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.

Sir Jonathan North College has a Local Governing Body. Contact the governing body via Jonathan Mansfield Chair of Governors on email address Jonathan.Mansfield@lionhearttrust.org.uk.

 

Further Trust and governance information

 

Sir Jonathan North 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

Chris Swan

Ex-Officio

16.09.20

LAT Governance Professional

Education

Governance Strategy

N/A

Jonathan Mansfield

Parent

01.03.2019

Chair

Safeguarding

Parent Voice

IT

Business

HR

4/4

Robyn Cooper

Community

27.03.2019

Pupil Premium & Yr 7 Catch Up

Wellbeing Pupils & Staff

Governance

Education

4/4

Colette Rawlinson

Parent

01.03.2019

SEND & LAC

IT

Business

HR

3/4

Resham Sandhu

Community

01.03.2019

Community Links

SMSC & British Values & Interfaith

Pupil Voice

Inter-faith

Community development

4/4

Rose Angus

Ex-Officio

07.01.2019

Principal

Education

4/4

Mathew Taunton

Staff

01.03.2020

Staff Voice

Education

1/2

Harriet Latham

Community

24.08.2020

Finance inc PP & Yr 7 Catch Up

Business Links & Careers

Finance

N/A

Ross Dimmock

Community

24.08.2020

Vice Chair

Business Links & Careers

Law

Community

N/A

Mohamed Ahmed

Community

24.08.2020

Education & Data

Safeguarding

Education (Sixth Form)

Community

N/A

Haybe Mohamed

Community

24.08.2020

 

Governance

N/A

Previous Governors 2019 - 2020

Name

Governor Type

Appointment Date

Resignation Date

Attendance at LGB Meetings 2019 - 20

Ruth Cuffin

Community

01.03.2019

28.11.2019

0/2

Alistair Gray

Community

01.03.2019

28.11.2019

1/2

John McGinley

Community

01.03.2019

30.01.2020

2/2

Chris Swan

Community

01.11.2019

31.08.2020

4/4

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

·        

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

 

 

 

 

Governing Body Contact