Board of Governors
The Foundation comprises Kingswood School and Kingswood Preparatory School. The Board of Governors spans both Schools, thereby ensuring continuity of policy and responsibility.
The Board of Governors meets regularly to review strategy, charitable objects (education, religion and public benefit) and the functioning of the Foundation. As well as Board members, Governors are also Trustees of the Charity, Kingswood School and Directors of Kingswood School Trustee Limited, the financial entity of the Foundation.
The main committees meet termly and are led by members of the Board, as selected by the Chair. Reporting to each of the main committees is a series of sub-committees and working groups that are either Governor-led or staff-led with Governors' attendance.
To contact the Chair of Governors, or any of the Board:
Email: [email protected] (Claire Damman, Assistant Clerk to the Governors)
Telephone: +441225 734300
Address: Claire Damman, Kingswood School, Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5RG
Membership of the Board
The Board is led by the Chair of Governors. Two Board members are ex-officio, representing the Methodist Church and the Methodist Independent Schools Trust. Recommendations on appointments to the Board are made by the Nominations Committee for endorsement by the Board.
Board members may serve a single term of four years and may remain on the Board for a second term of three years and a third term of three years by mutual agreement with the Chair.
The Chair of Governors ensures that the Board comprises members with a wide range of backgrounds and professional expertise so that it can operate successfully. To this end, the Board currently includes members with professional backgrounds in education, the Church, business, finance, land and property, law, and business management.
The Headmaster of Kingswood Senior School and Principal of the Foundation attends the Board and main committee meetings. The Headmaster of Kingswood Preparatory School, the Senior Deputy Head and the other Deputy Heads are also invited to Board and committee meetings.
Supporting the Board, in the role of Clerk to the Governors, is the Director of Finance and Operations, who is supported by the Assistant Clerk.
Responsibilities of the Board of Governors
The principal role of the Board is to ensure that the Kingswood School Foundation meets its primary charitable object of furthering education at Kingswood School.
Other key responsibilities include the following:
- Ensure that the Christian nature of the Foundation is upheld
- Maintain the economic wellbeing of the Foundation
- Ensure that the Foundation’s public benefit obligations (including bursaries) are met
- Set the Foundation’s strategy
- Appoint the Principal and Headmaster of the Kingswood School Foundation
- Ensure that government legislation, inspection and compliance are correctly addressed
- Ensure that risks to the Foundation are mitigated