Governance

Trust Level Governance

Turner Free School is part of the Turner Schools Multi Academy Trust.

Our Governance Structure ensures there are clear reporting lines and explicit requirements to ensure probity, good governance and outstanding performance.

Members are responsible for determining the governance of the Trust. They approve our Articles of Association and appoint Trustees in accordance with the Articles.

Trustees focus on three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding executive leaders to account

  • Overseeing and ensuring effective financial performance

All Members, Trustees and Governors complete an annual declaration of Business Interests and declare any pecuniary interests in meetings.

The Board delegates responsibilities to the school Challenge & Community Committee as set out in the Scheme of Delegation.

View our Articles and Memorandum of Association.

School-level governance:

Governors serve as a key link between the schools, parents/carers and the local community. They monitor the performance of the school, advising the Trustees of any concerns.

We have a committed team of Governors on the school Challenge & Community Committee who are actively involved in the life of the school. They reflect the community we serve and include parent representatives.

The Governors are passionate about our School and are here to make sure that every pupil is given the best education, opportunities and experiences possible. They play an important role in overseeing the work of the school, acting as “critical friends” for the Senior Leadership Team and holding the school to account for performance and development.

Challenge and Community Committee - Our Governors

Chair: Tracy Luke

To contact the Chair email tfschair@turnerschools.com or contact via the school office or 01303 842400, option 3.

Committee Safeguarding Lead: Cally Cooke

Committee SEND Lead: Russell Smith

Careers Lead: Maha Rai

Trust Safeguarding Lead: To be confirmed November 2022

Cally Cooke – parent governor

Cally is an Early Help worker, working within Integrated Children’s services in Folkestone and Hythe to support families. She has lead roles in Born to Move (an initiative to get children ready for formal education) and has trained Health Visitors and KCC staff in this. She also runs different parenting programs and works closely with different agencies within the community to give children and young people the best opportunities. Cally has a BA Hons QTS with Drama and taught in a local primary school before working in Early Help.

  • Date of appointment: 24 February 2020

  • Term of Office: 4 years to 23 February 2024

  • Appointed by: Parents

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Parent

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2022/2023: 1/1

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 3/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 5/5

Professor Helen James OBE, Eur Ing CEng FIMechE FHEA BSc (Hons) MA DBA - co-opted governor

Helen is a Professor (Emerita) for Canterbury Christ Church University advising on STEM and the Kent and Medway Engineering Design Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub. She is Chair of the Education and Skills Board and member of the Education Committee, Royal Society. She was Deputy Vice-Chancellor until 2022.

Helen is passionate about holistic and inclusive institutional strategies for leading change, widening participation and student retention and success.

She was awarded an OBE in 2021 for services to Higher Education. In particular, for championing women and diverse students into science and engineering, as well as helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds to access Higher Education.

  • Date of reappointment: 1 September 2022

  • Term of Office: 4 years to 31 August 2026

  • Date of original appointment: 1 September 2018

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Professor (Emerita) for Christ Church Uni, Chair of the Education and Skills Board, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and member of the Education Committee, Royal Society

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Trustee of Turner Schools

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2022/2023: 1/1

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 3/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 4/5

Tracy Luke MBE – co-opted governor

Tracy is an experienced teacher and school leader who has served at all levels within a range of comprehensive, selective and boarding schools. She has been a Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Head, Deputy Head, Principal and Executive Principal.

Tracy has also been a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector. Tracy has experience as a Governor at an independent school, a Pupil Referral Unit and at a number of secondary schools.

  • Date of reappointment: 1 September 2022

  • Term of Office: 4 years to 31 August 2026

  • Date of original appointment: 1 September 2018

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Trustee of the Friends of Folkestone Academy

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Local governor of Folkestone Academy C&CC , Trustee at Turner Schools, Member of Folkestone Grammar School for Girls Trust from September 2020

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2022/2023: 1/1

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 4/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 5/5

Louise Lythgoe - co-opted governor

Louise has expertise in Trust Primary Improvement and brings expertise in education, safeguarding and curriculum development.

  • Date of appointment: 2 September 2020

  • Term of Office: 4 years to 1 September 2024

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Employee of Turner Schools

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2022/2023: 1/1

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 4/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 3/5

Scott Norman - co-opted governor

Scott is Headteacher of The Harvey Grammar School, a post he has held since January 2014, leading the school from Good to Outstanding in March 2016. Scott has extensive experience in school leadership and is a serving inspector for Ofsted. He is also member of the Ofsted Headteacher Reference Group for the South East.

  • Date of reappointment: 1 September 2022

  • Term of Office: 4 years to 31 August 2026

  • Date of original appointment: 1 September 2018

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Head Teacher, Harvey Grammar School

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Trustee of The Harvey Academy, Local governor of The Harvey Grammar School

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetingss 2022/2023: 0/1

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 3/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 3/5

Maha Rai - co-opted governor

Maha came to the UK in 1999 as a dependent of his Father who was serving in the British Gurkha Army. Since 2006 he has lived in Cheriton, Folkestone. During this period, many retired British Gurkha families started to settle in Cheriton and they formed a local Nepalese Community to help each other. From 2012, Maha has been voluntarily working for the community to collaborate with the local council of Folkestone and other communities for integration events, cultural exchanges and funding events. In July 2018, Maha was awarded a PhD in Physics from the University of Kent.

  • Date of reappointment: 1 September 2022

  • Term of Office: 4 years to 31 August 2026

  • Date of original appointment: 1 September 2018

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2022/2023: 1/1

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 4/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 4/5

Russell Smith - co-opted governor

Russell graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English and Education having previously worked for several years in London for the Civil Service. He worked in various schools and spent ten years as Head of English in a Kent comprehensive school where he gained diplomas in Management and in teaching Gifted and Talented children. In 2008 he gained the NPQH qualification. Russell retired in 2010 as Vice Principal of The Marsh Academy. Since then he has continued teaching A-level part-time in local schools and on a voluntary basis in local primary schools, teaching creative writing. He was brought up in Cheriton and attended local schools.

  • Date of reappointment: 1 September 2022

  • Term of Office: 4 years to 31 August 2026

  • Date of original appointment: 1 September 2018

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2022/2023: 1/1

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 3/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 5/5

Jennifer Van-Deelenex-officio governor

Jennifer is Head of School and ex-officio governor by virtue of this position.

  • Date of appointment: 19 April 2022

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2022/2023: 1/1

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 1/1

Governors who have left in the past 12 months:

David Eagles-Larkeparent governor

David works for the local college and has a special interest in environmental sustainability and healthy eating.

He is passionate about helping every pupil succeed.

  • Date of leaving: 01 November 2022

  • Date of appointment: 31 January 2022

  • Term of Office: 4 years to 30 January 2026

  • Appointed by: Parents

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Parent

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2022/2023: 1/1

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 2/2

Patrick McKeating - co-opted governor & Careers Lead

  • Date of leaving: 31 August 2022

  • Date of appointment: 1 September 2018

  • Term of Office: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2022

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Head of History at Junior King’s School

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 1/4

Kristina Yates – ex-officio governor

Kristina is Principal and ex-officio governor by virtue of this position.

  • Date of leaving (as ex-officio governor only): 18 April 2022

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Member of EKC (1.9.21), Management Committee member of Birchwood PRU (1.1.19)

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/2022: 3/3