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Orchard School Bristol

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Trust in Learning (Academies) - TiLA

Trust in Learning is a multi-academy trust committed to improving schools and the experiences of children and young people so that they can become successful learners and responsible citizens.

Our Vision: is to improve the quality of schooling and outcomes in Bristol and the West of England for children and young people by promoting communities that trust in learning and the endeavour of education to transform lives. We support and challenge this improvement through fostering the autonomy and empowerment of effective leadership and governance.

Our Values: are ones that promote an inclusive approach to education where we seek to overcome social disadvantage and bring about social cohesion and equality. In order to do this we challenge traditional approaches to schooling to bring about sustained change through supporting excellence of leadership and classroom practice.

Our values are underpinned by the belief that partnership and collaborative working are the foundation blocks for successful education outcomes, that we all have individual and collective strength and opportunity by supporting and learning from others.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Trust in Learning – the best classrooms
  • Trust in Leadership – the best leaders
  • Trust in Local Governance – the best local commitment

Orchard School Bristol's Structure of Governance

Orchard School Bristol's governing body is a Local Governing Body (LGB). Members of the LGB are appointed by the Chair of Governors and the Headteacher, on behalf of TiLA.

Governors serve 4 years in office, from their date of appointment. Governors are appointed by the Chair of Governors and the Headteacher.

There are two committees within the LGB:

  • The Curriculum, Teaching and Care Committee (CTC). The Chair of the CTC is Lucy Preston.
  • The Finance, People and Premises Committee (FPP). The Chair of the FPP is Laura Kochanski.

The Scheme of Delegation, which includes the remit, of our LGB can be accessed by clicking here.

The Terms of Reference (remit) for the CTC can be accessed by clicking here.

The Terms of Reference (remit) for the FPP can be accessed by clicking here.

The Governor meeting attendance record can be accessed here.

Governor declarations of relevant business or pecuniary interests are listed as a file in each governor's profile, below. 

Our calendar of LGB meetings, 2020-2021, can be found here.

If you wish to contact any member of the LGB, please email Sarah Barker, Clerk to Governors: sabarker@orchard.tila.school or telephone: 01173772000

Governor Vacancies

May 2021:

We have a vacancy for a school governor. Becoming a governor is a voluntary role. Previous experience is desirable, but not essential as training and support will be given. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. Please click here to read the full details and email Sarah Barker, Clerk to Governors, if you would like to know more: sabarker@orchard.tila.school.

 Orchard School Bristol's Local Governing Body Members

Craig Lambourne

Craig is the Chair of the LGB.

Date of Craig's appointment: 8th February 2019

Craig says: "I am the Chair of Governors and the link governor for safeguarding. I'm a retail manager with over 8 years' experience as a school governor and I am very keen to support students in receiving the best learning opportunities."

Craig's declaration of relevant business or pecuniary interests can be found here.

Jen Baughan 

Jen is a member of the FPP committee.

Date of Jen's appointment: 12 March 2021

Jen says: "Orchard School is my local secondary school and, having lived in Horfield for over 10 years, I was really happy to join Orchard’s Local Governing Body in March 2021.  Over the past 14 years I has worked across the private, public, community and social enterprise sectors with particular focus on supporting young people to identify and reach their potential.  I am currently CEO of Solutions for the Planet, we connect businesses with schools.  We run programmes promoting STEM and employability skills, youth voice and leadership, and sustainability.  I am passionate about our local community and the holistic education of our young people and I hope to bring my skills and experience as a CEO, and passion as an educator to support the team at Orchard be the best we can be."

Jen's declaration of relevant business or pecuniary interests will be uploaded shortly.

 Anya Green

Anya is the link governor for Pupil Premium. 

Date of Anya's appointment: 8 February 2019.  

Anya says: "I joined the LGB at Orchard in February 2019 and have lived in the Horfield area for around 4 years. I currently work at the Office for Students, looking at teaching excellence in universities and colleges, and I have also worked on improving access to higher education. I graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA (Hons) in Human Sciences and during my time as a student I was involved in a number of access and outreach programmes.  I have enjoyed getting to know the school and the local community over the last 2 years and look forward to continuing my work as link governor for Pupil Premium."

Anya's declaration of relevant business or pecuniary interests can be found here.

Laura Kochanski

Laura is Finance Link Governor and the Chairs the Finance, People and Premises Committee.

Date of Laura's appointment: 2 March 2017. 4 year term of office extended to 31 August 2021. 

Laura says: "Before retiring in 2017, I worked for KPMG for over 30 years as an accountant and tax adviser.  I am married with two grown up daughters and have lived in North Bristol since 1988. I want to support my local school in providing an excellent education to the young people in this community."

Laura's declaration of relevant business or pecuniary interests can be found here.

Matt Jukes

Matt is on the CTC committee and is the link governor for oracy. 

Date of Matt's appointment: 25 November 2019.  

Matt says: "I had a long career as a public servant, culminating in leading the team who rebuilt the Office for National Statistics website, before joining civic technology stalwarts mySociety. There, I launched FixMyStreet Pro and worked with Facebook on their 'Town Hall' product. I am now Managing Director of Foundry4, helping organisations improve their technology and ways of working. I have spoken at conferences in the UK and internationally and I also write a popular blog on the topic of agile ways of working.  I went to school - including the sixth form - at Orchard School's predecessor Monks Park School, as did my brother, mother, aunt, uncles and cousins. I still live locally."

Matt's declaration of relevant business or pecuniary interests can be found here.

Dr Jody Muelaner

Jody is on the CTC committee and is the link governor for careers. 

Date of Jody's appointment: 1 September 2019. 

Jody says: "I am a mechanical engineer; I provide consultancy to aerospace manufacturing and I write articles covering manufacturing, metrology and machine design. I have a particular interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)."

Jody's declaration of relevant business or pecuniary interests can be found here.

 Lucy Preston

Lucy is chair of the CTC committee and is the link governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and wellbeing. 

Date of Lucy's appointment: 3 May 2018. 

Lucy says: "I became a governor at OSB in September 2019. Having recently moved back to the area I was keen to become involved in the community and use my experience in education to support where I could. I have really enjoyed getting to know the school and look forward being part of whatever the next chapter will bring.   

I currently work at Learning with Parents, a charity working with primary schools to support effective parental engagement in disadvantaged communities. 

My career in education began as a Learning Mentor with City Year London, a youth and education charity. I then taught Maths at a secondary school in Birmingham through the Teach First programme, before working in widening participation to support underrepresented pupils to access highly selective universities."

Lucy's declaration of relevant business or pecuniary interests can be found here.

 Libby Thompson

Libby is Vice Chair of Governors and is on the FPP committee. She is link governor for Health and Safety. 

Date of Libby's appointment: 3 May 2018

Libby says: "I am an Occupational Therapist, and over 12 years ago decided to make the move from clinical practice into higher education (HE). I have worked at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) for over 12 years, starting as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, progressing into my current role of Associate Head of the Department of Allied Health Professions.

As Associate Head of Department I hold the portfolio for quality. This involves leading the department in all aspects of quality monitoring, student assessment activity, professional, statutory and regulatory body activity, and curriculum design, enhancement and approval. I still retain a teaching role in the Occupational Therapy programme; working with our second-year students and supporting final year students through their research projects. My experience in curriculum design and development has led to my role as a member of a range of University Approval Panels, and a continuing passion for my profession has supported me to recently start my second term as Chair of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists South West Committee.

Obviously, as an Occupational Therapist, I appreciate the importance of occupational balance, and so outside of work I enjoy ballet, canoeing, voluntary work and a spot of floristry."

Libby's declaration of relevant business or pecuniary interests can be found here.

John Salter

John is a member of the CTC committee.

Date of John's appointment: 1 September 2019

John says: "I have 20 years experience of being a governor - 6 of them as Chair of Governors at Woodstock Special School. I am also a governor at Bridge Learning Campus,  with Finance and Health and Safety being my key roles.

Bristol born, I attended St Gabriel’s Primary School and after passing my 11+ I started at Bedminster Down in September 1960, when some parts of the school were still being built.

My first involvement with schools came with doing Mock interviews and Industry days which always gave me great satisfaction.  In retirement myself and my wife have helped out with Grandparent duties and I still follow my lifelong hobby of Railway Engineering. We recently celebrated 50 years  of marriage."

John's declaration of relevant business or pecuniary interests can be found here.

Julia Hinchliffe

Julia is the Headteacher of Orchard School Bristol and will serve as governor for as long as she holds the post of Headteacher.

Sarah Barker

Sarah is the Clerk to Governors. She is also a Teacher of English at Orchard. You can email Sarah will any enquiries regarding governance: sabarker@orchard.tila.school

 Becoming a Governor

Becoming a governor is a voluntary role. Previous experience is desirable, but not essential as training and support will be given. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Governors at sabarker@orchard.tila.school  or call 0117 377 2000. 

Members of the Local Governing Body are appointed as trust sponsored governors by Trust in Learning, supporting and challenging the improvement agenda of the school. The key role for the LGB is to evaluate the actions and practices of the senior team and Head and work with the board to ensure it carries out its duties effectively. Governors usually serve for four years from the start of their appointment.