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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:




  • 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




  • 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 Jenna Comins, Clerk to the Board at any of the Trust sites and she will be pleased to signpost you.


Mrs C Jackson

Chair of Trustees

Governance Structure
(October 2018)




Mrs G Garfoot

Mrs S Bond




Mrs R Ashmore

Mrs B Roberts

Mrs C Kirk (Parent)

Mrs Hannah Wells

Mrs Anna Leng

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



Mr G Brown
(Head of School)

Mrs B Roberts

Mrs H Wells

(Vice Chair)

Mrs H Anderson

(Parent Governor)

Mr K Ola
(Head of School)

Mr C Fitzpatrick

(Head of School)

Mrs L Crawford

(Parent Governor)

Mr D Coleman

(Teaching Staff)

Mrs K Doran

(Non-Teaching Staff)


Mr P Turner

(Non-Teaching Staff)

Miss J Richardson

(Teaching Staff)



Mrs V Levick




Mrs L Randall

(Parent Govenor)


Mrs L Duggin

(Community Governor)


PC K Burnett

(Community Governor)


Clerk to the Board: Mrs J Comins

Company Secretary: Mr L Rees, Langleys Solicitors LLP

Most recent Minutes

Accounting Officer: Mrs S Wilson


Chief Finance Officer: Mrs S Keen


Company Secretary: Langleys Solicitors LLP


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 J Comins, c/o Castle Wood Academy, The Avenue, Gainsborough, DN21 1EH


Further information:


Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Comins 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:

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