The Old School Henstead is fortunate to have energetic and committed Governors who take an interest in all aspects of the life of the school and are responsible, together with the Headmaster, for strategic planning. The day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Headmaster, who in turn is supported by a lively, well qualified and very experienced professional staff.
npk NICOLAS KINGSLEY, Chair of Governors, has been a partner at Sprake & Kingsley since 1991, having practised law in Norfolk since 1976. Nic was appointed a governor in 2009. He lives locally and has three children (all long out of school!). Nic is committed to the school and its ethos and is interested personally in sport of all sorts, being involved locally in Rugby Union, which he still plays. He is also a trustee of the Philip Wayre Wildlife Trust as well as Honorary Secretary of Crusaders RUFC. He is a (worried) supporter of NCFC.
Nic Kingsley is contactable via the school office.
Karen_Phillips_thumb KAREN PHILLIPS, a local solicitor and former parent of the school. Karen lives in Norwich with her partner and slightly eccentric Westie. She has worked in Suffolk for nearly twenty years. Karen is a Partner at Bungay solicitor’s Sprake & Kingsley where she assists clients with civil disputes and dispute resolution, with a particular interest in employment/HR issues. Karen has been associated with the school for ten years, has been a governor since 2010 and has a particular interest in assisting the school from a legal perspective.
4700 PAUL SMITH, MA, MEd, graduated from Queens’ College Cambridge with a degree in Geography and a blue in rugby football. He started his educational career at St John’s School, Leatherhead and moved into school leadership as Second Master at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, then into two headships: six years at Oswestry School, Shropshire and eleven years at Truro School, Cornwall. During his time at Truro School he was elected to the HMC membership Committee and became a member of Cornwall Rural County Council. Paul is married to Kathy and has two daughters and four grandsons. Kathy and Paul retired to Suffolk five years ago. Paul is also a governor at the Royal Hospital School, where he chairs the Education Committee, as well as chairing the Board of the local community shop and Secretary of the Seniors Section of Halesworth Golf Club.
4699 JON SLAY, BSc (Hons) QTS, was educated at Brunel University. After a spell as an Insurance broker in London, he took his first teaching post in 2001 at Orwell Park Prep School. He then moved to Framlingham College in 2006, where he has held several different roles including Head of Hockey, Head of Year, Director of Sport and his current role of Housemaster. Jon has a passion for sport. He played U17 County cricket, and hockey for England up to Under 21 level and also represented Great Britain. He is also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the College.
JonS DR MEGAN HARDMAN MBBS, MRCGP is a GP who also works in A & E and undertakes pre-hospital care. She was born in Great Yarmouth and trained at Guys and St Thomas’s in London before joining the Army. After seven years working as an Army GP and after an Operational Tour in Afghanistan she moved to Suffolk. She has been involved in educating medical students from UEA and continues to mentor junior doctors in pre-hospital trauma settings. She has three children; one is currently at The Old School Henstead, and two have now moved on to senior school. She is Chair of the Medical Equestrian Association, medical advisor to Riding for the Disabled and spends her spare time riding.