Governance

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.

GovernorRoleCommittees
Adam ClarkChair of Governors
Parent Governor
Learning & Achievement (Chair)
Communications & Community (Chair)
Finance
Karen BilnerHeadteacherLearning & Achievement
Finance
Communications & Community
Rachelle JonesStaff GovernorPremises, Health & Safety
Communications & Community
Matthew CarneyVice-chair of Governors
Parent Governor
Finance (Chair)
Personnel
Kathryn JonesCo-opted Governor
Link Governor
Learning & Achievement
Communications & Community
Paul FountainCo-opted GovernorPremises, Health & Safety
Paula BakerCo-opted GovernorLearning & Achievement (Chair)
Hilary CairnsCo-opted GovernorLearning & Achievement
Ben SurteesParent GovernorFinance Committee
Richard HalsallCo-opted GovernorPremises, Health & Safety (Chair)
Karen BlandLocal Authority GovernorCommunications & Community
Personnel
Kelly MartinAssociate Member (non-voting)Finance Committee
Lisa AllumAssociate 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.

GovernorAppointedAppointed byTerm of Office
Rachelle JonesSept 2014Staff4 years
Adam ClarkFeb 2015Parents4 years
Karen BilnerSept 2015 (Headteacher) n/a
Matthew CarneyNov 2015Parents4 years
Kathryn JonesMar 2016The Governing Body4 years
Paul FountainMar 2016The Governing Body4 years
Paula BakerMar 2016The Governing Body4 years
Hilary CairnsNov 2016The Governing Body4 years
Richard HalsallMar 2017The Governing Body4 years
Karen BlandMar 2017The Governing Body4 years
Ben SurteesSept 2017Parents4 years
Janet CoppenResigned March 2018The Governing Body4 years

Governor Attendance

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

GovernorSpring 2018Autumn 2017Summer 2017
Rachelle Jonespresentpresentpresent
Janet Coppenpresentpresentpresent
Adam Clarkpresentpresentpresent
Karen Bilnerpresentpresentpresent
Matthew Carneypresentpresentpresent
Kathryn Jonespresentpresentpresent
Paul Fountainpresentpresentabsent
Paula Bakerpresentpresentpresent
Hilary Cairnsabsentpresentpresent
Richard Halsallpresentpresentpresent
Ben Surteespresentpresentpresent
Karen Blandpresentpresentpresent

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).

GovernorNameNature of interestAddress of businessNature of business
Adam ClarkGreen Spark Productions Ltd t/a Green Spark and t/a AV unitDirector and shareholder243 Felixstowe Rd
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP39BN
Event production, media production, audio visual hire & installations
Adam ClarkClare ClarkSpouse – Employed at the School
Ben SurteesSurtees Studios LtdDirector and shareholder2 Burgess Cottages
Pound Hill
Little Dunmow
Dunmow
Essex
CM6 3HW
Software Development
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