Governors

The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. Governance has three core 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 effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Within a multi-academy trust such as Lionheart, governance is led by the Trust Board, with some responsibilities delegated to both the Local Governing Body of the school and Hub Governing bodies across a cluster of schools.

Martin High School has a Local Governing Body. Contact the governing body via the Chair of Governors, Pam Whitehead.

 

Further Trust and governance information

 

Martin High School Governors

Including terms of office

Local Governing Body Details 2020 - 2021

Name

Governor Type

 

Date of Appointment

(for 4 years)

Key Responsibilities

Skills

Attendance at LGB Meetings 2019 - 20

Pam Whitehead

Community

08.10.2019

Chair

SEND & LAC

PP & Yr 7 Catch Up

Safeguarding

Business & Careers

Education Administration

Finance

HR

 

3/3
David Donoghue

 

Community

10.06.2017

Vice Chair

Health & Safety

Anti-Bullying

Finance

Finance

Operations Management

Business Management

Health & Safety

3/3

George Davidson

Staff

21.09.2019

Health & Safety

Staff Voice

Education

2/3

Sarah Hughes

Parent

28.11.2018

Parent Voice

Pupil Voice

White British Males

Faculty – Phoenix

Primary Links

Senior management

Leadership

Governance

Engagement

HR

2/3

Lisa March

Parent

07.01.2019

Wellbeing

Faculty – Hercules

Governance

Quality

Improvement

3/3

Stuart Cunningham

Community

09.10.2017

Post 16

Faculty - Pegasus

Planning

Governance

Data / analysis

Project Management

Stakeholder Management

Communication

Finance Management

3/3

Lucinda Cockerill-Inns

Staff

21.09.2019

Staff Voice

Education

3/3

Laura Sanchez

Ex-Officio

24.08.2015

Executive Principal

 

Education

3/3

Paul Wicken

Ex Officio

24.08.2015

Resigned 31.12.2020

Associate Principal

Education

2/3

Chris Swan

Ex-Officio

16.09.20

LAT Governance Professional

Education

Governance Strategy

N/A

Ed Beckingham

Community

17.11.2020

Careers

 

N/A

Rebecca Knaggs

Community

17.11.2020

Education

Education

Governance

Inclusion

N/A

Phil Cooling

Ex-Officio

01.01.2021

Education

Associate Principal

N/A

Ross Wickens

Community

04.05.2021

 

 

 

Previous Governors 2019 - 2020

Name

Governor Type

Appointment Date

Resignation Date

Attendance at LGB Meetings 2019 - 20

Gareth Davies

Community

 

01.07.2020

2/3

Chris Swan

Community

22.11.2018

31.08.2020

3/3

 

Trust Organisation

Scheme of Delegation

The Trust operates under a Scheme of Delegation agreed by the Trust Board.

 

TRUST ACROSS ALL LAYERS OF GOVERNANCE 

TRUST BOARD

Vision and ethos  |  Strategic direction  |  Risks and Opportunities

Finance  |  Overall responsibility

 

TRUST BOARD COMMITTEES

FINANCE

EDUCATION

AUDIT, COMPLIANCE & RISK  (ACR) 

REMUNERATION  

In compliance with the Academies Trust Handbook  

Delegated authority under the Trust Scheme of Delegation  

 

LOCAL GOVERNING BODIES (LGB)

Teaching & Learning  |  Pupil & Parent & Staff experience  | Safeguarding  |  Business & Community links

Each school

 

Trust Board

The Trust Board has overall responsibility for all governance in the trust and carries the final accountability for this. The focus of the Board is on the big picture, working with the trust Executive Team to set the overall vision for the trust, lead strategically and identify and respond to risks and opportunities.

 

TRUST BOARD COMMITTEES

The purpose of Lionheart Committees is to ensure that the Trust adheres to the governance framework outlined in the Academies Trust Handbook and ensures there is a high level of scrutiny and oversight of key areas. 

All Trust Board committees are made up of Trustees with specific knowledge and experience.  The Chairs of Committees have the knowledge and skills to be able to lead discussions and make recommendations to the Trust board for decisions.  The roles and responsibilities of the committees are defined in the terms of reference.  

 

Local Governing Bodies

Each school has a Local Governing Body, which holds the school to account for the quality of teaching and learning, the experience of pupils, parents and staff, the processes to ensure safeguarding, and informal links with the local community and businesses. LGBs ensure that school leaders are mindful of the school’s context and work within the overall vision of Lionheart Academies Trust.

 

Members

The Members of a trust are not involved in the practical running of the organisation and do not take part in governing body or Board meetings, except as occasional observers. Their role is to ensure that the Board keeps its core priorities at the centre of its work – providing education for children and young people – and retains its stated ethos and values.

Members appoint some of the trustees and, in exceptional circumstances, can remove trustees who they have appointed.

 

 

Local Governing Body: Roles and Responsibilities of LGB Governors

Membership
Meetings
Key roles
Attending
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff governor
  • Head
  • Executive Head (where appropriate)
  • 5-8 community governors
 

LGB meetings

  • 4 meetings per year in line with data snapshots
  • No committees
  • Working parties as needed

Trust Finance meetings

3 per year, attended by Finance Governor, Head and finance lead, CEO and CFO (or their representative).

  • Business links & careers Community Links
  • Education & Data
  • Finance & grants - Sports Premiu, Catch Up
  • Parent Voice
  • Pupil Premium
  • Pupil Voice
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND & Looked After Children
  • SMSC & British Values
  • Wellbeing – staff and pupils
  • EYFS (Primary) 
  •  6th form (if relevant)
  • Senior leadership team
  • Occasionally and where appropriate: CEO, trustees
Performance Management & Pay
  • Pay Committee – agree pay on recommendation from Head following moderation by trust leadership – one autumn meeting
  • Performance management of Head by CEO, external advisor, Chair of LGB & Chair of Trust
Holding the school to account for standards:
Pupil, Parent & Community
Compliance
Ambassadors & Vision

Receive reports on:

  • Development Plan updates
  • End of year results analysis
  • Data snapshots & KPIs including vulnerable groups, more able etc.
  • Information comparing school to national data
  • External quality assurance reports
  • Pupil Premium impact reports
  • Primary Sports Funding impact reports
  • Catch up funding impact reports
  • Attendance & Behaviour
  • Wellbeing support
First hand knowledge:
  • Learning walks linked to Development Plan priorities, mainly as part of trust reviews
  • Annual learning walk to audit safeguarding
  • Annual SEND learning walk
  • Governor links to key subjects
Ofsted:
  • Meet with Ofsted to discuss governance in this school, along wit trustee representative

Stakeholder voice:

  • Parent forums & PTAs
  • School Council
  • Community networking
Pupil Experience:
  • Curriculum offer
  • Enrichment – curriculum and before/after school clubs etc.
  • Support school in ensuring curriculum and pupil offer match the context of the school’s community
Parents as co-educators – hold school to account for:
  • Communication with parents
  • Parent workshops re. curriculum, esafety, etc.
Complaints:
  • Carry out Stage 3 complaints process (meeting with Chair or another governor)
Risk:
  • Receive and question risk register
  • Escalate concerns to Board
Compliance – hold school to account for:
  • Safeguarding & Prevent
  • British Values
  • Equality
Exclusions:
  • Monitor exclusions, behaviour partnership arrangements
  • Receive representations from parents in relation to exclusions
Local Policies:
  • Agree local policies
  • Monitor implementation of trust/hub policies
 
Ambassadors:
  • Hold school to account for PR, marketing, pupil recruitment
  • Act as ambassadors for the school
  • Act as ambassadors for the Trust
  • Build positive relationship with PTA
  • Build networks with stakeholders and alumni to benefit the school and build a benevolent community
  • Build networks with businesses & useful community/education providers
  • Encourage school to engage in appropriate fundraising activities and enterprise
Vision & Ethos:
  • Ensure the vision for the school matches the community context, within the wider Trust vision
  • Holding the school to account for a positive, aspirational ethos

 

 

 

 

 

Governors Contact

Jacqui Yeomans
Clerk to the Governors