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Governors

Our Governance Structure

Horninglow Primary: A de Ferrers Trust Academy is an academy within a Multi-Academy Trust namely The de Ferrers Trust.
 

The de Ferrers Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and as such they are required to comply with charity law and company law.
 

The Trust is one legal entity with one set of Articles of Association that governs each academy within the Trust.  The Trust has a Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State and then each academy has a separate Supplementary Funding Agreement.  All documents referred to are located at the bottom of this page. 
 

The Governance Structure is divided into three layers: Trust, Board and Local Governing Body.

The Trust

The Trust consists of five members who are very similar to shareholders in a normal company.  They are often considered as the custodians of the Trust and act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the Multi-Academy Trust.  The members have the power to appoint or remove directors, amend the Articles of Association and, if necessary, wind up the Multi-Academy Trust.  To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the Trust has a majority of independent members.  The members will meet as often as is necessary in order to carry out their role, but at least on an annual basis.  


To see the Memorandum of Association which details our founding members, and a list of the Trust’s current members please click here. 

 

The Board of Directors

The board of directors has strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all of the management decisions within the Multi-Academy Trust.  The board consists of at least 9 directors, 5 of whom are appointed by the members.  The directors are appointed purely on a skills basis.  The board’s key responsibilities are to ensure, through their governance structure and leadership team, that the Multi-Academy Trust is making proper and effective use of public funds and for the quality of provision.  The board will meet as often as is necessary, but at least once every half-term (i.e. six times per year).  
 

The board of directors has established two sub-committees, namely The Audit and Risk Committee and The Policy Committee.  Each committee operates with its own set of Terms of Reference.  All documents referred to are located at the bottom of this page. 

To meet the directors please click here. 

 

The Local Governing Body

 

The board of directors has made the decision to establish a Local Governing Body (LGB) at each academy within the Trust.  A Local Governing Body (LGB) has been established for Horninglow Primary.  The LGB carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities.  They play a support & challenge role and will hold senior leaders to account for the academic performance and quality of care and provision for this academy.  They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to it by the board of directors in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation.  Such decisions will include seeking value for money and ensuring that resources are applied appropriately at academy level.  

The Local Governing Body has established one sub-committee, namely The Pay Committee.  The Pay Committee operates with its own set of Terms of Reference.  All documents referred to are located at the bottom of this page. 

 

Meet our Local Governing Body

 

Ex-Officio Governor

The Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local  Governing Body.  She is referred to as an ex-officio governor.  This means that she will remain a governor for as long as she is employed in her role as Principal.  

Becci Breedon

 

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings - 6/6

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

None

Bio

I took up the post as Principal of Horninglow Primary School in September 2016.  Prior to this I was Co-Headteacher at Lansdowne Infants which is also in the de Ferrers Trust Academy.  I began teaching in 1997 when I worked in a middle school as a science specialist teaching Y5-Y8 science as well as literacy and maths to my KS2 form class.  I then moved to Millfield Primary School as KS2 and Science Coordinator before becoming Deputy Headteacher and gaining experience teaching in KS1.  I have two primary school age children who keep me very busy when I'm not working and are my inspiration. They ensure I stay focused on providing for the children at Horninglow, what I wish for them - the best possible education and opportunities.

 

Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the board of directors.  Their term of office is 4 years.

 

Colin Render - Chair of Governors

Appointed: 7 March 2017

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings  3/3

Committee Membership

Pay Committee

Register of Interests

TBC

Bio

I am a retired management accountant who has held senior positions in finance, operations, human resources and IT project management. Most of my career was at Royal Mail with leadership responsibilities for teams of up to 1100 people across the UK. I also have extensive experience of leading people through organisational change and management of large IT programmes. Prior to my retirement, I was Client Director for a company providing employee relations advice to clients in the public and private sector.

I have worked in a number of voluntary roles including being a Prince’s Trust mentor to young people starting up businesses and on the Business in The Community partner in leadership schemes. I have also been an advisor to the Young Enterprise Scheme in schools in Burton on Trent and Birmingham.

I have a wide range of leisure interests including travel, hill walking, football, golf and reading.

 

Mark Taylor 

 

Appointed: 4 May 2016

Resigned: 31 August 2017

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 6/6

Committee Membership

Pay Committee

Member of The de Ferrers Trust

Also a member of the board of directors of The de Ferrers Trust

Register of Interests

Employee of Arden Group

Bio

In addition to Chair of Governors at Horninglow, I am also a Director of The de Ferrers Trust.  I was previously a Foundation Governor at Richard Wakefield Primary School and Chair of their Governing Body.  I have a good understanding of Raise Online and other such tools to identify strengths and weaknesses in a school.  I am a fully qualified accountant currently working as a Finance Director. I have extensive experience with accounting and audit procedures and sound knowledge of school financial management.  I have held various senior roles throughout my career, during which I gained adequate skills in employment law, human resources, personnel management and recruitment. I can be contacted via email on mtaylor@deferrers.com

Anne Andrews - Vice Chair of Governors

 

Appointed: 4 May 2016

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 5/6

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

Secretary of the Local Performing Arts Committee

Bio

I have recently retired from post in a de Ferrers Academy where the job included administering the HR and Finance for the site.  I had been employed within schools for 18 years and am a qualified HLTA with extensive classroom experience, specialising in ICT delivery.  In jobs prior to this I was the Managing Director of a group of nine Staffordshire Vocational Training centres; moderator/assessor for an Awarding Body and PA to a Personal Director at a Local Brewery.  I have lived and worked in Burton for the last 37 years.  I am actively involved in local performing arts organisations.  My child received an excellent education within the de Ferrers Academy and I aspire to help other children to believe they can achieve their maximum potential.

 

David Moss

Appointed: 4 May 2016

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 4/6

Committee Membership

Pay Committee

Member of the board of directors of The de Ferrers Trust

Register of Interests

Owner of Aims Accountants and Governor at Holy Trinity

Bio

In addition to being a governor at Horninglow Primary, I am also a Director of The de Ferrers Trust.  I am a qualified accountant with extensive financial and IT experience in industry.  I have trained with British Rail and have been the senior finance professional at more than one £10m+ turnover subsidiary business of major international companies. Following some short term contracts assisting with major projects including the £2.3bn divestment of part of Bass Brewers, I now run my own accountancy practice specialising in the reporting, payroll and taxation needs of small businesses. I have been a governor of a large secondary school for many years, becoming a director on its conversion to Single Academy Trust status in January 2011.  I was actively involved in the process of conversion, acting as their Responsible Officer.  I am also the governor and Finance Officer of a local primary school.

 

Parent Governors

Parent Governors are elected by the parents/guardians of the students who attend The de Ferrers Academy.  When a parent governor vacancy occurrs, nominations are requested from all registered parents and guardians and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years. 

 

Rebecca Collyer

Appointed: 4 May 2016

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 6/6

Committee Membership

Pay Committee

Register of Interests

Chair of Jelly Tots Parent and Toddler Group and employee at Edge Hill Junior School

Bio

I have been a fully qualified teacher for many years and have a good working knowledge of the education system and current education policy.  I am able to bring a parent's perspective to Governing Board meetings whilst also having first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of a school environment. I play a variety of musical instruments and am involved with a local community wind band and other small music groups.

Emma Johnson

Appointed: 16 May 2017

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings 1/1

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

None

Bio

I volunteer for Honinglow Academy as a committee member of "The friends of Horninglow" this role includes raising money through school activities involving children, parents and the local community.
After approaching the school in February to help improve the garden and outside area, I have since become a regular visitor and enjoyed working with the children helping them understand the basics of gardening and growing vegetables and flowers.

 

Staff Governor

The Staff Governor is elected by the staff based at The de Ferrers Academy.    When a staff governor vacancy occurrs, nominations are requested from all members of staff based at Horninglow Primary and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years. 

 

Tom Smith

Appointed: 4 May 2016

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 6/6

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

None

Bio

Having begun my post qualification teaching career at Horninglow seven years ago I have had experience of teaching across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Currently I am the Year 6 class teacher and also lead on maths across the School.  I have developed a maths club which together with strategies across the School have contributed to an improvement in maths attainment in all year groups.  In addition I led on the introduction of assessment and recording of data to ensure that the data is robust.  Horninglow has been a school in special measures and my experience includes working closely with HMI to improve outcomes for the children.  Outside of school I am a keen fisherman and enjoy spending time with my family.

 

Co-Opted Governor

The governors listed above may co-opt up to three further governors to the Local Governing Body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making the governors even more efficient and effective in carrying out their duties.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years. 

Deb Bacon

Appointed: 4 May 2016

Resigned:  31 August 2017

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 2/6

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

Business Operations Manager for the  Burton Co-Operative Trust; Husband is a director of Manor Property Services.  

Bio

I am employed as the Business Operations Manager of the Burton Co-operative Learning Trust and have been in post since 2011.  Previous roles have included working for the Local Authority as a Coordinator within the community learning partnership strategy.  This community and partnership based work has allowed me to establish a wide network of contacts in the local area which I put to good use in supporting the School in a variety of different ways.  I am up for a challenge and have participated in a wide range of charity events including marathon running, a tandem parachute jump and most recently cycling from Barnsley to Amsterdam to raise funds for prostrate cancer.

 

Richard Worth

Appointed: 4 May 2016

Resigned: 19 October 2016

Attendance for 2015/16

LGB Meetings – 1/2

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

None

Bio

To follow

 

Sandra Goodhall

Appointed: 4 May 2016

Attendance for 2016/17

LGB Meetings – 3/6

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

None

Bio

I am a retired primary teacher with thirty years experience in the classroom.  I have had responsibility for development of various areas of the curriculum during my career.  I have been a Staff Governor for some seventeen years before taking on this latest governance role.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE A VACANCY FOR A CO-OPTED GOVERNOR.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED OR SIMPLY WANT FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE ROLE THEN PLEASE CONTACT THE CLERK TO THE GOVERNORS.

 

Clerk to Governors

If you would like to contact or hear more about the work of the Local Governing Body please contact Sandra Taylor, Clerk to Governors at the Academy or via email - Staylor.horninglow@deferrers.com

 

Annual Report and Financial Statements

To access the Annual Report and Financial Statements please click here.