store Manager at Three and qualified in Plumbing and Heating (C&G equivalent). My area of responsibility is Health and Safety and I want to help the Headteacher and the school to achieve goals. 


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Attendance Record Petham Academy Council 2016/17

Attendance Record Petham Academy Council 2018/19

Register of Business Interests 2017/18

Register of Business Interests 2018/19