Who are the Governors?

FELICITY MOORE – Chair of Governors

I am the authority governor and have fulfilled this role for 13 years. Recently retired from the civil service, my strengths are in educational project management, event management and human resources. I have a Social Policy with Politics Degree from the University of London and I am CIPD qualified.

I am married with two adult sons and I have lived in Ashford for most of my life.

I am proud to be Chair of Governors and I led our team to achieve Governor Mark, a national quality accreditation award that recognises excellence in school governance. I enjoy helping with recruitment of new staff and making monitoring visits to the school.

I am keen that we continue best practice such as encouraging  other schools to work towards Governor Mark.

KELLY HOWSE – Parent Governor

I have two children one is currently at Downs View infant school and the other has just moved over to Kennington Academy.  I have always lived in Ashford.

I wanted to become a governor due to seeing how much the school cared about their pupils. The confidence they brought out in my daughter was amazing and I really wanted to give something back to the school.

I currently work in finance I have been with the same company for 13 years. I really enjoy helping people to understand their finances better.

I believe that Downsview is an incredible school. The staff here are brilliant and are so passionate about their jobs. They continue to push their pupils to succeed. I think Downs View will carry on improving and providing an outstanding school.

CAROLINE MACEY  – Co-Opted Governor

I am one of the associate governors at the school and have been in post for 3 years. My strengths are in considering the welfare and education of children, leadership, problem solving and communication. I have worked as an occupational therapist in Neurology for 16 years

I am married with 3 young children, 2 have enjoyed Downs View Infant School and 1 very excited to be attending in the near future. I am also an ex-pupil of the school, of which I am so proud to support.

I was a member of the team working on achieving Governor Mark and am currently chairing the parking committee with support also from Kennington Academy, our local councillor, local residents and parents.

RACHEL MANGER – Parent Governor

I am mum to 3 boys, all have attended Downs View, and our youngest is currently in year 2. I  volunteer as a parent helper in Owls class for a couple of hours each week which I thoroughly enjoy. I am also a parent governor at Kennington Academy.

I became a governor after bumping into one of my old teachers who suggested that I would enjoy it, and that it would be a good way to keep the skills I had acquired within my career in retail management. I find it very satisfying, and I feel that I am supporting the school to continue providing an outstanding experience for our children.

Outside of my role, my time is spent looking after my family, and assisting my husband in running our advertising business.

The school is always moving forward and I am excited about the opening of the new outdoor learning room, new ideas to ease traffic congestion at drop off/pick up and further collaboration with the Junior School.

When I look back at my time at school, I valued the social side of working with my friends, and learning together.

NEIL MACKINNON – Associate Governor

I wanted to be able to stragetically assist with education for all children at Downs View

My day job is Operations Manager for MullerMilk

What do you think is next for Downs View? To again gain Outstanding Ofsted report and continue with excellent teaching standards

What did you enjoy about school?  All staff are friendly and all children enjoy their time learning whilst  at school.

NIC PETRI – Co-Opted Governor

I am a Co-Opted Governor and am just starting my second term of 2 years. Born in the old Willesborough Hospital I think I count as a local and I have friends and family who attended Downs View.

I joined the Governing Body as I felt my skills and experiences within education (as a teacher of nearly 20 years) would enable me to support the school to remain an ‘outstanding’ provision.

I love going into Downs View, it’s always buzzing and the whole staff team work exceptionally hard to provide the widest experiences for the children.

The best reason to be a Governor is the children, watch them run into school in the morning and come out smiling at the end of the day. It makes me very proud to be part of the team making that happen.

LISA SOMERVILLE (Inclusion Leader) – Teacher Governor

Since September 2016 I have been the teacher governor at Downs View Infant School. For the past 2 ½ years I have been the Inclusion Leader at Downs View which includes the role of Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator. I achieved my Post Graduate Certificate in SEN Co-ordination  from Canterbury Christ Church University in May 2016.

In 1990 I qualified as a teacher at Derbyshire College of Higher Education with a Bachelor of Honours degree and have been teaching primary age children ever since. I spent 2 years working as a Junior teacher in Grimsby before moving to the South East and I have worked in a number of schools in the Dover area.  I have been a part-time teacher at Downs View Infant School for 16 years both as a class teacher and intervention support teacher. For 14 years I was the PE and sports coordinator and I continue to support the current PE leader with her role.

My role of intervention teacher requires me to work very closely with the teaching staff to co-ordinate and teach intervention programmes for a number of targeted pupils across the school for a range of curriculum areas. I also work closely with the school management team to provide strategic leadership for inclusive practice for all pupils. My role of SENDCO gives me responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy. I co-ordinate additional support for pupils with SEND and liaise with their parents, teachers and other professionals who are involved with them.

MARC WHEELER – Co-Opted Governors

I am a co-opted governor and have been in this role for 15 months. I spent 6 years in the army before moving into commercial recruitment for 12 years before qualifying as a Sports Therapist. My strengths are in strategic planning, project management, recruitment & financial oversight.

I live with my partner of 8 years along with two of our 3 children. Our eldest has now set up home with her fiancé. Originally from Cardiff but I have now lived in Ashford for nearly 9 years.

I am proud to be part of the Governors, who also achieved Governor Mark, a national quality accreditation award that recognises excellence in school governance. As my knowledge of the education sector & running of a school increases I look forward to being part of a great team of Governors and Teachers alike enabling Downs View Infants prosper in educating children.

JENNIFER WHITE – Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor for Downs View Infant School for 15 months. I take a specific focus on the training and development of our Governing Body, with a general knowledge of the Schools Plan and responsibility in assisting the Governing Body in holding the head teacher to account.

I am a parent with a child at Downs View Infants School, and volunteered for the role when I heard that the school needed more Governors. Being a Parent Governor enables me to be a representative of the parents View and provide feedback to parents regarding school developments and other topics of Parent interest. It does provide me with a great insight into the way the school functions and the standards held by the school and how these standards are achieved and maintained.

I am a registered general nurse at my local hospital. I work nights and weekends so that I can be at home in the week for my children. I have two sons, one at Downs View Infants and the other is just a toddler.

The future is bright for any child at Downs View Infant School. We have an excellent and Strong Governing Body and School staff with a very focused Head Teacher. The value that ‘Every child matters’, I can assure you is held to an exceptional standard. The school will strive to achieve the absolute best for your child’s education and at the same time the school commits to the 100% happiness for every child. We are proud to be able to offer such a rounded system for all your children. The Governing Body will continue to maintain the schools focus in line with the school plan and ensure standards are maintained.

When I was at school the government did not set the targets for schools to the same level seen today. So I remember infant school being more play related with teachers giving you short structured lessons. I chose Downs View for my child because the teachers are tasked to make learning fun filled, with games and child focused play. The teachers have to hold in depth knowledge of the education system and are expected to be very creative so that they can ensure every child can learn and develop the necessary skills laid out by the education board at their pace. Happiness of each and every child is key to the education provided at Downs View Infant School.