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Mr Martin Smith (Chair) Trust appointed I have lived in Kent since 1977; in Sittingbourne, close to Minterne, since 1988. I was a secondary school teacher for 35 years, teaching in Sittingbourne since 1985, my main subjects were mathematics and IT. I also taught IT to pupils at Minterne for one year. For the last twenty-five years I have been involved in developing and maintaining web-sites for schools and charitable organisations.
I was co-opted as a governor for Minterne in 2015 and am proud to be associated with this school and to be able to continue to contribute to ensuring the best possible education for all its pupils.

Mrs Catherine Hurst



Head Teacher



I have been teaching at Minterne for many, many years. This is because I love this school and would not want to work anywhere else.

When I was small I went to lots of different schools and finally settled in Devon. I moved to Canterbury to go to University and loved living here so I stayed in Kent.

When I am not is school, I love watching films, reading and politics (!) My favourite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which I insisted my husband read on holiday. He made me read his favourite book Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks. That is not my favourite book. I also love comedy as I believe laughing every day is very important. I have got two children who entertain, delight and frustrate me on a daily basis.

My favourite subject to teach is maths because I love the moment when a child suddenly ‘gets it’. That feeling is why I wanted to teach and still love it.

Mrs Vivien Beer Staff appointed Married, with two girls and one granddaughter and another grandchild on the way. I have lived in Sittingbourne for many years. I was a parent helper, during the time my children attended the school, during which time I was asked to apply for a TA job, which I was fortunate enough to be successful in. A vacancy for a non-teaching Governor became available and once again I was asked if I would be interested, which I then accepted. I think it is important that the children of Minterne Junior School receive a well rounded education and am pleased to be part of the Governing body to oversee this.
Mrs Debbie Gower Trust appointed I am a trust appointed governor but originally joined as a parent governor. I feel that it is important to be involved in Minterne Junior School to ensure the best education for all of its pupils. I have lived in Sittingbourne for the majority of my life and as well as my children attending this school, I am proud to say that I was once a pupil myself.
Mr Paul Hayles Trust appointed Hello I am Paul Hayles I live in Maidstone and became a Governor because I wanted to volunteer my time and experience within Kent.  As a London Fire Brigade firefighter and fire officer for 30 years I was never able to commit time locally. I now work as a Health and Safety advisor within the education sector in Tonbridge.  I am married and have three children spanning 10-28 years old and believe I can offer my knowledge and experience to assist the Governing Board in my Co- opted role.
Mrs Emma Carter Parent appointed

I am a parent of a pupil in Y3 and a pupil in Y6 and so have had, and will continue to have, a vested interest in the school. I am currently Head of Mathematics at Borden Grammar School where I have worked for nearly 13 years and am also a staff governor. I have been in the teaching profession since 1995 and so education and the education of my children is of paramount importance to me and something I feel quite passionately about. I believe that I can make a valuable contribution to Minterne Junior School in my role.

Mr David Wood Trust appointed I’ve lived in Sittingbourne all my life and attended Minterne as a pupil between 1974 and 1978 (yes I swam in that freezing pool). Following my degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering I have followed a career in IT Management working in the Banking, Airport and Consulting sectors. When my own children started to attend the school in 2007 I decided I would like to try to contribute something back and applied to be a Parent Governor. I have since moved to become a Co-opted Governor and am very proud to be involved in the role of Vice-Chair and have responsibility for Governance of Finance, Management Performance and SEN. My youngest child now attends Minterne and I look forward to continuing as a supportive and critical (if necessary) friend of the school. 
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