Sir Henry Fermor CE Primary School is an academy in the Tenax Schools Trust. An academy is a state-funded, independent school. The Tenax Schools Trust is a Church of England ‘multi academy trust’.
The ‘members’ of the Tenax Schools Trust are the Lord Bishop of Rochester, the Archdeacon of Tonbridge, the Rural Dean of Tunbridge Wells, the Chichester Diocesan Board of Education and Lady (Jacqueline) Evans. These ‘members’ appoint the board of trustees (or directors) which governs the Tenax Schools Trust as a whole, including taking responsibility for its financial health and overall accountability for its educational outcomes.
The trustees appoint a Local Governing Body (LGB) which includes members of the local community, as well as elected parent and staff governors. They are Richard Tyson (Chair), Lesley Wickham (vice Chair), Sharon Green, Lynsey McFerran, Reverend Steve Rees, Victoria Edmonds (Parent governor), Justin Singleton (Parent governor), Elizabeth Campbell (Staff governor) and Richard Sutton-Smith (Head teacher).
The Local Governing Body has a critical role to play in supporting the work of the School and the Trust. This includes strategies to improve teaching and outcomes, progress in closing the gap in performance for disadvantaged students and work to meet statutory requirements for students with Special Educational Needs.