Head Teacher

Rachel Lynch


Jon Pain

Finance Governor

François Delbaere


Tom Massie

Safeguarding Governor

Wanda Green


The Board of Governors is ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance is grounded in reality as through collation of both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of students, staff, parents, carers and local communities.

The board provides a wide range of skills and are focused on the key strategic issues and conduct their role with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.

The key features of governance are:

Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.

Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.

Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.

Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

  • Setting the Vision and Strategic Direction of the School
  • Agreeing the Schools Aims and Values as described in the Statement of Purpose
  • Agreeing Governing Body powers and duties
  • School Strategic Development Planning
  • Setting Performance management targets for the Head Teacher
  • Agreeing Policies/Procedures
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the schools educational performance
  • Monitoring and evaluation of data/reports
  • Assuring themselves of the rigour and validity of the teaching assessment process
  • Visiting the school
  • Seeking and acting on the views of Parents (inc Carers)/Students to evaluate their satisfaction
  • Challenge and support offered through tasks and activities in response to the Head Teachers report which will result in the improvement to the education provision and outcomes
  • Ensuring financial resources are well spent
  • Budget setting (demonstrating spending choices made in line with school priorities)
  • Strategic and Reflective budget planning for spending (including Pupil Premium Grant)
  • Any exploration of “best value”
  • Ensuring Statutory duties are met and priorities approved
  • Ensuring the school website is up-to-date and complies with regulations
  • Ensuring agenda’s/work programmes annual cycle of timely discussion, review and approval of key compliance requirements (e.g. Child Protection Policy and Single Central Record)
  • Ensuring safeguarding responsibilities are met
  • Monitoring the delivery of the curriculum offer and the effectiveness of the Social, Moral and Cultural mix
  • Checking that all training is valid, authorised and available as required

    Neptune school is owned by the Phoenix Learning & Care Group. A South West based company with a range of specialist care and education services throughout the South, South West and South Wales.

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    Registered Office:

    Phoenix Learning and Care Group
    Unit 5, Chinon Court
    Lower Moor Way
    EX16 6SS

    t. 0330 135 8 135

    Neptune School has its own dedicated management and teaching team under the leadership of the Head Teacher. The Neptune school team are complemented by Phoenix Group support functions covering areas including Quality and Compliance, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and IT.

    Oversight of the Neptune School management is provided through an Operations Director (Education) who is responsible to the Group Quality & Service Delivery Director.

    Key decisions are referred to the Phoenix Learning & Care Board consisting of the Phoenix Group CEO, Group Finance Director, Group Quality and Operations Director, an independent Chairman and non-executive directors.

    In addition the Group continues its robust governance through a bespoke School Governing board which meets termly.


    Our proprietors Phoenix Learning and Care, welcome enquiries for placements in any of our services.

    Please call us on 03330 150331 or email

    We will provide an initial response to all enquiries as soon as possible, advising the options available and indicative dates of admission.

    The referrals team can discuss the local offer and where appropriate, put you in contact with the respective Registered Manager or Head Teacher to discuss the practical areas in greater detail.

    The Young Person and/or Student are openly encouraged to visit along with parents, guardians or Social Workers to see if the placement is suitable.

    Once the placement is confirmed, we work to ensure a smooth transition including the completion of required documentation.


    We work closely with our children/young people, their families and professionals to create bespoke programmes of learning for students, which are tailored to their educational and social and emotional needs, supporting them to achieve their full potential. This means that we deliver a personalised curriculum, which, where possible, acknowledges the national curriculum and meets the individual needs of our students, whilst also supporting them to meet the outcomes identified in their EHCPs.

    To achieve this, every student has an individual education plan which identifies their areas of need and how we can best address them, both in terms of staff approach and the curriculum that they are provided.  Our goal is to provide access to the best academic outcomes possible as well as preparing our students for adulthood and the next stage of their education by equipping them with the skills required to achieve personal success.