The Federation Governing Body

Chair (Co-opted Governor)


Vice Chairs



Sue Mason 

(SEND and Safeguarding)

David Hitchcock

(Partnership Governor)

Isabel Handyside

(Co-opted Governor - Secondary School Improvment)


Other Partnership Governors

Pam Bates

Georgina Thomas

Other Co-opted Governors

Avril Fanner 

(Primary School Improvement)

Malcolm Cole 

(Finance and Premises and Achievement Outcomes)

Lesley Broom

(Pupil Premium)

Elaine Johnson

(Pupil behaviour, welfare and safety)

Noa Mitchell

(staff to provide experience of other school not represented by the staff Governor)

Local Authority Governor

Peter Brierley 

(Leadership, Management and Assessment)

Parent Governors

Ella Duggan

(Hugh Christie parent) 


(Long Mead parent)

Staff Governor

Kelly Coleman

(Hugh Christie staff)       

Executive Principal Governor 

Jon Barker 

(Federation Principal)

In attendance

Mark Fenn 

(Head of School, Hugh Christie)

Lizzie Alexander

(Head of School, Long Mead)

Pauline Brookman 

(Federation Business Manager)


Clerk to the Governors

Julia Souter

For more details about the structure, roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body click here. Governors are asked to declare conflicts of business interest annually. Please click here to view the latest register.
Governors recognise that meeting attendance is a very important part of their job, if you would like to see Governors' attendance record for 2017 - 18 please click here        
The governors may be contacted via Hugh Christie School by email to jsouter@tonbridgefederation.co.uk, who will then advise you on the best person to speak with.

Tonbridge federation Vision and values

  • Securing good and moving to outstanding in leadership and management, outcomes, teaching and assessment, personal development, welfare and attendance, leadership and management, safeguarding and outcomes . We will monitor this by reviewing,  questioning and checking the schools’ own self-evaluation forms.  We will expect to see external validation of the schools’ own assessment at least once a year including safeguarding.
  • Working to ensure that every child achieves their very best. We will monitor this through an annual report of the schools’ external exam results and through regular reports (three times a year) and on-going monitoring of the schools’ own analysis of current progress. We will review the schools’ curriculum on an annual basis to ensure it is meeting the needs of learners.
  • Narrowing the gaps between disadvantaged children and others. We will monitor this by scrutinising the annual report on the use and impact of Pupil Premium funding. We will look annually at external examination outcomes and the schools own data on narrowing gaps in outcomes across all age groups (three times a year).  We will monitor how the schools are providing a rich wealth of opportunities to  build social and cultural capital once a year. We will also monitor the attendance of disadvantaged students three times a year to make sure they are attending well and taking full advantage of the opportunities offered.
  • Providing the edge. We will monitor on an annual basis the unique set of opportunities provided and curriculum offered by each school that prepares the children well for their future. We will seek the views of stakeholders as to their satisfaction of the provision and opportunities in both schools at least once a year.
  • Developing Leadership and British Values. We will monitor how both schools are encouraging their students and staff to develop their leadership skills. We will monitor how the schools’ are promoting British Values and ensuring issues relating to radicalisation and extremism are tackled effectively. We will do this through speaking to staff and students and by monitoring of the schools’ appraisal systems.
  • Building for the future. We will work to ensure both schools are well prepared for the future by building capacity, anticipating and responding to challenges, minimising risks and developing personnel. We will do this through effective monitoring of policies, finance, staff development and appraisal. We will also attend training to keep us informed of changes and challenges ahead.