Thomas Keble is an Academy School and the Trustees are the Governors of the Academy Trust and oversee the strategic development of the school, supporting and advising the senior leadership team. They meet at least five times a year as the Full Trust Board and review all aspects of the school’s work, and at least once a term within various committees, according to their particular expertise or interest, to focus on other specific areas.
Key functions of the Trust Board are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school in order to raise standards and secure the health, safety and well-being of pupils
- set the policies that underpin those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher
- be accountable for the school’s strategic development.
|Staff Trustees (elected/appointed)||Start of Term of Office||End of Term of Office|
|Mrs Jennie Crosby||October 2018||September 2022|
|Mrs Yvonne Hawker||June 2018||June 2022|
|Miss Julia Maunder (Headteacher)||September 2012||n/a|
|Mr Jim Whalley||October 2018||September 2022|
|Parent Trustees (elected)|
|Ms Denise Blake||October 2016||November 2020|
|Mr Simon Webb||October 2016||November 2020|
|Academy Trustees (appointed)|
|Mr Simon Bernstein||October 2019||October 2023|
|Mrs Mary Beswick||May 2018||May 2022|
|Mrs Fiona Gill||December 2016||December 2020|
|Mr Nathan Monk||July 2019||July 2023|
|Mr Alex Norman (Chair)||December 2016||December 2020|
|Mr Ralph Perry (Vice-Chair)||July 2018||July 2022|
|Mrs Karen Powell||September 2017||September 2021|
|Clerk to the Trustees/Company Secretary|
|Mrs Alison Clarke|
Trustees’ Declaration of Interests
Declaration of Interests forms are completed annually by all Trustees. No Trustee at Thomas Keble School has declared a Pecuniary Interest. Memberships of other organisations have been declared as follows:
- Julia Maunder (Headteacher): Member of ASCL Council (Voluntary)
- Alex Norman (Chair of Trustees): Member of Gloucestershire Schools Forum (Voluntary)
- Simon Bernstein (Trustee): CEO of Longfield Hospice (Local Charity)
- Fiona Gill (Academy Trustee): Trustee of Foodbank Stroud (Voluntary) and husband employed as Treasurer of The Door Youth Project Stroud
Our Trustees come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are either elected as Parent or Staff Trustees, or appointed as Academy Trustees or Members.
Click on the link to meet our Trustees: Meet TK Trustees 2019-20
The Trustees’ committees consist of the following groups:
Quality of Education Committee – Chair for current meeting: Simon Bernstein
There are two aspects to this committee:
Student Welfare: nothing can be more important than that all children are properly cared for and work in an environment which allows them to succeed. This committee is responsible amongst other topics for attendance, behaviour and all aspects of student support. Ralph Perry is the Link Trustee for Safeguarding.
Curriculum: the Trustees also examine what the school teaches in all of its activities and the quality of education received by the children. Our responsibilities include the analysis of examination results, provision of Special Needs and plans for new subjects. Our dedicated SEN Trustee is Mary Beswick.
Resources Committee – Chair: Alex Norman
There are two aspects to this committee:
Personnel: the school’s most valuable resource is its staff and this committee examines all aspects of our work, including appointments, staff training and career development, and employment legislation.
Finance & Premises: this committee examines how the school uses its budget and how we can develop the site. In recent years we have overseen the Catering Contract and building plans so that everybody can enjoy a safe, healthy and stimulating environment.
If you would like any further information on Governance or the Trust Board, please contact the Company Secretary at Thomas Keble School. We are always interested in hearing from people who are able to offer their expertise and advice in the areas of Finance, Law, Public Relations and Human Resources. In particular, we are seeking to enhance the Board by appointing two Trustees with expertise in the area of financial governance. Please contact the Company Secretary for further information.
We currently have four Members who oversee the Trust’s governance and maintain an awareness of the Trust’s business, but are not expected to attend regular Trust Board meetings. Members meet with Trustees around twice a year at a Strategy meeting in July and at the Academy’s Annual General Meeting (held in December), and hold three further Members’ only meetings throughout the year.
Trustee Attendance at meetings throughout 2018-19 can be viewed here: Trustee and Member Meeting Attendance Record 2018-19