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Folkestone Academy Governance


Governance has a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education

At Turner Schools, school governors contribute to the work of the Trustees through a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Principals to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school making sure its money is well spent.

The Trust is guided by the Nolan Principles for public service and operates according to its Articles, Master Funding Agreement (MFA), Governance Handbook and the Academies Financial Handbook.

School-level governance:

Challenge and Community Committee

At local level the Trust is supported by the Challenge and Community Committee (CC).

The CC is made-up from local people who bring relevant expertise in, as well as enthusiasm to support the Trust’s schools. The CC includes two parents of current pupils.

The CC meets six times per year.

Diana Choulerton

Chair of Challenge and Community Committee

To contact Diana Choulerton, please email: [email protected]

Attendance 2019/20 – 5/5

John Bushby BA (Hons); FCA (Parent Governor)

John graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne joining an international firm of Chartered Accountants. After qualifying, he gained several years experience in the firm’s audit and management consulting business before moving into the financial services industy. Here he held a number of management roles which included a period of time working in the United States. John most recently spent 15 years with MasterCard International working in both London and Brussels in a number of leadership roles. The father of a pupil at the Primary Academy, John also has two older children who have now successfully embarked on their own careers. John and his family have lived in Folkestone since 2011 and he was elected to the role of Parent Governor in 2018.

Attendance 2019/20 – 5/5

Tracy Luke BA (Hons)

Tracy has 35 years experience as a  teacher and leader within schools. She has served at all levels within a range of comprehensive, selective and boarding schools. She has been a Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Head, Deputy Head, Principal and Executive Principal.

In addition Tracy has been a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector. Tracy has experience as a Governor at an independent school, a Pupil Referral Unit and at a number of secondary schools. Tracy is a Director of Turner Schools.

Attendance 2019/20 – 4/5

Michael Pearce Dip Val Surv MRICS

Michael Pearce has been a school governor since 2004 and was the Chair of Governors of Park Farm Primary School at the time it was merged with the Folkestone Academy to create the All Age Academy, whereupon he joined the then Board of Trustees. He is now a member of the Local Governing Body and has a particular interest in the primary phase and safeguarding issues.

Michael is a Chartered Surveyor and works as Head of Litigation & Technical Policy for the Valuation Office Agency.

Attendance 2019/20 – 2/5

Rosemarie Savva (Parent Governor)

Parent Governor Nesrin Rosemarie Savva is a qualified Personal Assistant and a dedicated Multilinguistic Interpreter.   She has served as a Parents Association representative at her child’s previous school and is passionate about supporting every child to reach their full potential.

Attendance 2019/20 – 4/5

Trust-level governance:

The Trust answers to the Department for Education and is governed in two ways, first by its Members and secondly, by its board of Trustees.

Please click to see our Scheme of Delegation.

Please click to see further details of our Trustees and Members.

Our Chief Executive, Seamus Murphy, is charged with delivering high standards for the pupils in our schools through day-to-day operations.

Turner Schools is based in Kent and its registered address is 4 Westbrook House, 58-60 Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2NQ. For more information about the Trust, our Members, Trustees and key documents, visit:

Governance Documents