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Trust Governance Area

Welcome to the Governance Area


The information below provides details of our Governance structure, Scheme of Delegation and the names, categories, responsibilities, interests and terms of office for each Member, Trustee and Governor.

A note from our Chair of Trustees:

 

The Trustees are very proud of all the Trust's schools and the commitment of everyone within the Trust to achieve the very best outcomes for all our children. Our vibrant, warm and friendly team of professionals always put the children at the heart of everything they do. The team works extremely hard and staff support each other to achieve those outcomes.

 

We recognise that in these swiftly changing times in the educational landscape that our schools cannot rest on their laurels; there is work to be done to address current issues and we offer both challenge and opportunity to further develop what is already good.

 

As Trustees we have three broad areas of work:

 

Strategy:

 

  • Establishing and steering the Trust's clarity of purpose
  • Overseeing effective governance and decision-making
  • Scrutinising plans for growth or consolidation

 

Financial Stewardship:

 

  • Ensuring the Trust is financially competent and has a sustainable budget

 

Performance:

 

  • Ensuring pupils are making progress, gaining the best education and experience possible
  • Putting in place effective leadership and holding the Executive Leadership to account
  • Managing risk: ensuring that the Trust is meeting its statutory and legal responsibilities

 

Multi-academy trust Trustees hold the MAT to account, as well as individual academies. At Tall Oaks Academy Trust the Trustees delegate some powers for individual academies to the Local Governing Bodies.

 

Trustees are held to account by "Members" of the MAT, which are equivalent to the shareholders of a company. The Members have the right to amend the Trust's Articles of Association and have jurisdication over Trustee appointments.

 

Our Improvement priorities for 2017/18 are to raise standards, develop Leadership and to increase pupil attendance across the Trust.

 

Information regarding our Members, Trustees and Local Governing Body members is available below.

 

If you would like to contact myself in my capacity as Chair of Trustees, or any Local Governing Body Chair, please contact Rachel Ward, Clerk to the Board at any of the Trust sites and she will be pleased to signpost you.

 

Mr V-L Clarke

Chair of Trustees

Governance Structure
(November 2017)

 

Members

 

Mr V-L Clarke (Trustee)

Mrs G Garfoot

Mrs S Bond

 

Trustees

 

Mr V-L Clarke (Chair)

Mrs C Jackson (Vice-Chair)

Mrs R Ashmore

Mrs B Roberts (LA)

Mrs K Elvidge

Mrs C Kirk (Parent)

Mr P Richmond

Mrs S Wilson (Executive Headteacher)

 

Castle Wood Academy

Local Governing Body

Mercer's Wood Academy

Local Governing Body

White's Wood Academy

Local Governing Body

Mrs C Kirk
(Chair)

Mrs R Ashmore
(Chair)

Mrs C Jackson

(Chair)

Mr P Richmond
(Vice-Chair)

Mrs B Roberts
(Vice-Chair)

Mr C Fitzpatrick

(Head of School)

Mr G Brown
(Head of School)

Mrs S Wilson
(Head of School)

Mrs J Neal

(Non-Teaching Staff)

Miss M Lake

(Teaching Staff)

Mr M Dodsworth

(Teaching Staff)

Miss J Richardson

(Teaching Staff)

Mrs S Rodgers

(Non-Teaching Staff)

Mrs J Jones

(Non-Teaching Staff)

Mrs E Coulson

(Parent)

Rev G Poucher

(Parent)

Mrs J Dunderdale

(Parent)

Mrs S Brocklesby

(Parent)

Mrs H Anderson

(Parent)

Mrs T Forrest

(Parent

 

 

Clerk to the Board: Mrs R Ward

Company Secretary: Mrs R Ward

Members

 

Director’s Name

Position and appointment date

Date of Appointment

Appointed by

Date Stepped Down

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Attendance at

Trustee Meetings

in academic year 2016/17

Attendance at Trustee Meetings in academic year 2017/18

Clarke, Vaughan-Luke

Chair, Board of Trustees

Appointed: 13.10.15

 

Chair, Audit Committee Appointed: 10.04.17

 

28.01.14

Board of Trustees

N/A

None

5/6 meetings

0/1

Garfoot, Gemma

Non-Trustee Member

Appointed 13.10.15

08.02.13

Board of Trustees

N/A

None

2/4 meetings

0/1

Bond, Susan

Non-Trustee Member

 

18.10.16

Members

N/A

Headteacher of other Educational Establishment

1/4 meetings

0/1

 

Board of Trustees

 

Director’s Name

Position and appointment date

Date of Appointment

Appointed by

Date Stepped Down

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Attendance at

Trustee Meetings 2016/17

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2015/16 (2016/17)

Attendance at Trustee Meetings 2017/18

Clarke, Vaughan-Luke

Chair, Board of Directors

Appointed: 13.10.15

 

Chair, Finance Committee

Appointed:

10.02.15

28.01.14

Board of Directors

N/A

None

7/8 meetings

N/A

0/1

Jackson, Caroline

(Local Authority & Parent)

Vice Chair of Board of Trustees Appointed: 18.10.16

 

Chair of White's Wood Academy LGB Appointed: 24.02.15

24.02.15

Board of Trustees

N/A

None

7/8 meetings

3/3 meetings

1/1

Ashmore, Rachel

(previously Sampher)

Community Trustee

 

Chair, Mercer's Wood Academy Local Governing Body

Appointed: 09.05.17

 

Audit Committee member

23.10.14

Board of Directors

N/A

None

5/8 meetings

2/2 meetings (WWA LGB)

1/1

Wilson, Susan

Executive Headteacher/Accounting Officer

Appointed: 07.10.16

 

Ex Officio

01.03.13

Board of Directors

N/A

None

7/8 meetings

3/3 meetings

0/1

Dunderdale, Julia

 

Parent Trustee

Chair, Mercer’s Wood Academy Local Governing Body

Appointed: 10.11.14

26.03.13

Board of Directors

25.03.17

None

5/6 meetings

2/2 meetings

N/A

Bond, Sue

 

28.01.14

Board of Directors

18.10.16

Principal of Huntcliff School, Kirton Lindsey

N/A

N/A

N/A

Elvidge, Karen

Trustee

Appointed 18.10.16

 

Safeguarding Trustee

18.10.16

Members

N/A

Employed at other educational establishment

 

Governor at other educational establishment

3/4 meetings

N/A

1/1

Roberts, Brenda

Appointed 18.10.16

18.10.16

Members

N/A

 

2/3 meetings

N/A

1/1

Richmond, Patrick

Trustee

Appointed 18.10.16

 

Vice Chair of Castle Wood Academy Appointed: 24.01.2017

 

Health and Safety Trustee Appointed: 24.01.2017

18.10.16

Members

N/A

None

1/4 meetings

0/2 meetings

1/1

Kirk, Claire

 

Trustee/Parent

Appointed 18.10.16

 

Chair of Castle Wood Academy Appointed: 18.10.2016

18.10.16

Members

N/A

None

3/4 meetings

3/3 meetings

1/1

Jennings, Sheila

Trustee

Appointed 18.10.16

 

Mercer's Wood Academy LGB Vice Chair Appointed: 24.01.2017

18.10.16

Members

18/10/17

None

3/4 meetings

N/A

1/1

 

Mercer’s Wood Academy Local Governing Body

 

Governor’s Name

Position and appointment date

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed by

Date Stepped Down

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings 2015/16 (2016/17)

Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings 2017/18

Ashmore, Rachel

Chair of Mercer's Wood Academy LGB Appointed: 09.05.17

09.05.17

 

Board of Trustees

 

 

 

1/1
Jennings, Sheila Vice-Chair of Mercer's Wood Academy LGB Appointed: 18.04.17 18.04.17   Board of Trustees 18/10/2017      

Dunderdale, Julia

 

 

Parent Governor

06.04.17

 

Parent Election

 

None

2/2 meetings

1/1
Roberts, Brenda Trustee 18.10.17   Board of Trustees   None    

Wilson, Susan

Head of School/Executive Headteacher/Accounting Officer

 

 

Ex-Officio by appointment

 

None

2/2 meetings

1/1
Forrest, Tracy Parent Governor 22.11.17   Parent Election   None   0/1

Wells, Hannah

Interim Head of School,

Ex-Officio by appointment

20.07.16

 

Ex-Officio by appointment

 

None

0/0 meetings

 

Diggle, 

Gemma

Head of School, Ex-Officio by appointment 01.04.17   Ex-Officio by appointment 28.06.17      

Dodsworth, Matthew

Staff Governor

13.07.16

4 years

Staff Election

N/A

None

0/0 meetings

1/1

Jones, Julie

Staff Governor

13.02.14

4 years

Staff Election

N/A

None

1/2 meetings

1/1

Whitton, Rachael

Parent Governor

13.02.14

4 years

Parent Election

15.03.17

Daughter of member of premises staff employed at Mercer’s Wood Academy by Tall Oaks Academy Trust

1/2 meetings

 

Drayton, Zoe

Parent Governor

13.02.14

4 years

Parent Election

15.03.17

None

1/2 meetings

 

 

White’s Wood Academy Local Governing Body

 

Governor’s Name

Position and appointment date

Date of Appointment

Appointed by

Date Stepped Down

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings 2015/16 (2016/17)

Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings 2017/18

Jackson, Caroline

Parent Trustee Member

Chair.

Appointed:

24.02.15

 

Board of Directors

N/A

None

1/1 meeting

(3/3 meeting)

1/1

Ashmore, Rachel

(previously Sampher)

 

Community Trustee

Vice Chair.

Appointed:

24.02.15

Trustee

 

Board of Directors

09.05.17

None

1/1 meeting

(2/2 meeting)

 

Coulson, Ella

Parent Governor

23.03.15

Parent Election

N/A

None

0/1 meeting

(1/3 meeting)

1/1

Brocklesby, Sonia

Parent Governor

15.01.16

Parent Election

N/A

Employee of Ideal School Meals - Trust's school meals provider

0/0 meeting

(1/3 meeting)

1/1

Neal, Jackie

Staff Governor

13.02.14

Staff Election

N/A

None

1/1 meeting

(3/3 meeting)

1/1

Fitzpatrick, Christopher

Staff Governor

13.02.14

Staff Election

31.05.16

Spouse of member of staff employed at White’s Wood Academy by Tall Oaks Academy Trust

0/1 meeting

 

Fitzpatrick, Christopher

Head of School

01.06.16

Ex-Officio by appointment

N/A

Spouse of member of staff employed at Mercer's Wood Academy by Tall Oaks Academy Trust

0/0 meetings

(3/3 meetings)

1/1

Richardson, Joanne

Staff Governor

13.07.16

Staff Election

N/A

None

0/0 meetings

(3/3 meetings)

1/1

 

Castle Wood Academy Local Governing Body

 

Governor’s Name

Position and appointment date

Date of Appointment

Appointed by

Date Stepped Down

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings 2015/16 (2016/17)

Attendance at Local Governing Body meetings 2017/18

Kirk, Claire

Chair of LGB

Trustee

18.10.16

18.10.16

Board of Trustees

 

None

(3/3 meetings)

1/1

Richmond, Patrick

Trustee

Appointed 18.04.17

18.04.17

Board of Trustees

 

None

(0/3 meetings)

 

Hughes, Megan

Staff Governor

27.10.16

Staff Election

01.09.17

None

(2/3 meetings)

 
Lake, Megan Staff Governor 29.09.17 Staff Election   None   1/1

Rodgers, Sarah

Staff Governor

27.10.16

Staff Election

 

Daughter employed at other Trust site as Receptionist

(3/3 meetings)

1/1

Poucher, Rev Gillian

Parent Governor

27.10.16

Parent Election

 

None

(2/3 meetings)

1/1

Adams, Ayla

Parent Governor

27.10.16

Parent Election

27.11.17

None

(3/3 meetings)

1/1
Anderson, Holly Parent Goernor 04.11.17 Parent Election   Shares in Wefco    
Brown, Gary Head of School 16.10.17 Ex-Officio by appointment   None   1/1

Wilson, Susan

Executive Headteacher

18.10.16

Ex-Officio by appointment

 

None

(3/3 meetings)

 

Most recent Minutes

Accounting Officer: Mrs S Wilson

 

Chief Finance Officer: Mrs R Ward

 

Company Secretary: Mrs R Ward

 

Contacting members of the Board of Directors or Local Governing Bodies

 

All enquiries or initial contact with Directors or Governors should be through the Clerk to the Board, Mrs R Ward, c/o Castle Wood Academy, The Avenue, Gainsborough, DN21 1EH

 

Further information:

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Ward if you are interested in becoming a Governor or wish to learn more about the role of Governors. Alternatively, visit the National Governor Association website: http://www.nga.org.uk.

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