Members and Governors
Members and Trustees
Jubilee Primary School was established as a free school in 2014. Free schools are academies proposed by community groups under legislation and approved by the Department for Education (DfE). Academies are state-funded schools which are directly funded by the DfE and independent of local authority control.
The Board of Trustees at Jubilee Primary School is the accountable body for the school in the same way as the governing body is for a local authority-maintained school.
As an academy, Jubilee Primary School is a charitable company limited by guarantee; the Trustees have duties as directors under company law and as Trustees under charity law. As a charitable company the school also has a Members group. The Members and the Trustees are responsible for governance matters whilst the day-to-day management of the school is conducted by the Headteacher and their Senior Leadership Team. It is the Board of Trustees that is responsible for making strategic decisions for the academy.
The Members are the guardians of the governance of the Trust and are responsible for fundamental decisions such as changing the constitution and composition of the Trust, and for holding the Board of Trustees to account for the effective governance of the Trust.
The role of Members
- Oversee the achievement and effectiveness of the Trust
- Take part in Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings
- Appoint and remove Trustees
- The right to appoint auditors
- The right to receive the academy’s financial accounts and annual report
- Power to amend the Articles of Association – subject to approval by the DfE.
The role of Trustees
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.
- Oversee the financial performance and processes of the organisation to ensure Value for Money.
- Monitor and challenge the progress of the school in achieving its priorities.
- Recruit the Headteacher and carry out performance reviews.
- Instigate and monitor governance procedures.
- Fulfil charity and company law duties.
- Maintain and champion equality.
- Ensure robust staff recruitment and retention processes.
- Monitor staff performance, development and pay reviews.
- Carry responsibility for safeguarding and pupil welfare and wellbeing.
- Determine school admissions procedures.
- Monitor school premises maintenance and management.
- Brief stakeholders and maintain parental engagement.
- Encourage managed community use of school premises.
- Appraise and approve school organisation changes.
- Ensure the school’s complaints procedures are effective and applied.
- Pay heed to whistleblowing.
Born and raised in Watford, where the North of England begins, I enjoyed a top-class education in Watford Grammar School for Boys. After a gap year with the international organisation Youth With a Mission based in the East Midlands, I completed a thick sandwich electronic engineering degree course specialising in telecommunications. Marriage to a Maidstone lass brought me to the County Town of Kent in 1991 from where I commuted to my new employment as a Signalling Systems Engineer in British Rail. Some years later I changed career leading me to a fulfilling mixture of youth work, secondary schools work, leadership training and community work.
Both of my parents are retired teachers, so I grew up in an educational environment. Watching our four grown-up children experience a variety of primary and secondary schools over a period of twenty years has fueled a passion in me to support Jubilee Primary School in becoming a centre of excellence for pupils, staff and family members.
I am thrilled to be a part of Jubilee Primary School and the huge benefit it brings to the local community. We truly want to ‘Equip students for Life’.
I am originally from South Africa, arrived in the UK with my wife, Carol at the end 1999 and settled in Maidstone during 2001. I am one of the founding members of the school and part of the steering team responsible for the finance section of the application to the Department for Education to open Jubilee Primary Free School. I have remained involved from pre-opening to date and I am part of the Finance & Audit Committee. I am principal director of IT & Accounting Solutions Limited which was established in 2004 as a small firm of IFA and AIA Certified Accountants and Business Consultants for small and medium-sized enterprises, charities and social enterprises offering management and financial accounting, payroll services, VAT services and Independent Examinations. My specialism is in the Charity and Not-for-Profit sector which cover community, education, property, business incubators and charity centres.
I practised as a Chartered Surveyor for nearly 50 years. For most of my surveying career I worked for a central London practice serving as an equity partner, chairman, and later as a consultant. I am a keen supporter of education, and worked with Liverpool, Salford and Southbank Universities – serving as an external examiner at the latter and facilitating “year out” placements for students.
I conducted research into “achieving excellence of quality in the construction professions” at Salford University during the 1990s. During that period, I worked with several organisations advising on their quality systems and auditing in-house and external suppliers’ performance.
In 1995 I established an Organisational Effectiveness Consultancy company in partnership with a colleague, working with private and public companies, academic institutions, central and local government organisations and charities. I provided support and coaching to individuals and teams, whilst acting as executive chairman of the company which operated from offices in Birmingham and London.
I have lived in Maidstone, and been involved in church leadership, for over 50 years. I have a passion for people, believing that each one is unique; and I am committed to helping individuals understand their strengths, and how best to use them. As part of my leadership responsibilities, I currently line-manage the Children and Youth Champion in a large church and am part of a mentoring team working with young adults referred by a local secondary school
Bryan Fitzgerald (Chair of Governors)
I retired from employment with Kent County Council in May 2018 where I was the Education Department’s Planning Manager in the Pupil Place Provision Team. I advised members and senior officers on school provision planning matters across Kent to suit forecast pupil demand, unpredictable population trends and government-imposed housing numbers as prescribed in each district’s Local Plan. Part of my role was to liaise with housebuilders to secure Section 106 developer contributions to help meet the cost of new schools and school expansions. I qualified as a civil and structural engineer and previously worked for consultants, local authorities and on Docklands Light Railway for twelve years where I developed skills in project management, environmental noise controls and management of the railway’s mandatory bridges and structures inspection process.
I have lived in Maidstone for over forty years and am married with two sons and three grandchildren. I have a passion for raising standards in education and for increasing the provision of world class academic and personal development opportunities for children and their families in the local community.
Gideon Sappor (Vice Chair of Governors)
Dr Gideon Sappor is a teacher and psychologist, specialising in child development and psychology of education. He is a Lecturer (Teaching) in Early Years and Primary Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. He leads the Science, and Learning and Teaching modules on the Primary PGCE programme, working to train the next generation of teachers. In addition, he is the leader of the Guiding Effective Learning and Teaching module, which is part of the Education MA at UCL.
Prior to working in Higher Education, Gideon spent over 11 years as a primary school teacher, working in schools in London and Medway. Gideon’s research interests are in the broad areas around the factors that predict high academic performance and achievement in children. He is presently involved in research looking at factors, including parental influences, impacting young people’s decisions to pursue science careers.
I am passionate about people and helping them to develop their skills and character. I am interested in emotional intelligence and firmly believe in an all-round education as well as academic excellence. I have been a teacher since 1989, working in a variety of settings such as primary schools, pupil referral units and currently at a prison. I was part of the original team involved in the development of Jubilee Primary School and now serve as a governor. My other interests include a love of family and in my spare time I thoroughly enjoy reading a well-written murder mystery.
In the future, I would love to see the development of Jubilee Primary School into a leading school of excellence and training. Having been a resident of Maidstone for most of my life, I would like to see all local children offered the chance to excel, becoming ambassadors for the town wherever they go.
I am a Chartered Accountant and I have been working part time for the school since 2015. Previously I worked as a consultant for a Big 4 Accountancy firm in London and helped Jubilee Church run a business course for young adults. My husband and I have three children, two of which attend Jubilee Primary School. I joined the governing body in 2017 in the hope that I can use my finance background to support the school's vision and continue to build a great platform for children in their primary years of education.
Hayley Fullerd-Jones (Parent Governor)
Phil Carey (Staff Governor)
John Kirkham (Parent Governor)
Siji is a graduate of mass communication, a certified prince II practitioner and business change consultant. He is also a communication, stakeholder management consultant and executive coach.
In his 19 year career as a business change, project management, project delivery, business architect and solutions, communication and stakeholder management consultant, he has helped organisations achieve their goals in the areas of organisational, technology, systems, people and culture change. Working with internationally recognised standards he has been able to work with teams of project managers, consultants, company directors and organisational leaders to achieve the overall goals of their organisations.
He has added value in implementing high impact (cost & benefit) programmes that spans most of the major market sectors which includes but not limited to: Government (Public sector), Financial Services, Insurance, Pensions, Utilities, Telecoms, Oil and Gas, and Investment Banking. Notable amongst clients consulted for are Barclays Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Halifax Bank of Scotland, British American Tobacco, Citigroup, Munich Re, Aviva, Adecco Plc, Africa Practice, Africa Investor, GSK, Unilever, Costa Coffee, Informa etc. His expertise covers the financial services sector, oil and gas, technology, telecoms etc.
Siji's engaging and well thought out processes to achieve change and deliver on has endeared him to his clients with whom he seeks to be a partner in achieving process driven and result oriented goals.
He has a great passion for empowering and challenging the status quo thereby encouraging individuals to take responsibility for change and the experiences they have in life. He has mentored many within the charity space and continues to encourage individuals who find themselves less fortunate or are in need of a change in their lives as well as want to have a positive impact on their community.
I have lived in the Maidstone area since a child and was fortunate to take up teaching positions in the local area, delivering science (mostly) and religious education (some!) to secondary age children as part of various teams. These have included those who follow a variety of Christian faith traditions, as well as those who do not, while I have also been part of Kent's SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) as a union representative. These all proved to be happy and fruitful collaborations, teaching me much about the breadth and variety of folk that make up our community. I am particularly engaged with developing and enriching Jubilee Primary School’s ‘faith ethos’ and am always open to relationships and resources that will sustain this process. My wife works in the FE College and our three children are now moving through university education and into public service, having benefitted from local primary and secondary education in Maidstone that shows the importance of schooling which is actively networked into our local community. My family is much the richer thanks to our local schools and teachers, and I hope to continue to give back to yours in my role as a trustee.