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Governance

Our Governance Structure

 

The de Ferrers 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. 

From 23rd March until the 20th May 2020, the work of the LGB was suspended and all decisions were made by the full trust board due to logistical pressures of Covid-19.

The academy is currently recruiting for a parent governor.  Please refer to the information below for full details.   The closing date for nominations is Friday 23rd October at 3:30 p.m.
 

Our Governance Structure



 

The Members

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 Trustees, amend the Articles of Association and, if necessary, wind up the Multi-Academy Trust.  To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the members are independent of the Trust Board.   The members will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least on an annual basis.

To see a list of the trust's members please click here                

The Trust Board

The Trust Board have strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all of the management decisions within the Multi-Academy Trust.  The Board consists of at least eleven trustees, eight 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 teams, that the Multi-Academy Trust is making proper and effective use of public funds and for the quality of provision.  The trust board will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least five times per year.

The trust board has established three sub-committees to assist them, namely the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, the Standards Committee and the Resources Committee.  Each Committee operates with its own set of terms of reference which can be located at the bottom of this page.  The Finance, Audit and Risk and the Standards sub-committees will meet as often as necessary, but at least three times per year.  The Resources Committee will meet as often as necessary, but at least on an annual basis.  

To meet the trustees please click here   

The Local Governing Body

A Local Governing Body (LGB) has been established for The de Ferrers Academy.  The LGB carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities and engage with the academy's key stakeholders (our students, parents, staff and members of the community).  They will play a support & challenge role and will seek assurances on behalf of the board in regard to academic performance and quality of care and provision for their academy.  They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to it by the Trust Board in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation (located at the bottom of this page). 

The Local Governing Body has established one sub-committee, namely The Pay Committee, which seeks assurances on behalf of the trust board that the processes around pay progression for our teaching staff are fair and robust.  The Pay Committee operates with its own set of terms of reference which can be located below.    Our Chair of Governors is Jacquie Williams and she can be contacted via the Clerk.

Our clerk to the LGB is Karen Mills, who can be contacted via email: kmills@deferrers.com.

Meet our Local Governing Body

 

Ex-Officio Governor

The Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local  Governing Body as a governor.  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.  

Mrs. Kathy D. Hardy

 

Attendance for 2019/20: 

LGB meetings 4/4                                 

Committee Membership:

None

Register of Interests:

None

Bio: 
I am extremely excited and delighted to be the Principal of this academy.

The de Ferrers Academy is my sixth school and my second Headship in my educational career.  I previously worked as an Executive Leader for a larger Trust and I have always worked within the East Midlands area. 

My subject specialism is Physical Education and when time allows, I am a keen triathlete.

I firmly believe in educating the whole child.   I want students and staff to enjoy coming to the academy and for us all to become a highly effective team, striving to be the very best we can be; I want us all to be proud to be part of our Academy and be proud to celebrate our wide and varied achievements.

I look forward to working in partnership with the schools within the Trust and the wider community.     

 

BOARD APPOINTED GOVERNORS 

Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the Trust Board.  Their term of office is four years.  At The de Ferrers Academy the governance structure allows for four Board Appointed Governors

 

Christopher Moss

Board Appointed Governor: January 2018

Attendance for 2019/20:

LGB Meetings 2/4

Attendance for 2018/19:

LGB Meetings 5/5

Register of Interests:

None

Bio:

I'm a former student of The de Ferrers Academy, having left in the summer of 2011. I subsequently completed my bachelor's degree at Aberystwyth University in Maths and Drama. I am now a business manager for a local family-run company. In my spare time I am a circus performer and workshop leader as well as directing and performing with various local theatre groups.

 

Jennifer Brassington

Board Appointed: May 2019

Attendance for 2019/20:

LGB meeting 4/4

Attendance for 2018/19:

LGB Meetings: 1/1

Register of Interests:

Child attends the Academy

 

Bio:

My working career started in nursing, eventually working as a senior nurse / cardiac nurse specialist. I then moved into Public Health working across various central London Boroughs, and working closely with local authority, education, housing, police and community services. In 2008 I began working for an international charity with which I have held several positions including Safeguarding Director, Learning and Development Director, and HR Strategy Director. My current role is as a Strategy and Management Consultant across the organisation, a varied role that enables me the flexibility to engage with other interests in the local community. I am an active member of Riverside Church in Burton and have been involved with teaching English as an additional language, and with Burton Street Angels.
Having spent many years working in senior roles in the public and charity sector, I have extensive experience with governance, quality improvement, evidence based practice, financial planning, data analysis, risk management, service commissioning, equality and diversity, performance management and service review - within an environment of targets, monitoring and reporting. Alongside my nursing I have a BSc in Health Studies, a Diploma in research and an MA in Education.
My passions include evidence informed practice, child/adolescent mental health, special educational needs, effective staff management and staff engagement/ wellbeing.

 

John Atkinson

Appointed: 4th December 2019

Attendance for 2020:

LGB meeting: 2/2

Register of Interests:

Bio: (to follow)

PARENT GOVERNORS 

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

 

Andrea Clark

Appointed: April 2019

Attendance 2019/20:

LGB meeting 3/4

Attendance 2018/19:

LGB Meeting 2/2

Register of Interests:

Children attend the Academy

Bio:

I am the current parent governor for The de Ferrers Academy.  My work experience is as a senior manager in the NHS delivering services across various settings.  I have extensive experience in finances managing budgets as well as staff management and development.  Working in a heavily regulated environment governance considerations around safeguarding, finance, risk management and forward planning are all elements I have undertaken.  
I have 2 children both have attended deFerrers with my youngest still in attendance.  I am keen that children access the best possible education that sets them ready for their adult life giving them skills both educational and vocational to meet their needs.
My hobbies are limited at the moment but I am a regular gym goer and believe sport and exercise is an important tool for mental health, socialising and keeping fit.

 

 

STAFF GOVERNOR

 

The Staff Governor is elected by the staff based at The de Ferrers Academy.    When a staff governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all members of staff based at The de Ferrers Academy and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years.   At The de Ferrers Academy the governance structure allows for one staff governor.

 

Jayson Burns

Appointed: 01.04.2019

Attendance for 2019/20:

LGB meetings 4/4

Attendance for 2018/19:

LGB Meetings :2/2

Register of Interests:

 

Bio:  To follow

 

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS

At The de Ferrers Academy, the governance structure allows for the local governors listed above to co-opt to four further local governors to the local governing body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making local governance even more efficient and effective.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years.

 

Lesley Wells - Acting Chair of Governors

Appointed to Acting Chair : 1st September 2020

Attendance for 2019/20:

LGB Meetings 3/4

Attendance for 2018/19:

LGB Meetings 4/5

Committee Membership:

Pay Committee 2018

Register of Interests:

Trustee of the Burton Co-Operative Trust; close family member is a director and shareholder of Junk Porters.

Bio:

I joined the de Ferrers Academy Governing Body when I was co-opted to represent the Burton Co-operative Trust Primary & Special Schools which feed and work alongside the Academy. I have previously been the Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and Governor at three schools in both Staffordshire and Kent, two of which were judged outstanding by Ofsted.

My role is to provide the de Ferrers Academy Governing Body with information on primary education and staffing matters which they use to help them carry out their role as strategic leaders of  The de Ferrers Academy. I am also the designated Safeguarding Governor for The de Ferrers Academy.

 

Graham Milnes

Appointed: 21.04.2019

Attendance for 2019/20:

LGB Meetings: 3/4

Attendance for 2018/19:

LGB Meetings 2/5

Committee Membership:

None

Register  of Interests:

None

Bio:

I have been a Governor at The de Ferrers Academy for over nine years, starting as a Parent Governor when my daughter was at the Sshool. I have continued as a Governor since my daughter left, as I enjoy the role and hope my involvement helps towards the academy’s journey of being one of the best Academy’s in the country.

I have lived in Burton all of my life and have just retired having completed 46 years’ service at Molson Coors where I joined after attending The Burton Boys Grammar School.

John Anderson

Appointed: 21.04.19

Attendance for 2019/20:

LGB Meetings - 2/4

Attendance for 2018/19

LGB Meetings – 3/5

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests:

Proprietor of J.A. Properties; Trustee of Burton Duke of Edinburgh; Public Appointed Governor at NHS Hospital Trust Burton; Chair of Friends of Outwoods; Chair of FISH 2013; Acting Chair of Outwoods Parish Council; Committee Member of Tutbury Market; Bailiff for Angling Trust.  Public Governor for East Staffordshire linked to The University Hospital of Derby.  Chair of The Beyne Foundation.

Bio:

I have been a resident in and around Burton Upon Trent for most of my life. I am married to Rachael and am very proud to say that my son attends The de Ferrers Academy and is flourishing both academically and socially.

I have been self employed since 1981 and currently run my own property maintenance business, am a private sector landlord and a licensed angling coach.

I am a great believer in the community and spend most of my spare time volunteering by supporting community groups and projects, including being chairman of Outwoods Parish and an East Midlands Public Governor for Burton NHS Trust. 

I feel honoured to have the opportunity to support young people in my roles as a licensed coach, de Ferrers Academy governor and Duke of Edinburgh Trustee.

I enjoy outdoor activities including angling, kayaking, climbing, shooting and walking. As a governor, I have been fortunate to go on various school outings; some of which have been quite adventurous. It is great to see the students (and staff!) expanding their horizons!

I believe in our academy and try my best to rise to the challenges of being a good, involved member of our excellent Local Governing Body.  I am the designated Governor for the SEND Faculty.

Amardeep Dhadwal

Appointed: 3rd December 2019

Attendance for 2020:

LGB meetings: 3/3

Register of Interests:

None

Bio:

I was a former student in the local area before completing my undergraduate dentistry degree. I have subsequently undertaken dental foundation and core training which has included an academic post. I am dedicated to supporting our next generation in reaching their true potential and enjoy having the opportunity to do this within my role as a governor. I have a keen interest in education, having recently completed my postgraduate certificate in (medical) education with distinction.

 

P.A. to the Principal / Clerk to Governors

If you would like to contact or hear more about the work of the Local Governing Body please contact their Clerk.

Karen Mills

karen.mills@deferrers.com

 

Appointed: 1st January 2017

Attendance for 2019/20:

LGB Meetings 4/4

Pay Committee

Attendance for 2018/19

LGB Meetings 5/5

Register of Interests

None

Bio:

I was appointed in 2001 as a Personal Assistant to the Vice Principal on the Dove Campus, and since this time it has been my privilege to work with and to support the academy's dedicated leadership team.

                                                                                  

Jacquie Williams - Chair of Governor  Resigned 11th August 2020

Appointed: September 2017

Nick Oxford - Parent Governor  Resigned 21st September 2020

Appointed: September 2017

Attendance 2019/20:

LGB meetings 3/4

All documents mentioned can be found below.