Martin Hydes

Martin Hydes

Martin Hydes

Community Governor

Member of the Resources Team

I was delighted in 2019 to be appointed as a Community Governor at Sandwich Technology School and look forward to playing a part in the school’s continuing development.

Born and raised in Kent, after leaving school I trained as a teacher, qualifying in 1973. Apart from a brief spell in the early ‘80s running the family business – a chain of retail newsagents – my working life until 2011 was spent as a teacher, latterly as a vice-principal with responsibility for staff development.

On retirement in 2011, I decided to become involved in voluntary work with organisations such as Citizens Advice. As an advisor, I found myself on a steep learning curve, assimilating new knowledge and skills, meeting people and dealing with enquiries on a range of issues.

I have maintained a commitment to education by serving on Kent admissions appeals panels, acting as clerk to the governors to several academies and remaining aware of the challenges that schools face in adequately resourcing first-rate teaching and learning.

My approach to education is rooted in the idea of the American writer and educator Neil Postman: “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see”.