Governor Biographies

Here is some information about our Governors; further biographies will be added in due course:-

 

Ivan Goodsell (Chair & Parent Foundation Governor)

I am married to Sandra and we have 2 children, Hannah and Amy.  Hannah has recently left Speldhurst School and moved into Year 7 and Amy started in Reception in September 2013. I have lived in Tunbridge Wells all of my life and we have lived in the village since 2006. My wife’s family have strong links with the village, we were married in Speldhurst Church and are pleased to be able to live and contribute to life in the village. I became a governor to take an interest in my children’s education.I run a Law Cost Drafting company from Speldhurst Business Park.  My aim is to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and every child’s education and play an active role in helping the school to go from strength to strength.

 

 

  Sara Andrew (Vice Chair & LEA Governor)

I became a governor at Speldhurst more than 10 years ago after my two daughters’ enjoyable and successful time there. The school gave them a good foundation both as individuals and academically. As a governor, I hope to help maintain and develop this education for future generations of pupils. As an award-winning radio producer and journalist, mainly for BBC Radio 4, I believe I can help ‘open the door’ to the world beyond Speldhurst as well as bringing the excellent work of the school to the attention of the local community. (eg: Parish magazine column, articles in the local press). Throughout my journalistic career, spanning more than 35 years, I have also worked for TV and written for newspapers.  I still write occasionally for the Times Education Supplement mainly on the use of ICT and mobile technology in the classroom and contribute education features to BBC radio, whilst many of my documentaries also give a ‘voice’ to young people.  I also lecture/mentor media students and other radio professionals including a workshop at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago.

 

Andrea Burgess (Foundation Governor)

I have lived in Speldhurst for 30 years. I first became involved with Speldhurst School when my elder son began there in September 1989, to be followed by my younger son 4 years later.  I was an active member of the PTA for some years and primarily became involved with the Governing Body as a Parent Governor.  I have always been very interested in education, having worked for 20 years as a secondary school teacher of Modern Languages.  Following that I became involved with the introduction of French to several local primary schools, including Speldhurst.  I now work in church administration.

 

 Stephanie Hayward (Headteacher)

I have been the Headteacher at Speldhurst CEP School since September 2010. Prior to that I worked at Southborough CEP School which is very close in location and has a similarly distinctive Christian character. I have been delighted by the warm, family atmosphere, close community links and polite, well-motivated pupils at Speldhurst School. We are blessed with an excellent team of teachers and teaching assistants, together with a very proactive governing body which makes education at the school really enjoyable. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be the Headteacher of such a fabulous school. My husband and I live in Tunbridge Wells with our two daughters, Laura and Ellie and a small menagerie of animals. It is a joy to drive through the stunning countryside to Speldhurst each day; it really is an idyllic setting. As a small, village primary school, Speldhurst provides the diversity and challenge I sought when moving to headship and I feel sure that we will continue to be a thriving part of the local community for many years to come.

 

Becky Leeves (Foundation Governor)

My husband Mark and I recently moved back to Speldhurst after living in High Brooms for eight years.  Our children are both now at the school, Joshua in Year 3 and Oliver in Reception.  I qualified as a teacher in 2001 and have worked in 3 schools since then.   These have included a Church of England Primary School very similar to Speldhurst and a special needs school.  During the period when my children were very young, I also worked as a child minder.  I have been a member of a local preschool committee for three years and was the chair for two of these.  I have been an active member of the church both when we previously lived here and at present.  I currently participate in playing both piano and the organ to help lead the worship on Sundays.   I was keen to become a governor at Speldhurst for several reasons:  Part of this was to have an input into how the school is run and to have an understanding of all that goes on behind the scenes.  I also believe that I have some experience that will be useful in helping the school with its mission moving into the future.

 
Andrew Mckibben (Parent Governor)
I moved to Speldhurst village in August 2014. I am married to Emma and we have 2 children, Betsy and Henry. Other family members include a cat, dog and some fish. Prior to living in Speldhurst we all lived in London and feel very privileged and fortunate to have moved to a beautiful and welcoming part of the country.

I became a parent governor because I have a passion for Education and enjoy being active in the community. Given that the school plays such a central role within our community, I put myself forward for a governor position when a vacancy arose. The hope is, that in my own way, I can make a positive contribution to the school so that it can continue to remain highly successful and go from strength to strength.

I enjoy most sports, walking, local community activities and spending time with my children.

 

 

Susannah Wesson (Foundation Governor)

I moved to the area in 2013. I am married to Ed, and my husband and I are both in the teaching profession, at secondary level. We have two daughters, Molly and Ella, and live in Speldhurst. I was appointed to the governing body in spring 2016, a few months after my elder daughter started in Reception. I am enjoying the challenge of seeing the workings of a school from a different perspective, and hope to be able to make a positive contribution to the life of the school.

 

 

Andrew Poole (Deputy Headteacher)

My first degree is in History.  I studied at University College London and graduated in 1985.  I then spent 2 years travelling in Asia and Australia before returning to complete my PGCE in Primary Education at Goldsmiths in London.  I taught for 7 years in Deptford, south east London and then 2 in Sydney, Australia.

On returning I realized a dream by training as an archaeologist at the Institute of Archaeology in London.  I graduated with distinction with an MA in Field Archaeology and worked for the next 5 years for MOLAS, the Museum of London Archaeology Service.  In 2002 I returned to teaching at Southborough Primary School, where I was Head of Maths.   In 2012, I joined Speldhurst Primary School, where I am also Head of Maths and Acting Assistant Headteacher.

I have always been very keen on sport, especially tennis and traithlon.  I have completed 8 London Marathons and many triathlons.  In 2012, I realized another dream by competing at Ironman UK.

I live with my wife, Amanda, and two children Oliver and Jasmine in Tunbridge Wells.  

 

Douglas Wren (Foundation Governor)

I have lived in the village for twelve years. I am Rector for the parish that includes Ashurst and part of Groombridge and am married to an Assistant Headteacher. My two children are now in their twenties. I have been a school governor for twenty years, eight in my former parish.  For much of that time I was vice-chair. I drive a series III Land Rover.

 

Helen Yates (Parent Governor)

For the past 2 years I have been co-chair of the PTA and get involved in organising many of their events.  I am married and have two children, Holly in Crispin class and Dylan in Pippin class and for the past 12 years have lived in Langton Green.  I am a qualified accountant of 16 years working in industry.

I became a parent governor as l want to support the school in being the best it can be and supporting our children to achieve their potential (whatever this may be).  It is important to me to create an environment whereby each child is valued and develops their own self-esteem and confidence, so that they can excel both academically and creatively.