We are recruiting!
We currently have spaces for Governors to represent out Trust family of schools and are looking for passionate, skilled and forward thinking Governors to join us. Are you one of those people? Do you have a genuine interest in the following?
Improving children's life chances
Helping children succeed in education
Supporting schools in your local community
If the answer is yes, then please read the leaflet below with details of how to get in touch - we would love to hear from you!
Welcome to our Governors’ section
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Chair of Governors
I have had the privilege of being a school governor at Murston for 20 years and have found it hugely rewarding. My children had a positive experience at Murston, now Sunny Bank, and I became a governor to help ensure that all children have the same opportunities that they had. I am currently serving as Chair and am excited about supporting The Island Learning Trust ( TILT ) to ensure that all our children strive to “be the best that you can be “, an ideal that I will also try my hardest to uphold.
I am currently the Sunny Bank Primary School Staff governor and have been governor for Sunny Bank for 2yrs. My role in the school is the Nursery Manager and Early Years SENCo. I am an experienced teacher of 22yrs and have worked in all age ranges from Nursery to Year 6. My current role as a governor is to challenge pupil outcomes and data. I have been responsible for supporting governors with looking at and analysing pupil data and looking at how staff are developing pupil outcomes.
I am currently the Assistant Head Teacher (AHT) at Minster Primary School and staff representative on the governing body. For a number of years I have taken special responsibility for school performance data analysis; delving into our successes and areas of improvement. I have been teaching for over 10 years at two schools, teaching years 2, 5 and 6. In my staff role at my current school I work alongside the numeracy lead, working to deliver elements of the school improvement plan and ensure that the children receive the highest quality teaching and learning available, researching new strands of thinking and evaluating their impact. We work hard to ensure that we are at the leading edge of maths teaching. Before becoming AHT I led year six for four years, which linked well with my keen interest in analysing data. I have now moved out of the classroom but it gives me great pleasure to lead such a caring, professional and dedicated team, a team who I believe personify the ‘to be the best we can be’. I am excited to bring my experience to the Sunny Bank Governing Body at such an exciting juncture in the school’s journey! I am determined that every young person under the supportive umbrella of The Island Learning Trust experiences the very best education, in all aspects of their young lives: this is the reason I was keen to serve on the Governing Body.
I grew up in Murston and attended Murston School in the 1960's/70's. On leaving school, I worked for a variety of banking organisations both locally and in London. After starting my family, I made the best decision of my life - studying for a BA degree in Economics and Politics followed by a PGCE. After qualifying as a primary school teacher, I worked in a number of schools including Lansdowne Primary School where I served as a 'Teacher Governor', Milton Court Primary School as SENDCo/Senior Leader and of course, Murston Infants! Although now retired from classroom teaching, I continue to work as a private tutor. In 2019 I had the privilege of being elected as a ward councillor for Murston.
I grew up in Murston, and attended Murston Infants & Junior schools, as Sunny Bank was known then. I was blessed to have fantastic teachers at the school, who made a lasting impression on me and encouraged my love of learning. I left school and began working in financial services, which I loved and then moved into payroll. However, having my first child in 2012, I became a stay at home parent and have been able to take a very active role in my children's lives and education. My eldest son started his school life at Murston Nursery, now Sunny Bank, and I've been able to watch both him, and the school, grow and blossom - especially since the school came under the TILT umbrella. The TILT values for learning align very closely with my own, and I am thankful for the passionate staff who endeavour to help children grow as they learn. Being a parent governor, for me, means that I can support both of my children, and the children of others, to ensure that the school is indeed, helping them to be 'the best that they can be!'
I currently serve as Executive Principal of Meadowfield School, Sittingbourne, and feel very privileged to be appointed a Governor. I hope to utilise my 39 years in the field of special education to support the aims and values of Sunny Bank. My father, Frank Palmer, has always been my inspiration as a polio survivor who in my eyes as his youngest daughter, could accomplish anything. I have been a PE Teacher, Class Teacher, Head of Department, Deputy Headteacher and Principal, all the while working with pupils of all ages (3-25) with a range of special educational needs in both the USA and UK. In 1994, I took part in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programme and after completing a one year Teacher Exchange programme, decided to extend my stay – and here I am 28 years on. Aside from SEN, my educational interests include leadership coaching, supporting staff in their professional development, inclusion and curriculum development.
Our Governing Body Clerk is Clare Levere