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Statutory Information

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.  Below the governing body in February 2017:

Name

Appointment Date

Term of Office

Appointed by

Sue Brattle

14.10.2013

 

 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

Vacancy

In attendance

TWFS School Business Manager - Anne Stanley

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 (2015-2016) & Governor Roles

Name

FGB

 

T&L

SBM

 

Responsibilities and Roles

Robert Atwood

6 of 7

 

3 of 3

Chair of Business Management Committee

Link Governor, Community & Partnerships

Sue Brattle

7 of 7

3 of 3

3 of 3

Staff Governor - Acting Head from June 2016

Link Governor, School-Parent Communication

Orla Dobson

6 of 7

 

3 of 3

Vice Chair of Business Management Committee

Link Governor, Extended Schools

Link Governor, Performance Management

Steven George

6 of 7

3 of 3

 

Vice Chair of T&L Committee 

Link Governor, Creativity Faculty Team

Link Governor, Academically Able

Anita Lawrence

3 of 4

2 of 2

1 of 2

Head Teacher - resigned June 2016

 

Marlene Lento

5 of 7

 

 

Link Governor, English as an Additional Language

 

Judith O’Connor

3 of 3

2 of 2

2 of 2

Chair of Governing Body - resigned March 2016

Link Governor, Life Skills Faculty Team

Monica Pell

7 of 7

3 of 3

3 of 3

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Chair of T&L Committee

Link Governor, SEN, Pupil Premium, Looked After Children

Link Governor, Health & Safety & Safeguarding

Cari Reid

6 of 7

3 of 3

 

Link Governor, Communication Faculty Team

Link Governor, Early Years Foundation Stage

Gavin Tyler

6 of 7

 

2 of 3

Responsible Officer

 

Jean-Pierre van der Spuy

6 of 7

2 of 3

 

Link Governor, Wellbeing Faculty Team

Register of Business and Other Interests 2016-2017

Name

Declaration

Other schools governed

Relationships with school staff

Date of Declaration

Sue Brattle

None - Member of Staff

None

None

20.09.2016

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