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Governor biographies

Mrs Clare Eldridge - Chair of Governors - Member of Resource Committee
I have been a governor at Harcourt since 2007, initially as a parent governor and more recently as a co-opted governor. I am currently the safeguarding governor and Chair of the Governing Body. I have supported the school through my interests in Finance, Health & safety, Personnel and Leadership & Management. I am particularly proud of Harcourt, the children, staff, parents, governors and wider community and look forward to many more years on the Governing Body.
 Outside Harcourt I have spent almost seven years working as a school business manager, have two teenage children (both ex Harcourt pupils) and lead a busy life.
Mr Peter Gain - Vice Chair of Governors - Member of Resource Committee

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 Kevin Golding - Chair of Resource Committee

I have a long association with Harcourt Primary school and have a lot of experience as a governor, having joined the Governing Body in 2004 as a parent Governor when my youngest son started at the school.  Due to my extensive business experience and my current role as a Health and Safety Inspector for the Health & Safety Executive, I have held the role of chair of the Resources committee for a number of years, a position I currently hold. However, I am most proud to have chaired the Governing Body for 5 years between 2008 and 2013, as the school made significant progress from proposed closure to a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

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 Hannah Cotton - Member of Learning and Development Committee

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.

Mrs Lucy Pendleton - Member of Learning and Development Committee

Lucy has been a Secondary teacher for 22 years and has been a Harcourt Governor since May 2016.

I have a son in Cedar class (Year 2) and a daughter in Willow Class (Reception).


Mrs Clair Howard - Member of Learning and Development Committee

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 - Member of the Learning and Development Team

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.