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The Turner Free School Governance


Governance has a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education

At Turner Schools, school governors contribute to the work of the Trust’s Directors through a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Principals to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school making sure its money is well spent.

Trust-level governance

The Trust answers to the Department for Education and is governed in two ways, first by its five Members and secondly, by its board of eight Directors.

The Trust is guided by the Nolan Principles for public service.

It operates according to the Academies Financial Handbook.

The Trust Directors are:

James Booth-Clibborn

Gary Cottle

Manjinder Johal

Susan John NLE

Jenny King

Carl Lygo (Chair)

Jo Saxton

The Members are:

Christopher Kirker

Jane Mackenzie

Elvis Pellumbi

Dan Perrett

Victor Stock

Our Chief Executive, Dr Jo Saxton, is the Trust Director who is charged with delivering high standards for the pupils in our schools through day-to-day operations.

Turner Schools is based in Kent and its registered address is c/o Martello Primary, Warren Way, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 6DT.  For more information about the Trust, our Members, Directors and key documents, visit



School-level governance

At local level the Trust is supported by a Local Governing Body (LGB).

The LGB is made up of local people who contribute relevant expertise and enthusiasm to support the Trust’s schools. The LGB will include two parents of current pupils.

The LGB meets once per long term, so three times in each academic year.

To contact Tracy Luke, Chair of the Local Governing Body, please contact the school office.

Email address:  [email protected]

Call Us: 01303 232 400

Our Governors

Tracy Luke, Chair

Tracy is a National Leader of Education and has been a serving Ofsted Inspector, she has also served on the ‘Sub Regional Forum’ for the South East, which is a group of Heads advising and acting as a sounding board for the Regional Schools’ Commissioner.

Tracy arrived at Folkestone School for Girls in 2001 as Deputy Head responsible for target setting, data, teaching, curriculum, KS4 pastoral care and the Specialism (Mathematics and Computing). Approximately 2 years later she was promoted to Head. In 2007 Tracy was appointed Principal of The Marsh Academy.

From January 2008 to December 2012 Tracy was Executive Principal of The Folkestone School for Girls and The Marsh Academy. She is extremely proud of the progress The Marsh Academy made during this time, including the re – building of the school. The Folkestone School for Girls also moved from Good to Outstanding during this period. From January 2013 to the present, Tracy has been Principal of The Folkestone School for Girls.

Tracy has experience as a Governor at Tonbridge School (part of The Marsh Academy link), New Line Learning Academy and also at The Kent Health Needs Service.

Date of appointment:  February 2018

  • Term of office: 1 year, extension at the discretion of the Directors of Turner Schools
  • Appointed by: Directors
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests:
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions:
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

More information about our LGB members will be published in September.

Governor Brief Bio
TRACY LUKE, CHAIR Former Principal, The Folkestone School for Girls former Ofsted Inspector and National Leader of Education
PROFESSOR HELEN JAMES Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education, Enhancement and Student Experience), Canterbury Christ Church University
PATRICK McKEATING Head of History, The King’s School Canterbury (formerly Head of History at Pimlico Academy)
MAHA RAI General Secretary of the Folkestone Nepalese Community. Maha has just completed a PHD in Physics at the University of Kent.
RUSSELL SMITH Former Deputy Head of Marsh Academy