Governing Body

The R.E.A.L. Independent school has a Governing body that oversees the school. The Trustees oversee the Governing body. The headteacher appointed the parent Governors and the staff Governor. The proprietors of the school appointed all other Governors to the Governing body.

R.E.A.L. Independent School Governing Board has the following core strategic functions:

Assisting the strategic direction, by:

– Supporting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
– Understanding the strengths of the school, informed by the views of pupils, parents and staff
– Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
– Meeting our statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

– Considering the content of regular reports on progress towards targets
– Contributing to school self-evaluation
– Providing support and challenge to the Leadership Team
– Engaging with stakeholders
– Ensuring value for money is obtained
– Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

The Governing body representatives are:

Brian Smith – Chair and Director – Finance Governor

Nikki Purcell – Headteacher

Patricia Clayton – Safeguarding Lead
As a Governor I want to work with a school and support the leadership team to continuously develop and benefit the young people.

Alison Wellings – Staff Representative – Key Stage 2/3 Pastoral Lead
This is my first time as a teacher governor. I am enjoying representing the staff views on the school board to further enhance the development of the Independent School.

Pat Graham – Vice Chair
I enjoy being a Governor of R.E.A.L. because I have had a long career working to provide appropriate education for children and young people with complicated needs and therefore I am interested in contributing to the work of R.E.A.L. I am particularly impressed by the child-focused and flexible provision made by R.E.A.L., which I enjoy being informed about at Governing Body meetings.

Craig Wilkie – Communications Governor
I enjoy helping the R.E.A.L. Independent School to develop new ideas and opportunities for young people. I really enjoy sharing my passion for IT when I visit the students at the R.E.A.L. Independent School.

Kay Chant – Parent Governor

Lisa Dunsmore – Parent Governor

Lynda Lyn Cook (appointed 09/2014) – Curriculum Governor

Joanne McGonigle (nee Leigh) – Staff representative

Dawn Reszke – Parent Group representative

Jonathan King – Staff representative

Judy Keely – Charity Governor

Michelle Farr

Craig Small – HR Governor

The Trustees are:

Nicky Bailey
Judy Keeley
Sean Ryan
Caraline Ryan

To make contact with the Governing body or Trustees, please use the contact information and address your request to Norma Stain.

Governor Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests:

Brian Smith – Brian Smith is a director of R.E.A.L. Education Ltd. who provide teaching services to R.E.A.L. Independent School.

Craig Wilkie – Craig Wilkie provides ICT services and consultancy to R.E.A.L. through his business, eLearning team Ltd.

Craig Small – Craig Small provides some consultancy services to R.E.A.L. Education, including psychology services.

All other governors have no business or pecuniary interests to declare.

Governing Body attendance for the academic year 2017 – 2018

Alison WellingsAttended
Brian SmithAttended
Craig WilkieAttended
Kay ChantAbsent
Linda Lyn CookAttended
Lisa DunsmoreAbsent
Nicky BaileyAbsent
Nikki PurcellN [1]
Pat GrahamAbsent
Sean RyanAbsent
Patricia ClaytonN [2]
Joanne McGonigle (nee Leigh)Attended
Dawn ReszkeAbsent
Jonathan KingAttended
Judy KeeleyAbsent

Governing Body attendance for the academic year 2016 – 2017 (continued)

Brian SmithAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Nikki PurcellAttendedAttendedApologiesAttended
Craig SmallAbsentAbsentAbsentAbsent
Craig WilkieAttendedAttendedApologiesAttended
Sean RyanAttendedAbsentAttendedAttended
Nicky Bailey (Trustee)Absent
Linda Lyn-CookApologiesAttendedAttendedAttended
Judy Keeley--AttendedAttended
Alison WellingsAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Lisa DunsmoreApologiesApologiesApologiesAbsent
Patricia ClaytonAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Richard SmithApologiesAbsentAbsentApologies
Kay ChantApologiesAbsentApologiesAbsent
Pat GrahamAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Colin Slater (Trustee)--Absent-
Dawn ReszkeAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Joanne LeighAbsentAttendedAttendedAttended
Jonathan KingAbsentAttendedAttendedAttended

Governing Body attendance for the academic year 2016 – 2017

Brian SmithAttendedAttended
Nikki PurcellAttendedAttended
Craig SmallAbsentNA
Craig WilkieAttendedApologies
Liz Cardwell (Trustee) (resigned)AbsentNA
Sean Ryan (Trustee)AbsentNA
Nicky Bailey (Trustee)AttendedNA
Linda Lyn-CookAttendedAttended
J. Keeling (resigned Jan 2017)AbsentNA
Alison WellingsAttendedAttended
Lisa DunsmoreAbsentApologies
M. McGuire (resigned Jan 2017)AttendedApologies
Patricia ClaytonAbsentAttended
R. SmithAbsentApologies
S. QuinnAbsentApologies
Kay Chant (Parent)AbsentAbsent
Pat GrahamAttendedAttended
Colin Slater (Trustee) (resigned June 2017)Attended (appointed)NA
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