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Meet the Governors

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.
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.

Reverend Sue Rose is the Rector of Woodchurch, Bethersden and High Halden; she and he husband Mike (also ordained) moved to the Rectory in Bethersden in September 2020. Sue previously ministered in Boston in Lincolnshire, where she was involved with leading the foodbank. She also served as trustee for a charity provide support services for homeless people in the town. Reverend Sue is also a governor of High Halden school, so she works part-time on both governing bodies, and also leads collective worships for each school on alternate weeks. She particularly enjoys visiting classrooms and having the opportunity to engage with children at our schools. Prior to ordination in 2017 Sue was managing director of several small businesses within a larger group involved with health and social care information technology.

Phil Gardiner lives in Woodchurch, with his wife Jean, having moved to the area from North Yorkshire in 2018 to be nearer their two children and four grandchildren. He is now retired, having worked in Human Resources Management and senior leadership assessment and search consultancy across a range of industries and sectors.  Since moving to Woodchurch he has become involved in a number of community based activities and as a Co-opted Governor he is wholeheartedly committed to working as a part of the Governing Team to ensure Woodchurch School continues to thrive and enhance its performance and that its pupils realise their full potential and grow and learn in a caring and stimulating environment.

Paul Ballard grew up in Woodchurch and has one child at the school. His family have lived in the village and sent their children to Woodchurch school since it opened. He currently works as an English teacher at a large local secondary school, and brings this educational experience to the role of parent governor. He is passionate about ensuring that all students have opportunities to succeed in the caring and unique atmosphere of Woodchurch.

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