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 in the Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB), which comprises 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.
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:
I have been a Council member for almost three years and 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 DeyselExecutive 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. Ibecame 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. Weall work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children.
Belinda MetcalfeStaff Governor
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 SENCoin September 2017.Ihavebeen 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 alongsideMrs Deysel and all staff to provide an informative, interesting and compliant website which reflects our happy and exciting village school.
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.
Luke SullivanCouncil appointed
I am Luke Sullivan and am a parent with one child in the school. I am aSenior StoreManager at Three and qualified in Plumbing and Heating (C&G equivalent).My area of responsibility is Health and Safety and I want to helpthe Headteacher and the school to achieve goals.
Quote: "Be kind in every action."