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Local Governing Body
Welcome to Governance at Temple Hill Primary Academy
Please see below details of The Galaxy Trust's governance arrangements along with information for each of our Governors who has served at any point over the past 12 months and, where applicable, their full name, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down, who appointed them, and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions. This information complies with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook.
The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Mr Philip Vander Gucht.
The Accounting Officer of the Trust is Mr Garry Ratcliffe, Chief Executive Officer.
The Chair of the Local Governing Body is Mr Daniel Range
The Named Safeguarding Governor is Mr Daniel Range
The three core functions of governance are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Details of the Members, Board of Trustees, the Articles of Association, Scheme of Delegation and Financial Accounts of the Trust can be viewed via the following link to The Galaxy Trust website:
Meet our Governors
Bolanle Coker (Vice-Chair, Community Governor)
Head of School
Positive, Passionate and Hardworking is how I would describe myself. I come from a large family with an English/Caribbean background. I love eating, exercise and seeing/doing new things in the world. I have worked with children in a variety of different settings before I became a teacher as well as doing a wide range of jobs including labouring, factory work, restaurants and cleaning. My main passion in life (other than Tottenham Hotspur!) is to improve the life chances of the children I work with. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Darren Povey (Parent Governor)
I am a married dad of two children, one at secondary school who attended Temple Hill and one currently at the school. Following a road traffic accident involving my son last year, I became a key member of Dartford Safer Roads, which campaigns for measures to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities within the Borough of Dartford. This has led me to become part of the council's working group for school road safety, which is working to address the difficulties that Temple Hill and other schools within Dartford are having with parking and road safety. As a Parent Governor, I believe this experience, along with my involvement with the Leigh Academy Parents Forum will be invaluable to the school, the children and parents.
Regina Szmajda (Parent Governor)
My name is Regina Szmajda and I am a mother of two beautiful children age 11 and 7. I strongly believe in education, mentoring and hard work. I hold degree in BA Management and I am a member of Chartered Institute of Building. I always strive to develop myself as well as my kids. I like to bring the best out of people and help them discover their strengths that can be turned into a fruitful achievement.
My hobbies are karate and reading educational books.
Sarah Steven, Clerk to the Local Governing Body