The Governors are a dedicated team of volunteers who work closely with the Headteacher to set the strategic direction of the school and support the school in providing the best possible education for our pupils.
Chris Argent is the Chair of Governors, and a Chartered Accountant who has worked in Private Practice in Accountancy and Law, in Consulting and in senior Finance, Operations, Marketing and General Management roles in Construction, Engineering, Paper & Board and Private Education. He has also served in the Regular and Reserve Armies retiring as a Colonel. Chris is also a Director of Coastal Academies Trust, of which Hartsdown Academy is a member school. Chris has two grown up daughters and his interests include the wines of Burgundy and Military History.
Lesley Johnson has been a governor at Hartsdown Academy since September 2015. Her areas of special interest are assessment, student outcomes and humanities. Lesley is the chair of the Education Group and joint Vice Chair of the Governing Body. She is retired but worked in education in Kent for many years. She lives near Canterbury.
Cathy Evaristo-Boyce has been a governor since September 2016. She retired from full time teaching in July 2015. Her last job was as deputy head at Bradstow School for children on the autistic spectrum with severe learning difficulties and associated challenging behaviour. I have worked full time in special needs schools since 1977.
Cathy is married with 2 grown up sons and currently works on a voluntary basis at The Garden Gate Community Garden in Northdown Park in Margate for 2 days a week. This is for people with mental health issues and learning difficulties. They grow vegetables, fruit and run art and craft activities. Her hobbies are yoga, dancing, reading, going to the theatre, spending time with family and friends and going away in her camper van. Cathy is also vice chair of the Education committee.
Rachel Hill is a staff governor who has worked at Hartsdown Academy as cover supervisor and BTEC tutor for many years. Rachel has two grown up sons, and has hobbies including crafting which she shares with the students. Rachel is a very supportive member of the governing body, and helps provide a link between the governing body and the staff of the school.