At The Kibworth School we have a team of Governors with a range of skills and experience – some from education, but many from other sectors who bring their business knowledge, experience 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.

We meet four times a year as a full Governing Body and we have several sub-committees which meet as follows:

  • Standards and Leadership Committee (meets half termly, chaired by Kate Foster)

  • Safeguarding Committee (meets half termly, chaired by Mark Newcombe)

  • Resources Committee (meets termly, chaired by Ed Cufflin)

  • Pay Committee (meets annually, chaired by Kate Foster)

If you’d like to know more about the strategic role of school governors nationally, visit the National Governance Association website.

If you’d like to meet us in person, we try to ensure we have representatives at school events and activities through the year, both formal and informal, or you can get in touch at any time.

We’re incredibly proud of what the school has achieved to date, under the leadership of Mrs Merry and the leadership team, and there is still much to do, but the future is extremely exciting and we look forward to your support to help us to ensure all our students reach their full potential.

Kate Foster
Chair of Governors 


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Meet our Governors

Kate Foster, Chair of Governors
Kate worked in Higher Education marketing and student recruitment for 14 years before opening her own gallery. 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. She lives in Kibworth with her husband and two daughters - Elsie who attends TKS, and Molly who attends Birkett House School.

Simon Riley, Vice-Chair of Governors
Simon is a qualified accountant and has worked in Local Government for over 30 years. He is currently the Director of Finance for Derby City Council, and prior to that he was the Finance Director for Harborough District Council. Since relocating to Kibworth in 2013, Simon has been a Governor at Kibworth CE Primary School and more recently here at The Kibworth School, and holds the post of Vice-Chair at both schools. He has a daughter in Year 10. He brings to the Governing Body a wide range of insight and skills and passionately believes that every child matters and should feel safe and fulfil their potential.

Ed Cufflin, Community Governor
Ed was born and educated in Leicester, graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans, and is currently a Senior Investment Manager at Charles Stanley in Leicester. He has recently been head of the regional office for four years; a role he handed over to a colleague at the end of 2016. Ed is a parent of four children all of whom have been through or are in the local state school system either at Robert Smyth, TKS or Kibworth CE Primary. Ed is also treasurer of two local charities and enjoys working in community projects. Ed and his family moved to Kibworth from Leicester in 2013.

David Harding, Community Governor
David is Headteacher of Hinckley Parks Primary School, a member of OWLS Academy Trust. He has extensive experience in school leadership and brings to the board an invaluable insight into the primary sector, with a particular focus on curriculum and transition.

Mark Prescod, Community Governor
Mark is a University Associate Professor and a Fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Data and Digital Marketing. Mark brings the real world into his classroom after heading up brands including Highcross Leicester, Thorntons Continental and Carling Lager. Mark also works to ensure that all students have an environment where they 'never lose the will to learn' by leading Equality, Diversity and Inclusion projects in Education. Mark has three sons who attend The Kibworth School.

Richard Nichols, Parent Governor
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.

Rebecca Draper, Parent Governor
Originally from Bolton, Rebecca has lived and work in Leicester for the last 20 years. She has over twenty years experience in the HE sector as a biomedical postdoctoral researcher before moving into senior management. Rebecca is currently the Director of Operations for the College of Life Sciences at the University of Leicester. Rebecca lives in Great Glen with her husband and two boys, who both attend school.

Abigail Ford, Parent Governor
Abigail comes from a predominantly financial background. She studied accountancy and currently works as a Wealth Management Consultant. She has four children who have all been pupils at the school, the youngest of whom still attends. Her other children have progressed on to further education at various local institutions and her eldest son recently completed a Civil Engineering Degree at Northumbria and now attends the Royal Academy, Sandhurst. Abigail has also spent many years assisting with various voluntary groups for children and young people and has also worked in roles providing pastoral support and care to young adults.

Lee Holmes, Staff Governor
Having previously worked in local government, Lee moved from Newcastle in 2016 to complete his teacher training. Lee joined The Kibworth School in 2018 as Head of Citizenship and Teacher of Humanities. In 2019 Lee was elected as staff governor, and previously served as Vice-Chair of Governors at a school specialising in emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. Appointed as TKS's Director of Inclusion earlier this year, Lee has overview for behaviour and inclusion within the school as well as leading on Pupil Premium.

Emma Merry, Headteacher

Denise Russell, Clerk to Governors

 Vacancies on the Governing Body

We are always very pleased to hear from members of the community, professionals, parents, staff members or others who have the relevant skills and the time to commit to joining the Governing Body. If you would like to explore current or future opportunities further, please contact Kate Foster, Chair of Governors, at or via the school office. 

Joining The Mead Educational Trust (TMET)

The Kibworth School (known at the time as Kibworth High School & Community Technology College) converted to academy status in October 2011. Since then, TKS has operated as a Single Academy Trust, independent of the local authority, receiving our funding direct from central government.

The Governing Body of The Kibworth School is now working towards TKS joining The Mead Educational Trust, a relatively small, successful Leicester city-based multi-academy trust, with effect from 1 April 2021.

Under the Headship of Mrs Merry, the school is going from strength to strength but school improvement is a continuous journey and the support from and for peer schools is vital, as is the sharing of opportunity, expertise, best practice and resources across all aspects of a school’s operations.

The current pandemic, despite being extremely effectively managed in school and absolutely not a driver in this process, has inevitably placed increased pressure on already stretched financial, site and staff resources and has further highlighted the benefits of being part of a larger support network.

This page is to tell you more about multi-academic trusts and why The Kibworth School is planning to join The Mead Educational Trust.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding TKS joining TMET, please email

This email address will be available until 5pm on 10 December 2020.