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NEW* Governance Structure 2020/21

New Governance Structure

 

As the GEMS Learning Trust has grown this year, we have taken the opportunity to re-structure our governance. The changes below will take effect from September 1st 2020.

 

Governance Structure

 

Group Maximum Members Role Type Meetings per year Oversight
Members 5 Member 1 Setting and achievement of Trust Vision
Trust Board 9 Director 3 Overall performance - Educational, Financial, Operational

Quality of Education and Safeguarding Committee

South West London*

9 Governor & Director 4

Progress towards Educational Targets and Safeguarding at TPA and SPA

Quality of Education and Safeguarding Committee

Oxfordshire*

9 Governor & Director 4

Progress towards Educational Targets and Safeguarding at WPA and DPA

Operations Committee 3 Director 4

Financial Performance

Employment Terms and Conditions

Health and Safety

*Quality of Education and Safeguarding Committees has replaced the Local Academy Boards and the Standards Committee. New from September 2020/2021

 

Merging the LAB and Standards Committee

We have merged the Local Academy Boards with the Standards Committee, which are now called Quality of Education and Safeguarding.

 

We have made this decision for a number of reasons:

 

1. To improve communication between the schools and the Trust Board

2. To avoid repetition of information shared with the Standards Committee and the LABs

3. To give members of the LABs a stronger role to play in governance

 

Membership of the new QES Committee

From September 1st 2020, all LAB members (apart from Community members) will become members of our new Quality of Education and Safeguarding Committee (QES) unless they choose to step down. They will be called Governors.

 

Elections will be held to replace parent members and votes will be held amongst staff to replace staff members if vacancies should arise. Current LAB members will see out the remainder of their term of office. WPA will have elections and votes in the Autumn term 2020.

 

Status of Governors

Governors appointed to the QES Committee will not be appointed as Directors to the Trust Board and will not need to attend full Board Meetings. 

 

QES Meeting Cycle

There will be four QES meetings per year, the location will rotate between schools in the hubs (Hub 1, DPA and WPA in Oxfordshire and Hub 2. TPA and SPA in South West London) and membership of the two QES committees will consist of:

 

Oxon QES - Membership

  • WPA Principal - Ex Officio
  • DPA Principal - Ex-Officio
  • 2/3 DPA parents - Voted by Parents
  • 1/2 DPA staff - Voted by staff
  • 1/2 WPA parents - Voted by Parents
  • 1/2 WPA staff
  •  

SWLON QES - Membership

  • WPA Principal (Whilst new Surbiton school is being built)
  • TPA Principal - Ex-Officio
  • 2/3 TPA parents  - Voted by Parents
  • 1/2 TPA staff - Voted by staff
  • 1/2 SPA parents - Voted by Parents
  • 1/2 SPA staff - Voted by Staff

Governance Structure

Key

TPA: Twickenham Primary Academy

DPA: Didcot Primary Academy

SPA: Surbiton Primary Academy

WPA: Wantage Primary Academy

Directors and Governors - Roles and Terms of Office

 

Name

Role

Appointed by

Committee

End of Office

Jason Murphy Director Trustees Operations 20/11/23
Rowena Duff Director Trustees Operations 20/11/22
Silvia Holgado- Gomez Director Trustees TBC 20/11/24

Danielle West

Director

Members

Operations

07/03/21

Jodie Croft

CEO, Director

Trustees

Operations,

SWLON & OXON QES

Ex-Officio

Lara Robson

Director

Trustees

TBC

01/10/22

Pari Dhillon

Director

Parents

SWLON QES

20/11/23

Kizzie Elliot

Staff Governor TPA

Staff

SWLON QES

01/11/20

Stewart Bessant Parent Governor TPA Parents SWLON QES 20/11/22
Erika Oddy Parent Governor TPA Parents SWLON QES 20/11/22
Beth Hodder Parent Governor TPA Parents SWLON QES 20/11/22

Clare Head

Community Governor DPA

Princpal

SWLON QES

14/06/21

Sarah Gladwin

Parent Governor DPA

Parents

OXON QES

14/06/21

Laura Maynard

Parent Governor DPA

Parents

OXON QES

14/06/21

Lauren Cronk

Staff Governor DPA

Staff

OXON QES

14/11/23

To be appointed Parent Governor WPA Parents OXON QES  
To be appointed Parent Governor WPA Parents OXON QES  
To be appointed Staff Governor WPA Staff OXON QES  

 

 

Contact the GEMS Learning Trust

If you would like more information about the GEMS Learning Trust and/or other GEMS schools please get in touch. The address for correspondence with the Chair of/and the Trust Board is:


Chair of the Trust Board | WantagePrimary Academy | 57 Colne Road | Twickenham| TW2 6QF or you can email us at gems.trust@gemslearningtrust.org.uk.

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