Governing Board

A team of educational experts

Our Governing Board

Our schools are overseen by one central Governing Board. All Directors are selected for the range of skills and expertise they bring to help realise the sponsor’s vision and values for the GEMS Learning Trust academies and to ensure effective strategic leadership and management. Terms of office are four years.

The Governing Board delegates some responsibilites for governance to the Operations Committee, the Standards Committee and to Local Academy Boards in each school. Parent governors sit on the Local Academy Boards.

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Members Remit

Vision and outcomes Overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company including pupil outcomes

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Trust Board Remit

  • Strategy and performance Set the strategic improvement priorities of the Trust and scrutinise the performance of the Trust
  • Admissions Ensure that the Trust complies with the Admissions Code at all times
  • Public Relations Promote partnership working and shared approaches
  • Compliance  Observe all statutory and contractual obligations; EFA, DfE, HMRC, Companies House, Charities Law, AFH, Accounts directions etc.

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Operations Committee Remit

  • Financial monitoring Keep the GEMS Learning Trust’s budget and finance schemes under regular review and ensure that spending represents good value for money and have an impact on academy priorities
  • Compliance Ensure financial and procedural compliance with the Academies Handbook and Funding Agreements including reporting to the EFA
  • Premises Oversee and review the maintenance of academy premises, and equipment,  resources and ensure they match the requirements of the academies’ priorities
  • Risk management establish a risk management framework and intervene quickly and effectively when required
  • Audit  Appoint internal and external audit officers (Responsible Officer) and respond to their audit findings and recommendations
  • Human Resources Advise on legal requirements and procedures relating to Trust employment matters and pay
  • Health and Safety Ensure that the Trust complies with statutory requirements for the management of Health and Safety in each academy

Standards Comittee Remit

  • Performance Scrutinise attainment, attendance and welfare of all children, highlighting vulnerable children and other groups of pupils in reference to RAISEOnline, local and national benchmark information:
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Promote an exceptionally safe and vigilant culture and review child protection and safeguarding processes and ensure recommendations are followed by each Academy
  • Special Educational and Physical Needs Review the SEND systems in each academy and ensure compliance to the SEND code of practice
  • Trust wide development and collaboration  Work across academies on Teaching and Learning, recruitment and retention, internal monitoring and audits, CPD, ICT and other projects
  • Stakeholder engagement Develop Trust wide marketing and communication strategies and monitor the effectiveness of the complaints policy and procedures

Local Academy Board Remit - from Autumn 2017

  • Governance To review and approve policies in accordance with the policy review cycle as delegated by the Trustees.
  • Stakeholder engagement To engage with stakeholders; pupils, staff, parents/carers and the community and ensure that each Academy meets legal requirements to publish information online
  • Educational experience and standards To scrutinise data and information regarding the attainment, attendance and welfare of all children

Table of Governors

Governor / Trustee / Director

Type of Governor

Appointed by

Committee

End of Office

Rony Valeny

Independent Non-Executive Director

Trustees

Not assigned

22/11/20

Danielle West

GEMS, Non-Executive Director

Members

Operations

07/03/21

Dr Harry Ziman  - Chair

Independent non-Executive Director

Members

Standards

20/04/19

Joe Garrod – vice chair

Independent non-Executive Director

Trustees

Operations

20/04/19

Jodie Croft

CEO, Accounting Officer

Trustees

Operations

20/04/19

Terri De Quincey

Chief Education Officer

Trustees

Standards

20/04/19

Hannah Wilson

Independent Non-Executive Director

Trustees

Standards

20/06/21

Andy Collings – Chief Financial Officer

Independent Non-Executive Director

Trustees

Operations

20/04/19

Zahid Khan

Parent - Twickenham

Parents

Local Academy Board

24/11/19

Daniel Firman  Parent - Twickenham Parents  Local Academy Board  01/11/2017

Kizzie Elliot

Staff - Twickenham

Staff

Local Academy Board

01/11/2017

Cllr. Clare Head

Community - Twickenham

Principal

Local Academy Board

24/11/2019

Caroline Dendy

Parent - Didcot

Parents

Local Academy Board

14/06/2020

Sarah Gladwin

Parent - Didcot

Parents

Local Academy Board

14/06/2020

Laura Maynard

Parent - Didcot

Parents

Local Academy Board

14/06/2020

Andrea Brooker

Staff - Didcot

Staff

Local Academy Board

14/06/2020

Sarah Scrivener

Staff - Didcot

Staff

Local Academy Board

14/06/2020

Bennie Kara

Community - Didcot

Principal

Local Academy Board

01/11/2020

 

Governance Documents

Click here for the Governors handbook which includes the remit of each committee and board.

Click here for the register of Members, Directors and LAB declarations of business interests

Articles of Association

Audited Accounts 15/16

Report 15/16

Audited Accounts 14/15

Report 14/15

Master Funding Agreement

Twickenham Supplemental Funding Agreement

Didcot Supplemental Funding Agreement

Governors visit log

 

Get in touch

If you would like more information about the GEMS Learning Trust and/or other GEMS academies please get in touchThe address for correspondence with the Chair of Governors is:

Chair of Governors | Didcot Primary Academy | 2nd Floor, St Albans House | 57 – 59 Haymarket | London | SW1Y 4QX

Visit www.gemslearningtrust.org for more information