Woodland Academy Trust Governance
The operation of the Woodland Academy Trust is detailed within the Master Funding Agreement and Articles of Association approved by the Department for Education for our schools.
The Trust's Governing Body is separated into three tiers: Members, Trustees and Governors.
The Members of the Trust have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint/remove Trustees. They are the national and regional “ambassadors” of the Trust.
The Board of Trustees has strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all management decisions within the Trust’s schools and is appointed by the Members. Their three core functions are:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
2. Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils,
and the performance management of staff; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Our Trustees' combined skills offer a wealth of experience to support the Trust in its activities.
Each school has its own “Local Governing Body” (LGB) which comprises nine Governors, including the Head Teacher. They play a supporting and challenging role for the school’s leadership with regard to the curriculum and the attainment and progress of our children. Their responsibilities are:
All members of the Trust's governance groups are required to follow the principles
of public conduct set out by the Nolan Committee, including the declaration of
individuals' interests which can be viewed below.
Name, appointment date, relevant business and pecuniary interest and meeting attendance details can be viewed under each school's Local Governing Body webpage or by clicking on the links below:
Trustee with leadership responsibility for the Trust's Safeguarding Arrangements:
Mr Alan Russell
Named Safeguarding Governors for each Local Governing Body:
Mrs Sue Butterfill, Knockhall Primary School
Mr Leon Grey, Northumberland Heath Primary School
Mr Neil Riddington, Peareswood Primary School
Mrs Lorraine Brent, Willow Bank Primary School
The Trust complies with all statutory requirements in the following publications:
How to contact the Woodland Academy Trust Governing Body
Chair of Trustees
Mr Alan Russell
Chair of the Knockhall Local Governing Body
Mr Jim Rouncefield
Chair of the Northumberland Heath Local Governing Body
Miss Rebecca Johnson
Chair of the Peareswood Local Governing Body
Mr Neil Riddington
Chair of the Willow Bank Local Governing Body
Mrs Eva Tinka
Clerk to the Governance Groups
Ms S Steven
The Woodland Academy Trust are looking for people who have experience and knowledge in Finance/Accountancy and Human Resources to be able to contribute effectively to the Governance of our Trust.
Although becoming a Governor is an unpaid job, the rewards of such a role are interminable. Joining our Board of Directors will enable you to effectively contribute to the leadership and development of the Trust through taking on the ‘critical friend’ role and challenging the Trust to ensure our schools are providing the best possible education for all the children within our care.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor for the Woodland Academy Trust please contact the Clerk to Governors, Ms S Steven on firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, experience in Finance and/or HR and a short description of why you would like to become a Governor.
Mr Alan Russell
Chair, Woodland Academy Trust Governing Body