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)

Alison Wellings – Staff Representative – Pastoral & Engagement Lead Key Stage 2/3 (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 – Quality Assurance Governor (appointed by Directors September 2015)

Dawn Reszke – Safeguarding Governor (appointed by Directors May 2016)

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

Patricia Clayton – Safeguarding Lead (appointed by Directors November 2015, resigned 26.11.18)

Jonathan King – Staff representative (appointed by staff vote March 2017, left R.E.A.L. Education July 2019)

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 through this link.

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 WellingsAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Brian SmithAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologiesAttended
Craig WilkieAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended-Attended
Linda Lyn CookAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies
Nikki PurcellAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Pat GrahamApologiesAttendedAttendedAttended-Attended
Sean RyanApologiesApologiesApologiesAttendedApologiesAttended
Patricia ClaytonAttended
(resigned 26.11.18)
(resigned 26.11.18)(resigned 26.11.18)(resigned 26.11.18)(resigned 26.11.18)-
Joanne McGonigle (nee Leigh)Apologies[Maternity][Maternity][Maternity][Maternity]-
Dawn ReszkeApologiesAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Jonathan KingAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended--
Judy KeeleyAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies-Apologies
Chris O'Brien------
Kay Carter------
Michelle FarrAttended-----
Steve QuinnApologies----Apologies
Claire Bishop-AttendedAttended---
Mandy Sharpe---(Minutes)(Minutes)(Minutes)
Nikki Bailey------
Dawn Hembrow-----Apologies


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