Maidstone Road
St. Mary’s Platt
Nr Sevenoaks
TN15 8JY
01732 882596
School Secretaries:
Allison Stephenson and Jackie Hallett
Headteacher: Hannah Walters
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Our School Governors

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According to the Instrument of governance Platt CE Primary School's Governing Body consists of 14 governors: 
(a) 2 Parent Governors; 
(b) 1 Local Authority Governor; 
(c) 1 Staff Governors; 
(d) 1 Headteacher; 
(e) 1 Co-opted Governor; 
(d) 8 Foundation Governors; 
There are two Foundation Governor roles vacant.  Please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Karen Proctor, if you are interested in joining. 
The following are the Foundation Bodies, and if applicable, persons entitled to appoint Foundation Governors and the appointments are to be made on the following basis: 
Three appointed by the Rochester Diocesan Board of Education. 
Three appointed by the St Mary’s Platt Parochial Church Council. 
One appointed by The Bishop of Rochester. 
The holder of the following office shall be a Foundation Governor Ex-Officio: 
The Principal Officiating Minister of the Parish of St Mary, Platt.
The  Governing Body operates on a two teams model. This means that the Governing Body as a whole remains responsible for the governance function, in this model there are three distinct areas of work delegated by them to a Strategy Team, Learning & Development (Curriculum, Children and Staff) Team, and Resources (Finance ICT and Premises) Team. 
The Strategy Team is a small group of governors including the Chair and Vice Chair working more closely with the senior management of the school who know the school well through school self evaluation (SEF), engage in benchmarking,​ and develop strategies and plans for school improvement. 
The Learning and Development and Resources Teams focus on the delivery of the annual School Improvement Plan in their respective areas, undertake monitoring and evaluation activities against these priorities and report to the Governing Body as a whole.  These reports will in turn inform strategy.
The full Governing Body meets three times each year, considers reports and recommendations, makes decisions and conducts routine business.
Chair of Governors
 Paul Vallance
Paul Vallance has been a foundation governor since 2008 and has been in the post of Chair of Governors for 4 years. Paul has lived in Platt since 2004 and has three daughters, They all attended Platt School and are now at Invicta Grammar and Hillview School.
Paul works in the IT Industry as a Consultant.
 Robin Aldcroft
I have lived in St Mary’s Platt for over 20 years. I am currently chairman of the St. Mary’s Platt and District Society.
I have recently retired after over 35 years in Primary Education, with 25 years in senior management. I was the Head Teacher of two highly successful Church of England Primary Schools in Kent and Bexley.
I hold an MA in School Leadership and Management from Christchurch University College, Canterbury.
I believe that Primary schools should allow pupils to develop their own skills and interests and I am particularly interested in the Arts, PE and Sport and Outdoor Education.
My hobbies include:  
Travel, Music, Sport especially sailing and football, local history, reading and theatre. My wife also tells me I am interested in gardening.
Brian Fissenden

Brian is a lifelong practising Christian. He attended Platt as a child and upon his return to the UK; both his daughters emulated that tradition, whilst his wife completed the family connection through helping out in the classroom when their daughters were attending the school.

Brian has held a variety of senior positions on the boards of many companies, here and overseas.  Prior to emigrating, he was a senior industrial chemist and later entered academia, where he taught business studies.  Upon his return to the UK, he has practised law in the charitable sector, where currently he heads an Employment Law department in Surrey.

He has a wide variety of interests and maintains close connections with his parish in his role as a Eucharistic Minister.  
  Dr. Toby Galbraith 
Toby has lived in Borough Green since 2007 with his wife Liz. They are both scientists, having met doing their undergraduate degrees together in Bath, then PhDs in London and post-doctoral research in San Diego. Toby is now in the medical communications industry and works for a digital publisher in Tunbridge Wells. Their eldest child is in Reception at Platt, and youngest will be starting in 2019.  
Alan Marshall

Alan has lived in Platt since 2001 and is married to Joanna. Both of their sons attended Platt school and are now at Bennett Memorial. Alan is a foundation governor who joined the Governing body in 2011. Alan works in Private Banking in London and his passion is bringing interesting outside activities to the children. His hobbies include cycling and flying small planes. Alan is involved with the resources committee at the school.
Katharine Nidd
Katharine joined the Governing Body in 2017 and has lived in Culverstone Green since 2015 with her husband Simon. Their eldest daughter started at Platt in 2016 and their youngest daughter will be starting in 2019. Katharine is a chartered management accountant who works in Local Government as the commercial lead for Regeneration. She has experience in schools build projects and schools estate compliance and is on the Resources Committee.
Reverend Lorraine Turner
I have a keen interest in education following on from ten years as a science teacher in West London secondary schools. As the vicar of St. Mary's, Platt it is a delight to engage with primary education in the parish. I see my role as a school governor as one where I can draw on my previous professional skills as well as my commitment to seeing church schools thrive. I hope to be able to offer a lively christian perspective and pastoral support.

Clerk to the Governors
Karen Proctor
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