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Acton C of E Primary Academy is part of the Real Life Learning Multi Academy Trust along with http://www.calveleyprimary.cheshire.sch.uk.

Members Board

Aim

To oversee the efficient and effective running of the academy trust.

Responsibilities:

  • Subscribers to the Memorandum of Association
  • Appointment of Directors
  • Staff employer and approver of contracts, pay and conditions
  • To conduct an AGM and sign off the financial accounts
  • To receive reports from the Board of Directors, including internal audit, EHT's performance management, teaching & learning standards and to hold them to account
  • To complete an end of year review for all stakeholders
  • To achieve role objectives as part of overall Directors' Plan as agreed by FGB
NameDate of appointmentRoleAppointing BodyGovernance role in another institution and relevant business/pecuniary interestsDate stepped down
Rich Hastie22.09.16ChairFounding membersNone
Kath Edwards01.09.16Responsible officerFounding membersNone
Chris Penn01.09.17Director of Education for the Diocese of Chester, Member
Laura Leather01.09.16Founding membersLaura Leather Marketing Consultant
David Shaw27.03.19None

Board of Directors

The Real Life Learning Academy Trust exists to work together across our academies to build a firm foundation for every child's future, giving them the self-belief, resilience and wisdom to achieve their potential, in all aspects of their lives. The Board of Directors provide confident and strong strategic leadership across the Real Life Learning Academy Trust, leading to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. It has three core functions, which are:

  • 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


The people who volunteer as Directors cover a wide range of professional sectors and therefore bring a wealth of independent experience to leading the Real Life Learning Academy Trust.

Name of DirectorDate of appointmentAppointing BodyTerm of officeSpecific RoleGovernance role in another institution and relevant business/pecuniary interestsAttendance record at board and committee meetings in past academic yearDate stepped down
Elizabeth Ford 01.09.16Founding members4 yearsFoundation Representative, Health and Safety and SafeguardingPartner – PA, E & RG FORDHon Secretary and Treasurer Acton Parish Hall5 of 7 attended: 18/10/18, 24/1/19, 18/3/19, 7/5/19, 3/7/19
Beverley Dolman01.09.16Founding members4 yearsExecutive HeadteacherStaff Director6 of 7 attended: 12/9/18,18/10/18, 28/11/19, 18/3/19, 7/5/19, 3/7/19
Jo Edwards01.09.16Founding members4 yearsPupil Premium, PE4 of 7 attended: 12/9/18, 28/11/18, 7/5/19, 3/7/19
Yvonne Wood 01.09.16 Founding members4 yearsFinanceBennett Brooks & Co Ltd, Bennett Brooks IT Ltd 6 of 7 attended: 12/9/18,18/10/18, 28/11/19, 24/1/19, 18/3/19, 3/7/19
David Shaw27.03.194 yearsChair3 of 3 attended: 18/3/19, 7/5/19, 3/7/19
Louise McDonough27.03.194 yearsCurriculum and Standards3 of 3 attended: 18/3/19, 7/5/19, 3/7/19
Richard Lewis27.03.194 yearsTrainingGovernor at Bridgemere CE Primary School3 of 3 attended: 18/3/19, 7/5/19, 3/7/19
Lynn Dove27.03.194 yearsVice Chair3 of 3 attended: 18/3/19, 7/5/19, 3/7/19

Standards Committee

Aim:

To ensure educational standards across the Academy Trust exceed the National Average and that all children make at least expected progress in all subject areas taught.

Responsibilities:

  • To monitor standards across the Academy Trust and ensure all pupils are attaining as well as they can
  • To complete an end of year review for all stakeholders
  • To achieve role objectives as part of overall Directors' Plan as agreed by FGB
NameRolePossible meetings 18-19Meetings attended 18-19
Beverley Dolman4.10.184.10.18
Laura LeatherEYFS4.10.184.10.18
Verity McKayKS14.10.184.10.18
Lesley LatronicoKS24.10.184.10.18
Neil Duncalf4.10.184.10.18

Audit and Finance Committee

NameRolePossible meetings 18-19Meetings attended 18-19
Kath EdwardsChair5.11.185.11.18
Yvonne Wood5.11.185.11.18
Elizabeth Ford5.11.185.11.18
Beverley Dolman5.11.185.11.18

Pay Committee

Constitution:

The Membership of this Committee will be agreed by the Board of Directors.
The Chairman of the Committee will be elected by a quorum of the Committee members. The Executive Head Teacher cannot take on this role. The membership will be four Directors with a quorum of 3. The Chair or Vice Chairs of the Board of Directors may be asked to attend meetings, in exceptional circumstances, to ensure the Committee is quorate.
The Committee will have the power to invite others, without voting rights, to give advice to the Committee e.g. personnel consultant. No other person paid to work at the school may be a member of the Committee. The head teacher must withdraw and not vote on his/her own pay or performance appraisal.

Terms of Reference:

  • To ensure the Performance Appraisal Policy is in place and reviewed annually.
  • To ensure the Pay Policy is in place and reviewed annually.
  • The Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Head Teacher, will carry out an annual review of the salaries for all staff, including teachers on the Main Pay Scale, Upper Pay Scale and Leadership Pay Scale. The Committee will agree make pay recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • The Committee, in conjunction with the EHT, can make decisions relating to pay concerning post -threshold teachers in line with the pay policy and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval.
  • To ensure that a copy of the salary statement is issued to all teachers following a change to salary every year.
  • To ensure the setting and reviewing of targets for all staff takes place, via approval of anonymised targets.
NameRolePossible meetings 18-19Meetings attended 18-19
Yvonne WoodChair4.10.18
Jo Edwards4.10.184.10.18
Elizabeth Ford4.10.184.10.18
Penny Holding4.10.184.10.18

EHT Performance Management Committee

Aim:

To lead the process by which the overall performance of the Executive Head Teacher is formally and rigorously assessed annually in order to enable them to improve teaching, leadership and management that will positively impact upon the quality of outcomes for all pupils.

Responsibilities:

  • To appoint every 2-3 years a suitably skilled and/or experienced external advisor to assist with the EHT's Performance Management Review
  • To set objectives with the assistance of the external advisor that will contribute to improving education for pupils.
  • To review performance annually against the job description, EHT standards and objectives set with the assistance of the external advisor
  • To review and support the EHTs professional aspirations and training needs
  • To review and facilitate the EHTs work life balance
  • To complete a mid year review of performance against agreed objectives

To recommend pay progression to the Board of Directors based upon the outcome of the review and taking account of overall performance

NameRolePossible meetings 18-19Meetings attended 18-19
Fiona SloyanChair15.10.1815.10.18
Jo Edwards15.10.18
Penny Holding15.10.1815.10.18
Laura Leather15.10.1815.10.18
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