The Kenn and Kenton Governing Body

Kenn & Kenton Local Governing Body

In June 2019 schools became part of The Ivy Education Trust.  The Board of Trustees is the accountable body for the performance of all the Academies (the individual schools) in the Trust. The Governing Board is now known as the Local Governing Body (LGB). The LGBs in the Trust have statutory responsibilities together with those delegated to them by the Trust Board, with the Trust Board holding the ultimate legal accountability.

From the start of the Summer Term, following a change to the leadership structure, Governors from Cockwood, Kenn and Kenton are working on merging to form one Local Governing Body. This new structure will be embedded from September 2022.

The Local Governing Body has three core functions:

  1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and direction.
  2. To raise standards of Teaching & Learning and to hold the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational achievement of the schools and their pupils.
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the Federation and to ensure the money is well spent.

The LGB recognises that the Executive Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of policy, day-to-day management of the schools and the implementation of the curriculum.

The LGB meets six times a year. There are two committees who meet four times a year to fulfil the roles and responsibilities as outlined in their terms of reference: Teaching & Learning Committee and Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.

Why are we here?

School governors play an important part in schools and have a wide range of responsibilities. They help to raise the standards of pupil achievement and plan our schools’ future direction. Governors are also accountable for the performance of the schools to parents and the wider community.  The Executive Headteacher has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school, and governors have a variety of responsibilities and duties, which means that they are responsible for the overall management of the schools and are accountable to The Trust, as well as Ofsted, for the schools’ successes.  The relationship between the LGB and the Executive Head Teacher is therefore a very close one, based on partnership.

Governors’ roles cover the following areas:

Strategic – agreeing the aims and values of each school; setting a policy on the curriculum; budget setting for the schools in consultation with the Executive Headteacher and the CFO of the Trust; approving the Schools Improvement Plan; responding to inspection plans and publishing action plans; reviewing and approving school policies.

Monitoring – ensuring each school keeps to the policies, budgets and plans; keeping up to date with the quality and educational standards in the schools; monitoring of the school risks within the Trust Risk Register and ensuring safeguarding compliance.

Executive – the recruitment of senior staff and some disciplinary matters.

Accountability – ensuring parents are kept informed about what is happening in the schools and taking parents views into account, whilst reporting to and being guided by The Trust.

Supporting – supporting and advising the Executive Head Teacher and providing practical help and skills.

 

For further information on the responsibilities of the LGB, please see the Trust Scheme of Delegation on our trust website here.

Present Governors are:

Michelle Addyman – Staff Governor, Kenn.  Elected by school staff.  Term ends 28.09.2025.  Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.  Registered business interests:  Member of staff.

Bob Baker – Co-Opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body.  Term ends 16 March 2025.  Member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.  Registered business interests:  Employed by Exeter Arena Athletics Track (Exeter City Council)

Joe Baxter – Staff Governor, Kenton.  Elected by school staff.  Term ends 12.06.2023.  Member of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee.  Registered business interests:  Member of staff.

Glynis Buckle – Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Trust Board, term ends 13/06/23, Safeguarding Governor. Registered business interests: None

Lorraine Curry – Executive Headteacher – member of governing body by virtue of her office.  Registered business interests: None

Carla Custons-Cole – Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Trust Board term ends 12.10.2025, member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Registered business interests: None

Will Dale – Co-opted Governor, appointed by the governing body, term ends 12/06/23, Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee Governor responsible for Safeguarding.  Registered business interests:  Chartered Surveyor, JLL, Company Director, Pinpoint Electronics Ltd

Mark Gilchrist – Parent Governor, appointed by the Governing Body.  Term ends 21.1.2024.  Member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee; Governor responsible for Health & Safety.  Registered business interests: Employed at University of Exeter, Honorary Consultant Appointments Torbay Hospital and Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

Holly Hilliard – Staff Governor, Cockwood, appointed by the Trust Board, originally elected by the school staff, term ends 13/06/23, member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Registered business interests: Member of Staff

Liz Price-Holden – Parent Governor, appointed by the Trust Board (normally elected by other parents at the school, but not enough parents stood for election), term ends 13/06/23, member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Registered business interests: None

Judith McGrath– Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Trust Board, term ends 13/06/23, Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee and the Pay and Performance Review Committee. Registered business interests: Elmvine Ltd, Education Consultancy

James Moffat – Co-Opted Governor, appointed by the Governing Body.  Term ends 17.09.2024.  Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee.  Governor responsible for Pupil Premium and PE Funding.  Registered business interests: Managing Director of Organic Development Ltd

Nick Tallamy – Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Trust Board, term ends 13/06/23, Chair of the Governing Body and a member of the Resources Committees. Registered business interests: None

Tracey Roberts – Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Trust Board, term ends 15/02/26, member of the  Finance & Resources Committee. Registered business interests:None

Tania Weeks – Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Trust Board, term ends 13/06/23, member of the Teaching & Learning and the Pay and Performance Review Committees and SEND Governor. Registered business interests: None

Charlotte Wilkin – Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Trust Board, term ends 13/06/23, Health & Safety Governor and member of the Finance & Resources Committee. Registered business interests: None

Rev John Williams – Ex-officio Governor, member of the Teaching & Learning Committee and Appeals Committee. Registered business interests:  none

Nicola Rose– Local Governance Officer, E-mail clerk@cockwoodschool.co.uk

How to contact us: Please email governors@cockwoodschool.co.uk

Governors who have served over the previous 12 months:

Neil Barnes – Co-Opted Governor – Resigned 30.09.21

Jan Caig – Co-Opted Governor – Resigned wef 31.12.21

Gareth Harris – Co-Opted Governor – Resigned 23.09.21

Leigh Mansfield – Co-Opted Governor – Resigned 26.01.2021

Liz Rycroft – Co-Opted Governor – Resigned wef 06.07.2021

Amanda Somerwill – Ex-officio by virtue of office – Resigned wef 31.12.21

Frances Parr – Parent Governor – Resigned 31.06.22