Governors

Governors

Our School Governors bring a diverse range of expertise, knowledge and interests from many walks of life. Working as a whole team and within smaller sub-committees, they ensure the school provides an excellent all-round education to our pupils, while also promoting effective ways of developing and moving forward Spring Grove School.

The Governors are ultimately accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. They also plan the school’s future direction with the Head, appoint the Head and the Bursar (in consultation with the Head), make decisions on the school’s budget, fee levels and staffing, decide how the school can encourage pupil and staff development and make sure the school provides for all its current and prospective pupils, whatever their need.

Our Governors meet regularly and are at the core of what we do, working successfully with our Head and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

The Chair of Governors (Mrs Dawne Sweetland) can be contacted by phoning or emailing the Clerk to the Governors, who is also the school’s Bursar (01233 812337 / bursar@springgroveschool.co.uk). The address and telephone number of the Governing Body’s registered office is: Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5EZ. Telephone: 01233 812337.

 

The Governing Body:

Dawne Sweetland (Chair)

Dawne worked in the City for 20 years, as Head of Foreign Exchange Sales and Marketing for an American bank. She has two daughters who both attended Spring Grove School, and has been a governor of the school since 2003.

 

Andrew Martin (Vice Chair)

Prior to starting his career in agriculture, Andrew spent 3 years working in the French Alps for a hotel management company. He has managed a number of farms in southern England before returning to the family farm in 1996. He has also set up a business to look after and farm land on behalf of private landowning clients and is director of a company that gives farm advice throughout the whole of southern England. Andrew has two children, both of whom are former pupils. When not working or with the family he enjoys cycling, skiing, restoring and refurbishing classic cars.

 

Tanya Lee

Tanya Lee joined the SMT of the King’s School, Canterbury as the Pastoral Deputy Head in September 2011. Her career has been very much along the pastoral route as she was a Housemistress at both St Mary’s, Wantage and Wycombe Abbey School and then Head of Boarding at Headington School in Oxford. In addition to her current role she is an inspector with the ISI and a tutor for the BSA on the Roehampton Housemasters training courses. Tanya has returned to her Kent roots having grown up in Broadstairs and Walmer and is delighted to be back in the area. She joined the governing body of Spring Grove in the Spring of 2012 and is the nominated Safeguarding Governor.

 

Dominic Urand

A freelance IT Consultant, Dominic is Chair of Governors at a local primary school and is a former parent at Spring Grove. He is Chair of the Finance Committee.

 

Graham Wethered

Graham has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry as a consultant for some of the large financial institutions working on assignments in the ever-changing regulatory compliance environment. As a Governor of Spring Grove, he is responsible for compliance. Graham is married to Sarah and two of their three children had many happy years at Spring Grove School.

Sarah Burwell

Sarah is a civil servant and a parent at Spring Grove. Sarah has held a variety of governor roles at three local primary schools and is the governor responsible for Early Years. Sarah is Chair of the Academic Committee.

 

James Thomas

James is the Headmaster at Sutton Valence School. He studied Theology at the University of Cambridge and holds an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of London as well as the National Professional Qualification for Headship. In his early career he was a Head of Department at Dulwich College and Wellington College before moving to Harrow International School Hong Kong and the British School in Tokyo, where he was Head of the Senior School. Beyond work and spending time with his family, his personal interests include music, choirs, sport, travel and current affairs.

 

Michelle Murray

Having worked in marketing for 15 years, Michelle brings her knowledge of brand strategy, campaign management and digital marketing to Spring Grove. She has a degree in Psychology and currently works as Head of Campaigns for a global construction company. Michelle has two children at the school, and she is Chair of the Marketing Committee.

 

Chris Harding

A former pupil and head boy of Spring Grove in the 1990s, Chris has a long association with the school. After two decades as a successful magician travelling the world, he is now business manager of a chain of salon businesses in Kent, which he owns with his wife Charmaine – also a former pupil. They have two children at Spring Grove and Chris brings his experience of 30 years association with the school, as well as his professional experience in business and marketing.

 

Alexia McCulloch

Alexia is a solicitor at a global leading law firm in the Ci­ty, specialising in professional liabili­ty and insurance law. Alexia is also a parent at Spring Grove and joined the gov­erning body in Octob­er 2022.