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    Governing Body
    At Robertsbridge Community College the Governing Body has oversight of all aspects of the work of the college. The Governing Body consists of parents, staff and community members who give their time voluntarily in order to support the continuing improvement of the college.

    Further information our Governing Body can be found using the links below.

    Governing Body Constitution | About Our Governors
    Governor Attendance | Declaration of Pecuniary or Business Interests
    Governor Vacancies | Contact our Chair of Governors
    Minutes of Meetings


    Governing Body Constitution

    Designation Name Term Start Term End
    Local Authority Kathy Robinson 15/12/2015 14/12/2019
    Co-opted Karen Marr
    Co-opted Vanessa Everett
    Co-opted Stephen King 23/02/2016 22/02/2020
    Co-opted Alison Ambrose 04/01/2017 03/01/2021
    Co-opted Jess Wilks 16/05/2017 15/05/2021
    Co-opted Keith May 05/11/2017 04/11/2021
    Co-opted Peter Davies 05/11/2017 04/11/2021
    Parent Jenny Barrett 17/11/2017 16/11/2021
    Parent Jane Corin 17/11/2017 16/11/2021
    Ex Officio Zak Vice
    09/09/2017 08/09/2042
    Staff Vacant    

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    About Our Governors

    KAREN MARR (Co-opted)
    Chair of Governors

    Term of Office: 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021

    Karen is a director of a payroll and bookkeeping company, prior to this she was Financial Controller for a 154 bedroom hotel in London.

    Karen manages advertising for her local village magazine and is treasurer of the local pre-school. Karen also sits on the Finance and Estates Committee, she is the Chair of the Local Governing Body at Jarvis Brook School.

    She has a child at Robertsbridge Community College and is shareholder and director of Teckform.

    Karen is a National Leader of Governance.

    VANESSA EVERETT (Co-opted)
    Vice Chair; Chair of Finance and Estates Committee

    Term of Office: 05/02/2019 - 04/02/2023

    After a Deputy Headship at Tonbridge Grammar School, Vanessa was, for 11 years, the Headteacher of large comprehensive school in Kent. In addition, she was an Executive Headteacher of a secondary school in Maidstone and an accredited School Improvement Partner supporting several secondary schools in Kent. 

    Before Vanessa retired in 2011, she was one of two Headteachers leading Kent’s Aspiring Headteachers’ programme and the New Headteachers’ Induction programme. Since retirement, Vanessa has assisted several schools in the appointments of new Headteachers and the restructuring of senior teams.

    She has lived in Brightling for 38 years and has three adult sons. Vanessa is Chair of the Finance and Estates Committee, she is also a trustee and govenor at Vinehall School. Vanessa shares responsibility for monitoring outcomes with Alison Ambrose.

    KATHY ROBINSON (Local Authority)

    Term of Office: 15/12/2015 - 14/12/2019

    Kathy began her career as a researcher (Psychology and Neuroscience) and then migrated to Education, firstly as a secondary school teacher (Computer Science, Psychology) and then in Higher Education (The Open University). Therefore, Kathy has taught across the age span 11-80. Working at the Open University meant that there was the opportunity to be involved in some pioneering initiatives in digital education that in turn led to a PhD in Educational Neuroscience (Institute of Education, London).

    She has lived in the area for 35 years and is keen on walking, cycling and organic gardening.

    Kathy shares responsibility for monitoring Teaching and Learning including disadvantaged students (Pupil Premium (PP) and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)) with Jess Wilks and Jenny Barrett.


    STEPHEN KING (Co-opted)

    Term of Office: 23/02/2016 - 22/02/2020

    Stephen is Head of Training and Skills for a local enterprise company. Prior to this Stephen has held senior management positions in a range of Further Education Colleges and run his own business.

    Stephen is Chair of Governors at St Thomas’ Church of England Aided Primary School, Winchelsea and Treasurer of the Friends of Winchelsea Church.

    In his spare time Stephen enjoys swimming, watching rugby and walking his Cocker Spaniel along Winchelsea Beach.

    Stephen is the governor responsible for Careers and shares responsibility for monitoring Behaviour with Jane Corin.

    ALISON AMBROSE (Co-opted)

    Term of Office: 04/01/17 - 03/01/2021

    After graduating with a degree in Hotel and Retail Management, Alison worked as a Manager for Thistle Hotels and several privately owned hotels, before venturing into education.

    Beginning as Programmes Administrator for the Post Doctorate in Clinical Psychology for Canterbury Christ Church University College and supporting the Academic Director's clinical practice, Alison's journey in education then moved, 15 years ago, to a local Independent School. In this role, she returned to Personnel which was a main strand of her degree and management specialism.

    Alison has gained a wealth of experience in her role as HR Manager in a current school setting, and also whilst serving a four-year term as a Parent Governor for a large Primary School.

    Alison is married with a Son who has recently started at Robertsbridge Community College. She is also a Founder Member in the set-up of a Free Special School for secondary aged students with High Functioning Autism and Attachment Difficulties.

    Alison shares responsibility for monitoring outcomes with Vanessa Everett.

    JESS WILKS (Co-opted)

    Term of Office: 16/05/2017- 05/05/2021

    Jess shares responsibility for monitoring Teaching and Learning including disadvantaged students (Pupil Premium (PP) and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)) with Jenny Barrett and Kathy Robinson. 

    KEITH MAY (Co-opted)

    Term of Office: 05/11/2017 - 04/11/2021

    Keith has been involved in educational governance for over 30 years.  As well as Robertsbridge, Keith is a Governor at a local Primary School and a National Leader of Governance. 

    Keith is the governor responsible for Safeguarding and Health & Safety.

    PETER DAVIES (Co-opted)

    Term of Office: 05/11/2017 - 04/11/2021

    Peter was a diplomat for over 30 years learning Italian, Mandarin, Indonesian and Spanish in that time. He also spent some years working on terrorism issues, including PREVENT. He then worked as Security Director for Scottish Power in Glasgow before moving to Robertsbridge.

    He has lived in Robertsbridge for 5 years and was part of the committee which wrote the Neighbourhood Plan for the village.

    Peter is the governor responsible for Online Safety and shares responsibility for monitoring Leadership and Management with Karen Marr. 

    JENNY BARRETT (Parent Governor)

    Term of Office: 17/11/2017 - 16/11/2021

    Jenny shares responsibility for monitoring Teaching and Learning including disadvantaged students (Pupil Premium (PP) and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)) with Jess Wilks and Kathy Robinson. 

    JANE CORIN (Parent Governor)

    Term of Office: 17/11/2017 - 16/11/2021

    Jane is the governor responsible for Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing (MHEW) and shares responsibility for monitoring Behaviour with Stephen King.

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    Governor Attendance 2018-2019

    Full Governing Body (FGB)


    FGB Meetings Attended

    (out of a total of 11)

    Finance & Estates Committee Meetings Attended*

    (out of a total of 6)

    Karen Marr



    Vanessa Everett
    FGB Vice Chair
    Chair, Finance & Estates Committee




    Alison Ambrose



    Ruth Ashenden
    Staff Governor
    December 2018 - May 2019
    (out of 4)
    Jenny Barrett 10  
    Jane Corin 10  

    Kenny Fitzpatrick
    Interim Headteacher
    (September - December)

    (out of 3)
    (out of 2)

    Stephen King



    Keith May 9  

    Kathy Robinson



    Zak Vice
    January 2019 -
    (out of 5)
    (out of 4)

    Jess Wilks



    (*) Where the cell is blank, the governor does not attend that committee.

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    Declaration of Pecuniary or Business Interests 2018-2019

    Name of Governor

    Business Interest

    Other Establishments Governed

    Mrs Alison Ambrose

    Parent of a  student at Robertsbridge Community College

    Employed in HR department at Battle Abbey Independent School

    Husband sometimes volunteers in living garden

    Founder Member of a Free School (Special) setting up in Hastings

    Mrs Ruth Ashenden
    (Staff Governor December 2018 - May 2019)

    Employed at Robertsbridge Community College as a Teacher of English  
    Mrs Jenny Barrett Parent of two students at Robertsbridge Community College None

    Mrs Jane Corin


    Parent of two students at Robertsbridge Community College


    Mr Peter Davies None None
    Mrs Vanessa Everett None Governor and Trustee of Vinehall School Ltd

    Mr Stephen King

    Head of Training and Skills at Let’s Do Business Group

    Chair of Governors at St Thomas’ CE Primary School, Winchelsea, East Sussex

    Mrs Karen Marr

    Shareholder & Director: Teckform O&CS Ltd, providing bookkeeping & payroll services to individuals and small businesses, providing governance training and consultancy via East Sussex County Council and the National Governance Association

    National Leader of Governance

    Chair of Local Governing Board, Jarvis Brook Primary School, Crowborough, East Sussex

    Co-opted Governor, Brede Primary School


    Mr Keith May National Leader of Governance

    Governor at Westfield Primary School

    Mrs Kathleen Robinson



    Ms Jess Wilks

    Employed at TKAT Multi Academy Trust as a Project Support Officer

    Parent of a student at Robertsbridge Community College


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    Governor Vacancies

    Governor vacancies within the college are listed on this page when they become available. Where available, click on the Detail icon to view more detail about the position (this will link to a document in either Word or PDF format). Please be sure to apply before the closing date.

    Job Description and Eligibilty for College Governor

    For further details please contact Karen Marr at:

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    Contact our Chair of Governors

    If you would like to know more please contact Karen Marr at

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    Minutes of GOVERNING BODY Meetings

    Minutes of past meetings which have been ratified by the Governing Body can be downloaded from the links below. They are provided in PDF format and are listed in reverse chronological order.


    FGB Minutes of 21st May 2019

    FGB Minutes of 30th April 2019

    FGB Minutes of 12th March 2019

    FGB Minutes of 12th February 2019

    FGB Minutes of 11th December 2018FGB Minutes of 6th November 2018FGB Minutes of 18th September 2018FGB Minutes of 10th July 2018FGB Minutes of 8th May 2018

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