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Who Are Our Governors?


Dr Lisa Thompson - Chair


I have been part of The Churchill School Community since 2009, when my first child joined the school: as a parent, I have been involved in the Parents’ Forum, a weekly reader helper, a volunteer for the PTA, a speaker and presenter at numerous events at the school.

I wholeheartedly support the ethos and vision of this hardworking and amazing school - I believe that every child should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, in an environment that enthuses, excites and challenges their abilities, as well as nurtures and protects their wellbeing.

In 2015, I was fortunate to be voted in as a parent governor, and since September 2018, I am now The Chair of Governors.

Outside of school, my most challenging and most rewarding role, is a parent to three children; two of which are still in KS2 at the school. I am educated to PhD level and a Medicinal Scientist by trade. I am also a company Director and have Project managed, to completion, a recent family dream.


My skill set has enabled me to experience a variety of roles for the Governing Body: Teacher/DHT/HT recruitment panel, Hearings panel, Training and Development governor, Head Teacher Performance Management Review panel, Chair of a working party and Chair of the Learning and Development committee.

I am very excited to be part of The Churchill Governing Body as we continue to strive to become an outstanding school in all aspects.



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.



Natalie Luxford


Hello everyone, my name is Natalie Luxford and I have the pleasure of being a parent Governor at The Churchill School.

My daughter is currently in Year 2 and I have a son at home. 

My children are my passion and I am committed to supporting, challenging and enhancing the exciting journey of this wonderful school.

In my other life I am a Deputy Head teacher of a primary school. Part of my job is being a safeguarding officer and so I have transferred this knowledge to my Governance role. I regularly review practice and policy with the leadership team to ensure that our high standards are maintained.

Thank you for welcoming me onto the Governing body.



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.



Evelyn Fearon


My name is Evelyn Fearon and I have been a governor at the school for less than a year, but I am delighted to be a member of the Governing Body and a contributor to the local community, as I am relatively new to the area as well.


My background is in Human Resources in both the public and the private sector, and I have extensive experience in employment law and people management, and I am hoping to bring my skill set to support both the governing body and the school.  I now run my own HR consultancy business, which affords me more time to undertake activity such as hearing Year 2 children read at the school,  and I hope to become more involved in the life of the school as time goes on.



Amy Dowling - Staff Governor


Hello everyone, I am currently a Year 6 teacher at the school and have become the newly appointed staff governor. I am currently in my 5th year of teaching, having started in Year 4 as a Newly Qualified Teacher. I have currently worked in Years 4, 5 and 6. I am passionate about enabling our children to become life- long learners and determined, integral, courageous and responsible members of society.  ‚ÄčI am so proud to work in a school that feels so much like a family and I truly believe The Churchill School is a fantastic environment for children to grow, learn and thrive.



John Meehan


I am delighted to have been appointed as a Governor for The Churchill School. I am a recently retired TEFL (Teacher of English as a Foreign Language) teacher and would very much like to bring my experience, skills and qualities to the school. Before re-training as a TEFL teacher in 2005, I had spent over 30 years in international transport and logistics, mainly in management roles and heavily involved in staff recruitment and training.

I took time out from TEFL teaching in 2008 to work with a private company providing vocational teaching to academically less able students from three state schools in the Medway area, before returning to TEFL teaching in 2013.

My key skills and qualities are:

- highly motivated, efficient and professional

- capable of engaging students of different ages, nationalities and abilities

- good communication, planning and preparation skills

- a desire to continue to learn



Adrian Cory


I was very pleased to be appointed to the governing body as a co-opted governor in April 2019.  Having met the chair of governors and the headteacher, and toured the School, I was so impressed that I immediately applied to join the Churchill School team, even though it will involve a fair amount of travel as I live over an hour's drive away.


I've spent most of my working life in the public service, first as a Regular Army Officer and then as a Government official in Whitehall.   Apart from once having responsibility for a pre-school, I don't have much experience in the education field, though my daughter is a primary school teacher.  However, my experience in work and in the voluntary sector has given me some skills that I think might be useful to the School.  These include project management; financial management and managing large teams.


I am determined to do whatever I can to support the school team, becoming fully involved in the life of the school and making a real contribution.


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

Vice 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.