Clare Silcock is Chair of Governors. She lives in Woodchurch with her family and has taken a recent sabbatical from her career in the pharmaceutical industry to focus on family life. As a member of the Woodchurch Parish Council and Secretary for the Woodchurch Hub board, she has used her time away from the office to support the various initiatives aimed at making Woodchurch a vibrant place to live. Clare has also been Chair of FOWSA (school PTA) which, in the last 12 months, has raised over £15,000 for the school. With two young sons, both past and current Woodchurch pupils, she is passionate about the difference a thriving village school makes to its pupils and its community and is delighted to bring her experience, enthusiasm and drive to the Woodchurch Governing board.
Alan Baker is the Vice Chair of Governors and lives in Woodchurch . He retired from a career in teaching and education services in 2014. He has four children and three grandchildren . Alan’s career saw him start life as a PE teacher in Folkestone. He moved into Special Education after four years and worked predominantly with young people experiencing emotional trauma that resulted in behavioural difficulties. Alan finished his career in the role of Vice Principal at an independent special school meeting the needs of young people with a wide range of special educational needs including autism and communication difficulties.
Anna Haasjes lives in Woodchurch. Her career as a primary school teacher, which began locally, has given her the opportunity to travel and teach in a number of international schools. After moving back to the area, she worked as a supply teacher which brought with it a wealth of new experience. With a real interest in education, she is now looking forward to supporting the school as a co-opted governor and utilising her experience to ensure the best outcome for all pupils.
Chris Davies grew up in Ashford and now lives in Hamstreet with his wife Charlotte and two young children. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 12 years experience in audit and risk management across a number of industries. He currently works in finance for a large national retailer based in London. Chris is keen to utilise this expertise in supporting the school to achieve its strategic objectives. Outside of work he enjoys playing golf and reading history.
Jared Schiller lives in Woodchurch with his family. He has worked as an artist and filmmaker making documentaries about contemporary art for the last decade, with his work shown at the National Gallery, Tate, and numerous other galleries and museums both here and abroad. His two children attend Woodchurch and he is therefore excited to serve on the board as a Parent Governor. Jared enjoys helping out at FOWSA events and believes that strong community engagement is at the heart of a successful school.
Nicola Davy is a Foundation Governor, providing one of our many links to the Church and, in particular, our neighbours in All Saints, Woodchurch. Her family have lived in Woodchurch for generations – Nicola is a lifelong resident and her daughter is the fifth generation of the family to attend the school as a pupil so she has been able to see how the school has grown and changed and is delighted to be in a position to support this in the future in her role as a school Governor. With links and ties to many in the village, Nicola provides an essential link between the school and the village it serves. Not content with the workload of school governor, she is also an active member of FOWSA (school PTA) and is Secretary for the Woodchurch Memorial Hall. When not bringing Woodchurch together, Nicola works in the travel and tourism industry where she has over 30 years experience.
On Wednesday 7th October, Rev Sue Rose was licensed as the Rector of Bethersden with High Halden and Woodchurch. Since her appointment, Rev Sue has joined the governing boards of Woodchurch and High Halden. She is very excited about discovering what God is calling us to do together.
Jemima Norton is the newest member to the FGB and serves as one of the Foundation Governors. Jemima lives in Woodchurch with her family and hopes to see her daughter Beatrix join the school when she comes of age. Prior to moving to Kent, Jemima ran her own business, consisting of vintage clothing furniture and floristry. Jemima is a tailor ; trained on Savile Row, working as an Undercutter for Patrick Grant and has been an Executive Assistant for Kent, Haste & Lachter tailoring house.
The Norton family are members of the All Saints Church congregation; Jemima is devoted to work with Rev. Sue Rose and the church, to prove an essential resource for the pupils. Jemima is also the key strategist for Gabriel’s Goodies; providing meals for the school where needed and for the locals as a whole. A business initially started and fuelled by the needs that arose within the neighbourhood as a result of COVID-19. Jemima continually looks for ways to assist, provide and improve the village; such as facilitating a book drop point and a community initiated meal pledging scheme. Jemima is exceptional proud of this new posting and looks forward to doing the very best for the school and the pupils.