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    Governing Body

     
    At Robertsbridge Community College the Governing Body has oversight of all aspects of the work of the college. The Governing Body consists of parents, staff and community members who give their time voluntarily in order to support the continuing improvement of the college.

    In order to carry out their role, from September 2017, the Full Governing Body will meet seven times a year and the Finance and Estates Committee will meet six times a year.

     

    Further information our Governing Body can be found using the links below.

    Governing Body Constitution | About Our Governors
    Governor Attendance | Declaration of Pecuniary or Business Interests
    Governor Vacancies | Contact our Chair of Governors
    Minutes of Meetings

     

    Governing Body Constitution

    Designation Name Term Start Term End
    Local Authority Kathy Robinson 15/12/2015 14/12/2019
    Co-opted Karen Marr
    Chair
    01/09/2013 31/08/2017
    Co-opted Vanessa Everett
    Vice-Chair
    05/02/2015 04/02/2019
    Co-opted Stephen King 23/02/2016 22/02/2020
    Co-opted Alison Ambrose 04/01/2017 03/01/2021
    Co-opted Jess Wilks 16/05/2017 15/05/2021
    Parent Gus Murphy 15/10/2013 14/10/2017
    Parent Niki Jacobs 07/12/2016 6/12/2020
    Ex Oficio Kenny Fitzpatrick
    Interim Headteacher
    09/09/2017 08/09/2042
    Ex Oficio Doug Downs
    Headteacher
    01/09/2015 31/08/2040
    Staff Victoria Bowers 08/05/2017 07/05/2021

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    About Our Governors

    KAREN MARR (Co-opted)
    Chair of Governors
     

    Term of Office: 01/09/2013 - 31/08/2017

    Karen is a director of a payroll and bookkeeping company, prior to this she was Financial Controller for a 154 bedroom hotel in London.

    Karen manages advertising for her local village magazine and is treasurer of the local pre-school. Karen also sits on the Finance and Estates Committee, she is the Chair of the Local Governing Body at Jarvis Brook School.

    She has a child at Robertsbridge Community College and is shareholder and director of Teckform.

    VANESSA EVERETT (Co-opted)
    Vice Chair, Chair of Finance and Estates Committee
     

    Term of Office: 05/02/2015 - 04/02/2019

    After a Deputy Headship at Tonbridge Grammar School, Vanessa was, for 11 years, the Headteacher of large comprehensive school in Kent. In addition, she was an Executive Headteacher of a secondary school in Maidstone and an accredited School Improvement Partner supporting several secondary schools in Kent. 

    Before Vanessa retired in 2011, she was one of two Headteachers leading Kent’s Aspiring Headteachers’ programme and the New Headteachers’ Induction programme. Since retirement, Vanessa has assisted several schools in the appointments of new Headteachers and the restructuring of senior teams.

    She has lived in Brightling for 38 years and has three adult sons. Vanessa is chair of the Finance and Estates Committee, she is also a trustee and govenor at Vinehall School.

    KATHY ROBINSON (Local Authority)

    Term of Office: 15/12/2015 - 14/12/2019

    Kathy began her career as a researcher (Psychology and Neuroscience) and then migrated to Education, firstly as a secondary school teacher (Computer Science, Psychology) and then in Higher Education (The Open University). Therefore, Kathy has taught across the age span 11-80. Working at the Open University meant that there was the opportunity to be involved in some pioneering initiatives in digital education that in turn led to a PhD in Educational Neuroscience (Institute of Education, London).

    She has lived in the area for 35 years and is keen on walking, cycling and organic gardening.

    Kathy is the governor responsible Safeguarding and for Pupil Premium.

    STEPHEN KING (Co-opted)

    Term of Office: 23/02/2016 - 22/02/2020

    Stephen is Head of Training and Skills for a local enterprise company. Prior to this Stephen has held senior management positions in a range of Further Education Colleges and run his own business.

    Stephen is Chair of Governors at St Thomas’ Church of England Aided Primary School, Winchelsea and Treasurer of the Friends of Winchelsea Church.

    In his spare time Stephen enjoys swimming, watching rugby and walking his Cocker Spaniel along Winchelsea Beach.

    ALISON AMBROSE (Co-opted)

    Term of Office: 04/01/17 - 03/01/2021

    After graduating with a degree in Hotel and Retail Management, Alison worked as a Manager for Thistle Hotels and several privately owned hotels, before venturing into education.

    Beginning as Programmes Administrator for the Post Doctorate in Clinical Psychology for Canterbury Christ Church University College and supporting the Academic Director's clinical practice, Alison's journey in education then moved, 15 years ago, to a local Independent School. In this role, she returned to Personnel which was a main strand of her degree and management specialism.

    Alison has gained a wealth of experience in her role as HR Manager in a current school setting, and also whilst serving a four-year term as a Parent Governor for a large Primary School.

    Alison is married with a Son who has recently started at Robertsbridge Community College. She is also a Founder Member in the set-up of a Free Special School for secondary aged students with High Functioning Autism and Attachment Difficulties.

    JESS WILKS (Co-opted)

    Term of Office: 16/05/2017- 05/05/2021

    Further information to follow.

    GUS MURPHY (Parent Governor)

    Term of Office: 15/10/2013 - 14/10/2017

    Gus is an Engineering graduate with an Industrial MBA. He has worked in the manufacturing and financial sectors, both in blue chip and start-up companies. Gus has managed large teams of people and understands the importance of clear objectives and good communication. He has always been involved in the more technical aspects of running businesses and currently specialises in the corporate integration/separation of companies.

    In his spare time he likes reading thrillers and cooking on the weekends. Gus has a keen interest in meditation and is also a qualified Japanese garden designer.

    Gus has a child at Robertsbridge Community College and is the governor responsible for Health & Safety.

    NIKI JACOBS (Parent Governor)

    Term of Office: 07/12/2016 - 06/12/2020

    After leaving school Niki worked for several years as a Personal Assistant, in a variety of different sectors varying from IT, to banking and television. Niki is a qualified Homeopath and works in that capacity part time as well as part time in a local delicatessen.

    She is a parent with two children who currently attend Robertsbridge Community College.

    VICTORIA BOWERS (Staff Governor)

    Term of Office: 8/05/2017- 07/05/2021

    Further information to follow.

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    Governor Attendance 2015-2016

    Full Governing Body (FGB)

     

    FGB Meetings Attended*

    (12 per year)

    Finance & Estates Meeting Attended*

    (6 per year)

    Doug Downs
    Headteacher

    2

    1

    Lynton Golds
    Interim Headteacher
    (November onwards)

    9

    5

    Karen Marr
    Chair

    12

    6

    Vanessa Everett
    Vice Chair

    10

    6

    Alison Ambrose
    (December onwards)

    8

     

    Victoria Bowers
    Staff
    (June onwards)

    1

     

    Hannah Goldsmith
    Staff
    (October onwards, resigned May 2017)

    4

     

    Nicki Jacobs
    (November onwards)

     

    Stephen King

    11

     

    Gus Murphy

    9

     

    Kathy Robinson

    11

     

    Helen Watts
    (resigned November 2016)

    3

    2

    Ellie Whitehead
    (October onwards, resigned December 2016)

    1

     

    Jess Wilks
    (May onwards)

    2

     1

    (*) Where the cell is blank, the governor does not attend that committee.

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    Declaration of Pecuniary or Business Interests 2016-2017

    Name of Governor

    Business Interest

    Other Establishments Governed

    Mrs Alison Ambrose

    Parent of one student

    Employed in HR department at Battle Abbey Independent School

    None

    Mr Douglas Downs

    Headteacher of Robertsbridge Community College

    None

    Mrs Elizabeth Everett

    None

    Governor at Vine Hall School (Independent)

    Miss Hannah Goldsmith

    Parent of one student

    Employed at Robertsbridge Community College as a Senior Teaching Assistant

    None

    Mrs Nicola Jacobs

    Parent of two students at Robertsbridge Community College

    None

    Mr Stephen King

    Head of Training and Skills at Let’s Do Business Group

    Chair of Governors at St Thomas’ CE Primary School, Winchelsea, East Sussex

    Mrs Karen Marr

    National Leader of Governance

    Co-opted Governor at Ticehurst and Flimwell Primary School, East Sussex

    Mr Guthrie Murphey

    Parent of one student

    None

    Mrs Kathleen Robinson

    None

    None

    Mr Paul Webster

    Employed at International Investment Service

    None

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    Governor Vacancies

    Governor vacancies within the college are listed below when they become available. Where available, click on the Detail icon to view more detail about the position (this will link to a document in either Word or PDF format). Please be sure to apply before the closing date.

    Job Description and Eligibilty for College Governor

    For further details please contact Karen Marr at: kmarr@robertsbridge.org.uk

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    Contact our Chair of Governors

    If you would like to know more please contact Karen Marr at kmarr@robertsbridge.org.uk

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    Minutes of Meetings: 2016-17

    Minutes of past meetings which have been ratified by the Governing Body can be dowloaded from the links below. They are provided in PDF format and are listed in reverse chronological order.

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