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Governing Body Structure

The Structure and Remit of the Governing Body

The Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The Charitable Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association are the primary governing documents of the Academy Trust.

The Governors act as the Trustees for the charitable activities of The John Bentley School and are also the directors of the Charitable Company for the purposes of company law.  The Charitable Company is known as The John Bentley School (registered company number 07807398).

The members of the Academy Trust are as follows:

NAME

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

DATE OF RESIGNATION

Stephen Cave

12th October, 2011

5th June, 2017

Martin Kelly

12th October, 2011

 

Hugh Pilcher-Clayton

29th November, 2011

 

David Coward

29th November, 2011

 

Carol Bell

29th November, 2011

 

Catherine Read

29th November, 2011

 

Martyn Woodbridge

29th November, 2011

 

As per Article 50 of the Articles of Association, the members of the Academy Trust may appoint up to 18 Governors.  In addition, the members may appoint staff governors in accordance with Article 50A of the Articles of Association.

The total number of Governors, (including the Principal), who are also employees must not exceed one third of the total number of Governors.

The Principal is treated for all purposes as being an ex officio Governor.

Parent Governors are elected by parents of registered pupils at the Academy. A Parent Governor must be a parent of a student at the Academy at the time they are elected. The Governing Body makes all necessary arrangements for, and determines all other matters relating to, an election of Parent Governors, including any question of whether a person is a parent of a registered student at the Academy (Article 54). Any election of Parent Governors which is contested shall be held by secret ballot.

The number of Parent Governors required shall be made up by Parent Governors appointed by the Governing Body if the number of parents standing for election is less than the number of vacancies. In appointing a Parent Governor, the Governing Body shall appoint a person who is the parent of a registered student at the Academy; or where it is not reasonably practical to do so, a person who is the parent of a child of compulsory school age.

As set out in the Articles of Association, the Governors may also appoint up to 3 Co-Opted Governors i.e. someone who is appointed to be a Governor by being Co-Opted by Governors who have not themselves been so appointed. The Governors may not co-opt an employee of the Academy as a Co-opted Governor if thereby the number of Governors who are employees of the Academy would exceed one third of the total number of Governors (including the Principal).

The term of office for all governors is 4 years.

Details of the governors who have served over the past 12 months are as follows:

NAME

CATEGORY

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

DATE OF RESIGNATION

Martin Kelly

Article 50

12th October, 2011

 

Hugh Pilcher-Clayton

Article 50

10th November, 2011

 

David Coward

Article 50

10th November, 2011

10th December 2017

Carol Bell

Article 50

10th November, 2011

 

Catherine Read

Article 50

10th November, 2011

 

Nicky Brennan

Article 50

11th July, 2013

 

Carolyn Cameron

Parent

13th September, 2015

 

Douglas Harrington

Parent

13th September, 2015

 

Suzanne Jacobs

Parent

13th September, 2015

 

Jason Tudor

Article 50A

1st September, 2015

 
Ben Cave Article 50A 7th October, 2016  
Andy Mitchell Article 50A 7th October, 2016  
Dalton Godwin Parent 13th October, 2016  
Penny Shaddick Parent 13th October 2016  

During 2016/17 in addition to Full Governing Body meetings, the Trust had five committees, four of which met each term.  Having trialled an alternative format for Term 6, it has been agreed that for the academic year 2017/18 the Full Governing Body will meet twelve times a year.  Each term there will be one meeting to consider Resources and one meeting to consider Outcomes.  Resources meetings will consider items relating to Finance, Premises and Staffing.  The Outcomes meetings will review items concerning teaching and learning and student and community issues.  Where necessary, additional extraordinary meetings will be convened and the Governing Body will also, where appropriate, use electronic resolution, principally for the agreement of policies.

Committee Membership

The Academy has one committee as follows:

Audit

Chair :  Mr Hugh Pilcher-Clayton

    The remit of the committee is:

     To maintain an oversight of the academy trust’s governance, risk management, internal control and              value for money framework. 

     The committee comprises three governors. Members of staff and the Chair of Govenors are not                  permitted to be members of the committee.

 

     During the academic year 2016/17 attendance at meetings of the Full Governing Body was as follows:

Governor

Attendance

Out of a Possible

Carol Bell

7

8

Jason Tudor

8

8

Suzanne Jacobs

7

8

David Coward

8

8

Carolyn Cameron

7

7

Hugh Pilcher-Clayton

7

8

Nicky Brennan

7

8

Douglas Harrington

4

7

Catherine Read

6

8

Martin Kelly

5

8

Dalton Godwin

7

7

Ben Cave

6

7

Penny Shaddick

5

7

Andy Mitchell 5 7