Governor greetings

  • Mrs Jan Palmer

    Chair of Governors

    I’m Jan and I’m the Chair of Governors for Clarendon Junior School Governing Body. I have been on a school Governing body since 2012 being Vice Chair at Le Cateau in Catterick before joining Clarendon Junior School GB in 2015 as a parent Governor. Since 2015 I have been Vice Chair and then in 2016 I took the role of Chair. We meet regularly to discuss where the school is going, celebrating our successes and constantly striving to improve where we can. I became a Governor because, as a Mum of 2 children in the school, I wanted to be involved in the decision making that impacted on my children and their education.
    It is a voluntary role and, whilst it is quite involved, that is because I want to be involved. Mrs Ward and I work closely together with the Full Governing Body and all members of staff to continue to nurture and educate all our children so that they strive to be the best they can when they leave as confident individuals.

  • Mrs Corby Kemp

    Hello there, I have been a Governor since 2012 in various guises and chairing various committees; I am now Chair of the Full Governing Body (FGB). In my past lives I have been a Civil servant, a bank cashier, had various roles in finance based institutions (including a Building Society) and a lot of experience in line management and business administration. My own children are long grown but I have seven grandchildren all in various stages of the education system (including a precious autistic grandson). Therefore I have an insight into the parental views of education and am happy to bring that parental ‘voice’ to the table. I originally became a Governor as I felt a strong urge to ‘give something back to the community’ as they say and my skill set seemed an appropriate fit. However, since joining the Governors, I have become more and more involved in the business of administering a very large junior school with all its’ issues and successes and it no longer feels like a ‘duty’. The Government of the day often throws out unexpected challenges and we have to be able to accommodate this within our own planning. The Chair of the FGB works very closely with the Head and our role as ‘critical friend’ is not too onerous. With an extremely driven Head, Mrs Ward, Clarendon has taken the lead within our cluster schools and has led the way in many subjects, particularly Maths. I would recommend anyone who has an interest in the future of OUR children, in OUR specialised community to consider becoming part of the Full Governing Body.

  • Mr Sanjoy Rakshit

    Associate Governor/Part-time Teacher

    My name is Sanjoy and I have recently become a School Governor having taught at the school for almost twenty years, with a break from 1984 to 2005 when I had varied experiences in catering, insurance, banking and pub management.
    Although I was an all-round sportsman in the past , I now concentrate on modern jive and walking our delightful countryside.
    On my retirement from full-time teaching, I joined the Governing Body, hopefully, to help the school and other Governors with my knowledge gained "on the inside" and to provide support and challenge to the SLT (Senior Leadership Team).
    I am now back teaching, part-time, in Clarendon again - to assist within Year 6 after the external promotion of the Maths Coordinator.  Having taught for so many years in a predominantly 'Service School', I feel that I understand a lot of the challenges placed on our transient population and am thrilled to be giving a guiding hand to our wonderful and talented youngsters.