Welcome to the Governing Body webpage

Meet our Governors

Community Governors

Mr Andrew Munro, Chair of Governors

Chair of Pay Committee

Member of Standards and Leadership Committee

Member of Safeguarding Committee

Andrew is an experienced Chair of Governors with a senior educational background.

He has a long association with the school – he was a teacher here for the first ten years of his career and has, more recently as a governor, overseen the academisation of The Kibworth School, the age range change from 11-14 to 11-16 and our first GCSEs results in 2017. Andrew is also a National Leader of Governance, accredited by the DFE to offer support and guidance to other governing bodies in the East Midlands. He lives in Kibworth and all of his children attended the school. Now partially retired, he is also a local parish councillor and he continues to run his own educational consultancy business.


Mrs Kate Foster, Vice-Chair of Governors

Chair of Standards and Leadership Committee

Member of Headteacher Performance Management panel

Member of Finance and Resources Committee

SEND Governor

Transition Governor

Kate worked in Higher Education marketing and student recruitment for 14 years before opening her own gallery a few years ago. Following the sale of the business due to increasing family care commitments, she now works part time at the Attenborough Arts Centre, part of the University of Leicester. Kate is also a Parent Governor at Birkett House Special School in Wigston and a trustee of Kibworth Charitable Trust. She lives in Kibworth with her husband and two daughters.


Mr Ed Cufflin

Chair of Finance and Resources Committee

Member of Pay Committee

Member of Headteacher Performance Management panel

Finance Governor





Mr Mark Newcombe

Chair of Safeguarding Committee

Member of Standards and Leadership Committee

Member of Headteacher Performance Management panel

Safeguarding and Behaviour Governor

Transition Governor

Mark has been a Governor for a number of years, currently as a Community Governor and previously as a Parent Governor.  Mark grew up in Kibworth and went to the school himself. He returned to the village, with his wife, 22 years ago and all three of their children attended and flourished at the school. Mark hopes to be able to support the school staff to provide the best learning experience and maximise the potential of all of the students.


Mr David Brierley

Training and Development Governor

Member of Safeguarding Committee

Member of Standards and Leadership Committee

Member of Finance and Resources Committee

David was born and raised in Manchester, and moved to Leicester to train as a secondary science teacher. In his 50’s he moved on to working as a senior caseworker for ATL which has now become part of the New Education Union with the NUT. He has two daughters, one a primary assistant head the other a chartered financial advisor. David reads widely, is active locally and pleased to utilise his experience as a governor at The Kibworth School.


Parent Governors

Mrs Emma Potts

Member of Standards and Leadership Committee

Transition Governor

Emma joined the Governing Body in 2016 as a Parent Governor and is currently our transition link governor for students leaving TKS. She has 20 years experience within talent management solutions, HR and recruitment and is passionate about Youth Employment, talent trends and the future of work. As a working professional, mum and community member, Emma is pleased to be part of the TKS governing body.


Mr Mark Yates

Pupil Premium Governor

Member of Standards and Leadership Committee





Mr Richard Nichols

Audit Governor

Member of Finance and Resources Committee

Member of Safeguarding Committee

Richard is a Parent Governor with experience in a varied environment, including twenty years working as a telephone exchange engineer followed by a period within manufacturing, where he worked up from the shop floor to the Senior Management team with responsibility for Computing, Health & Safety and Human Resources. Latterly Richard worked within the Civil Service (JobcentrePlus) and as a Trade Union H&S responsible person, and he is currently engaged in the roll-out of new service innovations.


Mr Julian Wilks

Health and Safety Governor

Member of Safeguarding Committee

Julian has been a Parent Governor since 2006. He brings a wealth of health, safety and wellbeing experience, as he is employed as a senior Environmental Health Practitioner, lead inspector of health and safety and a corporate Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager. He is keen to assist and support school wherever possible in managing its duties. Julian was born and grew up in Nottingham, and now lives in Mowsley with his wife three children, the oldest being in Year 9.


Staff Governors


Mrs Emma Merry, Headteacher

Member of Standards and Leadership Committee

Member of Finance and Resources Committee

Member of Safeguarding Committee

In attendance, Pay Committee


Mr Ed McCann

Mr McCann has been at Kibworth as a teacher since 2010, specialising in Geography. In 2017 he was elected as a staff governor. He is also a union rep and runs the annual Year 9 Welsh mountain trip to Plas Gwynant.



Mr Lee Donovan

Mr Donovan joined The Kibworth School as the Progress Leader for Year 10 in August 2016, and is currently overseeing their transition through Year 11. He specialises in teaching Physical Education, however; he is also a teacher of Mathematics and Drama. In 2017 he was elected as a staff governor.



Clerk to Governors

Mrs Lynn Williams


The role of the Governing Body

At The Kibworth School we have a great team of Governors with a range of skills and experience – some from education, but many from other sectors who bring their business knowledge and professional skills, as volunteers, to support the Headteacher in:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Monitoring the educational performance of the academy and its students, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent

Our role is to act as ‘critical friends’. We are also responsible for certain key tasks, including the recruitment and performance management of the Headteacher, and play a key role in the school’s strategic direction, in areas like funding, expansion, age-range changes, admissions policy, capital projects and partnerships with other schools. As governors we must also follow a rigorous code of conduct and our performance is measured against this.

If you’d like to know more about the strategic role of school governors nationally, visit The Key for School Governors or the National Governance Association websites.

If you’d like to meet us in person, we try to ensure we have represenatives at most school events and activities through the year, both formal and informal, or you can get in touch at any time – see the Contact the Governing Bodysection below.

Governance Development Plan 2017/18

Our Governance Development Plan sets out:

  • Our governance objectives
  • The action plan to achieve those objectives
  • Committee membership and individual governor roles and responsibilties
  • Our annual calendar

Vacancies on the Governing Body

We do not currently have any vacancies on the Governing Body – watch this space!

Contact the Governing Body

We are always happy to hear from students, parents and members of the community.

All our individual emails are provided above, or you can contact the Governing Body by phone or post via the school office:

Tel:                         (0116) 279 2238

Address:              The Kibworth School, Smeeton Road, Kibworth, Leicester LE8 0LG


TKS Governance Development Plan 2017-18

Declaration of Interest Disclosure 2016-17

Governor Committee Membership 2016-17

Governor Committee Membership 2017-18

Governor Meeting Attendance 2016-2017

Governor Meeting Attendance 2017-2018

Declaration of Interest Disclosure 2017-18

Academies Financial Handbook 2017