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The Turner Free School Governance

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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 Directors (Trustees).

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

It operates according to the Academies Financial Handbook.

The Trust Directors are:

Michael Buchanan

John Bushby

Gary Cottle

Helen James

Manjinder Johal

Tracy Luke

Seamus Murphy (ex-officio)

The Members are:

Christopher Kirker

Jane Mackenzie

Elvis Pellumbi

Dan Perrett

Victor Stock

Our Chief Executive, Seamus Murphy, 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 4 Westbrook House, 58-60 Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2NQ.  For more information about the Trust, our Members, Directors and key documents, visit www.turnerschools.com

School-level governance

At local level the Trust is supported by a Challenge and Community Committee (CC).

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

The CC 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 232400

Our Governors

Cally Cooke

Cally is an Early Help worker, working within Integrated Children’s services in Folkestone and Hythe to support families in the local area. 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: February 2020

  • Term of office: 1 year, extension at the discretion of the Directors of Turner Schools
  • Appointed by: Parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of 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 record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/2020: 1/1

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

Helen is the Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education, Enhancement and Student Experience) 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 has a BSc (Hons) in Engineering from University of Leicester, an MA in Education from University of Sussex and a DBA in Higher Education Management from University of Bath. She holds a number of national roles in professional bodies related to engineering and higher education, is an advisor on regional economic growth and has held a number of non-executive positions.

Date of appointment:  September 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: 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: Director of Turner Schools
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/2020: 1/3

Tracy Luke, Chair

Tracy has 35 years experience as a  teacher and leader within schools. She 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.

In addition Tracy has 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. Tracy is a Director of Turner Schools and our named Governor for Safeguarding at Turner Free School.

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: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Member of the CC at Folkestone Academy, Director at Turner Schools
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/2020: 3/3

Patrick McKeating

Paddy is the Head of History at Junior King’s School. He studied History at Trinity College Dublin and graduated with honors. 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:  September 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: 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 record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/2020: 1/3
  • Remuneration and expenses to date: £31.40

Scott Norman

Scott is currently 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: September 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: 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 record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/2020: 2/3

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:  September 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: 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 record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/2020: 3/3

Russell Smith

Russell graduated from Clare Hall, Cambridge 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. Russell is our named Governor for SEND at Turner Free School.

Date of appointment: September 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: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/2020: 3/3

Sean Wells

Sean is a practicing solicitor and associate within the Financial Regulatory Practice of the London office of U.S. law firm, Latham & Watkins, 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 the district of 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: February 2020

  • Term of office: 1 year, extension at the discretion of the Directors of Turner Schools
  • Appointed by: Parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: TBC
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: TBC
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): TBC
  • Attendance record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/2020: 1/1

Challenge and Community Committee Agendas