Endeavour MAT

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).

The LGB was fully recruited by November 2019 and has governed in accordance with the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation and schedules.  We have met five times this year either actually or virtually using Teams.  Only the March 16th meeting was cancelled as Covid-19 lockdown became highly likely and indeed commenced the following week. Our review of the impact at the school can be read by clicking, LGB Summary Impact Statement

Sara Kemsley, Endeavour MAT Trustee, chairs the LGB at Stone Lodge School.  To contact Sara Kemsley please email marking your message for her attention.

Sara Kemsley, Chair

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Sara is a retired, Secondary School Head Teacher with a considerable depth of experience in education. She is a Trustee of Endeavour MAT and agreed to chair the LGB at Stone Lodge School during its opening phase. Sara is 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.

Peter Carter, Governor and Vice Chair

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Peter retired from the Metropolitan Police, having served over twenty years as a Civilian Officer. The last fifteen years were in Specialist Operations, being a member of the security team at the Houses of Parliament. He has been a Governor at a large Comprehensive Secondary School in the London Borough of Bexley. Starting in 1994 as a Parent Governor, then becoming a Community Governor, taking on the role of Vice-Chair and finally Co-Chair of Governors in 2016. Recently Peter has joined the Board of Trustees of the Moorings Project, a local charity working with young people, helping them to overcome the difficult challenges they encounter in their lives.

Peter believes every child deserves the opportunity to develop, through education, to reach their full potential. He sees Stone Lodge School as an amazing chance for the local community to access the very best a brand new school can offer, and welcomes the challenge of working with the Senior leadership team to grow the school into the most successful comprehensive school in the area.

Ann Nuckley, Governor

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Ann Nuckley led the HR function and Principal’s office in a non-selective, mixed secondary school for 20 years.  Ann was involved with the school from its inception and development from a brown site through to its successful opening as one of the first City Technology Colleges in the country and was part of the leadership team which shaped the school, improving outcomes for local children.  Prior to her career in education Ann worked for the BBC as a programme scheduler for Radio 1 and 2; a role that saw her working behind, and occasionally, in front of the microphone!  Ann brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to her role as Governor at Stone Lodge School and will play a pivotal role in its future success.


Tom Oliver, Governor

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Tom Oliver is the newly elected 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 has been living in Dartford for the past four years 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.

Holly Maxwell,

Lead Coordinator Art, Design & Technology


Holly Maxwell joins Stone Lodge with a wealth of experience building and shaping thriving and successful Art and Technology departments having previously done so at a start-up academy in Central London.

Holly is committed to the development of the sector and is the author of an accredited paper printed for the IOE detailing her research into the motivation of pupils through praise and raising attainment. Holly brings boundless enthusiasm coupled with proven results achieving a motivated and high-achieving cohort of staff and students alike. Holly is keen to establish a series of extra-curricular activities to build upon learnt skills and techniques allowing students to flex their creative mind and explore new and exciting ideas.

Gavin Barnett, Head Teacher 

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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.

Laura Holland, Parent Governor

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Laura is a Lecturer and Theatre Director, working at North Kent College for over 20 years.  In addition to this and being a mum, Laura runs two successful youth projects for children aged 4-21. 

Laura is also a manager for media and acting at the college.  She is proactive and passionate about young people and passionate about young people and their learning and will use her knowledge and skills to work positively with the Head, Parent Governors and Governors to support making a difference in the educational and pastoral needs of all the children at Stone Lodge. She firmly believes that this School is a provider of excellence and is looking forward to being part of its successful future.

Robert Ryan, Parent Governor

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Robert feels honoured to represent the parents and carers on the governing board of Stone Lodge as he believes the school is going to grow into a beacon of the community that we can all be immensely proud of.  Robert feels it is paramount that following a very promising start, the values and vision of the school are something that need to be maintained over the coming years, and believes it is very important that parents and students can come to expect this as a minimum standard in the years moving forward.

Robert has lots of experience working as a Project Manager for Construction Contractors in the live school environment so would be very keen in assisting and advising the school to ensure the standards the school deserve are met by the Contractors.  This includes, whilst the site is shared with our children and staff, as well as the end product that is delivered.

Alan Cooke, Governor

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Alan Cooke is retired Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a PhD in Bioengineering. He spent 30+ years in the medical devices industry, focusing on designing, developing and successfully introducing innovative new products to improve patient outcomes. He has experience of both small and large multinational companies in a range of roles, up to and including Board Director. He has significant overseas experience.

Alan has also been instrumental in starting up new ventures, both in industry and the charitable sector. He was the founder and CEO of a successful technology start up in the Ophthalmic industry and also a founding board member of a Mental Health charity where he was Treasurer and business mentor to the CEO.      

Samuel Eng New Community Governor appointed 1st September 2020