The role of a trustee, governor or director is identical, in that it covers all aspects of the running of a school from a strategic perspective. This includes safe and responsible management of all areas of finance, ensuring that the education and well being of the students is paramount, that systems are in place to monitor progress of the students, training of staff, that risk assessments are appropriate and that Ofsted requirements are met. Because of the complexity and importance of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Finance individual trustees have responsibilities they then report any issues, changes or forward planning back to the board.

In the previous year there was 1 complaint.

Trustees including the Chair are appointed for a three year period, after which they can be voted on or off or resign. A potential new trustee will undergo a vigorous selection including a need for a C.V., references and a DBS check. Meetings are held once a term (6 terms per school year). Additional meetings are arranged as and when required.  

Clive Best

Chair of Trustees

Prior to retiring in 2015 I spent my working career as a Primary School teacher in both Kent and Oxfordshire, and working with all years within Key Stage 2. During my time as a teacher I have been responsible for Music, Mathematics and I.T. and a member of a Senior Management Team. I am currently a co-opted Governor at a school in Faversham.

Chris Rooke

I moved to Worth recently with my wife and three young children, and after a career in banking looked for new opportunities.  I have time to give and an interest in helping young people fulfil their potential. Having been elected a Trustee at the last Trustees’ meeting, this is the only one I have yet attended. I am a company director of Rookey Financial Ltd., which has no links with Great Oaks.

Date appointed: 2016

No interests declared

Roles: Finance

Material Interests: None

Attendance in past 12 months: 100%

John Gisbey

I am a councillor on Sandwich Town Council. I am retired from 30 years in the police service. My bachelor of arts degree is in criminology and educational issues. During my career I was a schools liaison officer responsible for 51 schools north-east Kent. I worked on the special investigation unit dealing with child abuse.  I was a law trainer to police recruits at the police training college where I gained my adult teaching qualification. I completed my service on the murder squad in an evidence gathering capacity. I have a son with learning difficulties whereby I have a particular insight into the whole spectrum of autism. I am a past president of the Rotary Club of Sandwich. Each year I organise the Rotary Boccia Tournament for East Kent. My hobby is music.  I host the St Mary's Folk Club, Sandwich. I look forward to the next three years with the Great Oaks Small School taking over the role from Janet Yapp and overseeing Health and Safety matters.

Date appointed: 2016

No interests declared

Roles: Health and Safety

Material interests: none

Attendance in past twelve months:

David Williams

I am recently retired having spent over 45 years in the Information Technology sector. I have worked for many large companies across the UK and have travelled extensively to fulfill my role as an IT Service Director. I am thrilled to be appointed a Trustee at Great Oaks Small School at an exciting time in its development and hope that my experience in service delivery; project management and financial management will be useful to the Trustee team and school in delivering high quality education for the children at GOSS. I am also a volunteer with the Beanstalk organisation helping primary school children believe in themselves, engage with learning and become more confident. I gained my BSc in the Social Sciences with the Open University and live in Ramsgate. Since retiring I have been able to devote more time to my hobbies of running half marathons (very slowly!), cycling, long distance walking and catching up on all the jobs that needed doing when I was away from home!

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