Hornbeam Primary School



Our governing body exists to oversee the running of the school. Governors are appointed from a variety of backgrounds to ensure a wide range of skills and expertise that will benefit the school. 

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors you can either contact him via post or hand delivery to the School Office, make an appointment through the School Office or alternatively contact him via email. uttingj@hornbeam.kent.sch.uk 

John Utting - Chair of Governors

I joined the Governing Body in 2010, Having retired from a career as a Director of an International Transport Company. I was appointed Chair of Governors in 2011 and I am proud to serve in this capacity at this truly inspirational school.My responsibility is to lead the team of Governors, working the Headteacher and staff to ensure all children at Hornbeam Primary School maximise their potential and achieve the best possible education the school can provide.

Declared Business Interests: Trustee of Deal Area Emergency Foodbank
Attendance at meetings 2019-2020: 100%


Susan Clayson - 
Attendance at meetings 2019-2020: 83%

Mrs Clayson has stepped down as a governor as of July 2020. 


Rose Cope - Head Teacher

As head teacher of Hornbeam Primary school I am also a member of the governing body. I am responsible for the day to day running of the school and the governors act as my ‘critical friend’ – providing support and challenge in equal measure. I am proud of our school and I look forward to working with our governors to ensure each and every child receives the best education we can deliver.
Attendance at meetings 2019-2020 : 100%

Charlotte Westmorland (Headteacher Sep 2019 - Dec 2019): 100%



Jo Malpass - Co-opted Governor

I was co-opted onto the school governing body in November 2013, to assist with the finance governance. I am a Chartered Accountant with 25 years of accounting and business background, and in particular to my governor role my experience is of value as it enables me to understand and interpret school data and results. I also have a daughter at Hornbeam and therefore have a strong interest in the performance and future of the school.
Attendance at meetings 2019-2020: 67%


Claire Scholfield-Myers- Co-Opted Governor

Appointed July 2020


Robert White - Co-Opted Governor

I am a caretaker at a local primary school and have been involved in a number of large premises projects. As a local man with a family I am very interested in supporting education in this area. Working within a school provides me with insight and understanding of the complex demands placed on staff, families and pupils. I am keen to work as a governor at Hornbeam to ensure that it continues to grow and succeed for generations to come.

Appointed July 2020

Jamie Pout - Co-Opted Governor

As a teacher myself, I enjoy all aspects of education. I teach at a local secondary school as well as helping my local community as a parish councillor. I feel that I have a lot to offer Hornbeam Primary due to my experience in education but also in terms of working as a team, appraising policies and procedures and working to solve problems. I have previously been a school governor and am looking forward to this new challenge. 

Appointed July 2020

 Emma Jones - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Hornbeam for many years and a part of the Senior Leadership Team for the last few years, with responsibility for helping oversee Literacy and Numeracy as part of the standards team.  An important part of my role on the governing body is to represent the teaching and non-teaching staff, and to help the other governors to understand the day-to-day workings of school life in all its variety.  I also welcome visits from and discussion with other Governors who wish to see policy in action.
Attendance at meetings 2019-2020: 100%



Ben Harrison - Parent Governor

Attendance at meetings 2019- 2020 : 100% 

Mr Harrison has stepped down as a governor as of October 2020. 


Adrian Cory - Parent Governor

My son started at Hornbeam in September 2017 and I was elected as a Parent Governor 6 months later. I am looking forward to the opportunity of being able to help the school develop and move forward throughout the coming years. I've been a Civil Servant my entire working life which provides a number of skills that will be extremely useful for this important and challenging role. 

Attendance at meetings 2019- 2020: 100%