Governance

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The Board of Leigh Academies Trust has a range of powers and responsibilities that it is legally required to carry out, working in a close, balanced partnership with the Chief Executive and Academy Principals, to ensure that each Academy provides the best possible education for all its students.

Detailed, cross-cutting work is carried out by three central Committees – Standards, Resources and Audit – which report to the full Trust Board. 

Horsmonden Primary Academy also has its local Development Group, which monitors the Academy’s work and progress closely. Any issues requiring decision are brought to the attention of the Mascalls Academies Board, which is responsible for the governance of each Academy under its purview. In particular, it performs the following statutory functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 

•     Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and 

•     Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The Chair of Horsmonden Primary Academy Development Group also sits on the Mascalls Academies Board to ensure effective, coherent governance across the local cluster of academies as a whole.

Further Information About Governance

The following links will take you to further information regarding the Academy’s governance arrangements:

Central Kent Cluster Governance Structure (with names of governors)

Trust’s Annual Report and Audited Accounts [2016-2017]

Trust’s Annual Report and Audited Accounts [2017-2018]

Trust’s Funding Agreement and Articles of Association

Leigh Academies Trust Governance Structure

Development Group’s Terms of Reference

Contact Address

If you have any queries concerning governance at the Trust or its Academies, please contact us by email at the following address: governance@latrust.org.uk

Governors

Bob Sherwood
(Chair)

Co-opted governor
Term of Office end date:
September 2019

"I have been involved with the school since 2010 as a parent, a governor and deputy chair  before become chair of governors last year. My background is in journalism and I spent most of my career reporting for the Financial Times. I believe our school should help every child fulfil their potential - and that's what the leadership and governing body are working to achieve."

Responsible for: English, Writing and Phonics.

Attendance: 7/7 01.09.16 - 01.07.17

Declared Interests/Relationships
Freelance journalist
Travel Organiser
Company Director/Accountant

Bob Sherwood

Cath Davis
(Deputy Chair)

Parent Governor
Term of Office end date:
October 2021

"I am parent to Florence in Year 3. I have been a governor since 2010. Along with being Deputy Chair."

Responsible for: Data, English and Phonics

Attendance: 6/7 (01.09.16 - 01.08.17)

Declared Interests/Relationships
None

Cath Davis

Cathy Corneille

Co-opted Governor
Term of Office end date:
October 2018

"I live in Horsmonden, do voluntary work for the National Trust, am a trustee of a charity and do garden consulting. I have a business background predominantly in finance and customer service. I have a grown up son."

Responsible for: Finance, EYFS and Data

Attendance: 7/7 (01.09.16 - 01.08.17)

Declared Interests/Relationships
Business Interest: Trustee of the Kearns Foundation

Cathy Corneille

Max Graham

Co-opted Governor
Term of Office end date:
October 2018

"I currently have one child in the school, and one at secondary, having progressed through the school. By trade I am a lawyer specialising in dispute resolution."

Responsible for: Marking, Maths, Science, IT

Attendance: 6/7 (01.09.16 - 01.08.17)

Declared Interests/Relationships
None

Max Graham

Richard Greenwood

Co-opted Governor
Term of Office end date:
March 2021

"I am a Farmer in the village and have been a Governor for 5 years. No children at the school but keen to see the school well with the wonderful intake from this great village."

Responsible for: Health and Safety, EYFS and Marking

Attendance: 6/7 (01.09.16 - 01.08.17)

Declared Interests/Relationships
None

Richard Greenwood

Hayley Sharp

Associate Member
Term of Office end date:
N/A

"My name is Hayley Sharp and I am the Associate Head and part time teacher. I love working at Horsmonden Primary School and feel very privileged to work with such wonderful children, staff and parents. Being a part of the Governing Body means I can be a part of the strategic direction of the school and really make a difference to the children of Horsmonden."

Responsible for: N/A

Attendance: Maternity Leave (01.09.16 - 01.08.17)

Declared Interests/Relationships
N/A

Hayley Sharp

Wendy Solesbury

Co-opted Governor
Term of Office end date:
October 2018

"I have been a Governor since Oct 2014
I have worked with Children and young people for the past 30 years in various roles and I managed Nursery schools, after school clubs and Youth projects. I work for the British Red Cross in a national role and in 2013 I was honoured to receive an MBE for services to the British Red Cross and Olympic and Paralympic games. I am very much looking forward to continuing to support the school community in developing and growing."

Responsible for: Safeguarding, Data and Writing

Attendance: 5/7 (01.09.16 - 01.08.17)

Declared Interests/Relationships
Business Interest: Trustee of the Bumba Foundation

Wendy Solesbury

Molly Mills

Staff
Term of Office end date:
October 2021

Responsible for: Behaviour


Attendance: New Governor

Declared Interests/Relationships
None

 

Caroline White

Co-opted Governor
Term of Office end date:
March 2021

"I currently have three children at the school: Alice in Reception, Oliver in Year 4 and Joseph in Year 6. I had been hoping to become more involved at school for a while and thought that my youngest child starting school and a vacancy on the Board of Governors was the perfect opportunity. I am a qualified Management Accountant and hope that my experience in finance and my enthusiasm and commitment to the school will allow me to assist in its further development"

Responsible for: Finance, Geography and History

Attendance: 5/5 (01.09.16 -- 01.08.17)

Declared Interests/Relationships
None

Caroline White

Gareth Germer

Co-opted Governor
Term of Office end date:
March 2021

"To follow"

Responsible for: Arts, SEN and Drama

Attendance: 4/5 (01.09.16 -- 01.08.17)

Declared Interests/Relationships
None

Gareth Germer

Cathy Dawson

Co-opted Governor
Term of Office end date:
March 2021

"To follow"

Responsible for: Website

Attendance: 5/5 (01.09.16 -- 01.08.17)

Declared Interests/Relationships
None

Cathy Dawson

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