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Turner Martello Governance

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 Trustees 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.

The Trust is guided by the Nolan Principles for public service and operates according to its Articles, Master Funding Agreement (MFA), Governance Handbook and the Academies Financial Handbook.

Trust-level governance:

The Trust answers to the Department for Education and is governed in two ways, first by its Members and secondly, by its board of Trustees.

Please click to see our Scheme of Delegation.

Please click to see further details of our Trustees and Members.

Our Chief Executive, Seamus Murphy, 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, Trustees 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 bring relevant expertise, as well as enthusiasm to support the Trust’s schools. The CC includes two parents of current pupils.

The CC meets once per long term, so six times in each academic year.

To contact Linda Pickles, Chair of the Challenge and Community Committee, please contact the school office.

Email address: [email protected]

Call Us: 01303 847540

Our Governors:

Matt Dechaine
Matt is an Executive Leadership and Wellbeing Coach.
  • Date of appointment: June 2020
  • Term of office: 4 years
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Governor at Westmeads Community Infants School (Nov 19-Nov 22)
  • 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:
Emma Dorban-Hall
Emma is a Parent Governor who is passionate about all children having access to the best education possible. Emma manages her own physiotherapy practice and has previously volunteered on the school PTFA.
  • Date of appointment: June 2020
  • Term of office: 4 years
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Parent (parent governor)
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Married to Teacher at Martello Primary
  • Attendance record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/20:
Jenny Fox
Jenny lives in Folkestone and is the Branch Manager for HSBC bank where she has worked since leaving school 15 years ago.
  • Date of appointment: September 2018
  • Term of office: 1 year, extension at the discretion of the Directors of Turner Schools
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Works for HSBC
  • 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 2018/19: 2/2
  • Attendance record at Challenge and Community Committee meetings over academic year 2019/20: 4/5

Linda Pickles

Linda Pickles, Chair of the Challenge and  Community Committee is a qualified teacher. Until July 2019, she was the Principal Adviser for primary school improvement for Kent County Council (KCC). She is a former Headteacher and trained as a lead inspector (HMI) for 5 years.
  • Date of appointment: September 2019
  • Term of office: 1 year, extension at the discretion of the Directors of Turner Schools
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Linda Pickles Education Consultant, commissioned governance
  • 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 2019/20: 5/5
Sarah Suggett
Sarah is a Parent Governor and is passionate about giving children the best opportunities to learn, grow and flourish.  Sarah is a charity manager with specialist knowledge around behaviours, autism, mental health and challenging behaviour and experience in fundraising.
  • Date of appointment: June 2020
  • Term of office: 4 years
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Parent (parent governor)
  • 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 2019/20:
Benjamin Williams
Ben is a qualified Teacher and Education leader.
  • Date of appointment: June 2020
  • Term of office: 4 years
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Employee of Folkestone Academy
  • 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: 1/1