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Welcome to the page about Governors. This will tell you about who we are and why we volunteer to be Governors.


Jody Brown

Originally from London I have lived in the Swale area for nearly forty years. I am an active member of the St Laurence Church community and I have held strong links to Bapchild & Tonge Primary School for over 15 years having been a member of staff historically; seeing a niece and nephew move through the school and into local grammar schools and now with a son myself in KS1. 

My background is in early year’s education although I now manage a team of specialist Project Officers working across Kent and West Sussex delivering programmes that support the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people aged between 5 – 19 years of age.  I also manage two nurture provisions in Kent – one for primary school children and the other for KS3 students. In my existing role I complete a multitude of tasks including coordinating schools delivery; writing programmes of work; training professionals and managing budgets. 

My main role on the governing body is to oversee building maintenance and risk assessments although I hope to be able to offer my support to the school in any way that I can to provide the best outcomes for the staff and children. 


Susannah Butcher

I am the governor who represents the staff on the governing body.  I have worked at the school as a teaching assistant for 16 years.  Before that I was the housekeeper at the British School in Riyadh and prior to that I was a manager with Royal Bank of Scotland, hence my role on the Finance committee.

My Mother, my two children and I were all pupils at the school.  I live locally and am involved in many village activities.

I have a long and happy history with the school, church and village and in my role as governor I work to ensure that every child has the opportunities to fulfil their potential and to take away happy memories of their time at Bapchild School.


Christine Bromwich

Born and educated in Yorkshire, I have lived in Sittingbourne for over forty years. My two sons were educated at a local primary school and Borden Grammar School before going on to university. I am a member of All Saints Church, Murston where I have served as Churchwarden. I was also part of a team that set up the Murston Community Bank.

As a foundation governor I am a representative of the church on the Governing Body, acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the school. For 17 years I worked as a primary school office manager, and was asked to join the Governing Body when I retired. I have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs and safeguarding.

I truly believe that all our pupils at Bapchild and Tonge must have the opportunity to reach their full potential, whilst being nurtured in the caring environment of a Church of England primary school.


George Friend

I have lived int he village for 38 years and my youngest on attended this school from 1979 to 1985.For most of my working life I worked in the Printing Industry, mainly in London except for the last few years of my employment which were spent in Gillingham before my retirement. 

I hop I bring to the Governing body a lifetime of experience and the time, I am able to give, to assist wherever I can.


Kerry Howes – Parent Foundation Govenor.


I am a single parent to 3 boys who all attend Bapchild and Tonge CE (Aided) Primary School. I have a background in administration and customer services and whilst raising my children I volunteered for ‘Home-Start’ and ‘Murston Community Hub and Community Bank’ both of which are local charities. I also took on the role as a Parent Foundation Governor.

I have a strong interest in equality and wellbeing and I have recently completed an access course into higher education at MidKent College in Medway for Social Science (psychology, sociology and politics) and I am now in my first year (2015-2016) as a full-time mature student at Kent University studying Social Policy.

I see my role as a Parent Foundation Governor to challenge the school and its leaders to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their potential through the education they receive and the environment they receive it in. Having myself been assessed for learning difficulties due to dyslexic indicators I have first- hand understanding of overcoming these difficulties which I hope helps me to better understand how schools can support all learners. I believe that children learn best when they are in an environment where they feel safe and valued, where safeguarding measures are strong and both British and Christian values are promoted.


Christian Kelly

I am a co-opted governor and Deputy Head at the School. Prior to working in the school I worked as a leader in a Pupil Referral Centre, a large Primary School, Kent County Council running Extended Services projects and the MOD teaching abroad.

I count myself very lucky and fortunate to work in such a wonderful school and have seen the school grow stronger because of its strong school and wider community. Each day the children show us just how much potential they have and how eager they are to learn and flourish. I hope I provide feedback and discussion to the governing body.


Valerie Phillips

I am an ex-headteacher and ex-local education authority officer with 40 years of experience in Primary Education.

In my current role I support school leaders in a range of primary schools in London and the South East. I believe that all pupils need to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and enjoy their time in primary school.