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Who Are Our Governors?


Zoe Stone - Headteacher


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.



Dorothy Douse


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.  At present I am Vice-chairman of the Learning and Development sub-committee, and 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.



Andrew Newport - Deputy Headteacher


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.



Victoria Chamberlain


My name is Victoria Chamberlain and I was excited to be welcomed onto the Churchill Governing Body earlier this year (2019-2020). I currently have a son in Year 3,  a busy 18m old toddler at home, and I am a Director of Faculty at a local secondary school. 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.



Alice Sheppard


Hello! My name is Alice Sheppard and I am a parent governor.  I was lucky enough to become a governor in December 2017 as I felt I wanted to be able to give something back to the school. My daughter started at the school in 2011 and loved her time throughout her 7 years here. My son started in 2017 and he too is enjoying his time at the Churchill school.


My Health and Safety role within the NHS has helped me within the governance framework to ensure the school continues to be a safe and secure environment for staff and pupils alike. I have been impressed in the way the school is manged and I am keen to fully support the team at the Churchill School to main high standards.



Leslie Palliser

Chair of Governors & Chair of Resources Committee


Hi everyone.  My background consisted of dairy farming on one side and on the other the Civil Service. Upon leaving school, I entered the Civil Service (the Inland Revenue). That started my career in accountancy that led to specialising in forensic and investigatory work both criminal and civil. I eventually retired in 2009 when in post with the Office of the Official Receiver. In my early years, I also served in the Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve for 12 years. 


In one way or another, I have been involved with the School even before it was built. I have served as Chair of the PTA for nine years until 2017 and Governor since 2014. Amongst my duties as a Governor is the responsibility for the monitoring of all of the financial aspects of the running of the school. In all of those years, I have seen many changes within the school with staff and the increasing regulatory responsibilities it has.


I am married to Susan and have two grown up daughters and four of my grandchildren have attended Churchill School. The eldest is embarking on a career of Criminal Psychology.


Outside of school, I have an active interest in the welfare and provision of services for the young people of the town. In addition, I have represented the Churchill Ward on the Town Council since 2014.  



Chris Johnson


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 five years ago but keep busy with being a Town Councillor, volunteering with a local food bank, interviewing veterans for a Bomber Command history project and being an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists. 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.



Danielle Anson


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.



Teresa Johnson


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 Chairman of the Teaching and Development sub committee, and like Dorothy have a keen interest in the Quality of teaching throughout the school. I have a special interest in SEN. 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.