Orchard Primary School

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Our Governors

Welcome to our Governors page.

Below you will find a list of all Orchard Primary Governors and their roles, plus a brief synopsis relating to each member. If you have any questions that you would like to put to our Governing Body, please feel free to contact us via the main contact page.

If you are interested about becoming a Governor at Orchard Primary School then please follow this link for further information. 

The full Governing body meets every half term. This ensures that all governors are fully informed about the decisions made and can be more effective in holding the school to account.

About our Governors:

 Suzanne Spencer -  Head Teacher

  • Governor Responsibility - outcomes

Register of Business Interests

Chair of Governors- Valerie Churchill


Sarah Wilson - Co-opted governor


  • Governor Responsibility - Pupil Premium

Register of Business Interests

Colin Gurnett MBE - Co-Opted Governor

 Studied law at University, served on The Magistrates Bench North Kent for 20 Years, Chairman of Adult, Family and Youth courts. Appointed to The Lord Chancellors Advisory Sub Committee to interview and select applicants for The Magistrates Bench.
Served for five years Deputy Chair Local Authority Governor Royal Park School.
Trained as a Mediator West Kent Mediation Services.
Awarded MBE in 2016 for services to the community in Kent.
I’m now retired and live with my wife Gwen in Sidcup we have three grandchildren. Looking forward to working with the staff and governors along with total commitment to the roll of governor.

Eleanor Allen - Co-Opted Governor


James Mulligan -Co-opted Governor 

  • Governor Responsibility - Quality of Teaching

I am a parent governor with 3 children the eldest of whom attends Orchard Primary. I have lived in Sidcup with my family for 6 years and currently work as a Senior HR Manager within Financial Services where I've worked for 5 years but have also worked in the engineering and utilities industries prior to that. My focus as a governor is on quality of teaching. I think that Orchard is a fantastic school in a great community and want to help to ensure the school is the best that it can be for the benefit of pupils, staff and parents.

Register of Business Interests

Sarah Stradling- Parent Governor - Maternity Leave