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,
Trust Documents | Our Community MAT (ocmat.org.uk)
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
At Petham we have a Local Monitoring Council (LMC) for Dymchurch & Petham. It consists of the Headteacher, members of staff, parents and other interested parties.
The LMC is chaired by one of its members and it provides local challenge to the Headteacher using the published School Improvement Plan as a basis for monitoring.
Meet our Local Governing Body members:
Please click on each picture to find out a little bit more about each member of our Local Monitoring Council.
Babiche DeyselExecutive Headteacher
I have been involved in education for over 20 years. 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 two, very different but, hard working and dedicated teams of staff, who enable our children to experience wonderful and varied learning opportunities. We work tirelessly across both schools to ensure the best possible outcomes and experiences for our children.
Belinda MetcalfeAssociate Governor
I have been teaching for 22 years.Â Having completed my 4 year BA Ed Hons (QTS) in Music and PE at Exeter University, I embarked on my teaching career in Key Stage 2 at a small village primary school in Kent. 8 years later, I was seconded to a school in Dartford which had been placed in special measures, this experience led me to an interest in SEN and inclusion.Â In 2005, I completed my diploma in Speech and Language.Â
In 2015, I joined the governing body for Selling and subsequently Petham and finally Dymchurch.Â Shortly after, I joined Petham as an Early Years teacher, following a maternity cover at Selling Primary School in Key Stage 1.Â In 2017, I took on the role as acting SENCO and in 2019 became SENCO at Dymchurch primary working across both Petham and Dymchurch with an aim to create inclusive schools within a rich learning environment for all children. Â Â
I am passionate about teaching and support, every child, to reach their potential in a supportive, caring and stimulating environment.Â Having completed my NASEN degree, I am fully aware of the barriers that children face in today's school environment and I strive to support all staff to remove these barriers for children to enable every child to learn within the classroom, alongside their peers, where possible.Â
As an associate governor and SENCO at both schools, I am committed to supporting all of the children to have the best opportunities both in an out of the classroom in a safe and happy learning environment. Â Â
Vicky OsborneParent Elected
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 membersand staff members to support the school.
Rajitha MilstedCouncil Appointed
I joined the Village Academy as a school governor at Dymchurch Primary School in 2019.
I Obtained a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Bangalore in India before coming to the UK to pursue my MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PhD in Chemical Sciences, thereafter at the University of Greenwich.
I worked at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka researching chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology (CKDu). I returned to the UK in 2017 and currently work at the University of Greenwich.
I hope to assist the school in gaining resources to complement the curriculum and achieve the school's strategic goals.
Andrew PennockCouncil Appointed
James HigginsCouncil appointed
I have been a teacher in Kent for the last 6 years after qualifying at Canterbury Christchurch University in 2015. Here I completed my Postgraduate Certificate of Education.
I also hold an undergraduate degree in Broadcasting and Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, where I qualified in 2013.
Over the last 6 years I have worked predominately in Key Stage One, having also taught in Years and 4. I have been part of the Village Academy since 2018, having held posts at both Dymchurch and Petham. I spent a year as Year 2 class teacher and writing leader at Dymchurch before moving across to teach at Petham, where I am current in post as the Year 1/2 class teacher and maths subject leader.
I am incredibly passionate about teaching and education and ensuring that we are continually reflecting on our practice to ensure we drive standards forward. I thoroughly enjoy working as part of a great team to ensure the children in our care receive the education that they deserve.,
Warren SmithChair - Council appointed
If you are interested in becoming a member of our Local Monitoring Council or a Trustee, to go to the Vacancies page on the Our Community Multi Academy Trust website for further information and an application form.