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The Wells Free School Board of Governors

Each of our governors brings some form of specific expertise to the Governing Body. Some formed part of the original school proposer team and others have joined us since the school opened in September 2013. All governors take a passionate interest in the school and work in partnership with our talented and dedicated staff team to deliver the best possible educational experience for the children at The Wells Free School.


Steven George




c/o The Wells Free School

King Charles Square

Tunbridge Wells



Parent Governor

Chair of Governors

Member of the Business Management Committee


I was elected at the beginning of 2015, and it's a huge privilege to serve the school. I have 15 years of experience as a BBC journalist and I currently work for the National Association of Head Teachers, so I'm well connected and up to speed on education policy. I try to bring these skills to bear at governors meetings.

The Ofsted judgement of Good, shows that the school is doing some great things but there are also many challenges, so I'm committed to making sure that all our children get the best possible education during their time at The Wells.

I believe in supporting the leadership team to continue to do the great work they do, whilst always pushing them to go further.

We should all be very proud of the great partnership we have between the school, its parents and pupils. That is the foundation of everything the Wells school stands for. 



Kate Burrows


Staff Governor
Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee


Having been at the school since our opening year and taken on many   responsibilities, I would like to further develop my career and contribute to the wider running of the school.

As an experienced teacher, I am confident I can communicate the views of staff, give clear feedback from the classroom and encourage a positive staff/governor relationship. I feel communication at all levels is vital to ensuring the best provision for our children. 




Jean-Pierre van der Spuy

Jean Pierre Van Der Spuy



Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Link governor for Safeguarding


I originally volunteered to become a Parent Governor and then was elected to continue as a governor when my term of office ended. I am passionate about The Wells Free School fulfilling its potential to be a groundbreaking school that we can all be proud of. As The Wells Free School grows and develops, a discerning and practical parent’s perspective is vital to its success. Being open, collaborative and using the skills from my everyday work, I feel I am a useful voice on the governing body to ensure the ethos is upheld and our children receive an outstanding education.

I have never been a governor before, though the challenge of working as part of a team and learning about the ever changing education system has been very interesting thus far. I look forward to developing and gaining more skills as a governor and being part of a strong team as The Wells looks to its future. 



  Elizabeth Grant 



 Member of Teaching and Learning Committee

 Link Governor for Early Years  



  Phillip Makhouli 



 Member of Teaching and Learning Committee 



  Jane Page 


 Parent Governor 

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee and School Business Management Committee;

Link Governor for Personal Development and Wellbeing 


Non-Governor Founder members

Monica Pell

Orla Dobson

Cari Reid

Marlene Lento

Ann Hughes Wilson

Bruce Taylor

Jude O'Connor

Robert Atwood