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Governors

Contact: governor@thewellsfreeschool.co.uk

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.

Name

Steven George

Role

Parent Governor

Chair of Governors

Member of the Business Management Committee

 

I am one of two parents on the governing body. 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. Please feel free to find me in the playground in the mornings.  

  

Name

Kate Burrows

Role

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. 

 

Name

Gavin Tyler


Role

Governor

Chair of the Business Management Committee

Link governor for SEND

 

I joined the Governing Body having previously been a Governor at Whitehill Infants School in Crowborough some years ago.

I am a solicitor and the Managing Partner of Cripps LLP who are based in Tunbridge Wells and are one of the largest legal practices in the south East.  In 2016 my firm will be the new neighbours of the Free School as we are moving into the office building which is being constructed next door to our brand new school. 

I grew up in Tunbridge Wells and was educated at Skinners School.  I have very fond memories of my time there but more importantly it was an excellent school.  That is my aspiration for the Free School.  I hope that my business experience and involvement in the business community in Tunbridge Wells can assist in achieving this.  

 

Name

Jean-Pierre van der Spuy

Jean Pierre Van Der Spuy

Role

Governor

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. 

 

Name 

  Elizabeth Grant 

 Role 

 Governor 

 Member of Teaching and Learning Committee

 Link Governor for Early Years  

 

Name 

  Phillip Makhouli 

 Role 

 Governor 

 Member of Teaching and Learning Committee 

 

Name 

  Jane Page 

 Role 

 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