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.
Mr D Waters
I accepted the role of Head of School at Sunny Bank because I wanted to make a difference to the children and families in the local community. Living in the local area, I am aware of the challenges but have the passion, enthusiasm and desire to improve the life chances of the pupils that attend. Joining The Island Learning Trust has provided the vehicle for change and I am excited about the potential for the future, not only for developing the academic outcomes of the school, but also to provide opportunities for pupils to experience new things. With a new build planned in the near future to bring the school and nursery down onto one site, there is a lot to look forward to.
I am an executive headteacher of a four primary school federation in Kent. The schools are small and rural and have a mixed catchment. All four schools have been on improvement journeys in the last few years. I also work as a leadership coach for the DFE women leading in education project and have supported other schools as a Kent Leading headteacher. I have been looking for an opportunity to volunteer as a governor in another school so that I can gain some direct experience of governance outside of my own school. Sunnybank is a large urban school and is part of an academy chain and so provides a good contrast for me. I can bring experience from an education background to the governing body and hope to be able to both support and challenge the school leaders.
I became a Parent Governor back in October 2017, to represent the parent/carer community of the school which I felt needed a clearer voice at the time.
I believe strongly that parents/carers and the school working in partnership can improve a pupils academic progress. I was instrumental in pushing forward the idea of a parent council and planned and set it up with the support of SLT.
I am attending new governor induction training very soon and have undertaken on line training to help me carry out my role.
I am the SEN governor currently and am very passionate about inclusion for all.
I have noticed some positive changes in school since we have been working with Tilt and am really excited about the future.
Miss M Baird
I have held a governor role since September 2019 and was elected as a staff governor in June 2020. In September 2019 I was appointed as Assistant Headteacher and SENDCO at Sunny Bank Primary School. My other key areas of interest and responsibility are mental health/wellbeing, behaviour, looked after child provision, phonics, handwriting and safeguarding. I am an experienced Early Years Leader and have also been a PE, PSHE and ICT subject leader. We have a moral duty to ensure that all of the pupils in our school receive an outstanding education and are supported to 'be the best' that they can be.
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 Vice Chair and am excited about supporting our new Chair and 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.
Mrs L Dadd
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 new to governance; I became a parent governor in June 2019.
I have two children who attend Sunnybank, it’s because of them that lead me to volunteer for the Parent council to voice parent’s views across to the school, and help with school events, which in turn also lead me to being a Governor.
Being a governor has led me to have a better understanding and knowledge of how the school run’s and I hope that with that knowledge I can bring Sunnybank, parent/carer and the wider community closer together and help Sunnybank ‘be the best it can be’ I look forward to working with Sunnybank and the community in overseeing the school and its pupil’s succeed in the future.
My role as a governor is around attendance and I'm working hard alongside the school to improve the school’s overall attendance and to ensure all students receive the best education they all deserve.
Ensuring children have a voice and are heard is a passion of mine. I have worked in education for over 15 years and led an Early Years setting to achieve Outstanding in Ofsted and I have taught at a local school across both KS1 & KS2. I have been a school governor for over ten years and support the school by ensuring I carry out my duties with my monitoring visits and holding leaders to account for education and outcomes. I live with my family in Minster and have a BA (Hons) in Early Years Education and enjoy furthering my own educational knowledge. I love going to beaches and spending time with my family and friends
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 have lived in the Murston area for most of my married life and I was an Office Manager for 26 years with the same company and then joined Canterbury College, Sheerness Campus for 6 years and I dealt with the children and tutors on a daily basis. I am now retired and I found myself with time on my hands and wanted to make a difference to the School that gave our 3 children an excellent education as they all now have very successful jobs within Management.
I feel I have made a valuable contribution during the time I have been a Governor and I would like to continue to serve on the Governing Board of Sunny Bank Primary School and to support all the children and staff to get the very best education they can and I am committed to help make this happen.
I always make sure I prepare for the meetings and ensure I read all the documents and make a note of any questions/queries I may have to put to the Board.
I have served as a Governor of Sunny Bank Primary School since November 2017 and feel I have made a valuable contribution during this time also helping with School Fayres and attending various events within the School over the past 2 years.