Mrs Julie Nixon Chair
I became parent and safeguarding governor three years ago, and have been Chair since September 2016. I am passionate about our new school and the outstanding provision our children receive. I have two children with PMLD who are in Canada class; Therefore I see first-hand how our resources support their educational needs.
I am a qualified nurse and have lectured on the Autism Studies degree and Challenging Behaviour Course at the University of Kent. I have six children and have fostered children with additional needs for almost 10 years; as such, I will strongly advocate for high-quality provision on their behalf. I have seen education in various settings, from nursery and primary to secondary and beyond. I believe that accessing outstanding education is a fundamental right for all children and hold our senior leaders to account for the provision within our school.
Mr Alistair Hammond Vice Chair
I became a governor approximately 2 years ago having worked in special needs education for over 20 years. My last post was Deputy Head of Foxwood. I have lead and managed teams in; Inclusion and Outreach, training, ICT strategic lead, as well as assisting the Headteacher with day to day running. I have also been safeguarding designated person and have also lead training and development.
I am a keen coach and enjoy the people-to-people interface. I am currently working in industry and help lead an innovative property management company. I have a background in design and technology. I have a love for innovation and design and want this passion to assist the school and ensure that all stakeholders of The Beacon have the very best provision all of the time.
Mr Colin Wimsett Vice Chair
I became a governor at the Beacon School (then Park Field School) over 20 years ago when my daughter, Emma, attended the school. As a governor, I hope to ensure that all the children and young people attending the school are able to achieve their full potential in life and that the targets set for them are designed to motivate and challenge.
As the Health & Safety governor, I work closely with the Administration and Site Managers to ensure that the children and young people are in a safe and secure environment. I volunteer with the school assisting classes to attend weekly outings and sporting activities.
It is a pleasure and a privilege to be a governor of such a positive and forward thinking school.
Mr Nick Brooks Governor
I am a former Army Officer who became a Governor at The Beacon School in 2017. Retiring from the Army in 2013, I worked overseas in Risk Management for two years, in Dubai, Afghanistan, Libya and China, undertaking some interesting projects (and encountering some lucky escapes).
Operational experience around the world (coupled with the frustration of sustaining an injury as a volunteer crew member of an RNLI lifeboat) gave me cause to think about how we integrate life-skills with life-experience and how people overcome injury and disability in the face of adversity. I now work as a Children’s Officer within fostering services. I specifically represent children with physical and learning disabilities; seeking to match and place the children within foster-family settings. I also act as a children’s champion, representing the individual child’s interests in all respects, assisting in giving themselves a voice within their own fostering process and finding new ways to enable children to celebrate their development and wonderful achievements. I am also a governor of Greatstone Primary School.
Mr Ron Dale Clerk
I have worked as a clerk supporting school governing bodies since 2004. As a member of Kent County Council’s Clerking Service I work with several schools across Kent as well as The Beacon. I started as clerk to the Governing Body of The Federation of Foxwood and Highview in September 2013 and remained to support the governors when the new school was established in September 2016.
My role as clerk is to provide effective administrative support to the Governing Body to enable it to carry out its statutory functions while giving advice on governance, constitutional and procedural matters as required. I undertake regular training and development to maintain my knowledge and to keep up-to-date with current educational developments and legislation affecting school governance.
Mr Neil Birch Governor
I am the Executive Head of The Beacon and am proud to have been the Head of both Foxwood and Highview on their journeys from Requiring Improvement to Outstanding and their transition to this incredible provision.
I am a National Leader of Education and I lead the CLASS Teaching School alliance on behalf of all 24 of Kent’s special schools. I chair the regional advisory board of the Cooperative Schools Network; I am vice chair of the KASS (Kent Association of Special Schools) and lead the schools’ strategic work on a County and National level.
I am committed to Solution Focused working and have been published as a Research Associate of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, related to Solution Focused Leadership.
Mr Craig Rankin Governor
I was elected as Staff Governor in September 2015. My role as Year 7 Form Tutor and PSHE/RSE Subject Leader at The Beacon enables me to bring a different perspective to the Governing Board. My previous experience includes working for two multinational companies for several years, after completing a BA in Business Studies. Since qualifying as a teacher I have worked in a number of different special schools in Kent, including both Foxwood and Highview, which gave me an insight into the pupils and teams across the Federation. I am passionate about the high-quality education and support our young people receive and wish to play a part in ensuring this continues. I am proud to be a part of the Governing Board and the exciting future of our school.
Mr Jimmy Peters Governor
I became a governor at The Beacon, Folkestone after being a governor of the previous two schools for a number of years. After leaving college in 1983 I commenced work at Parkfield School in Folkestone and stayed until moving to Australia in 1986, where I completed a Social Work Degree. I became the assistant manager of a residential home for adults with Autism and challenging behaviour, then I worked for Brisbane City Council as part of their Child Protection Team.
I returned to the UK in 1995 where I worked in several different jobs including mental health and became the Deputy Head of Care at Foxwood before the residential closed. This led me to manage a residential home for adults, who were forensically mentally ill, becoming registered manager for a Children’s Home in Broadstairs, before being lucky enough to gain employment at The Beacon, which I love. I have been married for over 20 years with one son about to go to Brighton University. I believe we have a very approachable, strong governing body, with the interests of the pupils and their families as a priority and I feel proud to be a part of it.
Mrs Kate Yeoman Governor
I have been delighted to have been connected to The Beacon (then Foxwood and Highview) initially through my work at CCCU; I teach student teachers and support them during their school placements. The Beacon is an exceptional school. The dedicated staff team use an impressive range of skills and knowledge to assist pupils (and student teachers) with their learning. As a governor, I am privileged to be part of a team whose role is to ensure that the school continues to provide an appropriate, ambitious and inspiring education for all pupils.
My interest in special educational needs and the provision of an appropriate and inclusive education for all children stems from my years as a primary teacher and SENCo in central London. I moved to East Kent with my family in 2009 and love living between countryside and sea.
Mr Tim Hull Governor
I became interested in becoming a Governor through my nephew’s attendance at the School. My educational background is in commerce and economics, and my career is in financial technology, so I hoped that my skills would prove useful to the School as a Finance Governor.
In my time in this role, my admiration has grown for the dedication and professionalism of the staff and leadership team at the Beacon. Their very genuine care and commitment to the students of the Beacon is inspirational, and it has been my privilege to be involved. I live near Canterbury with my wife and three children, having moved here from London in 2012.
Lisa Hutchinson Governor
I started as a Governor at The Beacon in November 2016. I became interested in becoming a Governor following my team moving to the Beacon where we are based with other agencies in the Multi-Agency Support Hub. I am a qualified social worker and currently the team manager for the Folkestone and Dover Disabled Children’s Service. I have worked in the service across the area for 12 years and have developed close working relationships with a number of statutory, private and voluntary services. In the future, I will be managing a young people’s service to support young people to transition from children’s to adult services.
I hope to work closely with the school as a Governor to develop services further for young people through transition.
Governing Body information as at 1 September 2017
|Name||Category||Appointed by||Date appointed||End of term||Position held||Attendance 2016-17|
|Mr Jimmy Peters||Co-opted||Governing Body||27/10/14||26/10/18||5
4 of 6
|Mr Colin Wimsett||Co-opted||Governing Body||3/11/16||2/11/20||Vice Chair
|5 of 6|
|Mr Tim Hull||Co-opted||Governing Body||17/3/14||16/3/18||5 of 6|
|Mrs Kate Yeoman||Co-opted||Governing Body||28/9/15||27/9/19||6 of 6|
|Ms Lisa Hutchinson||Co-opted||Governing Body||14/11/16||13/11/20||3 of 5|
|Mr Nick Brooks||Co-opted||Governing Body||6/3/17||5/3/21||3 of 3|
|Mr Greg Nicholls||Co-opted||Governing Body||10/7/17||9/7/21||1 of 1|
|Mr Jim Winter||Co-opted||Governing Body||10/7/17||9/7/21||Safeguarding||1 of 1|
|Mr Alistair Hammond||Foundation||Kent SEN Trust||1/1/15||31/12/18||Vice Chair||4 of 6|
|VACANCY||Foundation||Kent SEN Trust|
|Mrs Julie Nixon||Parent||Parents||28/1/14||27/1/18||Chair||6 of 6|
|Mr Craig Rankin||Staff||Staff||22/9/15||21/9/19||6 of 6|
|Mr Neil Birch||Executive Head Teacher||Ex-officio||10/10/08||6 of 6|
|Dr Rowland Speller||Co-opted||Governing Body||18/11/13||23/1/17||1 of 2|
|Mrs Annette Jonker||Parent||Parents||22/9/15||20/6/17||4 of 5|
|Mr Ben Walker||Co-opted||Governing Body||28/9/15||20/6/17||5 of 5|
|Mr Mark Buck||Foundation||Kent SEN Trust||23/6/15||14/3/17||3 of 4|
Constituted under The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 on 1 September 2016 as a new school.
The Governing Body of The Beacon Folkestone operates the circle model with Governing Body meetings held termly (at least six meetings per academic year). The Governing Body has agreed Monitoring Groups with the following responsibilities to monitor specific subjects and priorities of the School Improvement Plan:
|Leadership & Management||Julie Nixon, Colin Wimsett, Alistair Hammond|
|Finance||Tim Hull, Nick Brooks, Greg Nicholls|
|Learning, Behaviour & safety||Jimmy Peters, Colin Wimsett, Kate Yeoman, Julie Nixon, Craig Rankin, Lisa Hutchinson|
|Health & safety||Colin Wimsett|
|Child protection and Safeguarding||Jim Winter|
|Governor Training & Development||Alistair Hammond|
Declaration of Interests as at 22 July 2017
|Name||Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation||Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation of spouse or partner (only if normally resident at the same address)||
|Mr Jimmy Peters||No interests declared||School cook at The Beacon||No interests declared||4/11/16|
|Mr Colin Wimsett||No interests declared||No interests declared||No interests declared||19/9/16|
|Mr Tim Hull||Software Manager, Goldman Sachs International||No interests declared||No interests declared||3/9/16|
|Mrs Kate Yeoman||No interests declared||No interests declared||No interests declared||26/9/16|
|Ms Lisa Hutchinson||Team Manager for KCC DCS EK||No interests declared||No interests declared||22/11/16|
|Mr Nick Brooks||No interests declared||No interests declared||Governor at Greatstone Primary School||8/3/17|
|Mr Greg Nicholls||Director & Co-owner of Credo Care Ltd||No interests declared||No interests declared||14/7/17|
|Mr Jim Winter||Work with Ashford Youth Hub that provides services for students at The Beacon||Spouse works at The Beacon||Married to Melanie Winter, brother-in-law to Nicola Hughes||21/7/17|
|Mr Alistair Hammond||Co-founder of FINTECH company||Spouse is a carer employed by KCC||No interests declared||26/9/16|
|Mrs Julie Nixon||No interests declared||No interests declared||No interests declared||26/9/16|
|Mr Craig Rankin||No interests declared||No interests declared||No interests declared||25/9/16|
|Mr Neil Birch||Executive Head Teacher||Spouse is HMI||Board Member of KSENT, KSST and KASS. Chair of the KSENT Advisory Board.||14/11/16|
|Senior Leadership Team|
|Mrs Tanya Lees||No interests declared||No interests declared||No interests declared||5/10/16|
* Other interests including relationships to:
- any employee of the school
- any other governor or associate member on the Governing Body
- the clerk to the governing body or trust board (as appropriate)