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School Improvement Board

Governance at Rivers CofE Academy Trust: Moving Forward 

 

During the last eighteen months, Rivers conducted its first external review of governance since the trust was established in 2014. The review was commissioned because trustees and school improvement boards recognised that the governance needs of the trust have changed as a result of its rapid growth over the last five years. Nationally, multi-academy trusts are recognising that trust governance needs to evolve as trusts develop and grow and many are now looking to implement new governance structures. Rivers is committed to being a leader and champion of innovative and sector-leading governance practice. 

Historically, the trust’s local governance has been provided through local governing bodies and, more recently, school improvement boards. The new structure will create advocate roles at local level to replace the existing school improvement boards. The aim of the proposed new governance structure is to define clearly the roles and responsibilities of the different governance tiers to avoid duplication, to strengthen communication between governance tiers and to maximise the use of the skills, knowledge and expertise of everyone within the governance team in order to ensure impactful governance across the trust. The new structure will ensure that pupils remain at the core of all decision-making. Trustees recognise the importance of the local voice and are committed to ensuring that the local tier contributes to the development of organisational thinking. Importantly, the election of two parent representatives per school will ensure that the voice of parents/carers will contribute to decisions made at trust board level. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Kate Brunt, CEO of Rivers CofE Academy Trust, if you have any further questions or comments about our proposed new governance structure: kbrunt@riverscofe.co.uk  

Welcome to our School Improvement Board 

 

Over the next 12 months we will be looking to recruit a number of community School Improvement Board members to challenge and support North Worcester Primary Academy as we move towards opening date and beyond as we strive to deliver an outstanding education for our children.

 

The role of the School Improvement Board is to monitor and evaluate the school and provide a blend of challenge, encouragement and support to ensure that the children have the best education and opportunities available.

 

School Improvement Board Structure

 

 

Meet the School Improvement Board members

 

Sue Price - Chair of School Improvement Board

 

I have been involved in education all my life and have recently retired as an assistant head at a successful local secondary school. During my time at that school, I had first-hand experience in all aspects of leading a large school, but my main skills were in the pastoral dimension. I gained an MSc in Educational Leadership in 2008 and am keen to continue to utilize this knowledge in supporting a different educational phase by applying my skills and experience to North Worcester Primary Academy and the youngest members of our community.

 

My retirement will not only give me time to commit to my role at NWPA but also to work within the University of Worcester on the Secondary Science teaching course. I am also looking forward to spending more time with my grandchildren as well as to travelling extensively. I look forward to working with all members and partners of NWPA throughout the coming years.

 

Date of appointment: 14th May 2019

Appointed by: MAT Trustees

Board member role: Community Member, Chair

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

Martina Driemeier - SIB member

 

I have worked for Bosch Thermotechnology for over 15 years in a variety of finance roles across different countries and with managerial responsibility for the last 10 years. I moved to Worcester 8 years ago and since July 2018 am Director of Controlling, Finance and Accounting. Prior to working for Bosch, I completed a degree in European Business Administration studying in Germany and Spain.

 

In my role as a leader, I enjoy growing talent and I am passionate about continuous and life-long learning, development and coaching.

 

I have a young daughter so education is a topic very close to my heart and I believe a good education is a key requisite for future success.

 

I look forward to bringing in my experience from the business world, building links to the local community and being part of this exciting journey.

 

Date of appointment: 14th May 2019

Appointed by: SIB

Board member role: Community member

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

Paul Edmunds - SIB member

 

I have been a Biology and ICT teacher for over 25 years. I am currently an Assistant Head teacher in a successful Worcester secondary school, having been in post for 10 years. I have specific responsibilities for school improvement, data, timetabling and whole school ICT provision. I am also the school’s DPO.

 

I am looking forward to working within a new phase of education and using my skills and experience to enhance and enrich the education of younger students.  

 

Date of appointment: 14th May 2019

Appointed by: SIB

Board member role: Community Member

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Staff governor at BEO

 

Janinne Delorenzo - SIB member

 

Having taught in local secondary schools for over a decade, I transitioned into teacher education at the University of Worcester. I co-lead the Secondary Science PGCE and encourage the delivery of practical science teaching.

 

In addition, I work for The Ogden Trust, a charity that promotes Physics education. As part of this role, I have developed a successful partnership in Worcester and have worked closely with primary schools to develop teachers’ confidence and ability to deliver an engaging science curriculum which promotes scientific enquiry skills with their students.

 

I am looking forward to helping to develop a much-needed new primary school which will serve the heart of the community.

 

Date of appointment: 14th May 2019

Appointed by: SIB

Board member role: Community member.  Vice Chair

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Supporting MAT with Physics through the Ogden Trust

Tracy Barnes - Governance Officer and Lead Clerk

 

tbarnes@riverscofe.co.uk

Mel Allcott - Community Member

 

I am a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with over twenty years experience in Audit and  Finance, predominantly public sector,  including education from pre-school to higher.

 

I have ten years Governor experience from Worcester Sixth Form College including being Chair of Audit Committee.

 

I am a Worcester City Councillor and a Worcestershire County Councillor for Claines.  I thoroughly enjoy working for and within the community and I am delighted to be a part of NWPA.

 

Date of appointment: 21st January 2020

Appointed by: SIB

Board member role: Community member

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: City Councillor.  

Paul Godfrey - SIB Parent Member

 

I’m a senior, government Project-Manager with twenty years experience; including governance, financial management, contracts, organisational change and risk management.

 

In addition to experience in data protection and cyber security, I enjoy nurturing staff talent, which has given me an appreciation of the challenges and rewards in developing others.

 

I believe that this new school is a fantastic opportunity; and I am proud to be a part of making sure we capitalise on that to provide all children with the excellent education they deserve.

 

Date of appointment: 14th October 2019
Appointed by: Parents through election process

Board member role: Parent member

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

Charlotte Hooper - SIB Parent Member

 

Date of appointment: 6th October 2020
Appointed by: Parents through election process

Board member role: Parent member

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

Vikki Reading - SIB Staff Member

 

Date of appointment: 16th September 2020
Appointed by: Staff election process

Board member role: Staff member

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None

Meet the Rivers MAT Members and Trustees

 

You can meet the Rivers Multi-Academy Trust Members and Trustees here.

 

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