I am Chair of Governors for Sundridge & Brasted Primary School. Previous to that, I had a role on the Governing Body and was a Community Governor. My daughter was at the school for seven years from Reception through to Year 6 and was extremely happy there. I also have responsibility for mathematics which means I monitor the learning and teaching across the school. In my other life I work as an Independent Educational Consultant and enjoy volunteering and helping in the school.
I have been involved with the school as a Governor since 2003 and became Vice Chair of the Governing Body in 2013. I am a Chartered Accountant, employed by a London firm and work mostly from home. I have lived in Sundridge since 1999. I have three children.
I have been a parent at the school since 2016, when my son started in reception, and have seen at first hand the significance of the strong foundation gained at Sundridge & Brasted in supporting pupils as they move on throughout each year, and eventually onto secondary school. I am enjoying the role a great deal and love working with the other governors and staff to ensure that the school goes from strength to strength. My desire to be part of the school's governing body drives from a genuine interest in school improvement at all levels, and a deep rooted belief in the importance of education for all. I hope that some of my skills will be useful to support the staff & governors as they continue to develop what is already an exceptional school.
Having watched my own son benefit from a tremendous education at Sundridge and Brasted from Reception to Year 6, I decided to seek to become a Governor in 2018. My professional background is in financial services, having risen to Director level in a number of institutions in a career spanning some 35 years. As a parent, I have seen the school nurture children with the full range of abilities and now want to ensure that those high standards are maintained for the benefit of future generations. I look forward to meeting as many parents and staff as I can, in the coming years.
I have been a governor at Sundridge and Brasted since the start of 2019. I have lovely memories of the school as it is where I undertook work experience as a 16 year old many, many years ago. It stood me in good stead as I am now a Deputy Head of a local school. I am looking forward to getting to know the children, staff and parents better over the coming months.
I became a governor at Sundridge & Brasted at the start of the 2019/20 academic year. I was keen to take on a governor role because I believe that the expertise I have gathered as a teacher, Head of Department and now a Deputy Head teacher in the teaching profession over the past 12 years can be of great benefit to the school community. I am also looking forward to seeing a different side of the education system from what I have been used to and also to being an important part of the decision making processes, helping this fantastic school continue to thrive and progress.
I have been a teacher for most of my career, both at the primary and secondary level. My last role was as Key Stage 2 Team Leader and member of the SLT. We are a Christian family and I feel that my experience as a teacher and leader in a school can contribute to Sundridge and Brasted. I have two daughters who have just finished university. We are looking forward to our new life in Sevenoaks and I look forward to being a part of Sundridge and Brasted School.
Marcel van Ommen
As a parent with three children at Sundridge & Brasted, I find it important to try and help the school as much as possible. So when I read that the school was looking for an additional parent governor, it was an easy decision for me sign me up. I’m looking forward to working with the staff and other governors and to adding my perspectives from the software development field to the discussions as well.
From my prior experience working and being involved in setting up an International School, I still have a keen interest in education, especially in early learning problems and School Management.
Church Foundation Governor