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The Wells Free School Governing Body

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important strategic part to play in school improvement. The Governing Body’s core functions are to ensure high standards of achievement for all children by:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body consists of both elected and appointed governors:

Name

Appointment Date

Term of Office

Appointed by

Chris Dodge

01.05.2017

 

 Ex-officio

Kate Burrows

 24.11.2016

 4 years

 Staff

Orla Dobson

14.10.2013

4 years

Governing Body

Steven George

17.12.2014

4 years

Parents/carers

Catherine Rankin

17.09.2016 

 4 years

Governing Body

Cari Reid

14.10.2013

4 years

Governing Body

Gavin Tyler

07.04.2014

4 years

Governing Body

Jean-Pierre van der Spuy

14.10.2013

4 years

Parents/carers

Clerk to the Governing Body

Maria Campbell

Full governing body (FGB) meetings are held at least three times per year and more often when needed. More detailed discussions are held in sub-committees or working party groups. The two sub-committees are Teaching and Learning (T&L) and School Business Management (SBM), both of which meet at least three times per year.

Committee Membership, Attendance (2016-2017) & Governor Roles

Name

FGB

 

T&L

SBMC

 

Responsibilities and Roles

Sue Brattle

Resigned 30.04.17

4 of 5

1 of 2

1 of 1

Acting Head Teacher until April 2017

Chris Dodge

Appointed

01.05.17

1 of 1

1 of 1

0 of 0

Head Teacher

Orla Dobson

6 of 6

 N/A

2 of 2

Vice Chair of School Business Management Committee, Link Governor for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development

Steven George

6 of 6

N/A

 1 of 2

Chair of Governors, Parent Governor, SBMC, Link Governor for Personal Development and PSHE, Leadership & Management

Marlene Lento

Resigned

31.12.16

1 of 3

 1 of 1

 

Resigned 31.12.16

 

Monica Pell

Resigned

31.01.17

4 of 4

1 of 1

Resigned 31.01.17

Vice Chair of Governing Body, Chair of T&L Committee, Link Governor for SEN, Pupil Premium, Looked After Children, Link Governor for Health and Safety & Safeguarding

Cari Reid

5 of 6

3 of 3

 N/A

Co-Chair of T&L committee, Link Governor for Early Years, and Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Gavin Tyler

6 of 6

 N/A

2 of 2

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of SBMC, Link Governor for SEN and Leadership & Management

Jean-Pierre van der Spuy

4 of 6

2 of 2

 N/A

Parent Governor, Co-Chair of T&L committee, Link Governor for Safeguarding, and Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Kate Burrows

4 of 4

2 of 2

 N/A

Elected staff governor

 

Register of Business and Other Interests 2016-2017

Name

Declaration

Other schools governed

Relationships with school staff

Date of Declaration

Chris Dodge

None - Member of Staff

None

None

25.09.2017

Kate Burrows

None - Member of Staff

None

None

16-01-2017

Orla Dobson

TD Consultants

None

None

17.10.2016

Steven George

National Association of Head Teachers

None

None

20.09.2016

Catherine Rankin

Cripps LLP

Sir Thomas Smythe Charity

Law Society

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

None

None

20.10.2016 

Cari Reid

Teacher KCC

None

None

20.09.2016

Gavin Tyler

Cripps LLP

Cripps Trust Corp. Ltd.

Law Society Employment

Lawyers Association

None

None

20.09.2016

Jean-Pierre van der Spuy

Van der Spuy Theatre Ltd

360 Dance Academy

None

None

16.12.2016