The Glyn Learning Foundation

Schools Standards Board (Governors)

Danetree Primary School Standards Board

Danetree Primary School is part of GLF Schools, a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) made up of Primary and Secondary schools.  The governance structure of the trust had been developed to support both the culture of GLF Schools and the effective management of a growing organisation. GLF Schools recognises the individuality of each school and that each school has its own distinct character and culture that is respectful of its community and context.

The Trust Board is accountable to the Secretary of State for all schools within the MAT and responsible for compliance with government and EFSA requirements, company law and charity law. Whilst the Trust Board will always remain accountable, there is delegation of decision making where appropriate. Further information on GLF governance arrangements can be found here

Each school within the MAT has a School Strategy Board (SSB) to provide the local governance function, to which the Trust Board delegates.

In all schools, governance, should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management, including well-being, of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Each SSB has nine members, comprised of: voluntary members of the community, elected parent representatives, the Headteacher, the School Business Manager and members of the GLF central team. The members discharge their duties through: twice termly board meetings, monitoring visits and contributing to other working groups and committees within The Trust.  Members also attend training to improve understanding of their role and to keep up to date in the ever-changing educational world.

Martin Burke (1)

Mr Martin Burke (Community SSB member)
Chair of Governors

Martin is a former chief executive of a housing association. He also served on the board of a large Croydon based housing association.

Now retired he devotes most of his time to education and charitable activities. He is a board member of GLF Schools and chairs the Resources Committee. He is a governor at West Hill school in Leatherhead and is working on the development of a new free school for children with special needs which is due to open in 2021.  Away from the world of education he is a trustee of AGEUK East Sussex and an ambassador for Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity.

Mr Stephen Minett (Parent SSB Member)

Stephen is a parent SSB with two boys currently attending Danetree. 

Stephen has worked for Royal Mail for over 20 years, mainly as an Operations Delivery Manager and in this time, he has built many skill sets in Finance, HR policies, People, Learning, Recruiting and all forms of Health and Safety along with managing a large team on a daily basis.  Stephen also has responsibility as Area Safety Rep for Unite.

He has many interests with a passion for art, history and politics.  He is also an active committee member of the Ewell Court Residents Association where he is the GDPR officer.  Stephen is looking forward to working with the SSB to support the School in this role.


Mrs Gemma Hall (Vice Chair)

Mrs Gemma Hall has just been elected to join the governing body of Danetree School as a community governor. She currently has a daughter she plans to send to Danetree when she is due to start school in 2023, and lives in the local area. Having spent her professional life in Primary education, she is currently Deputy Head teacher at a large primary school in Sutton and loves the challenge and variety in her role.

Since joining the Governing Body of Danetree in 2019, she has been inspired by the Outstanding behaviour and provision and the aspirations that staff have for every single child. She is looking forward to being involved as Danetree expands. Her professional interests are Safeguarding and Assessment and she is the school's SSB link for mental health and wellbeing. In her spare time, you will often find her at Hobbledown with her daughter or walking in Horton Country park and splashing in the puddles.

CATHERINE_ELLIS Ms Catherine Ellis (Parent SSB Member)

Catherine is a parent governor serving on the SSB and has a son currently in KS1 at the school. She has worked in graphic design for nearly 20 years and is currently an Art Director for the largest specialist children’s book publisher in the UK. Catherine manages a department of designers and the accompanying budgets, planning, workloads, processes, recruitment and contracts and hopes that her skills will prove useful to Danetree whilst she sits on the board. She is enthusiastic that all children are nurtured in their love of reading and is delighted that literacy is a key priority for Danetree. Catherine is keen that all children benefit from not just an excellent academic start at Danetree but also a well-rounded and inclusive experience including music, sport and the arts.
Marie Jansen Heeks

Mrs Marie Jansson Heeks (Community SSB Member)

Marie is a solicitor and solicitor advocate as well as a UK and European patent attorney, working with the world’s most brilliant and cutting edge companies and technologies at Dentons UK and Middle East LLP, the world's largest law firm.


With a degree in Biochemical Engineering, Marie is passionate about science and technology. She is therefore extremely keen that all children are not only provided with a solid and well-rounded education in their primary years, but also have sufficient exposure to and focus on the STEM subjects. Marie has two primary aged children, and in her free time, spends much of her time building robots with them and generally devising science experiments (including ones whilst baking in the kitchen!).


Gareth Blake Governor

Mr Gareth Blake (Community SSB Member)

Gareth has recently had his son start his learning journey at Danetree School and has just been elected to join the governing body of Danetree School as a Community Governor.

Gareth has worked as a HR Manager for 10 years within the Manufacturing and Hospitality sectors. In Gareth’s roles he has always looked to engaged with the local community and dedicated time in assisting in various charities to build confidence, mentor and train skills to young adults. This was recognised in 2017 when he was shortlisted for HR Manager of the year award at the Cateys.

Gareth is keen to get involved into all aspects of the school to ensure the best learning environment and opportunities for all those that attend.

Full GLF SSB Representatives

Name Role Appointed Expires Appointed by
Martin Burke Chair of Community SSB Member 30.10.18 ex officio LGB on skills
Bethan Smith Headteacher, Danetree 01.09.17 ex officio GLF Board
Natalie Broad Education Partner GLF Schools 01.09.18 ex officio GLF Board
Gemma Hall Community SSB Member 04.12.19 03.12.23 elected by GLF
Stephen Minnett Parent SSB Member 10.7.19 09.7.23 elected by parents/carers
Catherine Ellis Parent SSB Member 10.7.19 09.7.23 elected by parents/carers
Gareth Blake Community SSB Member 02.03.21 01.03.25 elected by GLF
Marie Jansson Heeks Community SSB Member 18.03.2021 17.03.25 elected by GLF


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