From 2020 – 2021 the Governing body information can be found here.
The R.E.A.L Independent Schools governing body has taken the responsibility for the four independent schools currently part of the R.E.A.L. organisation. This is a new and challenging approach. A single Head of Schools is responsible as Head Teacher for the effective and efficient running of all four schools. Four further senior leaders share responsibility with the head for specific areas of the schools organisation.
The Purpose of Governance
(Reference: The DfE Governance Handbook 2019)
“The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.”
The governing body meets as a full governing body termly. There are two committees – Climate and Culture and Standards and quality of education.
The Governing body representatives are:
Philip Gawthorpe (Chair) – Appointed September 2020
Sarah Barrett (Vice Chair) – Appointed September 2020
Rich Smith – Appointed September 2020
Steve Quinn – Appointed September 2020
Bryan Smith – Appointed September 2020
Nikki Purcell – Appointed September 2020
Linda Lyn-Cook – Appointed September 2020
Craig Wilkie – Appointed September 2020
Jane Starbuck – Appointed September 2020
Shan Tait – Appointed September 2020
Governors who have resigned within the last academic year are:
No Governors have resigned within the last academic year.
Governor Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests:
Philip Gawthorpe – Indirect Interest (carries out work for R.E.A.L. as an independent)
Sarah Barrett – Direct Pecuniary Interest (employed by R.E.A.L. two days per week)
Rich Smith – Direct Pecuniary Interest (Director of R.E.A.L.)
Steve Quinn – Direct Pecuniary Interest (Director of R.E.A.L.)
Bryan Smith – Indirect Interest (carries out work for R.E.A.L. as an independent)
Nikki Purcell – Direct Pecuniary Interest (Head Teacher)
Linda Lyn-Cook – Direct Pecuniary Interest (employed by R.E.A.L. two days per week)
Craig Wilkie – Indirect Interest (supplier of I.T. services to R.E.A.L.)
All other Governors have no business, pecuniary interests or governance roles in other education establishments to declare.
Governing Body Meeting Attendance
Autumn Term meetings
Thursday 15th October 2020 – Full governing body (inaugural meeting)
Thursday 19th November 2020 – Full governing body
Spring Term meetings
Thursday 4th February 2021 – Standards and Quality of Education committee.
Monday 1st March 2021 – Climate and Culture committee.
Thursday 25th March 2021 – Full governing body
Summer Term meetings
Thursday 20th May 2021 – Standards and Quality of Education committee.
Tuesday 8th June 2021 – Climate and Culture committee.
Thursday 15th July 2021 – Full governing body
The information here relates to Governing body information from 2019 – 2020 which we are obliged to retain on our website by law for one academic year.