Governing Body

Governance of Kilburn Grange School

Kilburn Grange School is overseen by a Local Governing Body (LGB) which has a strong focus on three strategic functions:

  • Ensuring the school is governed following the Trust & school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, ensuring value for money is achieved.

These functions have been delegated to the LGB by the Bellevue Place Education Trust, which is the maintaining authority for the school. Visit the BPET website for information on BPET’s governance structure and how this links with Kilburn Grange School.

Free Schools are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, Kilburn Grange benefits from the Trust – a network of schools under one legal body.

BPET responsibilities are set out in the two following documents that are contracts between BPET and Secretary of State for Education:

  • Master Funding Agreement – a contract with BPET, as a multi academy sponsor
  • Supplementary Funding Agreement– a sub contract of the above for Kilburn Grange School

The delegation for Kilburn Grange School is set out in the BPET Scheme of Delegation.  To support BPET Governors, all are provided with a Governance Handbook that set out the terms of reference, structure, along with a code of conduct for BPET governors.

This means that Kilburn Grange School governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

Kilburn Grange’s LGB is made up with the following appointments:

    • Four community governors appointed by BPET, which usually includes the Chair – these are governors with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area.
    • Two staff governors – an elected staff member and the Headteacher (as an ex-officio appointment)
    • Two parent governors 

A governor’s term of office is four years and no governor will be expected to serve more than two terms.

The LGB meets six times a year. To support the role of the LGB, Kilburn Grange School has established a Finance sub-committee. The committee is made up of two governors and the Headteacher – they meet at least three times a year to support the overall work of the LGB.

All governors are required to complete a Declaration of pecuniary and personal interest every academic year.  For information regarding Declarations of Interest of the Governing Body for 2017/18 and other details please click here.

Please click here to see the Annual Governance Report for 2016/2017.

Current Governors

thumb_Damon_1024Damon Lacey – Chair of Governors

Focus areas: Attainment, SEND

Damon has lived in Kensal Green for over two years, having moved to London for work in 2011. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Business Administration and now works as a management consultant, specialising in company pension schemes, and works for a small company based in Hemel Hempstead. Damon has worked with some of the largest companies and brands in the UK and is also a member of the Board of his industry’s professional body. Outside of work, Damon is the holder of a Private Pilot’s Licence.

Mark Lowe – Community Governor

Focus areas: Safeguarding, Admissions/Attendance, SEF, Parental Engagement

Mark Lowe is a PR and communications expert with more than 20 years experience. After graduating with degrees in English and Politics, he worked in some of London’s leading PR and marketing agencies before co-founding his own company in 2010, which now has a 25-strong team and a client list including some of the UK’s biggest brands. Mark lives in Queens Park and is a trustee of the charity NACCC. Contact details:


2016-03-23 18.16.06Amanda Burgess – Community Governor & Trust Representative

Focus areas: Finance, Links with BPET

Amanda Burgess is the Head of Finance at Bellevue Place Education Trust. Amanda previously worked at Oasis Community Learning where she was the Finance Director for two large secondary schools and one primary school. Previous to that, she supported eight primaries in Birmingham when they converted to academies as part of the Oasis Trust. Amanda was also the Finance Manager in a special school in Hertfordshire and has been in the education sector for over five years. Prior to that, Amanda was working in Local Government finance for over 25 years including Children’s, Leisure and Central services. Amanda is also a volunteer parent Trustee and Treasurer of a small charity providing play schemes and respite care for children with special needs and their families.


james-mutton James Mutton- Community Governor

Focus areas: Attainment, Behaviour & Welfare

James is Head of Geography at a large secondary school in West London. During his teaching career, he has taught in three schools across London, including being part of the opening of a new Free School. Following a Geography degree at the University of Edinburgh, James completed a his PGCE, a Masters of Education and a Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Assessment at the University of Cambridge. He is a keen traveller, and likes to encourage his students to explore the wider world.


RiannaRianna Poulos Community Governor

Focus areas: Maths, Health & Safety, Premises

Rianna is senior consultant for a digital strategy, creative and customer technology agency. She is passionate about delivering business value and great customer experience, and has considerable experience of working on projects to improve operational efficiency.


Helen RichardsonHelen Richardson – Headteacher

Helen joined BPET in March 2015 and supported during the opening phase, shaping the curriculum and handpicking the staff in order to give Kilburn Grange School the very best start.  Since opening, Helen has appointed a Family Support Worker who is instrumental in supporting the pupils and parents.  Having taught in Newham for 16 years, Helen decided to undertake this unique and exciting opportunity of growing a brand new school by embarking on her first headship.  Helen has built very strong relationships with the parents, carers and wider community, and is looking forward to watching the school reach it’s full capacity in 2022!


Jonathan Kruger – Parent Governor

Focus areas: Finance, PPG

Jonathan lives in Queens Park and has a daughter in Reception. He is the founder of a fast-growing technology/internet start-up. He holds a degree in Politics and brings a wide range of experience including digital marketing, business operations and fundraising.

Jennifer Fee – Parent Governor

Jennifer has a daughter in Reception and seven years’ teaching experience, currently working part-time. She is involved in the PTCA and regularly organises fundraising events.


Sarah Storey – Staff Governor

Focus areas: Attainment, Phonics





Mike Herlihy The Clerk to the LGB

I joined Kilburn Grange School as Clerk to the Governing Body in September 2015 and I work closely with the Headteacher and the Governors. It is a lovely school with dedicated staff and very supportive and committed governors all striving to making Kilburn Grange School a success by meeting the challenges which inevitably emerge when starting a new school. Having worked for local and national organisations for many years in the Governance field as a Chartered Secretary, I currently  hold a number of positions as Clerk to Governing Body/Company Secretary to an Academy Trust and I enjoy working with all the different schools (academies/free schools/maintained schools) across all phases. I also act as Clerk to another BPET school, Whitehall Park. Each school is very different. I am also a specialist youth magistrate and have recently finished my term of Office  as Chair  of the Youth Court for the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent and Harrow . I also currently sit on two Local Authority Youth justice boards. You could say the courtroom and the classroom are important places for me!


Governor Appointment and Attendance Record

All schools are required to publish each governors appointment date, type of governor, term of office and attendance record. This is set out in the annual Governance Statement. Below is a table of the Kilburn Grange governors and their lead Governor roles this academic year 2017/18.

GovernorsTypeDate appointed/resignedSpecific Governor Responsibility
Mark LoweCommunity1 Sept 15 - presentSafeguarding/Leadership and Management
Damon LacyCommunity29 Sept 15 - presentHealth and Safety/Premises/Special Educational Needs
Rianna PoulosCommunity1 Sept 15 - presentQuality of Teaching/Curriculum/Health & Safety
James MuttonCommunity31 May 16 - presentBehaviour
Amanda BurgessCommunity - Trust Rep5 Oct 15 - presentFinance
Helen RichardsonStaff (ex-officio)1 Sept 15 - present
Sarah StoreyStaff1 May 17 - presentPhonics
Jonathan KrugerParent17 Oct 16 - presentCurriculum/Pupil Premium
Ana DiezParentJan 17 - presentParental Engagement
Jennifer FeeParentMarch 10 - present

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