Governance at St Mark’s CofE Primary Academy
As part of the family of academies within REAch2 Academy Trust, a governance structure has been developed incorporating a three-tier system; the Trust Board, Regional board and a local governing body (LGB) and it is the Trust Board who is ultimately responsible and accountable to the Department of Education for all its academies.
St Mark’s is the first faith primary academy in the trust and so we also work with the Southwark Diocese, with duties as defined within a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MoU) document between REAch2 and the Southwark Board of Education. Information and all documents mentioned can be found through links from the table below.
The three core functions as defined within the Department for Education Governance Handbook, (January 2017) version state that the REAch2 Board of Governors are responsible for:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
At local level the Trust Board delegates governance through their Governance Structure via a set of Terms of Reference. In effect we can be considered a sub-committee of the Trust Board.
St Mark’s became an academy in September 2014 and governance was initially placed in a Transition Board prior to forming the Local Governing Body in October 2015. We are a team of committed volunteers with differing backgrounds, skills and stakeholder interests. We have an important part to play in supporting the life of the school through delegated duties set by the Trust and through our MoU. We act as one body and are involved with the strategic management and the life of the academy, looking at what the school is providing for our children; monitoring the improvement plan for the school by asking questions and seeking answers from our Headteacher and senior leaders besides ensuring our Christian distinctiveness is maintained. We also oversee the financial health of the school within our LGB delegated role. We provide an important link between the community, academy, region, trust and Diocese. We are on a journey of improvement and hold high expectations.
Some local governors take on specific (LINK) roles. This provides an opportunity to effectively distribute some of our work, allowing the governor to focus and help the local governing body to understand, oversee, monitor and develop a key aspect of the academy. We have also established a Faith Group, important in overseeing our school Christian distinctiveness. Valuable relationships with the staff, parents and pupils are developed over time with governors seeing first-hand the policies and actions of governance direction from all levels. However, we do not become involved with the day to day running, operational side of the school, as this is for our Headteacher and her staff.
We currently have 10 governors at local level who work together to improve the educational opportunities for our children within our Christian academy environment. All terms of office last 4 years apart from the Ex-officio roles which are ongoing with the position held. All governors as part of our safeguarding have enhanced DBS (Data and Barring Service) checks. Our governors are
The Headteacher– Kate Wilson,
Incumbent Foundation governor– Mother Roxanne Hunte,
2 Trust Governors– Anne Tattersall and vacancy
2 Foundation Governors– Rev Steve Cleary and Julie Roberts
2 Parent Governors– Anna McDowell and Andrew Ifill
2 Staff Governors– Judith Glencross and Colin Maher
1 Co-opted Governor– Claire Devine- (up to 3 can be appointed by the LGB)
Clerk to Governors-Haimanti Ghosh
Further detail of their terms of office, functions on the LGB and declaration of interests can be seen in the table below. This is regularly updated.
Should you feel you wish to contact the governors please get in touch with our clerk, Haimanti Ghosh firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the school office, details on our website contact page.
Further information on REAch2 governance documents and policies can be obtained from our Trust website. There is also a link to further information from the Southwark Diocese Board of Education website.
We very much look forward to meeting you.
Chair of Governors.
LINKS TO ASSOCIATED GOVERNANCE DOCUMENTS