Who are the Governors?

DIANE TURNER – Chair of Governors

With sons in Year 2 and Reception, I see how special the atmosphere is at Downs View Infants and want to work with school leadership to ensure children learn, develop, play and have fun.

My husband, sons and I moved to Little Burton from Medway in 2015. I volunteered as a governor to contribute to the school and Kennington community as we puts down roots in the area.

As well as my interest as a parent, I work part time at a professional services firm in London.  In my day job, I help leaders define and implement strategy, build good stakeholder relationships, make decisions and manage crises.

MICHELLE KRAWCZYK – Vice Chair of Governors

Hello.  My name is Michelle Krawczyk I am a co-opted governor whose son is a pupil at Downs View Infant School.  Having spent 21 years as an Officer in the US Army, I retired three years ago in order to have more time to focus on our young family.   I became a governor in January 2019 after seeing  first hand what an amazing school Downs View was and wanted to help contribute to its success.  I truly believe the introduction and experiences young pupils receive in their first formal educational environment is critical and sets the stage for the rest of their learning life.  I want to help the school continue to create an environment where every pupil achieves their full potential, can excel and be their best.  Within the governing board I am the Training and Development governor.  Within the school, my focus in on Pupil Outcomes, the Curriculum, Continuous Professional Development of the staff and Maths.



I am a co-opted governor having first joined the governing body as an associate governor early in 2015. Having taken early retirement from my job as a marketing director to bring up my daughter, I was looking for voluntary work where I would be able to make a difference and continue to use my skills.

I viewed Downs View as a prospective parent and was blown away by the school and knew immediately that I wanted my daughter to go to this school and that I would like to be a part of the team helping to provide such a great learning environment. I applied to be a governor and to my delight, I was accepted.

As well as my general governor responsibilities, supporting and challenging the head teacher as she leads the school, I help to keep the school a safe place for children and staff by conducting regular health and safety inspections. I also work with the Single Equality group ensuring all the characteristics under the Single Equality Act 2010 are protected for children and staff alike.

All the staff are 100% committed to giving each and every child the very best foundation to their learning journey and I am immensely proud to be a governor at Downs View and seeing how well behaved and happy the children are when I visit the school is a reward in itself.

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.


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.