Governance

Trust Level Governance

Folkestone Primary 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.

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: John Bushby

To contact the Chair, please email john.bushby@turnerschools.com

Vice Chair: Arti Shah

Committee Safeguarding Lead: Arti Shah

Committee SEND Lead: Simon Reynolds

Trust Safeguarding Lead: John Bushby

John Bushby BA (Hons); FCA - co-opted governor

John gained several years experience in audit and management consulting with an international firm of Chartered Accountants before moving into the financial services industry. Here he held a number of management roles in the UK and United States. John most recently spent 15 years with MasterCard International working in both London and Brussels in a number of leadership roles. John is a father of 3, one of whom attends a secondary school in the Trust. John and his family have lived in Folkestone since 2011.

  • Date of appointment: 2 September 2020

  • Term of office: 4 years (2 September 2020 - 1 September 2024)

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Folkestone Primary PTFA - Trustee & Treasurer

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Turner Schools - Trustee (2019), Chair of Trust Finance, Audit & Risk Committee (Dec 20), co-Chair of Stowting Church of England Primary School (Sep 20)

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/22: 4/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/21: 6/6

Louise Feaver - ex-officio governor

Louise is Principal of Folkestone Primary and governor by virtue of this position.

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Staff

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Governor, Folkestone Academy

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/22: 4/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/21: 6/6

Philip Foxwood - co-opted governor

Phil is the Strategy and Policy Lead for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He has worked in a wide variety of settings from large public bodies and within central Government to setting up and running a small business. He brings a wide range of skills and and varied perspectives.

  • Date of appointment: 15 April 2022

  • Term of office: 4 years (15 April 2022 - 14 April 2026)

  • 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): Wife is employed by the Trust

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/22: 1/1

Daniel Freear - parent governor

Daniel is a teacher and parent of four children at the school. He is keen to use his knowledge of teaching, curriculum planning and safeguarding to support the school to deliver the very best education to all pupils.

He is delighted to represent the parents across the key stages of Folkestone Primary and act as critical friend to school leaders.

  • Date of appointment: 21 March 2022

  • Term of office: 4 years (21 March 2022 - 20 March 2026) - this is reviewed if parent governors cease to be a parent.

  • Appointed by: Parents

  • 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): Parent

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/22: 1/1

Simon Reynolds - parent governor

Simon is a local resident and parent to two children at Folkestone Primary. He has over 11 years experience in the education sector as IT professional and Project Manager. Simon also brings a wealth of knowledge from a support perspective.

Simon is interested in school governance to make a difference to all children and is delighted to represent the parents of Folkestone Primary.

  • Date of appointment: 21 December 2020

  • Term of office: 4 years (21 December 2020 - 20 December 2024) - this is reviewed if parent governors cease to be a parent.

  • Appointed by: Parents

  • 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): Parent

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/22: 4/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/21: 3/4

Arti Shah - co-opted governor

Arti has had a life long and varied teaching career in London and Kent schools. She is keen to use her knowledge, skills and experience to help schools improve and be the best that they can be. She has experience of teaching pupils with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability) and a special interest in mental health and well-being.

  • Date of appointment: 19 October 2020

  • Term of office: 4 years (19 October 2020 - 18 October 2024)

  • 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 2021/22: 3/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/21: 2/5

Steven Shaw - co-opted governor

Steven is Head of School at Folkestone Academy and brings education knowledge and expertise.

  • Date of appointment: 2 September 2020

  • Term of office: 4 years (2 September 2020 - 1 September 2024)

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Staff of Folkestone Academy

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Ex-offico governor, Folkestone Academy

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/22: 3/4

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/21: 6/6

Governors who have left in the past 12 months

Shannon Perez - co-opted governor

Shannon is a full time civil servant and law student. She volunteers to support parent and child groups in disadvantaged areas.

Shannon is passionate about contributing to the local community and ensuring support is in place for families who need it.

  • Date of appointment: 23 February 2022

  • Date of Leaving: 12 July 2022

  • Term of office: 4 years (23 February 2022 - 22 February 2026)

  • 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 2021/22: 1/2

Amber Allen (Wilde) - parent governor

  • Date of appointment: 16 November 2021

  • Date of Leaving: 04 January 2022

  • Term of office: 4 years (16 November 2021 - 15 November 2025)

  • Appointed by: Parents

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: TBC

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: TBC

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Parent

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2021/22:

Gabrielle Wilson - co-opted governor

  • Date of appointment: 1 September 2020

  • Date of leaving: 3 September 2021

  • Term of office: 4 years (1 September 2020 - 31 August 2024)

  • Appointed by: Trustees

  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Director FFMA (Trading) Ltd, Trustee Academy FM Folkestone

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: N/A

  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

  • Attendance at Challenge and Community Committee meetings 2020/21: 5/6