Stone Lodge School is part of Endeavour MAT, which has its own website to explain the overall strategic Trust structure. At local level however, each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB). Our LGB has one current vacancy for a community governor. Mr Barnett, the Head Teacher, is an ex-officio governor. We are pleased to have recruited a diverse group of people with complementary strengths and experience.
The role of the LGB to monitor the effectiveness of the school’s vision, plans and implementation such that the school is compliant with national policies and provides value for money. Since moving into the new building in April 2022 and with light touch Covid arrangements, the LGB has been able to increase its physical presence in the school, meeting more staff, students, parents and carers. We are enormously proud of how our staff, students, parents and carers have embraced all of the changes. Our evidence to date, which includes some nationally comparable data, suggests that our students are doing extremely well.
Sara Kemsley, Endeavour MAT Trustee, chairs the LGB at Stone Lodge School. To contact Sara Kemsley, email firstname.lastname@example.org marking your message for her attention.
Term of Office
Sara Kemsley, Chair
Sara is a retired secondary school Head Teacher with a considerable depth of experience in education. She is the Vice-Chair of Trustees of Endeavour MAT and agreed to chair the LGB at Stone Lodge School during its opening phase. Sara is also a Trustee for the Gravesham Learning Partnership and has a strong interest and expertise in bringing about educational improvement. She is an accomplished musician and conducts a local choir as well as playing her flute in chamber music ensembles.
Gavin Barnett, Head Teacher
An inspiring secondary school leader, Gavin Barnett has taught for 18 years, with 12 years experience as a senior leader in a range of London schools, both within Local Authorities and Multi Academy Trusts. In recent years, he has run renowned leadership training for hundreds of senior leaders across London. Gavin has a proven track record of rapidly improving school provision through coaching staff to transform their teaching, turning best theory into best practice to enhance engagement, challenge and assessment to accelerate learning. His core belief is that it is great teachers that make the most difference with students, and it is leadership that makes great teaching happen every lesson, every day in schools.
Tom Oliver, Governor
|Tom Oliver is Councillor for the Stone House Ward. His ambition for the local area is to develop a new community hub in Stone, bringing together established business and the new Rugby Club and Stone Lodge School to provide a central resource and meeting point for the local community. Tom currently works with The Bank of England in the Communications Division where he produces educational content to inform external audiences. Tom lives in Dartford and brings a host of professional business expertise to his role as Governor of Stone Lodge School as well as local insight and a desire to cultivate and develop the Stone community.
Jane Waters, Vice-Chair
Jane Waters is currently the Head Teacher of a Pupil Referral Unit in Kent. She has held a variety of posts in education over the last 29 years including Senior Leadership roles in schools in London, Isle of Sheppey and south Kent. Jane is passionate about inclusive education and ensuring that all young people reach their full potential. She has extensive experience working for examination boards including writing GSCE level specifications and developing and delivering training programmes for teachers. Jane is currently working with Kent Police to develop training for the 70 new School Police Officers that will be deployed across all schools in Kent. Jane is a Parent Governor for a school in East Kent and sits on the Board for Your Leisure.
Kplom Lotsu, Parent Governor
I am delighted to be given the opportunity to serve as a Parent Governor of this thriving school and to bring, perhaps, one of the most important perspectives in the school community – that of the parents – to the discussions of the Governing Body. As well as a parent perspective, I bring to the governing body significant experience in programme and project management, strategy development and delivery and change management expertise developed over many years as a senior leader in a Local Authority. My focus in the short term will be supporting the excellent work of the team in ensuring that we have a balanced budget focussed on delivering the priorities that matter to our children, parents and other stakeholders from across the local community and that we constantly challenge ourselves to deliver value for money in everything that we do.
Lyndsey West, Governor
Lyndsey is thrilled to join the Local Governing Body. She has a keen interest in bridging the gap between schools and the work environment, providing exposure, insight, support and training to the next generation of young individuals as they embark on their next steps as young adults. With 2 children currently in secondary schools which are part of Endeavour MAT, she was keen to bring her skillset and experience to Stone Lodge School. Lyndsey is the Director of Operations for KpH Deconstruction Services Ltd and is responsible for the overall delivery of the business including its corporate strategy, finance, HR and Quality Management. Lyndsey has spent the past 15 years in the Construction Industry and has built up a wealth of experience in that time. She is keen to encourage other young ladies to follow in her footsteps and challenge the status quo.
|Wendy McCouaig, Staff Governor
|Wendy joined the Local Governing Body as a Staff Governor on 27 September 2022.
Beverley Jackson, Staff Governor
I am the Head of Art at Stone Lodge School and am passionate about the continued development of our school community. I have extensive experience across the commercial and education sectors working as a Graphic Designer for companies such as Art Monthly Magazine, Crisis UK and Quarto Publishing before pursuing a career in education. I have been at Stone Lodge since 2020 and have seen it grow and develop into what it is today. I look forward to playing a part in its continued success.
Samuel Eng, Governor
Sam is delighted to be appointed a community governor at Stone Lodge School. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce and currently works at UBS providing corporate financial advice to companies and private equity firms.Sam firmly believes that every individual deserves the opportunity to access quality education that will provide them with the skillsets to pursue a career path of their passion. Having personally been educated in multiple countries (Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, and most recently the UK), Sam is excited to bring a global perspective and be a contributing asset to further advance the vision of Stone Lodge School - developing students to make significant changes for the better within their local, national and global community.
Tunde Williams, Governor
Tunde is excited to join the Local Governing Body as a community governor, with an understanding of the locality, challenges and opportunities which can be used to support the avenues by which students and staff can thrive as individuals, regardless of their background.
Tunde has a multi-disciplinary background in leadership, community contribution, consultation and governance spanning approximately 15 years. Currently in local government as a multisite manager, Tunde has strengths and a track-record in recognising opportunities, developing ideas and strategically planning to deliver projects and run operations that meet specific goals; demonstrated in the public, private and not-for-profit social enterprise sectors. He is a chartered servant leader motivated with passion and an active personal support of charities, churches and now Stone Lodge School.
Leanne Bolton, Parent Governor
Leanne was elected as Parent Governor and began her term of office on 7th November 2023.
Russell Caston, Governor
Russell was appointed as a Community Governor on 14th November 2023
|Sara Kemsley & Jane Waters
|Safeguarding / Pupil Wellbeing
|Kplom Lotsu & Russell Caston
|Health & Safety / Risk Management
|Lyndsey West & Leanne Bolton
|SEND / Pupil Premium
|Behaviour & Inclusion
|Samuel Eng & Kplom Lotsu
|Jane Waters & Beverley Jackson
|CPD & Development
|Supplemental Funding Agreement - Stone Lodge School
|01st Sep 2022
|LGB - Terms of Reference
|01st Sep 2023
|LGB - Standing Orders
|01st Sep 2023
|Scheme of Delegation
|01st Sep 2023
|Governor Attendance Register 2022-2023
|01st Sep 2023
|SLS Governor Register of Business Interests 2023-24
|22nd Nov 2023