Meet the School’s Governors

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school. The Board of Governors appoint the Headteacher and hold the main responsibility for the school’s finance. The governors work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources and are a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher . The governing body sets the aims and objectives for the school and monitors and evaluates the progress the school is making towards achievement of these

Karen Bilner

Karen Bilner

Headteacher

Adam Clark

Adam Clark

Chair of Governors

Matthew Carney

Matthew Carney

Vice-chair of Governors

Rachelle Jones

Rachelle Jones

Staff Governor

Richard Halsall

Richard Halsall

Co-opted Governor

Paula Baker

Paula Baker

Co-opted Governor

Paul Fountain

Paul Fountain

Co-opted Governor

Kathryn Jones

Kathryn Jones

Co-opted Governor

Karen Bland

Karen Bland

Loacl Authority Governor

Hilary Cairns

Hilary Cairns

Co-opted Governor

Ben Surtees

Ben Surtees

Parent Governor

Governor Responsibilities

Our governing body is constituted of three Parent Governors, one Local Authority governor, one Staff Governor, one Headteacher and six Co-opted Governors. The full governing body and each of the committees meet at least once per term. In addition each governor has responsibility for monitoring and reporting on an individual subject or school area.

Governor Role Committees
Adam Clark Chair of Governors
Parent Governor
Learning & Achievement (Chair)
Communications & Community (Chair)
Finance
Karen Bilner Headteacher Learning & Achievement
Finance
Communications & Community
Rachelle Jones Staff Governor Premises, Health & Safety
Communications & Community
Matthew Carney Vice-chair of Governors
Parent Governor
Finance (Chair)
Personnel
Kathryn Jones Co-opted Governor
Link Governor
Learning & Achievement
Communications & Community
Paul Fountain Co-opted Governor Premises, Health & Safety
Paula Baker Co-opted Governor Learning & Achievement (Chair)
Hilary Cairns Co-opted Governor Learning & Achievement
Ben Surtees Parent Governor Finance Committee
Richard Halsall Co-opted Governor Premises, Health & Safety (Chair)
Karen Bland Local Authority Governor Communications & Community
Personnel
Kelly Martin Associate Member (non-voting) Finance Committee
Lisa Allum Associate Member (non-voting) Premises, Health & Safety Committee

Governor Appointments

The table below shows appointment details of all governors that have served at any point over the past 12 months.

Governor Appointed Appointed by Term of Office
Rachelle Jones Sept 2014 Staff 4 years
Adam Clark Feb 2015 Parents 4 years
Karen Bilner Sept 2015  (Headteacher)  n/a
Matthew Carney Nov 2015 Parents 4 years
Kathryn Jones Mar 2016 The Governing Body 4 years
Paul Fountain Mar 2016 The Governing Body 4 years
Paula Baker Mar 2016 The Governing Body 4 years
Hilary Cairns Nov 2016 The Governing Body 4 years
Richard Halsall Mar 2017 The Governing Body 4 years
Karen Bland Mar 2017 The Governing Body 4 years
Ben Surtees Sept 2017 Parents 4 years
Janet Coppen Resigned March 2018 The Governing Body 4 years

Governor Attendance

The table below shows the attendance of governors at full governing body meetings over the last academic year.

Governor Spring 2018 Autumn 2017 Summer 2017
Rachelle Jones present present present
Janet Coppen present present present
Adam Clark present present present
Karen Bilner present present present
Matthew Carney present present present
Kathryn Jones present present present
Paul Fountain present present absent
Paula Baker present present present
Hilary Cairns absent present present
Richard Halsall present present present
Ben Surtees present present present
Karen Bland present present present

Pecuniary Interests

Governors hold an important public office, so in the interests of transparency, the governing body publishes details of pecuniary interests including any governance roles in other educational institutions or any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).

Governor Name Nature of interest Address of business Nature of business
Adam Clark Green Spark Productions Ltd t/a Green Spark and t/a AV unit Director and shareholder 243 Felixstowe Rd
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP39BN
Event production, media production, audio visual hire & installations
Adam Clark Clare Clark Spouse – Employed at the School
Ben Surtees Surtees Studios Ltd Director and shareholder 2 Burgess Cottages
Pound Hill
Little Dunmow
Dunmow
Essex
CM6 3HW
Software Development
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