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Governor biographies

Mrs Lorraine Balcombe - Chair of Governors 

Mrs Hannah Cotton - Vice Chair of Governors

Hannah Cotton has been a parent governor since 2015. She was Primary School Teacher in London for 10 years before moving to Folkestone and setting up her own business as a childminder.  She has an MA in special educational needs and over 5 years childcare experience.  Hannah has two children that attend the school and joined the board of governors to contribute in making a difference for all pupils at Harcourt. She is involved with local children centres and has a keen interest in Early years provision.

Mr Peter Gain 

I am originally from London and moved here while in my teens.  I have been a local Councillor for over 30 years representing Cheriton where I Live. I have been a School Governor on various schools over the last thirty years.

I work at a local motor trader in the accounts section. I am currently vice chair and specialise in finance.


Mr Anthony Silk - Headteacher

As headteacher of Harcourt Primary I have the privilege of serving on all school committees. I have extensive school leadership and governance experience having been a senior leader and governor for the past 14 years. 

Mrs Sarah Stein - Chair of Learning and Development Committee

Sarah has been a Parent Governor at Harcourt since May 2014 and has two children at the school. Her responsibilities include Sport Premium Funding, Online Safety and Teaching, Learning and Assessment. 

Mrs Clair Howard 

I first joined Harcourt Primary School as a class TA in Year R back in 2014.  Since then I have developed and trained to first become a Cover Supervisor, then HLTA, and now Class Teacher (Year 2). My initial attraction to becoming a staff governor stemmed from wanting to be actively involved in the future of Harcourt and in my role as a governor I have enjoyed being a part of school improvement decisions. I am passionate about providing our children with a happy, safe and enriching environment where they can be inspired to learn and encouraged to reach their full potential. I am very proud to be part of the 'Harcourt Family'.

Lynne Smith

Originally from London I moved,with my husband, to run a small clinic of complementary medicine in Cheriton in 1979.After having a family of two I became involved in the community and was one of the original Town Councillors representing Cheriton. I firmly believe that education is a key factor in creating a fairer and more equal society and became a governor of our school in order to help it to achieve its potential. I am also a trustee of The Folkestone Youth Project (The Shed), our community sports centre and the local Sea Cadets and Marines unit. The young of our town will be our future so we must invest time and effort in their development. I am also the elected national president of the Workers' Educational Association which provides adult education for those who were not successful in their formative years. I am very proud to be a part of Harcourt School in its journey to help our pupils to fulfil their true potential. 

Wendy Settle

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Kevin Murray 

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Steve D'Arth

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Janine Owen


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Sarah Seymour


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