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 (appointed September 2015)

Nikki Purcell – Headteacher (appointed September 2015)

Patricia Clayton – Safeguarding Lead (appointed by Directors November 2015)
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 (appointed by Directors September 2015)
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 (appointed by Directors September 2015)
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 (appointed by Directors September 2015)
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.

Lynda Lyn Cook – Curriculum Governor (appointed by Directors September 2015)

Joanne McGonigle (nee Leigh) – Staff representative (appointed by staff vote March 2017)

Dawn Reszke – Parent Group representative (appointed by Directors May 2016)

Jonathan King – Staff representative (appointed by staff vote March 2017)

Judy Keely – Charity Governor (appointed by Directors September 2015)

Kay Chant – Parent Governor (appointed by Directors September 2015, resigned November 2017)

Lisa Dunsmore – Parent Governor (appointed by Directors September 2016, resigned November 2017)

The Trustees are:

Nicky Bailey (appointed by Directors September 2015)
Sean Ryan (appointed by Directors September 2015)

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 provides teaching services to R.E.A.L. Independent School and is a shareholder of R.E.A.L. Education

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

Sean Ryan is a shareholder of R.E.A.L. Education

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

Governing Body Meeting Attendance

Alison WellingsApologiesAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Brian SmithApologiesAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Craig WilkieAttendedAttendedAttendedApologiesApologies
Kay ChantResigned (13/11/2017)Resigned (13/11/2017)Resigned (13/11/2017)Resigned (13/11/2017)Resigned (13/11/2017)
Linda Lyn CookAttendedAttendedApologiesAttendedAttended
Lisa DunsmoreResigned (13/11/2017)Resigned (13/11/2017)Resigned (13/11/2017)Resigned (13/11/2017)Resigned (13/11/2017)
Nikki PurcellAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Pat GrahamAttendedAttendedAttendedApologiesAttended
Sean RyanAttendedAttendedApologiesAttendedAttended
Patricia ClaytonAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies
Joanne McGonigle (nee Leigh)AttendedAttendedApologiesApologiesApologies
Dawn ReszkeAttendedAttendedApologiesApologiesApologies
Jonathan KingAttendedApologiesAttendedAbsentAttended
Judy KeeleyAttendedAttendedAbsentApologiesApologies
Chris O'BrienAttended
Kay CarterAttended


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