Richard Owen – Headteacher
Richard is Headteacher and joined the governing body as a governor in September 2016. Previously, as Deputy Headteacher, Richard attended full governing body meetings as well as strategy and finance committee meetings. He will continue to do this as part of his role as governor and Headteacher.
Steve Knowles – Chair of Governors/Community Governor
Steve has served on the school governing body since May 2010 and he was elected as Chair of Governors in September 2016. Steve also serves on the Finance and Student Support Monitoring Teams. Recently retired, Steve is also involved at Coxheath Primary School where he was recently elected as Chair of Governors. Steve has recently undertaken governor training in Managing Parental Complaints and Safeguarding.
Tony Hedges – Vice Chair of Governors/LEA Governor
Tony joined the governing body as Parent Governor some 20 years ago, when his daughter was a student at Maplesden Noakes. He has served as LEA Governor and he was elected as Vice Chair of Governors in September 2016. Tony is a member of the Strategy, Finance and Careers, Business & Enterprise Monitoring Teams. He has been actively involved in the Year 12 Business Challenge since it started in 2006. Although retired, Tony is still involved in the family childcare business at Sevenoaks.
Tony has recently undertaken race equality training which was run by the Inclusion Support Service Kent.
Mark Solly – Community Governor
Recently retired, having worked previously at Oakwood Park Grammar School, Mark joined the Governing Body in February 2018. He sits on the Strategy and Finance Committees and is also part of the Curriculum and Attainment Monitoring Team
Julia Batt – Parent Governor
Julia is the owner of The Kumon Centre (Gravesend). She was elected as Parent Governor in October 2014 and is part of the student support monitoring team. Julia has undertaken race equality training which was run by the Inclusion Support Service Kent.
Liz Duckworth – Partnership Governor
Liz, who recently retired as Development Manager for Creative Foundation, has been on the governing body since 2008. She is heavily involved in the careers development of the school and is part of the Careers, Business & Enterprise Monitoring Team. In addition to this Liz is actively involved in the Year 12 Business Challenge each year.
Penny Neeve – Staff Governor
Penny, currently Head of Maths at The Maplesden Noakes School was elected as Staff Governor in October 2014.
Kerena Hunter – Parent Governor
Kerena joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in July 2017. She is a member of the Curriculum & Attainment Monitoring team, having completed the course on understanding secondary school data in January 2018. Kerena works for KCC as a HR & OD Manager.