Local Governing Bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the academy and its students and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent

The role of the governor is to:

  • Make the students and staff the best they can by providing the right environment and support
  • Utilise their expertise and interests to assist required transformation at an academy
  • Offer rigor, support and accountability
  • Work together as a team:
    • Act in the best interests of the academy at all times
    • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive or confidential information
    • Decisions are made collectively except when emergency action is required
    • Abide by the Governor Code of Conduct
  • Be accountable for staffing, academy finances, health and safety
  • Monitor performance standards

Structure of Governing Body

The Local Governing Body and each committee meet at least once each term.

The committee structure is as follows:

  • Local Governing Body (comprises all governors). Chair: Tina Ellis
  • Finance and General Purpose committee. Chair: Paul Mayne
  • Co Curriculum committee. Chair: Tina Ellis
  • Strategic Progress Board. Chair: Nicole McCartney, Managing Director OAT East

Membership of committees

Strategic Progress Board

  • Nicole McCartney, Chair and Managing Director OAT East
  • Ben Driver, Principal
  • Tina Ellis
  • Tamsin Poulter

 Co Curriculum Sub Committee

  • Tina Ellis, Chair – to be reviewed October 2017
  • Ben Driver, Principal
  • Alison Ashby
  • Louise Bernasconi
  • Donna Mileham

Finance and General Purposes Sub Committee

  • Paul Mayne, Chair
  • Kate Gill, Vice Chair
  • Ben Driver, Principal
  • Jane Webster

Disciplinary committee

  • Minimum 3 governor members (excluding staff governors). Chair to be decided on the day

Admissions panel

  • Minimum 3 governor members. Louise Bernasconi, Tina Ellis, Kate Gill, Paul Mayne

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Governor responsibilities

  • Prevent, SEND, Safeguarding and E-Safety: Louise Bernasconi
  • CEIAG: Tina Ellis
  • Literacy: Paul Mayne
  • Numeracy: Vacancy
  • SMSC: Kate Gill


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Governing body meeting dates 2018

Local Governing Body
Summer 2018
Thursday 5 July, 4.00pm

Strategic Progress Board
Summer 2018
Thursday 21 June, 1.30pm

Co Curriculum
Summer 2018
Wednesday 13 June, 4.00pm

Finance and General Purposes
Summer 2018
Thursday 21 June, 4.00pm

Additional information

Apply to be a governor

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