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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.

 

 Members

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. 

 

Trustees

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. 

 

Governors

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: 

 

  • "day-to-day" oversight of running of the schools;
  • carrying out the Trust’s vision policies and priorities;
  • hold the school leadership to account for academic performance;
  • quality of care and provision;
  • overseeing and monitoring the effectiveness of local strategies;
  • seeking value for money and ensuring resources are applied appropriately at school level; and
  • supporting the Board in relation to proper use of funds and delivering high quality educational provision.
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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.

Governors' Information

 

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:

Safeguarding

 

Trustee with leadership responsibility for the Trust's Safeguarding Arrangements:

 

Mr Alan Russell

 

Governors with Safeguarding Responsibility for each Local Governing Body:

 

Mr Paul Simmons, 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

cot@nhp.bexley.sch.uk

 

Chair of the Knockhall Local Governing Body

Mr Jim Rouncefield

chair@khp.kent.sch.uk

 

Chair of the Northumberland Heath Local Governing Body

Miss Rebecca Johnson

chair@nhp.bexley.sch.uk

 

Chair of the Peareswood Local Governing Body

Mr Neil Riddington

chair@pwp.bexley.sch.uk

 

Chair of the Willow Bank Local Governing Body

Mrs Eva Tinka

chair@wbp.bexley.sch.uk

 

Clerk to the Governance Groups

Ms S Steven

clerk@nhp.bexley.sch.uk

 

 

 

Exciting Governance Opportunity

 

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 clerk@nhp.bexley.sch.uk 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

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