Hello. After working on construction projects in the UK and overseas I came to Folkestone in 1987 to work on the Channel Tunnel. I retired seven years ago but keep busy with being a Town Councillor, helping a Bomber Command history project and walking two dogs. My interests are blues music, singing, classic Land Rovers and supporting Hull City. Having served as a Governor at three other schools I was delighted to be invited to join the Governors at Churchill, where I am responsible for Training and Development, and have recently taken over as Chair.
My name is Victoria Chamberlain and I am excited to be welcomed onto the Churchill Governing Body. I currently have 2 sons attending The Churchill School, one in Year 6 and one in Year R. I am a Head of Faculty at a local secondary school and I love education in all forms and enjoy making the difference, no matter how big or small, to all children. Every child really does matter and I am thrilled to be able to help shape the direction of the school, and support the Senior Leadership in their journey. In my spare time I immerse myself in musicals, reading and spend as much time as possible with my family.
I joined the school in 2002 where I started my journey as a Newly Qualified Teacher before eventually taking on the role of Headteacher in 2016. I am passionate about the school and feel extremely proud to be part of such a great team. It is my belief that every child should have the opportunity to be the best they can be, to enjoy their schooling and achieve their full potential. Learning is for life and we aim to equip our children with the best skills to help them in their lives beyond The Churchill School.
The Churchill School is a fantastic local community school with happy and enthusiastic children; hardworking staff; a supportive community of parents and carers, and a very committed Governing body which I am proud to be part of and which I feel has a significant and positive impact on moving the school forward.
I am currently the Deputy Headteacher here at The Churchill School, although I have been a governor for longer, starting when I was a teacher. I started at this great school as a GTP student, taught for 5 years covering both KS1 and KS2. In my 5th and final year of teaching I also took on the role of SENCO. After a year I became Acting Deputy and then Substantive Deputy the following February. Working in partnership with leaders at all levels (including governors), I help to implement our shared vision and improve outcomes for all children by facilitating the continued drive for improved quality of teaching and learning.
I am passionate about the futures of all of our children.
In 2018, I began my teaching career at this school as a Newly Qualified Teacher, where I taught in Year 1. I then spent two years teaching in Year 2 before moving to my current role teaching Amethyst Class in Year 6. Additionally, I now lead Maths across the school. I am passionate and committed to ensuring that every child has access to an engaging and inspiring curriculum.
I joined the governing body in April 2021, which has not only given me the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the school’s operations and governance, but also an opportunity to contribute to the success of the school more generally. Being a part of such an incredible school community is truly a privilege, and I look forward to continuing to contribute towards the school's ongoing success.
My name is Danielle and my daughter attends Churchill. We applied to Churchill despite being out of the catchment area because we loved the atmosphere - it felt like a fantastic place for young learners to thrive. I went back to learning a few years after leaving school, I qualified as an accountant while working full-time and raising my son. I was also a governor at Cheriton Primary School a long time ago and I think schools are such special communities with so much responsibility and pressure, but also the wonderful opportunity to make a difference to young people's lives. It’s a privilege to be a governor at Churchill. When I’m not working I spend free time with my family, and love exploring the local area on foot or bicycle.
My name it Dorothy Douse. I have been a Governor at The Churchill School for over 10 years following a life time in education as a primary school teacher. I have a keen interest in both Quality of Teaching and Early Years. My outside interests include the WI, as a Trustee of the East Kent Federation, classical music and singing.
I have worked in further education for approximately 10 years, with a focus on SEN and inclusion. I manage a specialist provision across Kent for young people aged 16-25 with an EHCP to gain the skills they need in maths, English and employability to move into a career. As part of this I manage a contract with the East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust to increase the diversity of their workforce by employing young adults with a learning disability. I am privileged to be part of a team of Governors that collectively help the school ensure all children at The Churchill School achieve their full potential.
I’m really pleased to be a governor of such a lovely school. I am a retired teacher and have taught both in the U.K. and USA I’m married to Chris Johnson. Between us we have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. I’m the Governor responsible for monitoring curriculum, maths and PHSE. Like Dorothy Douse, another Governor, I have a keen interest in the quality of teaching throughout the school. My family are my greatest passion but I do like walking our dogs and visiting new places. Visiting the USA is my favourite place to go since 2 of my children and 3 of my grandchildren live there.
I am a qualified SENCo who worked at The Churchill from September 2018 until July 2022. I am passionate about the school and look forward to bringing my expertise onto the board. I have 2 children of my own and believe that the caring and welcoming nature of the school is key to its continued progress.