The Thomas Hardye School

The Thomas Hardye School Governors

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Thomas Hardye School is also part of Wessex Multi Academy Trust (WMAT). A Multi Academy Trust is a single entity established to undertake a strategic collaboration to improve and maintain high educational standards across a number of schools. A group of schools form a single MAT which has overarching responsibility for their governance.

Further information about WMAT and its governance can be found on this page. To contact WMAT, please call 01305 266064 or write to the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Foley c/o Thomas Hardye School, Queens Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT4 9LE

Chair of Directors: Mr Garry Batt

The Thomas Hardye Governing Body consists of the following Categories:

Foundation Governors    4
Staff Governors    2
Parent Governors  2
Co-opted 4

Head Teacher 1

Currently there are 13 Governors

The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Vicky Smyth

Queens Ave

The Governors of Thomas Hardye School are:

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Foundation Governors:

Mr Tony Moore (Chair)
Mr Tony Foot
Mr Tim Gallego
Mr David Grassby (Acting Vice Chair)
Prof Hugh Griffiths

Parent Governors: 

Mrs Rachel Turberville-Smith

Teacher Governor:    

Mrs Rachel Glennie

Support Staff Governor:

Mr Mike Faulkner

Co-opted Governor:

Mr Simon Conibear
Mr Alan Trowbridge
Mrs Hilary Over
Mr Tony Moore

Head Teacher:        

Mr Mike Foley








Governors without a link role/area of interest - Tim Gallego
Staff Governors – Mike Foley, Mike Faulkner, Rachel Glennie
Terms of Office – All Governor Terms end on 25/02/2024 APART from:, Mike Faulkner (24/11/24), Rachel Glennie (25/11/24), Rachel Turberville-Smith (28/03/22), Mike Foley (Ex-Offico)


Tony Moore   Simon Conibear
Tony Moore   Simon Conibear
Mike Faulkner Mike Foley Tony Foot
Mike Faulkner Mike Foley Tony Foot
Tim Gallego David Grassby Huh Griffiths
Tim Gallego David Grassby

Hugh Griffiths

Rachel Glennie   Rachel Turbeville Smith
Rachel Glennie   Rachel Turberville-Smith


More about Wessex Multi Academy Trust Governance

WMAT has three layers of governance.  This is to ensure robust leadership, full accountability and to meet the requirements of the Memorandum, Articles of Association and Funding Agreements, which are statutory documents entered into with the Secretary of State for Education. The three layers are: Members, Trustees/Directors and Local Governors. The governance roles are all unpaid, voluntary roles.

Members: The Members are accountable to the Department for Education and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives.  They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and/or remove Trustees.  There are five Members of the WMAT and they presently meet termly with the AGM taking place in January.

Trustees/Directors: The Directors set the strategic direction for the MAT and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of schools within it.  As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements.  The Directors are appointed for their skills, knowledge or experience and fulfil the three core governance functions:

  • ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the Chief Executive Officer to account for the educational performance of the Trust schools and their pupils and the performance management of its staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the Trust and making sure its money is well spent

The Scheme of Delegation details the powers delegated to the different bodies involved in the governance of the MAT and sets out who is responsible for making which decisions within the Trust.   WMAT presently has seven Directors that meet monthly during term time.

Local Governing Body: Each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) which is a committee of the Trust Board of Directors.  The LGB is made up of community representatives and elected parent and staff representatives, with the skills and experience that enable them to support the Directors and Headteachers by adding local context and challenge.  This is to ensure that each school offers the very best provision.  The LGB have governance functions delegated to them by the Trust Board of Directors for their particular school via the Scheme of Delegation and are accountable to the Trust Board of Directors.

Executive Leadership Team: The Executive Leadership Team are the operational management team of the MAT, employed to ensure excellent education and effective deployment of resources for all schools within the MAT.


Meetings for 2020-21


List of Members, Governors, Trustees showing Business Interests - 2019/20 (pdf)


Annual Report and Financial Statement 2019 (pdf)


Scheme of Delegation (pdf)


Deed of Variation THS Supplemental Funding Agreement (pdf)

Supplemental Funding Agreement (pdf)


Master Funding Agreement Nov 18 (pdf)


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