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The Turner Free School Governance

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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.

View details of our Members & Trustees and key governance documents

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 (C & CC)

Chair: Tracy Luke

To contact the Chair email [email protected] or contact via the school office or 01303 842400.

Committee Safeguarding Lead: Cally Cooke

Committee SEND Lead: Russell Smith

Trust Safeguarding Lead: John Bushby

Our Governors

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: 24 February 2020 – 23 February 2024
  • Appointed by: Parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Kent County Council – Early Help Worker
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: PTA Committee Member – Sandgate Primary School
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2019/2020: 3/3
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 4/4

Professor Helen James Eur Ing CEng FIMechE FHEA BSc (Hons) MA DBA

Helen is the Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) where she has responsibility for Student Experience, Learning and Teaching, Quality and Standards, Student Support, Health and Wellbeing, Library and Learning Resources, UK Partnerships and the academic portfolio. Helen also has overall strategic responsibility for the Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (KM-EDGE) Hub and the development of engineering and technology at CCCU. Helen was the first mechanical engineering apprentice in Vickers Shipbuilding from which her career developed into design and systems engineering in the space industry.

Helen’s academic interests are institutional strategy, leadership, widening participation and student retention and success. Helen holds a number of national roles in professional bodies related to engineering and higher education, is an advisor on regional economic growth.

  • Date of appointment: 1 September 2018
  • Term of Office: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2022
  • Appointed by: Trustees
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Senior Pro Vice Chancellor – CCCU, Partner at RSJ Properties, Director of MEDCo, Fellow Institution of Mechanical Engineering, Member of Education Strategy Board
  • 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 2019/2020: 3/5
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 3/4

Tracy Luke – Chair

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 appointment: Term of Office: 1 September 2018
  • Term of Office: Term of Office: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2022
  • Appointed by: Trustees
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None
  • 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 2019/2020: 5/5
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 4/4

Louise Lythgoe

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: 2 September 2020 – 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 2020/2021: 3/4

Patrick McKeating

Paddy is the Head of History at Junior King’s School.  Paddy enjoyed six years at the outstanding history specialist Pimlico Academy in both pastoral and academic roles. He has worked alongside the Historical Association in teacher training and assisted in developing the London Curriculum.

  • 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
  • Remuneration and expenses to date: £31.40 (Oct 18)
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2019/2020: 1/5
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 1/4

Scott Norman

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 appointment: 1 September 2018
  • Term of Office: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2022
  • Appointed by: Trustees
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Head Teacher, Harvey Grammar School
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Trustee at The Harvey Grammar School
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2019/2020: 3/5
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 3/4

Maha Rai

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 appointment: 1 September 2018
  • Term of Office: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2022
  • Appointed by: Trustees
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Marketing Director at Lemon Leaf
  • 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 2019/2020: 4/5
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 3/4

Russell Smith

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 appointment: 1 September 2018
  • Term of Office: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2022
  • 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 2019/2020: 4/5
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 4/4

Sean Wells – Parent Governor

Sean is a practising solicitor and associate within the Financial Regulatory Practice of the London office of U.S. law firm, Latham & Watkins, he holds a first class honours degree in law from the University of Kent, a postgraduate diploma in legal practice with distinction, and was a CEDR National Negotiation Competition winner.

Sean has lived in Folkestone and Hythe his entire life and was a Benefits Officer at Folkestone and Hythe District Council prior to studying towards his degree. Sean is an active member of is firm’s First Generation Professional affinity group and has a keen interest in widening participation in higher and further education.

  • Date of appointment: 24 February 2020
  • Term of Office: 24 February 2020 – 23 February 2024
  • Appointed by: Parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of 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 2019/2020: 2/3
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 3/4

Kristina Yates – Ex-officio governor

Kristina is Principal and ex-officio governor by virtue of this position.
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Management Committee member of Birchwood PRU (1.1.18 to present)
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2019/2020: 3/3
  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/2021: 4/4