Governance

The Richmond upon Thames School (RTS) is governed by the Richmond upon Thames School Trust, made up of Achieving for Children, Harlequins, Haymarket, Richmond Council and Richmond upon Thames College.

This Academy Trust is run by a board of trustees who work together to achieve the Trust’s charitable aims. Trustees are either appointed by the Trust Members or by the Trust Board. In addition, two trustees are elected by the parent body. 

The Trust Board is responsible for the operation of the school and for exercising its statutory powers and duties.

RTS Trust

Richmond upon Thames College, Haymarket Media Group, Harlequins, Clarendon School, Richmond Council and Achieving for Children have been working together since 2013 to create an exciting Education and Enterprise Campus on the existing College site on Egerton Road in Twickenham. The ambition is to create an outstanding Campus for education, skills and enterprise.

In June 2014, the Department for Education gave conditional approval for The Richmond upon Thames School Trust to establish a new secondary school, The Richmond upon Thames School (RTS) as part of this Campus. In October 2016, the Trust achieved full planning permission for the school's permanent accommodation on Egerton Road and in February 2017, we signed the Funding Agreement, enabling RTS to open in September 2017.

The Richmond upon Thames School (RTS) is governed by the Richmond upon Thames School Trust. This Academy Trust is a state funded charity and a company limited by guarantee, with no share capital or shareholders.  It was incorporated on 17 December 2012 and is governed by its Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and Funding Agreement with the Department for Education (copies of these documents are available from the drop down menu to the left). The subscribing members of the Academy Trust are Achieving for Children, Harlequins, Haymarket, Richmond Council and Richmond upon Thames College. Details of their representatives can be found below:

Member

Member Representative

Achieving for Children

Nick Whitfield (appointed 14.12.17) to be replaced by Ian Dodds on 15.01.19

Harlequins

David Ellis (appointed 02.11.17)

Haymarket Media

Kevin Costello (appointed 31.08.17)

Royal Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Mandy Skinner (appointed 08.01.14)

Richmond upon Thames College

Robin Ghurbhurun (appointed 13.09.17)


The RTS Trust has two layers of governance: its members and its trustees. 

The Function of the Trust Board

The trust board manages the business of the academy trust and focuses on the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The trustees also ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects, with company and charity law, and ensure adherence to the trust’s funding agreement with the Secretary of State. The full board of trustees meets at least once each term to pursue these objectives.

Committees

The trust board delegates certain functions to dedicated committees. There are three main committees:

  • Finance & Resources (Chair: Jason Hughes) oversees budget setting, monitoring and review, oversees staffing arrangements including pay, oversees statutory compliance, the school premises and health & safety.
  • Teaching & Learning (Chair: Rob Gordon) oversees student progress and outcomes, the curriculum and quality of teaching. 
  • Pupils, Parents & Community (Chair: Jim Eyre) oversees safeguarding, inclusion, attendance, behaviour and the wider school community. 

These committees meet at least every term and there are further committees and panels which meet as and when required.

Trust Board Membership

Trustees are appointed or elected as permitted by the Articles of Association. Each trustee has a four year term of office which may be extended for a further term of four years. Up to ten trustees can be appointed by the members. Further 'Co-opted' trustees may be appointed by the trust board. Two trustees who are elected by school parents.

Full details of all current trustees including their full names, dates of appointment, the committees they serve on and positions of responsibility are shown in the table below (including details of any trustees who have stepped down during the last 12 months). Biographical details of members and trustees, their attendance at meetings over the last academic year and details of their relevant business and pecuniary interests are available from the drop down menu to the left.

Chair of the Trust Board

The Chair of the Trust Board is appointed annually. The current Chair is Shetal Bhatt and she can be contacted via the school office: info@rts.richmond.sch.uk.

RTS Trust Board 2018/2019

Governor name

Committee membership

Designation/link

Category

Appointing body (Relevant article)

Term of office

Shetal Bhatt (Chair of Trust Board)
Pupils, Parents & Community
Safeguarding and CLA 
HT appraisal group

Trustee
Appointed by the Trust Board (article 58)

25.05.17 -
24.05.21

Evan Demetriou
Pupils, Parents & Community
Attendance 

Trustee
Appointed by the Trust Board (article 58)

12.12.17 -
11.12.21

Kelly Dooley
(Headteacher)
All committees

Trustee 
Appointed by the Members (article 57)

01.09.16 -
31.08.20

Jim Eyre
Pupils, Parents & Community (Chair)
Health & Safety
HT appraisal group

Trustee
Appointed by the Members (article 50)

12.12.17 -
11.12.21

Sarah Filby
Finance & Resources
HT appraisal group

Trustee
Appointed by the Trust Board (article 58)

18.09.18 -
17.09.22

Rob Gordon
Teaching & Learning (Chair)
PPG

Trustee
Elected by parent body (article 53)

06.02.18 -
05.02.22

Jason Hughes
Finance & Resources (Chair)
GDPR

Trustee
Appointed by the Trust Board (article 58)

21.09.17 -
20.09.21

Rachael Prasher (Vice Chair of Trust Board)
Finance & Resources
HT appraisal group (Chair)

Trustee
Appointed by the Members (article 50)

28.02.17 - 
27.02.21

Jane Spencer
Teaching & Learning
SEND

Trustee
Appointed by the Members (article 50)

24.04.18 - 
23.04.22

Jennii Marker
Pupils, Parents & Community

Trustee

resigned
12.11.18

John O’Shea
Teaching & Learning

Trustee

resigned
26.10.18

Kieron White
Finance & Resources

 Trustee

resigned 26.06.18

 

 

Trustee and Member Attendance Record

Governors’ attendance at full Governing Body and Committee meetings 2017/18

 

  Full Governing Body Students & Community Committee Finance & Resources Committee Pay & Personnel Committee
Shetal Bhatt 5/6 6/6    
Evan Demetriou 3/3 4/4    
Kelly Dooley 6/6 6/6 5/5 4/4
Jim Eyre 2/3     4/4
Sarah Filby 2/3   1/1 2/2
Rob Gordon 2/2 3/3    
Jason Hughes 6/6   4/5  
Jennii Marker 3/3   1/2  
John O'Shea 4/6 5/6    
Rachael Prasher 5/6     4/4
Jane Spencer 1/2 4/4   1/1
Kieron White* 4/5   5/5  
*resigned 26.06.18   

Members' attendance at Members Meetings 2017/18 

Member Number of meetings attended
Total number of meetings 3
includes formal attendance of proxy  
Haymarket 3/3
Harlequins 2/3
Richmond upon Thames College 3/3
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames 2/3
Achieving for Children 1/3

Trust Board Code of Conduct

Governing Body Code of Conduct

 

Trustee Biographies

Shetal Bhatt
Chair of Trust Board


Shetal is a marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience at several blue chip companies including Shell and SUBWAY. Specialising in Loyalty and Customer Relationship Management, she has led international and culturally diverse teams to deliver well-known loyalty programmes across Europe and speaks fluent German. She has been a resident of the borough all her life, attending local state schools, and her parents owned two successful businesses in Teddington. With a niece and nephew about to start their primary education in this borough, Shetal is excited about having a new secondary school in the area and looks forward to helping deliver the school vision of ‘Excellence Through Endeavour’ to ensure the future workforce gets the best foundation to make their future career choices.

Evan Demetriou

Evan Demetriou has lived in the Richmond Borough all of his life and is married with three children. He is a business owner of hair and beauty salons and also lectures and assesses in the hairdressing industry. He has a passion for education and hopes that his own children will attend RTS one day. Laying a good foundation to a new school drives him to give his best as a Community governor and for the future of the school and the children that attend.

Kelly Dooley 

Kelly Dooley was appointed Head Teacher of The Richmond upon Thames School in February 2016 and joined the RuTCFS Trust full-time in September of the same year. Previously, Kelly was a Deputy Head Teacher in a large inner London school with responsibility for teaching and learning, staff development and IT infrastructure. On graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama she went on to teach English and Media Studies. Kelly has been a Head of Department, Assistant Head Teacher and has a Masters Degree from Bournemouth University. Kelly has devoted her professional career to date to London schools and to securing success for all.

Jim Eyre 

Jim Eyre has been the Commercial Operations Director of Harlequins since 2015, a role that includes Operational delivery, Community engagement and the Club’s Foundation, with emphasis on the provision of sport and mental resilience coaching in local schools and clubs. He served in the British Army for 25 years, commanded his Regiment, and spent a significant time deployed overseas, regularly working with the FCO and other Governmental departments. He has an MA from Cranfield University and was further educated at the Manchester Business School.

Sarah Filby

Sarah has worked for Richmond Council since 2009.  She is currently responsible for several major innovative transformation projects that are key Council priorities, working with a range of communities and professionals to put local aspirations into action and deliver physical improvements in the Borough.  Since joining the Council in 2009 Sarah has worked across a range of council functions including housing policy and development – commissioning services for homeless young people, corporate strategy and organisational change programmes, and latterly resident consultation and engagement. Before coming to Richmond, Sarah studied Geography at Oxford University.

Rob Gordon 

Rob Gordon moved into the borough in 2000 and is married with two sons. His elder son is a founding student at RTS. Rob has a BA Hons in Engineering and runs his own IT Consultancy business. Since joining the Governing Body in March, Rob hopes to use his IT experience and parent standpoint to help RTS continue its huge strides in creating an amazing school for the students

Jason Hughes 

Jason has lived in the borough for over 25 years and is married with two sons who have been educated in local primary schools. With experience in both the financial and education sectors he hopes to make a significant contribution to the development of Richmond Upon Thames School.

Rachael Prasher
Vice-Chair of Trust Board

Rachael is Director at the Haymarket Media Group, which she joined in 1993. She has worked and lived in the borough of Richmond upon Thames for over 20 years. She is married with three children, who have been or are being educated in local state schools. Rachael brings years of experience of developing multi-platform media products across a range of markets and her current role sees her overseeing Haymarket's Automotive market. Rachael has deep experience of managing large teams and bringing together broad stakeholder groups behind a common goal. Her ambition is to share that experience along with her knowledge of business to contribute to the future success of the Richmond upon Thames School (RTS).  

 Jane Spencer

Jane has lived in the Borough of Richmond for the past 30 years and has 3 children who all attended primary school in Kew.  After 5 years at the PA Consulting Group working on a variety of consultancy assignments, she moved into the field of corporate communications and marketing working originally as a director of an agency employed by many clients in the FTSE 100 and more recently as freelance copywriter and communications consultant. She became a magistrate in West London 15 years ago and currently sits on the Adult Criminal Bench in Wimbledon and on the London Family Bench sitting at Hatton Cross.  She has extensive experience as a school governor as a member of the governing bodies of a number of Richmond primary schools for the last 20 years, including being Chair of Governors at 3 of the schools. She is currently an Associate Member of the governing body at Darell Primary and Nursery School and was appointed a trustee of a new local Multi Academy Trust in 2016. Jane joined the shadow Board of Achieving for Children in July 2013 and was appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Director on 1st April 2014 when the social enterprise company was created by Richmond and Kingston Councils.  Her particular responsibility on the Board is for education and SEND. She is delighted to have been appointed to the Trust Board of such an exciting new school and looks forward to contributing to its success.

Scheme of Delegation

The Trust Board and committee terms of reference are reviewed and adopted annually.

The terms of reference for 2018/19 will be published here in December 2018.

A summary of our scheme of delegation can be found here:

Summary Scheme of Delegation November 2018

Register of Member and Trustee Interests

Members' and Trustees' Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Trsuees have a legal duty to act only in the best interests of the school. In order to identify and potential conflict, trustees are required to declare annually:

  • ownership or partnership of a company or organisation which may be used by the trust/school to provide goods or services;
  • goods or services offered which may be used by the trust/school;
  • any close relation to someone who satisfies either of the above;
  • any close relationship to someone who is employed by the trust/school.

Trustees are also required to disclose if they are a governor or trustee at another school.

In addition to an annual declaration, trustees are required to disclose any personal or business interest in any agenda item at the beginning of every meeting and temporarily leave the meeting whilst that item is being discussed.

Summary of Trustees' Interests

 

Name

Position

Name of Organisation

Nature of Interest

Interest registered

Shetal Bhatt

(Chair of Trust Board)

Senior Account Director

Fuel Data Consultancy

Employee

21.12.17

Evan Demetriou

Director

Grade 1 Hampton Ltd

Director

21.12.17

   

Colour Bar Ealing

Director

21.12.17

Kelly Dooley

Head Teacher

Richmond upon Thames School

Employee

12.12.17

   

Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

Member

21.12.17

   

National Union of Teachers (NUT)

Member

21.12.17

Jim Eyre

Commercial Operations Director

Harlequin FC



Employee



22.12.17



 

Household Cavalry Foundation

Director/Trustee

22.12.17

   

Clock Tower Foundation

Director/Trustee

22.12.17

Sarah Filby

Programme Manager

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Employee

20.12.17

Rob Gordon

None declared

13.03.18

Jason Hughes

Compliance Officer

Royal Ballet School

Employee

13.12.17

Jennii Marker*

Curriculum Leader (Art/DT)

RTS

Employee

31.01.18

John O’Shea**

Deputy Principal

Richmond upon Thames College

Employee

22.12.17

   

Richmond College Trading

Director

22.12.17

Rachael Prasher

(Vice Chair of Trust Board)

Managing Director

Haymarket Media Group (Haymarket Automotive)



Employee



21.12.17



 

Women’s Institute (Teddington WI)

President

21.12.17

Jane Spencer

PR and Marketing consultant




Self-employed

15.12.17

   

Achieving for Children

Non-executive Director

15.12.17

   

Every Child, Every Day Trust

Trustee

15.12.17

   

Darell Primary and Nursery School

Associate Member

15.12.17

Kieron White***

Management Consultant

White Consultants Ltd

Director

20.03.18

   

WCL Alumni Ltd (trading as Think Alumni)

Director

20.03.18

   

WCL UK Ltd (trading as Think IT)

Director

20.03.18

   

OLK Property Ltd

Director

20.03.18

* resigned 12.11.18
** resigned 26.10.18
*** resigned 26.06.18

Summary of Members' Interests 

Name Position Name of Organisation Nature of Interest Interests registered
Kevin Costello

Chief Executive

 

 

 

Haymarket Media Group

Frontline

PPA (Professional Publishers Association)

Employee

Board Member

Board Member

12.10.18

 

David Ellis

 

Chief Executive

 

Harlequin Football Club

 

Employee

 

14.05.18

 

Robin Ghurbhurun

Chief Executive / Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richmond upon Thames College

St Matthew's Primary School, Surbiton

RUTC Trading Services

JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee)

Richmond upon Thames Chamber of Commerce

Association of Colleges Technology Portfolio Group

Employee

 

Chair of Governors

 

Director

 

Director/Trustee

 

Board Member

 

Member

 

12.10.18
Mandy Skinner Assistant Director London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Employee 05.02.18
Ian Dodds Interim Chief Executive Achieving for Children Employee pending



Audited Accounts

Please click on the links to see these documents:

Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 August 2016

Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 August 2017

Articles of Association

The RTS Trust's Articles of Association can be accessed here.

Funding Agreement

The RTS Trust's Funding Agreement can be accessed here.