Our 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 Management Team (SMT).
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.
Rorke Henderson (Vice Chair)
Rorke is Governor responsible for finance. He is the husband of Sarah and father of Lucy who attended Spring Grove from 2007 to 2012. Rorke attended St Edmund’s, Canterbury and Hadlow College. He farmed in Kent until 1990 and now works in IT distribution, based in Lenham, Kent. He has been a magistrate for the past 6 years and recently joined the family panel.
Rorke lives in Petham and away from work, magistrate, and school governor responsibilities spends time with his family and watching his beloved Arsenal!
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.
Bruce is currently Headmaster of Sutton Valence School in Kent, an HMC day and boarding school of 800 pupils. Prior to this he was Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham for nine years following a similar tenure at Bedford School as Director of Chapel Music and a boarding Housemaster. Bruce read Music at Cambridge University where he was Organ Scholar at Emmanuel College and taught fugue and counterpoint whilst studying for his post-graduate degree.
He is a member of HMC’s Professional Development Sub-Committee and his interests include golf, reading and cooking.
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 Academic Committee and sits on the Finance Committee.
Winifred has over 40 years teaching experience in Independent and State schools in the UK, Germany, Finland and South Korea. She taught for her final 12 years at Spring Grove School and retired in 2010 as Deputy Head Teacher and Head of the Early Years Department.
Winifred is governor with responsibility for the Early Years and is also a member of the Academic Committee. She has a special interest in teaching literacy, which she continues to pursue as a volunteer teacher in local adult literacy classes.
She is married to Paul, has a married daughter and son and two young grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, gardening and visiting historical places of interest.
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, aged 11 and 15, both of whom are former pupils. When not working or with the family he enjoys cycling, skiing, restoring and refurbishing classic cars.
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.
Carine was a journalist on French radio and French national television before she followed her husband to the UK, Russia and Egypt. The family has now settled back in Kent, and Emily and Thomas are two of the many bilingual children currently at Spring Grove. As well as being involved in school life, helping with reading and Forest School, Carine loves travelling, playing tennis, skiing and baking with her children.
The Chair of Governors (Mrs Dawne Sweetland) can be contacted by writing to the school or by telephoning the Clerk to the Governors, who is also the school’s Bursar (Tel: 01233 812337 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). A Staff List on the website also details the number of staff at the school with a summary of their qualifications.
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.