GOVERNANCE AT CAMBRAI
Governors serving on Local Governing Body's are accountable to the Trustees (who in turn are accountable to the Department for Education) as well as to the communities they serve. Whilst not trustees under charity law, nevertheless, the governors are under a duty to act in good faith and in the best interests of their school and Lingfield Education Trust.
This duty includes a responsibility to do the following:
To ensure their Academy complies with its legal obligations.
To fulfil the charitable object of Lingfield Education Trust.
To set targets, monitor pupil progress and attainment, and to challenge the Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to achieve the objectives of their Academy.
To act with integrity, to avoid any personal conflicts of interest and not to misuse any charitable funds or assets of their Academy or Trust.
To act prudently in the financial management of their Academy, avoiding putting any assets, funds or the reputation of their Academy or the Trustees at undue risk.
Our initial governing body consists of:
1 Executive Headteacher – ex offico appointment.
1 staff governor – elected during the first term of the school opening.
2 parent governors – elected once places were allocated for September 2019
3 co opted governors – appointed from the local community with the relevant skill sets.
Parent governors are elected by parents registered at the school and will initially be for a term of one year, until the school grows, when terms of office will be longer. Parents who represent different groups within the community will be encouraged to put themselves forward for election. Members will seek to appoint parent governors with skills to fill gaps in the skills profile of the governing body.
When appointing governors, Lingfield Education Trust will seek to fill these posts with people who live in the local area where possible whilst having regard for the balance of skills and experience that the LGB needs to fulfil its functions.
This will include the following skills/experience:
Financial expertise and commercial experience.
Education; experience of primary education, understanding of current education policy and the Ofsted framework and school performance indicators.
Ability to analyse school data, ask questions and hold to account.
Community engagement/community cohesion.
Human resources management, including performance appraisal.
More information regarding governance at Lingfield Education Trust can be found on the governance section of the website, here. This includes the Trust 'Scheme of Delegation', which details the functions and responsibilities of Local Governing Bodies (and associated committees) within Lingfield Education Trust.
At the point of opening, our initial governors are:
Mark Dent - Executive Headteacher of Cambrai Primary School (Ex officio term of office) - Register of business interests
Jenni Cooke - Chair of Governors (Appointed by Trust, 01/09/19 - 31/08/21) - Register of business interests
Charlotte Hutchinson - Parent Governor (Appointed by Trust, 01/09/19 - 31/08/21) - Register of business interests
Matthew Rennison - Parent Governor (Appointed by Trust, 01/09/19 - 31/08/21) - Register of business interests
Stephanie Guest - Staff Representative (Volunteered, 01/09/19 - 31/08/21) - Register of business interests
Angela Collins (Appointed by Trust, 17/09/20 - 31/08/2021 - Awaiting register of business interests
Sally Place (Appointed by Trust, 03/12.2020 - 31/08/2021 - Register of business interests
Pen portraits of each governor and an overview of our committees can be downloaded here.
To contact our chair of governors, please call the school and we will gladly put you in touch with Jenni by passing on her contact details.
Please click here for meeting attendance.
All academies and Trusts must publish their annual accounts as well as key legal governance information, such as Funding Agreements, Articles of Association and accounts information. For these documents relating to Lingfield Education Trust, please click here.