The Thomas Hardye Sixth Form
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The Thomas Hardye School Governors

Local Governing Body

Foundation Governors: 3

Mr David Grassby (Vice Chair)
Mr Tim Gallego
Prof. Hugh Griffiths

Staff Governors: 2
Teacher Governor:

Mrs Rachel Glennie

Support Staff Governor:

Mr Mike Faulkner

Parent Governors: 2

Mrs Rachel Turberville-Smith
Ms Joanna Stoker

Co-opted: 6

Mr Anthony Moore (Chair)
Mr Simon Conibear
Mr Alan Trowbridge
Mrs Hilary Over
Mr Nick Thornley
Mr Neil Johnston

Head Teacher: 1

Mr Nicholas Rutherford

There are currently 14 Governors.

Terms of Office

  • Simon Conibear – 12/2/20-11/2/24
  • Mike Faulkner – 25/11/20 – 24/11/24
  • Nicholas Rutherford – ex-officio
  • Tim Gallego – 12/2/20 – 11/2/24
  • Rachel Glennie – 26/11/20-25/11/24
  • David Grassby - 12/2/20 – 11/2/24
  • Hugh Griffiths – 12/2/20 – 11/2/24
  • Neil Johnston – 10/2/21 – 9/2/25
  • Tony Moore – 11/11/20 – 10/11/24
  • Hilary Over – 9/12/20-8/12/24
  • Jo Stoker – 18/12/20 – 17/12/24
  • Nick Thornley – 10/2/21 – 9/2/25
  • Alan Trowbridge 11/11/20 – 10/11/24
  • Rachel Turberville-Smith - 29/3/18 – 28/3/22

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Vicky Smyth
Queens Avenue
Dorchester
DT1 2ET

Pupil Montage

Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore
Chair of Governors and Quality of Teaching Link Governor

David Grassby

David Grassby
Sixth Form Link Governor

Hilary Over

Hilary Over
Sixth Form Link Governor

Simon Conibear

Simon Conibear
CEIAG Link Governor

Simon attended Abingdon School in Oxfordshire before reading History at St Johns College, Cambridge. He subsequently trained as a Chartered Surveyor, and was for 20 years responsible for managing the assets of the Duchy of Cornwall in Dorchester, including Poundbury, before retiring in 2017. He is now a consultant development surveyor acting for two clients in London.

His daughter Charlotte attended Thomas Hardye School, subsequently graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in Biomedical Science.

Rachel Turberville-Smith

Rachel Turberville-Smith
Parent Governor, Safeguarding Link Governor

Joanna Stoker

Joanna Stoker
Parent Governor, SEND and Disadvantaged Link Governor, Summertime Nursery Link Governor

Hugh Griffiths

Hugh Griffiths
Rewards & Behaviour systems and Student leadership Link Governor

Neil Johnston

Neil Johnston
Finance Link Governor

Alan Trowbridge

Alan Trowbridge
Boys’ progress and attainment and Independent Learning Link Governor

Nick Thornley

Nick Thornley
Governor

Tim Gallego

Tim Gallego
Governor

Nick Rutherford

Nick Rutherford
Headteacher

Mike Faulkner

Mike Faulkner
Support Staff Governor

Rachel Glennie

Rachel Glennie
Teacher Governor

More about Wessex Multi Academy Trust Governance

WMAT has three layers of governance. This is to ensure robust leadership, full accountability and to meet the requirements of the Memorandum, Articles of Association and Funding Agreements, which are statutory documents entered into with the Secretary of State for Education. The three layers are: Members, Trustees/Directors and Local Governors. The governance roles are all unpaid, voluntary roles.

Members: The Members are accountable to the Department for Education and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and/or remove Trustees. There are five Members of the WMAT and they presently meet termly with the AGM taking place in January.

Trustees/Directors: The Directors set the strategic direction for the MAT and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of schools within it. As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. The Directors are appointed for their skills, knowledge or experience and fulfil the three core governance functions:

  • Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Chief Executive Officer to account for the educational performance of the Trust schools and their pupils and the performance management of its staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Trust and making sure its money is well spent.

The Scheme of Delegation details the powers delegated to the different bodies involved in the governance of the MAT and sets out who is responsible for making which decisions within the Trust. WMAT presently has seven Directors that meet monthly during term time.

Local Governing Body: Each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) which is a committee of the Trust Board of Directors. The LGB is made up of community representatives and elected parent and staff representatives, with the skills and experience that enable them to support the Directors and Headteachers by adding local context and challenge. This is to ensure that each school offers the very best provision. The LGB have governance functions delegated to them by the Trust Board of Directors for their particular school via the Scheme of Delegation and are accountable to the Trust Board of Directors.

Executive Leadership Team: The Executive Leadership Team are the operational management team of the MAT, employed to ensure excellent education and effective deployment of resources for all schools within the MAT.

Meetings for 2020-21


Autumn Term 2020 Date Time Location
Governing Body - Results/Admissions 16/09/2020 4:30 PM Conference Room
Governing Body (HPM/SIP) 14/10/2020 4:30 PM Conference Room
Governing Body (PM) 25/11/2020 4:30 PM Conference Room
Spring Term 2021 Date Time Location
Governing Body 03/02/2021 4:30 PM Conference Room
Governing Body 24/03/2021 4:30 PM Conference Room
Summer Term 2021 Date Time Location
Governing Body 19/05/2021 4:30 PM Conference Room
Governing Body 07/07/2021 4:30 PM Conference Room

Meeting Attendance 2020/21


16/09 14/10 25/11 03/02 24/03 19/05 07/07
G Batt
T Foot
T Gallego
D Grassby
M Foley
S Conibear
M Faulkner
H Griffiths
T Hardinge
R Turberville-Smith
A Moore
A Trowbridge
H Over
J Stoker
N Johnston
N Thornley
N Rutherford

Meeting Attendance 2019/20


11/09 09/10 11/12 05/02 25/03 13/05 15/07
G Batt
T Foot
T Gallego
D Grassby
H Arthy
M Foley
S Conibear
M Faulkner
H Griffiths
T Hardinge
R Turberville-Smith

MAT Documents

N.B. Value for money statements are incorporated in Financial Statement & Reports documents from 2015 onwards.

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