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Welcome to Temple Grove Academy

Welcome to Temple Grove Academy, the first primary school of Temple Grove Academy Trust in Tunbridge Wells. We hope that you will enjoy visiting our website and that it provides you with an insight into our vibrant and happy nursery and primary school. TGA staff are caring, experienced and committed to meeting the individual needs of every child through a happy, secure environment.

TGA Governors

Temple Grove Academy Governing Body



Nicola Denoon Duncan, Chair of Governors




Rodney Smith, Vice Chair of Governors


Rodney has been in teaching for 26 years, teaching from Year 2 to Year 13 with time off for a one year MA in Education Management and Administration. He has served for 13 years as a deputy head and for 10 years as a schools’ inspector. Rodney is particularly interested in how pupils learn. Rodney has lived and worked in the Tunbridge Wells area for 15 years and has worked alongside an academy in Ashford where he helped Year 11 pupils to prepare personal statements. He looks forward to supporting good teaching and the enrichment of the pupils’ learning experiences at Temple Grove Academy. He was appointed Vice-Chair of Governors in December 2016.


Caroline Preston Bell


Caroline is Assistant Director of Studies and Foundation Stage Coordinator at a large preparatory school in Tunbridge Wells and was appointed Chair of Governors in December 2016. Teaching full-time in a reception class Caroline works closely with the Head to monitor and develop the curriculum from 3-13yrs including arranging termly INSET programmes. As a parent governor at St James Junior School in Tunbridge Wells (2002-2005), Caroline chaired the Curriculum sub-committee and was instrumental in the restructuring of the governing body. Her teaching experience includes Primary, Prep and Infant schools in Kent and East Sussex teaching from Foundation to Year 6. She previously worked as an Assessment Advisory Teacher for East Sussex (‘93-‘96) and Project Officer for Assessment in Kent (‘92-‘93).

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Fiona Hayes


Fiona works as internal communications manager for the consultancy arm of a large City based accountancy firm.  She has a degree in Chemistry and a Masters in Corporate Communication.   She has over 10 years’ experience working in this field, both in the private and public sectors.   Fiona lives in Tunbridge Wells.


Peter Nicholls


Peter is a retired Charity Manager with twenty years experience working with primary and secondary schools in West Kent. The work was largely with children and young people, who had challenges in their home or school life. Before that he worked as a hotel manager and a police officer.


Peter was a governor of Sissinghurst County Primary School for three years and Chair of Governors for two years. He has extensive experience of working with families who have disabled children and was the Chair of Sevenoaks Children's Trust for two years.


He is married with four children and his wife, Linda, is HR Manager on the SLA at Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge. His hobbies are furniture restoration and he volunteers at a care home for dementia patients.





Andrea Gull


Andrea is a qualified solicitor and worked as an international finance lawyer in the City for sixteen years. She studied History and Law at Cambridge University. Andrea is also a volunteer at the charity "Inspiring the Future" which connects state schools and colleges with employers and people from the world of work.


TGAT Trustees


A list of Temple Grove Academy Trust Trustees can be found on the Trust's website: