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.

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: Vice Chair of Governors at Warden House Primary School, Trustee of Deal Area Emergency Foodbank
Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 85%



Paul Robbins - Vice Chair

I joined Horbeam as a community  Governor in 2013 having  had 2 children who attended the school and who gained so much from their time there.  I retired a few years ago after 33 years working as a senior IT project and people manager.  My objective  is to help the school provide the best possible education for all its children in a happy environment. 

Mr Robbins has stood down as a governor as of May 2018. New Vice Chair to be appointed.

Declared Business Interests: Member of Sholden Parish Council
Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 100%



Charlotte Westmorland - 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 2017-2018: 100%




Local Authority Governor - Vacancy





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 daughters at Hornbeam and therefore have a strong interest in the performance and future of the school.
Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 85%


Angela Eglin- Co-opted Governor

I joined Hornbeam as a co-opted Governor in September 2017.  My own background is that I have been a qualified teacher for nearly thirty years, though my teaching experience was in Secondary Schools.  I worked for Thurrock LEA for nearly ten years, largely in SEN and D, before I gave up working to travel with my retired husband.  As I had extensive experience in the area of SEN and D I was asked to monitor that area of Governance.

Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 100%



Mary Richardson - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Hornbeam since its inception and taught at Mongeham School for several years before that.  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 2017-18: 100%


 Susan Clayson - Community Governor

 After retiring in 2009 from many years working as a School Bursar, in a large Secondary School, I missed the school environment, so volunteered to be a Community Governor at Hornbeam in September 2011.  Two of our Grandchildren attend Hornbeam. I like to take an interest in the whole school, and enjoy being part of the team working to give our children a good education, in a safe and happy environment.
Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 85%


Ben Harrison - Parent Governor

I was elected as Parent Governor in December 2016, therefore I am fairly new to this role - but excited for the challenges ahead. I work full time within the Civil Service which, luckily, provides me with time and opportunities to properly fulfil this important role. I have two sons at the school, with the youngest having started in September 2017, so am keen to help the school develop and progress.

 Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 71%


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 2017-18 (since appointed): 100%

Tony Tazey - Associate governor

I have been a school governor since 2000, firstly at South Deal and then, following the amalgamation with Mongeham, at Hornbeam. I was also a member of the interim governing board during the amalgamation of the two schools.
My main areas are Health & Safety in relation to the safe workings of the school, grounds and equipment.
Mr Tazey retired at the end of the academic year 2017-18 but attended all meetings.