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The Wells Free School Board of Governors

Each of our governors brings some form of specific expertise to the Governing Body. Some formed part of the original school proposer team and others have joined us since the school opened in September 2013. All governors take a passionate interest in the school and work in partnership with our talented and dedicated staff team to deliver the best possible educational experience for the children at The Wells Free School.

 

Name

Chair of Governors- Steven George

Contact

steven.george@thewellsfreeschool.co.uk

Address

c/o The Wells Free School

King Charles Square

Tunbridge Wells

TN4 8FA

Role

Elected by the GB/board

Chair of Governors

 

I have been a member on the governing body since 2015 and it's a huge privilege to serve the school. I have 15 years of experience as a BBC journalist and I currently work for the National Association of Head Teachers, so I'm well connected and up to speed on education policy. I try to bring these skills to bear at governors meetings.

The Ofsted judgement of Good, shows that the school is doing great things but there are also many challenges for a single academy school, so I'm committed to making sure that all our children get the best possible education during their time at The Wells.

I believe in supporting the leadership team to continue to do the great work they do, whilst always pushing them to go further.

We should all be very proud of the great partnership we have between the school, its parents and pupils. That is the foundation of everything the Wells school stands for. 

 

Name

Kate Burrows

Appointed

By

Governor- GB/Board

As a teacher at TWFS from the year it opened, I enjoyed immersing myself in the life of the school as well as being a Staff Governor. Having left to have my family, I now return as a co-opted Governor.

I am passionate about education and am keen to be part of TWFS as it grows within the community. I believe in the founding ethos of the school and am looking forward to working with the staff, children and families again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name 

Anna-Marie Cheeseman

Appointed by 

Staff Governor- the staff

I am an experienced classroom teacher of 14 years. I have taught in EYFS (Reception Year), KS1 and lower KS2, leading the Early Years team at my previous school. I really enjoy working at The Wells and felt that I wanted a new challenge, which led me to applying to be a Staff Governor. I really enjoy working with the Governors and having an understanding into the background running of the school. 


Name 

Louise Hallam

Appointed
by 

Governor- GB/Board

I am Louise Hallam, and have recently retired from a long and very rewarding teaching career in Bath, Luxembourg, and in Kent and Sussex.  It has been a privilege and a pleasure to spend my working life surrounded by children and young people. There is nothing better! I am delighted to be joining the governing body of TWFS and look forward to working with staff, children and parents and to being able to contribute to this happy, friendly school.



Name

Ashley Webb

Appointed
by

Governor - GB/Board 

I joined the TWFS Board as a governor in September 2020. I have a master’s degree in economics from The University of Edinburgh and I’ve spent the past five years as an Economist in the Civil Service working on a wide range of economic issues.  

I volunteered to be a governor as I am passionate about all young people having access to excellent quality education and having the opportunity to become the best they can be, without being limited by their circumstances. I’m really pleased to be part of TWFS as it continues to grow within the local community. 

A good education has opened many doors for me, and I am keen for other young people to be able to fulfil their potential and grow into ambitious, confident adults, whilst making a good contribution to society.



Name 

David Wilson

Appointed
by 

Governor- GB/Board

I live on RWP and I am Treasurer of the Residents Association as I have a strong interest in the local community. In the 1990’s I was Parent Governor Member at Eastbury Farm Primary School, Northwood and enjoyed being involved in helping maintain the quality of the school and the strong OFSTED rating.

My own education was in Middlesbrough and then at Sale Grammar School, I then became an Articled Clerk and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the City of London. My career was a mixture of Property, Insurance, Finance and Professional Training based in the UK and in Oman.

I would very much like to help contribute to the on-going success of Wells Free School and have already enjoyed my participation in the various activities and meeting my fellow Governors and Staff.

 

Name

Stephen Smith 

Appointed
by

Parent Governor

With a daughter about to enter Year 1, I am excited to be joining the Board of Governors to get a greater understanding of how the school is run and to work to make sure that it remains a successful and happy place for our children to attend. With a PhD in Biochemistry, education has always been important to me and I'm keen to ensure that all the children at the school not only achieve all that they can but develop a love of learning that can carry them forward into secondary school and beyond.

 

Name

Louisa Roberts

Appointed
by

Governor- GB/Board

I was elected as a co-opted governor in August 2021, am originally from Leeds and live with my husband and son in Langton Green.  I have a Masters in Occupational Psychology and I’ve spent the last four years working for KPMG, a Professional Services firm, covering learning, leadership development and coaching for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.  This involves working with boards and steering groups to make decisions on strategy and budget spend, and communities of practice to share good practice.  Prior to this, I worked in a range of sectors including Financial Services and Higher Education in the UK, which gave insights into academic life, funding and the role of different influences on education, such as the government, students and local communities.   

I volunteered to be a governor because I was interested in supporting the school’s leadership team and continuing the success they’ve achieved so far.  I’m really looking forward to making a positive contribution to the school and seeing it grow and develop further. 

 

Name

Krista Bradford

Appointed
by

Governor- GB/Board

I have been involved in Education for 30 years. For most of that time I have been a Key Stage 2 teacher, but I have also been involved in teaching and providing professional development for adults and have taught in Bromley, Kingston and then in Kent since 2007. I have also been a teacher trainer for VSO in Uganda and spent 7 years working abroad. I have a particular passion for the teaching and learning of maths and have taken every opportunity to develop my skills in this area. I am interested in how children learn best and am fortunate to have some research published, be accredited as a Teaching for Mastery Specialist and to take part in the DFE China-UK exchange. 

I am currently a Key Stage 3 maths teacher in a local Secondary School.

Having spent 3 years teaching at the Wells Free School, I am excited to take on the role as Governor and to continue to be involved in the development of this unique school.

 

Name

Rey Emambocus

Appointed
by

Parent Governor

Now that I have a lot more time, I finally decided to become a parent governor at TWFS to be more involved in our excellent school and to help even more in its further improvement.

Ever since our daughter, Mia, joined the school in reception year, I have been heavily involved in helping our school; through the PFA, first two years as Vice-Chair then as an Ordinary Member, school trips and Reading Angels (listening and helping children read). I wanted to contribute to the success of The Wells Free School as it started off as a very small community school and help was very much needed, and still does! The school has grown as has, of course, our daughter who is now in year 5.

I am passionate about our children’s education and creating opportunities to enhance their learning regardless of circumstances. I am looking forward to working with the excellent school staff and the members of the governing body to help provide an even more inclusive, engaging, and rounded education.

My professional background is in sales. Nearly 20 years largely spent within business events for the corporate sector. As sales director my role not only focused on selling, but also on training, development, creating learning environment, building and growth of my teams.

I hope to bring my professional experience to the benefit of the students at our happy and friendly school.

 

Name

Tony Kung

Appointed
by

Governor- GB/Board

I joined The Wells Free School as a governor in September 2021. I was a hospital pharmacist for many years in East Sussex before settled in Tunbridge Wells and currently working as a general practice pharmacist in primary care. I am passionate about education and training and have experience in teaching in higher education. Therefore, on the flip side, I am interested in exploring more about early years education and different key stages, especially as a new parent.  

I believe knowledge and creativity are equally important. I look forward to working with the school and continue to deliver teaching excellence as well as to develop our pupils’ strong sense of equality, diversity, and inclusion to our community.  


Non-Governor Founder members

Monica Pell

Orla Dobson

Cari Reid

Marlene Lento

Ann Hughes Wilson

Bruce Taylor

Jude O'Connor

Robert Atwood