So Just Who are DGSB’s Governors?
DGSB Governing Board 2017- 2018
Catherine Nairn has one son at DGSB and has previous experience of being a school governor when she was on the board of a federation of two local primary schools. She has worked in the field of mental health in Ireland, Yorkshire and London and is currently employed in Adult Social Services for a London Borough, specialising in learning disability services.
Hazel Groves is also a parent governor. She has one son at Dover Boys and a younger son still at primary school. Before becoming a parent Hazel worked in the legal profession with a particular focus on child protection. Hazel has been a primary school governor for many years before joining DGSB and is the Lead Governor for Safeguarding.
Fiona Chapman joined DGSB as Headteacher in 2014 having been at The Folkestone School for Girls for the previous 10 years, the last four of which had been Vice Principal. Although she started her working life in accountancy she re-trained as a secondary mathematics teacher and has taught in a wide range of schools including independent, comprehensive, selective and non-selective schools.
Staff Governor: Vacancy
Local Authority Governor:
Les Craggs is the current Chair of Governors. Before retirement, he worked in education himself. His first role in Kent was as a secondary headteacher before leading the county’s inspection and advisory service. He oversaw Hertfordshire’s school system before his final work in London, including being Senior Director for the National Strategies for the government’s educational department. He has three children, one a teacher at a Kent school. His son studied at DGSB.
Partnership Governor: Vacancy
Revd Andy Bawtree is our second Vice Chair. He serves as priest in River, a parish in the Dover Deanery and the Diocese of Canterbury. He has been involved in education as well as the Church of England for many years, having taught and been Chair of Governors in a Hertfordshire school. He spent some time working in the USA before coming back to Kent. He has four children, three of whom have been and are educated at DGSB. His foci within his governance include Community Links, Post 16 Provision, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.
Alan Barham was a secondary headteacher for 22 years, retiring 4 years ago. Since retirement, he spends a lot of time supporting a number of schools through being a governor, in three instances as the Chair. He also uses his expertise in education to chair assorted conferences.
Chris Turner is an Associate Member of the Governing Body. He is a retired university lecturer, and worked in the Institute of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Before that he was the Head of English at a comprehensive school in Stockport. Prior to moving to Deal, he was the Chair of Governors at a girls’ comprehensive school in Manchester. He continues to be fascinated by what computers can do. He is currently writing stories for his grandchildren about the animals that visit his garden.
Ben Ralph is also an Associate Member of the Governing Body. He is one of our two Deputy Headteachers. He is in charge of Curriculum and Outcomes and is also the Lead Teacher for A Level Economics.
Ben joined DGSB in 2000 as a newly qualified teacher and has taken on increased responsibility over time. He has served on the Governing Body since 2010.
Lee Parslow, our third Associate Member, has been on the Board of Governors since 2011. He has supported the school on matters of safeguarding, behaviour and safety. His own employment has given him experience of several management roles. He is currently in the rail industry, working to improve performance and quality. His twin sons were educated at DGSB.
Clerk to the Governing Board:
Ron Dale has worked as a governing body clerk since 2004 and is a member of the KCC Clerking Service and joined DGSB in September 2013. Ron has gained a wide range of experience over the years by working with various primary and secondary schools across Kent and is currently supporting several maintained schools and academies in the Dover and Folkestone areas.