Welcome to the Governors page!
Below you will find pictures and short biographies of the members of your current Governing Body. Those of us who don't work at the school are local people with an interest in supporting the school to be the best it can be for the benefit of all the children. Our specific role is to monitor the schools progress towards delivering the schools plan and targets which we agree with the Headteacher each year. We can offer ideas and advice based on our own experiences but we are not running the schools operation - that is Mrs Knoupe's job.
The school has made tremendous progress over the last couple of years and it is the Governors aim to help that journey continue!
You do not need any particular qualifications to be a Governor, just an interest in the school, enthusiasm to see the school continue to grow and a little bit of time (not much honestly!) to help that process.
We currently have three vacancies on our Governing Body. Please contact the school office if you are interested in becoming a Governor at WJS.
Chair of Governors
Originally from Yorkshire but has lived in Whitstable for 20 years. Now retired but worked mostly in the public sector for Royal Mail, the Ministry of Justice and briefly the Metropolitan Police running back office support operations. Likes all sport to watch and still plays 5-a-side weekly and does a bit of running and cycling (very occasionally!). Trying to learn to play the saxophone and speak Spanish.
Originally from the Mountain West in America (Wyoming, Utah, Montana and New Mexico), I have lived in the UK for more than 20 years, and Whitstable for 15 years. I currently work for an international bank as a project manager supporting large corporate clients in implementing treasury services. I have two children, both of whom have thoroughly enjoyed their time at WJS. I strongly feel that everyone should find ways to contribute to the community they live in, and personally have found it very gratifying to be able to support my local school as a parent governor.
I have been teaching for 26 years and started my teaching career in Whitstable. I remember coming to WJS for a training day a long time ago and always had it in my sights as a fabulous community school in which to work. My career journey led me back to WJS as Deputy Headteacher in 2009. As predicted I have loved it here and so I stayed. My role has changed in that time and I became SENCO as well as Deputy Headteacher and I am now in the fabulous position of being the Headteacher. I love Whitstable to bits as it is my home town too-or at least it has been since I returned from living abroad which I did for the first 17 years of my life. My own family have grown up here and more recently we have added to our family with our labradoodle Dexter. Who often makes appearances at school.
Originally from Northern Ireland, I moved with my family to Whitstable in 2017 at which point, I'm thrilled to say, my little girl joined WSJ. I have been lucky enough to work extensively in both the private and public sectors throughout my career, everything from Goldman Sacs to The Cabinet Office and DfE, and currently, I am working with the UK's leading Children's Charity. As a co-opted governor, I am excited to be able to bring my skills and experience to supporting our wonderful school and look forward to working with parents, teachers and other governors alike in delivering on the vision and meeting our children's educational needs.
Both of my two boys have enjoyed the school and excelled above all my expectations. Congratulations to WJS. In return, I want to try to give something back to this marvellous school and help to maintain its standards and become even better. I’ve a long background in strategic management and quality at both executive and non-executive levels, working principally in the third sector. I’m hoping that some of this experience will be of some use in keeping the school on track and achieving its aspirations.
I have three children and my eldest is currently in year 4 at WJS. Before having my third child, I was a primary school teacher for many years, which included leading the school in ICT teaching and learning. I currently run a playgroup at the Umbrella Centre and I feel very fortunate to be part of such a fantastic school and local community. I have a deep interest in all aspects of education and I keep up to date with current issues, particularly those relating to SEN. I am very happy to be a parent governor at WJS so I can help to support the school to deliver its aims to provide an excellent education for all of our children.
I have lived in Whitstable since 1997 having relocated for work reasons with my [then] young family. All three of my children thoroughly enjoyed their time at WJS and went on to university and the wider world. My professional area has always been Personnel and Development and after 17 years with KCC's Schools' Personnel Service I decided to leave to set up my own HR Consultancy business but still very much working in the schools sector. I love this town, the people, the beach and the deep sense of community here - all the reasons why our intention to just stay "a few years" turned into setting down roots. I am also deeply passionate about our duty to provide the very best education for children and leaving a lasting legacy for others. Among my interests are walking the dog, running along the beach and local woods and the occasional beer watching a decent band in the Neptune
Born in Gloucestershire, I moved over to Kent to study teaching some 12 years ago. 6 years ago, I moved to Whitstable initial as a short term idea to be near the sea but when the opportunity to join the WJS family came up I knew I would be staying. I love working at this school with all the staff and fantastic children who make every day such a pleasure. I’ve been here nearly 5 years now and have taught in both Year 4 and 5. Currently, I am enjoying my role as subject leader for History, Geography and Reading.
Interim Assistant Headteacher
I was born in Rainham, Kent but my adult life has seen me lucky enough to live in many parts of the country including, Dorset, Northern Ireland and different parts of London. This has meant that I have been fortunate to have spent my teaching career in many different schools and have had variety of roles. My family – 3 children and a very springy spaniel - and I have now settled in Herne Bay and are enjoying life by the sea and I am loving teaching at WJS!
Interim Assistant Headteacher
I have been teaching for 18 years, 16 of which have been spent teaching here at WJS; I am proudly known as the 'Lifer'. Since joining our incredible community school, I have always felt that we have a special team ethos which I am so lucky to be part of- a real family atmosphere. Before joining the team, I worked in St Albans and on the Isle of Wight, however when my Dad informed me of a possible job back at home in Kent, I jumped at the chance.
Since working here, I have taught in all the year groups, been Phase Leader for both upper and lower school, led Art, PHSE, Geography and History. I have been Maths leader and during this time I developed a real love and interest in the teaching and learning of mathematics. I have supported other schools in our Alliance by being on our Core Group for maths - which has really fine-tuned my understanding of maths and how it can be led in a school.
Since September, I have taken on the role of Interim Assistant Headteacher and Curriculum Leader, whilst teaching in year 6 part-time, which I am thoroughly enjoying.
School Business Manager
I was born in Margate in Thanet and I moved to Canterbury when I married 20 years ago, I was a Purchasing Manager in the private sector for 16 years during which I had my 2 wonderful boys, I then changed career completely and started working in schools, which enabled me to spend more time with my family and enjoy them growing up. I have been the School Business Manager here at WJS for the past 3 years, prior to that I worked in schools in Canterbury doing a similar role, I am immensely proud to be part of the WJS family and to see how the school has evolved.
I grew up in Thanet and worked for KCC for 33 years, mostly in post connected with school building. My workplaces were Folkestone, Canterbury, Whitstable and finally, County Hall, Maidstone. Since retiring, I have been clerking several school governing bodies in East Kent.
I enjoy working with governors and ensuring that the procedures of governance run smoothly. When I am not clerking meetings, I am often to be found gardening or leading local history walks around Margate.