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:

School-level governance:

Executive Working Group

To drive improvement at the Academy an Executive Working Group (EWG) meets every 3 to 4 weeks.

The EWG is chaired by Leslie Farmer a retired Secondary Head and former member of Her Majesty's Inspectorate.  Leslie is joined by two current Secondary Heads,  Tracy Luke (Principal, Folkestone School for Girls), Peter Roberts (Headmaster, The King's School, Canterbury), Trust CEO Jo Saxton and others as appropriate from time to time.

Local Governing Body

At local level the Trust is supported by the Local Governing Body (LGB).

The LGB is made-up from local people who bring relevant expertise in, as well as enthusiasm to support the Trust’s schools. The LGB includes two parents of current pupils.

The LGB meets once per long term, so three times in each academic year.

Lesley Farmer BA (Hons)

Chair of Governors

Lesley Farmer is a former HMI, a qualified teacher and a dedicated linguist, having graduated with a combined honours degree in French and Italian. She served successfully as a secondary head for many years in two schools and has taught in a range of contexts including inner-city and rural areas. She still leads inspections across all phases, including special schools. While working as an HMI, she led induction training for new HMI and Ofsted inspectors. She has worked for a local authority as an executive head supporting under-performing schools and has also been involved in the inspection of local authority school improvement services.

To contact Lesley Farmer please email dominguezc@turnerschools.com

Leslie Farmer

John Bushby BA (Hons); FCA

John graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne joining an international firm of Chartered Accountants. After qualifying, he gained several years experience in the firm’s audit and management consulting business before moving into the financial services industy. Here he held a number of management roles which included a period of time working in the United States. John most recently spent 15 years with MasterCard International working in both London and Brussels in a number of leadership roles. The father of Max, a pupil at the Primary Academy, John also has two older children who have now successfully embarked on their own careers. John, his partner Anette and Max have lived in Folkestone since 2011 and he was elected to the role of Parent Governor in 2018.

John Bushby

Professor Callum Firth BSc, PhD

Callum Firth is the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University.  Callum is the Professor of Physical Geography and his main research interests are associated with coastal landscapes, sea level change, and environmental hazards. This has included funded research on coastal evolution, sea level changes, tsunamis and coastal management.

Callum is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with teaching expertise in physical geography, environmental change and environmental hazards. Callum has also developed a number of courses in Geography and Environmental Sciences.

Callum lives in Folkestone.

Callum Firth

Tracy Luke BA (Hons)

After University, Tracy started her career as a teacher progressing through to Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Head, Deputy Head, and onto Head and Executive Principal.   Tracy is is a National Leader of Education and has been a serving Ofsted Inspector, she has also served on the 'Sub Regional Forum' for the South East, which is a group of Heads advising and acting as a sounding board for the Regional Schools' Commissioner.

Tracy arrived at Folkestone School for Girls in 2001 as Deputy Head responsible for target setting, data, teaching, curriculum, KS4 pastoral care and the Specialism (Mathematics and Computing).  Approximately 2 years later she was promoted to Head teacher.  In 2007 Tracy was appointed Principal of The Marsh Academy.

From January 2008 to December 2012 Tracy was Executive Principal of The Folkestone School for Girls and The Marsh Academy.   She is extremely proud of the progress The Marsh Academy made during this time, including the re-building of the school. The Folkestone School for Girls also moved from Good to Outstanding during this period.  From January 2013 to the present, Tracy has been Principal of The Folkestone School for Girls.

Tracy has experience as a Governor at Tonbridge School (part of The Marsh Academy link), NewLine Learning Academy and also at The Kent Health Needs Service.

Tracy Luke

Michael Pearce Dip Val Surv MRICS

Michael Pearce has been a school governor since 2004 and was the Chair of Governors of Park Farm Primary School at the time it was merged with the Folkestone Academy to create the All Age Academy, whereupon he joined the Board of Trustees. He is now a member of the Local Governing Body and has a particular interest in the primary phase and safeguarding issues.

Michael is a Chartered Surveyor and works as Head of Litigation & Technical Policy for the Valuation Office Agency.

Michael Pearce

Peter Roberts MA

Peter Roberts was educated at Tiffin School, Kingston Upon Thames and then read Modern History at Merton College, Oxford where he received a first class honours degree. He worked at Winchester College, first as Head of History then also as Master in College. In 2003 he was appointed Headmaster of Bradfield College. In his time at Bradfield he was awarded "Tatler's Headmaster of the year". Peter is now Headmaster at The King's School, Canterbury, Kent.

Peter Roberts

Rosemarie Savva

Governor   Nesrin Rosemarie Savva is a qualified Personal Assistant and a dedicated Multilinguistic Interpreter.   She has served as a Parents Association representative at her child’s previous school and is passionate about supporting every child to reach their full potential.

Secondary Parent Governor Rosemarie Savva

Mark Taylor FRSA

Following 8 years’ service in the Army, Mark began his career as a Bursar first at Cranbrook School and then Dulwich Prep School. In January 2003 he was appointed as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Bedales Schools. In 2010 Mark was appointed as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors of the King’s School Canterbury. Mark has served as Director of the Boarding Schools Association and was appointed in 2010 a Director of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) where he sits on their Executive Board and Finance committee.

Mark also sits on the Executive Committee of the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) and chairs their General Purposes Committee and is a Fellow of the RSA. Mark sits on the Building Council for the School Environment.

Mark Taylor

Alexia Zimbler BSc, MA (Law), Dip Law

Alexia qualified as a Barrister in 1993 and has been practising full time since 1995. She has worked in Hampshire, London and the South-East and the North-East, moving to Kent in 2011. In the area of Criminal Law she acts for both the defence and prosecution.  She has a particular interest in child safeguarding issues and has been instructed to act in countless family court cases where the Local Authority have been required to investigate.  Due to this background of a specialism dealing with children she has recently become involved in Child and Vulnerable Witness training being rolled out to all Barristers throughout the country.

Alexia became interested in education early in her career when she began teaching advocacy to students and trainee barristers. This led her to becoming an external examiner covering the Bar Professional Training Course, where her role involves her monitoring the quality and content of teaching of the BPTC at numerous providers around the country. In 2016 she was appointed as Co-Ordinating External Examiner by the Bar Standards Board, covering all BPTC providers.  She has previously supported local schools in the North-East to become involved in Mock-Trial Competitions and hopes to do the same in Kent. She has also run lectures at schools for 14-18 year olds to increase awareness of sexual offences and the law, with particular reference to social media. She is an advocate for non-selective/comprehensive education, having come through the system herself, is actively engaged in encouraging students from all backgrounds to consider a career at the Bar.

Alexia Zimbler

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 eight Directors.

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

It operates according to the Academies Financial Handbook.

Academies Financial Handbook

The Trust Directors are:

James Booth-Clibborn

Gary Cottle

Manjinder Johal

Susan John NLE

Jenny King

Carl Lygo (Chair)

Jo Saxton

The Members are:

Christopher Kirker

Jane Mackenzie

Elvis Pellumbi

Dan Perrett

Victor Stock

Our Chief Executive, Dr Jo Saxton, 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 c/o Martello Primary, Warren Way, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 6DT. For more information about the Trust, our Members, Directors and key documents, visit www.turnerschools.com